Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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: ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ingogo Hiking Trail

Where? Newcastle
Start: site office Dunblane estate, near Newcastle Finish: site office Dunblane estate, near Newcastle Duration: 24 km over 2 days Fitness: average, with climbs and descents of some 2 000 feet every ...

Rugged Glen to Mahai Hike

Where? Bergville
Start: Rugged Glen camp site, Royal Natal National Park, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mahai camp site Duration: 14 km, roughly 6 hours Fitness: difficult Our tip: Rugged Glen and Mahai camp sites are ...

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 ...

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, ...

Monk's Cowl and Champagne Castle Hikes

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl or Champagne Castle, central Drakensberg Finish: Monk's Cowl or Champagne Castle, central Drakensberg Duration: various Fitness: moderate Our tip: hikes in this area are particularly ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aasvoëlkrans Cave Hike

Where? Kamberg
Start: car park, Highmoor Wilderness Area, southern central Drakensberg Finish: car park, Highmoor Wilderness Area Duration: 5 km, 2 days Fitness: moderate to easy Our tip: whilst the route seems ideally ...

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 ...

Shermans Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak, central Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: roughly 3 km Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: there is water close to the cave One of very few caves in the ...

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