Things To Do in Northern Drakensberg

Northern Drakensberg is situated in Drakensberg, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

Sentinel Peak trail

Where? Mont-aux-Sources
Start: Sentinel car park (almost 3 000 metres above sea level) Finish: Sentinel car park Duration: a whole day Fitness: fit (the hike may be shortened, but it is a slog nonetheless) Our tip: if you suffer ...

Easter Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness Area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Wilderness Area Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: this is one of the few caves in the 'berg that looks like a cave, ...

Maluti Cave Hike

Where? Witsieshoek
Start: base camp at Tseki, Phuthaditjaba (Witsieshoek) Finish: Tseki Duration: two, three, four day options Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: the dirt road approach to Tseki can complicate things if ...

Ploughman’s Kop Trail

Where? Mont-Aux-Sources
Ploughman’s Kop is a mountain in the shape of a head on the left arm of The Amphitheatre in the Royal Natal Park, which is in turn part of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Really the walk is about the ...

Plowman's Kop, the Crack and Mudslide

Where? Northern Drakensberg
Start: Mahai camp site Finish: Mahai camp site Duration: 8 km, roughly 5 hours Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: the mudslide is not for children or those with a fear of heights Combining ...

Up the Tugela River (gorge) to the Tunnel

Where? Bergville
Start: Mahai camp site Finish: Mahai camp site Duration: 23 km, there-and-back hike, roughly 7 hours Fitness: moderate, most people can hike this Our tip: the only difficulty is the hike's length, ...

Langalibalele Pass hike

Where? Giants Castle
Start: Giant's Castle camp Finish: Giant's Castle camp Duration: 6.5 km, roughly 5 hours Fitness: moderate Our tip: always remember seasonal clothing as the 'berg can change seasons without warning The ...

Giant's Castle Hikes

Where? Giants Castle
Giant's Castle refers both to the landmark rock massif in the central Drakensberg, where it rests in amongst the peaks of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, and the game reserve of the same name, proclaimed ...

Sentinel Peak trail

Where? Mont-aux-Sources
Start: Sentinel car park (almost 3 000 metres above sea level) Finish: Sentinel car park Duration: a whole day Fitness: fit (the hike may be shortened, but it is a slog nonetheless) Our tip: if you suffer ...

Cathedral Peak Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Hotel Finish: Cathedral Peak Hotel Duration: 19 km, 12+ hours (one very long day, if you make an early start) Fitness: this is an arduous hike; you need to be very fit Our tip: ...

Amphitheatre Heritage Trail

Where? Bergville
Start: there are numerous entrances, but Witsieshoek is one of them Finish: Royal Natal National Park Duration: 25 - 30 km over three days Fitness: average, but it can be strenuous Our tip: there is a ...

Phansi-Phezulu Horse Trail

Where? Bergville
Grooms take groups of up to ten riders on a 2 hour trail that starts by descending into a verdant river valley where the trail meanders with the bubbling Putrill Stream past a cave, which boasts a waterfall in ...

African Loom

Where? Champagne Valley
A showcase for the talents of local Zulu women, our business thrives on the sound relations with the women who produce the warm and vibrant products. Gretta Sibisi and her team of eight dye, weave and sew, ...

Mehloding Hiking Trail

Where? Matatiele
Start: just beyond the village of Matatiele Finish: Qacha's Nek border post Duration: 60 km trail, 1 – 4 days Fitness: relatively fit Walking in amongst the peaks of the Twins, Makalane and Three Sisters ...

Oaklands Restaurant

Where? Van Reenen
A mere three hour drive from Johannesburg, Oaklands can be found nestled in the Drakensberg foothills, above van Reenen’s pass. You will catch your breath as the Country Manor unfolds before you like a scene ...

Sleeping Beauty Cave and Engagement Cave Hike

Where? Underberg
Start: Garden Castle Wilderness Area entrance Finish: Garden Castle Duration: 8 km, roughly 5 hours Fitness: fairly fit, although this hike is perfect for families with children Our tip: both caves are an ...

Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre

Where? Champagne Valley
Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre is a collection of small shops on the R600 not far from Winterton. Although it sounds like a mall, it would be better described as the Drakensberg's version thereof - everything ...

Monk's Cowl and Champagne Castle Hikes

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl or Champagne Castle, central Drakensberg Finish: Monk's Cowl or Champagne Castle, central Drakensberg Duration: various Fitness: moderate Our tip: hikes in this area are particularly ...

Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Trail

Where? Giants Castle
The trails in the Giants Castle Nature Reserve are a must-walk if you are in the area. To complete the easy one hour Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Trail, begin at the Injasuti office and take the Cowl ...

Bingelela Restaurant

Where? Bergville
Discover the homely, rustic Bingelela Restaurant on your trip through the Northern Drakensberg, in a delicious setting amongst 200km’s of mountain ranges. With food that is infused with passion, offering a ...

Sundowner Horse Ride

Where? Bergville
The sundowner ride leaves about 2 hours before sunset and follows a meandering trail with spectacular views through quiet valleys and restful plains to a beauty-spot in the veldt where a table has been set up ...

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