Things To Do in Northern Drakensberg

Northern Drakensberg is situated in Drakensberg, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

Sentinel Peak trail

Where? Mont-aux-Sources
Start: Sentinel car park (almost 3 000 metres above sea level) Finish: Sentinel car park Duration: a whole day Fitness: fit (the hike may be shortened, but it is a slog nonetheless) Our tip: if you suffer ...

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, ...

Ledges Cave Hike

Where? Northern Drakensberg
Start: Mnweni and Cathedral Peak, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mnweni valley Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: the source of the Orange river often freezes during winter; take extra water Ledges ...

Maluti Cave Hike

Where? Witsieshoek
Start: base camp at Tseki, Phuthaditjaba (Witsieshoek) Finish: Tseki Duration: two, three, four day options Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: the dirt road approach to Tseki can complicate things if ...

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 ...

Plowman's Kop, the Crack and Mudslide

Where? Northern Drakensberg
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 ...

Rat Hole Cave Hike

Where? Northern Drakensberg
Start: Mnweni area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mnweni area, northern Drakensberg Find it: a stone's throw from the top of Fangs Pass Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: if you are at all interested ...

Up the Tugela River (gorge) to the Tunnel

Where? Bergville
Start: Mahai camp site Finish: Mahai camp site Duration: 23 km, there-and-back hike, roughly 7 hours Fitness: moderate, most people can hike this Our tip: the only difficulty is the hike's length, ...

Langalibalele Pass hike

Where? Giants Castle
Start: Giant's Castle camp Finish: Giant's Castle camp Duration: 6.5 km, roughly 5 hours Fitness: moderate Our tip: always remember seasonal clothing as the 'berg can change seasons without warning The ...

Cathedral Peak Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Hotel Finish: Cathedral Peak Hotel Duration: 19 km, 12+ hours (one very long day, if you make an early start) Fitness: this is an arduous hike; you need to be very fit Our tip: ...

Sentinel Peak trail

Where? Mont-aux-Sources
Start: Sentinel car park (almost 3 000 metres above sea level) Finish: Sentinel car park Duration: a whole day Fitness: fit (the hike may be shortened, but it is a slog nonetheless) Our tip: if you suffer ...

Amphitheatre Heritage Trail

Where? Bergville
Start: there are numerous entrances, but Witsieshoek is one of them Finish: Royal Natal National Park Duration: 25 - 30 km over three days Fitness: average, but it can be strenuous Our tip: there is a ...

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 ...

Sani Pass MTB Trail

Where? Underberg
Where: Sani Pass, nearest town Himeville Level: difficult to extremely difficult (not for children) Type of route: 72 – 80 km return, this gravel pass acts as the border crossing between South Africa and ...

Black Scabbard Portuguese Bistro

Where? Winterton
Highly recommended on TripAdvisor, come on down to the Black Scabbard for a Portuguese treat. Here you can find delicious traditional meals, freshly made to order. Some of the more popular dishes include ...

Sani Pass 4x4 Trail

Where? Sani Pass
The Drakensberg Mountain Range is nothing short of spectacular, and is undoubtedly best enjoyed at a restful pace. The Sani Pass 4 x 4 Trail is a round trip that extends to the Lesotho border and back, ...

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 ...

Lammergeier Cave Trail

Where? Underberg
Start: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife office, Bushman's Nek Finish: Bushman's Nek Duration: 21 km (roughly 10 hours) Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: if you can, use the Lammergeier cave as an overnight spot ...

Drakensberg Ballooning

Where? Winterton
Take a hot air balloon trip over KwaZulu Natal with Drakensberg Ballooning and feast your eyes on exquisite panoramic views. You will be able to see from Giants Castle in Southern Drakensberg all the way to ...

Lower Injisuthi Cave Hike

Where? Giants Castle
Start: Injisuthi, Giant's Castle Nature Reserve Finish: Injisuthi, Giant's Castle Nature Reserve Duration: 17 km, overnight hike Fitness: moderate to easy Our tip: David Bristow regards this hike as one of ...

Mehloding Hiking Trail

Where? Matatiele
Start: just beyond the village of Matatiele Finish: Qacha's Nek border post Duration: 60 km trail, 1 – 4 days Fitness: relatively fit Walking in amongst the peaks of the Twins, Makalane and Three Sisters ...

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, ...

Rainbow Gorge Trail

Where? Cathedral Peak
The Rainbow Gorge Trail is another hike that showcases the Drakensberg Mountain Range and Cathedral Peak. The beauty of this area is unrivalled, and those that have visited it almost always fall in love. ...

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