KwaZulu Natal Walks & Hiking

Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu Natal is a melting pot of African, European and Indian cultures. Show on Map

Destinations in KwaZulu Natal


Karkloof Crane & Conservation Centre

Where? Karkloof
The Karkloof Crane and Conservation Centre is an exquisite natural resource in the heart of the scenic South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. While it offers visitors plenty of beautiful vistas and variety, ...

Giant's Castle Hikes

Where? Giants Castle
Giant's Castle refers both to the landmark rock massif in the central Drakensberg, where it rests in amongst the peaks of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, and the game reserve of the same name, proclaimed ...

Day Trails in the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

Where? Port Edward
For the adventurous hiker and trail walker visiting the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve which is 8km from Port Edward on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal offers a number of trails with varying difficulty and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Trail

Where? Giants Castle
The trails in the Giants Castle Nature Reserve are a must-walk if you are in the area. To complete the easy one hour Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Trail, begin at the Injasuti office and take the Cowl ...

Take A Stroll Through Geluksburg

Where? Geluksburg
Although this quaint town has not much more than a few houses and a shop or two, it is surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks and is the ideal place for a peaceful and relaxing stroll. Admire the exquisite ...

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 ...

Explore the Hawaan Forest

Where? Umhlanga
This beautiful forest is a unique woodland area bounded by the Ohlanga River and the sea. After centuries it still remains unspoiled and is home to a large number of animals and birds. The Hawaan Forest ...

Gudu Falls Hike

Where? Witsieshoek
Start: Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, Mahai campsite or Thendele Camp, Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal Finish: Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge or Mahai campsite, Royal Natal National ...

Ballito Boardwalk

Where? Ballito
Bring your enthusiasm, energy, binoculars and your camera to Ballito Boardwalk. Not only can you enjoy a fantastic walk along the lengthy boardwalk but there is a more challenging hike to Salt Rock where you ...

Trappist Trail

Where? Starts in Pinetown
Set in the misty hills of the southern Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal is home to a series of mission stations built by Trappist monks roughly a century ago. The ten mission stations, each of which has its own beauty, ...

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