Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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Primitive Trail

Where? Hluhluwe
Join the Primitive Trail in Hluhluwe for a fun, exhilarating and challenging hiking experience like no other. Backpack for three or four nights and make the most of the trail and the game reserve. Get in touch ...

Drakensberg Grand Traverse

Where? Sani Pass
Start: the Sentinel Finish: Bushman's Nek Duration: 200 km; anything from 12 to 15 days (average is 14) Fitness: above average fitness; it's tough, possibly the toughest hike in southern Africa Our tip: ...

Inanda Heritage Trail

Where? Inanda Township
If you are looking for something to do in Durban that takes you away from the beach to a valley with a mesmerising history, then take the guided Inanda Heritage Route. The Inanda Heritage Route visits the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lotheni Hiking Trails

Where? Drakensberg
Start: Lotheni camp Finish: Lotheni camp Duration: various Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: pick up a brochure of the trails from reception. Regarded as one of the more remote and scenic camps of ...

Marble Baths Trail

Where? Giants Castle
Start: Injasuthi (Injisuthi) camp, central Drakensberg Finish: Injasuthi camp Duration: 9 km, roughly 6 hours, or overnight Fitness: moderate, not difficult Our tip: one can take older children (over 8) ...

Igwala Gwala Forest Trail

Where? St Lucia
Start: Eden Park, St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Finish: St Lucia Duration: 1.5 km Fitness: easy, suitable for all ages, including moms with prams Our tip: hippos use the forest at night so avoid ...

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 ...

Fairy Glen and the Grotto Hike

Where? Bergville
Start: Mahai campsite Finish: Mahai campsite Duration: 10 km, roughly 5 hours Fitness: moderate This hike can be divided into two separate walks, or combined. To reach Fairy Glen is an easy 4 km walk ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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