Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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: ...

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 ...

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 ...

Emoyeni Trail

Where? St Lucia
Start: Mission Rocks Finish: Mission Rocks Duration: 63 km over five days Fitness: fairly fit, particularly as it gets humid, which adds strain to the hike Our tip: you will need to take tents along as the ...

Ingungumbane Trail

Where? Port Edward
Start: Umtamvuna Nature Reserve – at the office Finish: Umtamvuna Nature Reserve Duration: 4 km; 3 hours Fitness: moderate Our tip: don't let the steep gradients discourage you; this is one of the ...

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 ...

Mziki Trail

Where? St Lucia
Start: Mount Tabor hut, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Finish: Mount Tabor hut Duration: 40 km Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: head to the Mission Rocks (the sea lies on the eastern flanks of the ...

Umhlanga Lagoon hiking trail

Where? Umhlanga
Start: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, opposite Breakers Hotel Finish: the reserve Duration: 2 km, just over an hour Fitness: easy, perfect for children and families Our tip: for an informative, guided ...

Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Cathedral Peak is a free-standing mountain within the magnificent Drakensberg Mountain Range in KwaZulu-Natal. It stands at 3 004 metres, or 9 856 feet high, and boasts breath-taking views and unforgettable ...

Barker's Chalet Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness Area, central Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: easy to reach Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: often used interchangeably with Sherman's cave ...

Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre

Where? Bergville
Immerse yourself in the untainted beauty and splendour of the KwaZulu-Natal portion of the Drakensberg when you visit Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre. This centre is a hotspot of activities for locals and ...

Kosi Bay Trail

Where? Kosi Bay
Whilst there is a Kosi Bay Trail that takes roughly four days to complete, which can also be done as a slackpacker version, there are variations and flexible trails, depending on your level of fitness. The old ...

Gxalingenwa Cave Hike

Where? Himeville
Start: Cobham Wilderness Area, southern Drakensberg Finish: Cobham Wilderness Area, southern Drakensberg Duration: 29 km, 2 day hike Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: be warned that the last 200 ...

Icidi Pass hike

Where? Bergville
Start: Mnweni Cultural Centre, Mnweni Valley Finish: Mnweni Cultural Centre, Mnweni Valley Duration: at least 3 days Fitness: extremely difficult; for experienced mountaineers Our tip: The Icidi Pass is ...

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