Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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Ndumeni Caves Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness, northern Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: overnight Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: these caves, for there are 2 of them, are also known as the lower ...

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 ...

Mashai Pass and Rhino Peak

Where? Underberg
Start: Garden Castle Finish: Garden Castle Duration: 18 km, 10 hours Fitness: difficult as the climb is extreme Our tip: start early and always sign the mountain register before heading up the mountain; ...

Pondo-Explore Hiking Trail

Where? Port St Johns
Start: Msikaba Finish: Mbotyi or Port St Johns Duration: 3-5 nights; 45-68 km Fitness: the first couple of days the gradient is easy but you need a lot of stamina to manage the distances; days 3 and 4 are ...

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 ...

Pinnacle Rock Hike

Where? Himeville
Start: Cobham ranger station, southern Drakensberg Finish: Cobham, southern Drakensberg Duration: 10 km (20 km return) Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: try returning via a different path to best ...

Tarn Cave Hike

Where? Underberg
Start: Bushman's Nek Wilderness Area, southern Drakensberg Finish: Bushman's Nek Duration: 10 km each way; 2 days Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: during winter this area of the 'berg can be most ...

Champagne Castle Big Five Hikes

Where? Champagne Valley
Start: Champagne Castle Hotel Finish: Champagne Castle Hotel Duration: Varies per trail Fitness: difficult Our tip: if you want your name on the honours' board in the hotel you'll need to climb all five ...

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 ...

Blinkwater Hiking Trail

Where? Greytown
Start: Mountain Falls, Blinkwater, south of Greytown Finish: south of Greytown Duration: 100 km, 2 – 6 days Fitness: moderate Our tip: though things can be a bit of a scramble through brambles and high ...

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 ...

Gray's Pass Hike

Where? Champagne Valley
Start: Cathkin Peak, Champagne Valley Finish: Cathkin Peak, Champagne Valley Duration: overnight hike Fitness: moderate Our tip: fantastic views without too much of a slog Any hike in the 'berg that ...

Bushman Rockart Hike

Where? Himeville
A 6 hour hike with Stuart McLean (birding expert) to the Khanti paintings in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The hike to 'The Marching Men' takes you on a moderate to steep climb of 300m over 7km into ...

Sinclair's Cave Hike

Where? Underberg
Start: Mkhomazi Wilderness Area, southern central Drakensberg or Kamberg Nature Reserve Finish: where you started, this is a there-and-back hike Duration: 22 km from Mkhomazi (overnight in the ...

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 ...

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