Hiking Trails in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Icidi Pass hike

Where? Bergville
Start: Mnweni Cultural Centre, Mnweni Valley Finish: Mnweni Cultural Centre, Mnweni Valley Duration: at least 3 days Fitness: extremely difficult; for experienced mountaineers Our tip: The Icidi Pass is ...

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 ...

Barker's Chalet Cave Hike

Where? Cathedral Peak
Start: Cathedral Peak Wilderness Area, central Drakensberg Finish: Cathedral Peak Duration: easy to reach Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: often used interchangeably with Sherman's cave ...

Thamathu Pass Hike

Where? Underberg
Start: Bushman's Nek border post Finish: Bushman's Nek border post Duration: roughly 25 km; a there-and-back hike Fitness: moderate Our tip: There are those who regard Thamathu as the easiest pass in the ...

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