Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail

Where? Sani Pass
This hike runs along the foothills of the gorgeous Drakensberg range of mountains, mainly through the Cobham and Garden Castle reserves. Views here are to die for. Along the trail there are rock pools, ...

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 ...

Vaalribbokkop Cave Hike

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl/Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mdedelelo Wilderness Area Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: Vaalribbokkop is close to the more popular Stable cave To ...

Sherry Cave Hike

Where? Underberg
Start: Garden Castle Wilderness Area, Drakensberg Finish: Garden Castle Wilderness Area Duration: overnight hike Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: bear in mind that sherry cave is far from water and ...

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 ...

Plowman's Kop, the Crack and Mudslide

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 ...

Maluti Community Trail

Where? Matatiele
Start: Matatiele on the edge of the Eastern Cape, KZN and southern Lesotho borders End: Matatiele Duration: 4 days, 5 nights Fitness: there are reasonable ascents and descents every day and you will need to ...

Walking Trails in Mpenjati Reserve

Where? Palm Beach
The South Coast of KwaZulu Natal has several nature reserves with dense forest and magnificent mountains for the avid hiker to explore; the Mpenjati Nature Reserve however offers hikers an opportunity to enjoy ...

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, ...

Giants Cup Hiking Trails Sani Pass

Where? Sani Pass
If you're looking for a hiking trail that is a little steep in a few places, but generally easy enough for an average level of fitness, Giant's Cup trail fits all the requirements. Bring your children along ...

Bushman's Cave Hike

Where? Himeville
Start: Bushman's Nek EKZN Wildlife office, Mkhomazi Wilderness Finish: Bushman's Nek EKZN Wildlife office Duration: 11 km, 2 days overnight Fitness: difficult (although the initiated regard this as a ...

Ribbon Falls Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness Area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: 3 hours Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: Ribbon falls waterfall is just 3 km from the Tugela ...

Roman Baths Hike

Where? Kamberg
Start: Kamberg office, Kamberg Nature Reserve, near Nottingham Road Finish: Kamberg office Duration: 4 km (8 km return), but make a day of it Fitness: easy Our tip: Kamberg is best known for it rock art ...

Gladstone Nose Trail

Where? Kamberg
Start: Kamberg Nature Reserve camp Finish: Kamberg camp Duration: day or overnight trail Fitness: moderate to easy Our tip: Gladstone's Nose is regarded as one of the most scenic trails in the Drakensberg, ...

Mpenjati Naturist Beach

Where? Trafalgar
A 250 metre stretch of beach that falls under the Mpenjati Nature Reserve at Trafalgar on the south coast, was given nude-beach status by the local municipality in late 2014, officially opening the following ...

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