Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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Fairy Glen and the Grotto Hike

Where? Bergville
Start: Mahai campsite Finish: Mahai campsite Duration: 10 km, roughly 5 hours Fitness: moderate This hike can be divided into two separate walks, or combined. To reach Fairy Glen is an easy 4 km walk ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Inanda Heritage Trail

Where? Inanda Township
If you are looking for something to do in Durban that takes you away from the beach to a valley with a mesmerising history, then take the guided Inanda Heritage Route. The Inanda Heritage Route visits the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ndumeni Caves Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness, northern Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: overnight Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: these caves, for there are 2 of them, are also known as the lower ...

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 ...

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 ...

Five Star Cave Hike

Where? Drakensberg
Start: Mnweni, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mnweni valley Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: be aware that the area is rife with dagga smugglers; do not leave your hiking bags lying in the cave, nor ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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