Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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, ...

Plowman's Kop, the Crack and Mudslide

Where?
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 ...

Xeni Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Didima camp, Cathedral Peak Finish: Didima camp, Cathedral Peak Fitness: moderate to easy Our tip: this is a far easier hike than many as it does not scale any peaks; it is also ideal for children, ...

Mtunzini trails

Where? Mtunzini
Start: Umlazi Nature Reserve Finish: Umlazi Nature Reserve Duration: from 15 mins to 6 hours Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: if taking the Mlalazi River mouth trail and returning along the beach, check ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave Trail

Where? Cathedral Peak
The Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave Trail is an 11 km route up to the Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave. It is a steep trail that heads up from the Cathedral Peal Hotel, past the trout hatchery and follows the ...

The Mini Traverse

Where? Drakensberg
Start: Sentinel car park Finish: Cathedral Peak Hotel Duration: 100 km, 5 – 6 days Fitness: difficult Our tip: It is best to do this hike with the professionals; a couple of outfits supply a guided route ...

Zulu Cave Hike

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl / Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mdedelelo Wilderness Area Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: Cat cave lies roughly 400 metres away along a stream, popular ...

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