Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

Nandi's Falls Hike

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl Reserve main gate Finish: Monk's Cowl Reserve main gate Duration: 8 km, roughly 3 to 4 hours Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: despite being 'easy', in the heat of the day this walk ...

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; ...

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 ...

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 ...

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