Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

Emoyeni Trail

Where? St Lucia
Start: Mission Rocks Finish: Mission Rocks Duration: 63 km over five days Fitness: fairly fit, particularly as it gets humid, which adds strain to the hike Our tip: you will need to take tents along as the ...

Pondo-Explore Hiking Trail

Where? Port St Johns
Start: Msikaba Finish: Mbotyi or Port St Johns Duration: 3-5 nights; 45-68 km Fitness: the first couple of days the gradient is easy but you need a lot of stamina to manage the distances; days 3 and 4 are ...

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 ...

Nandi's Falls Hike

Where? Monks Cowl
Start: Monk's Cowl Reserve main gate Finish: Monk's Cowl Reserve main gate Duration: 8 km, roughly 3 to 4 hours Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: despite being 'easy', in the heat of the day this walk ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Marble Baths Trail

Where? Giants Castle
Start: Injasuthi (Injisuthi) camp, central Drakensberg Finish: Injasuthi camp Duration: 9 km, roughly 6 hours, or overnight Fitness: moderate, not difficult Our tip: one can take older children (over 8) ...

Ingogo Hiking Trail

Where? Newcastle
Start: site office Dunblane estate, near Newcastle Finish: site office Dunblane estate, near Newcastle Duration: 24 km over 2 days Fitness: average, with climbs and descents of some 2 000 feet every ...

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 ...

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, ...

Mashai Pass and Rhino Peak

Where? Underberg
Start: Garden Castle Finish: Garden Castle Duration: 18 km, 10 hours Fitness: difficult as the climb is extreme Our tip: start early and always sign the mountain register before heading up the mountain; ...

Giants Cup Hiking Trails Sani Pass

Where? Sani Pass
If you're looking for a hiking trail that is a little steep in a few places, but generally easy enough for an average level of fitness, Giant's Cup trail fits all the requirements. Bring your children along ...

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