Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kosi Bay Trail

Where? Kosi Bay
Whilst there is a Kosi Bay Trail that takes roughly four days to complete, which can also be done as a slackpacker version, there are variations and flexible trails, depending on your level of fitness. The ...

Monks Cowl to Ndedema Gorge Hike

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl office, Champagne Valley Finish: Ndedema Gorge Duration: 28 km and further, 2 – 5 days Fitness: difficult Our tip: the hike is strenuous and open-ended, best done in a group with a ...

Champagne Castle Big Five Hikes

Where? Champagne Valley
Start: Champagne Castle Hotel Finish: Champagne Castle Hotel Duration: Varies per trail Fitness: difficult Our tip: if you want your name on the honours' board in the hotel you'll need to climb all five ...

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 ...

The Mini Traverse

Where? Drakensberg
Start: Sentinel car park Finish: Cathedral Peak Hotel Duration: 100 km, 5 – 6 days Fitness: difficult Our tip: It is best to do this hike with the professionals; a couple of outfits supply a guided route ...

Mziki Trail

Where? St Lucia
Start: Mount Tabor hut, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Finish: Mount Tabor hut Duration: 40 km Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: head to the Mission Rocks (the sea lies on the eastern flanks of the ...

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. ...

Pinnacle Rock Hike

Where? Himeville
Start: Cobham ranger station, southern Drakensberg Finish: Cobham, southern Drakensberg Duration: 10 km (20 km return) Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: try returning via a different path to best ...

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 ...

Hiking The Hlobane Mountain

Where? Hlobane
There is an interesting hike you can go on while in Hlobane that will take you through the all famous battlefield. A key is required to enter this area and it is advised that only experience hikers ...

Lotheni Hiking Trails

Where? Drakensberg
Start: Lotheni camp Finish: Lotheni camp Duration: various Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: pick up a brochure of the trails from reception. Regarded as one of the more remote and scenic camps of ...

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