Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

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 ...

Ifidi Pass Hike

Where? Bergville
Start: Mnweni Cultural Centre, Mnweni Valley, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mweni, northern Drakensberg Duration: 3 day round trip Fitness: very fit, this is one of the most difficult passes in the ...

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, ...

Bushman's Cave Hike

Where? Himeville
Start: Bushman's Nek EKZN Wildlife office, Mkhomazi Wilderness Finish: Bushman's Nek EKZN Wildlife office Duration: 11 km, 2 days overnight Fitness: difficult (although the initiated regard this as a ...

Zulu Cave Hike

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl / Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mdedelelo Wilderness Area Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: Cat cave lies roughly 400 metres away along a stream, popular ...

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 ...

McKenzie's Caves Hike

Where? Underberg
Start: Mkhomzi Nature Reserve car park Finish: Mkhomzi Nature Reserve car park Duration: 11km (roughly 20 km return) Fitness: moderate Our tip: sign the register if hiking overnight, and reserve the cave ...

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: ...

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 ...

Ribbon Falls Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness Area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: 3 hours Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: Ribbon falls waterfall is just 3 km from the Tugela ...

Gxalingenwa Cave Hike

Where? Himeville
Start: Cobham Wilderness Area, southern Drakensberg Finish: Cobham Wilderness Area, southern Drakensberg Duration: 29 km, 2 day hike Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: be warned that the last 200 ...

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 ...

The Bell Traverse

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Mike's Pass Finish: Cathedral Peak Hotel Duration: 42 km (3 days) Fitness: difficult; for the experienced hiker Our tip: though not actually a pass, the Bell Traverse gives hikers access to the ...

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