KwaZulu Natal Walks & Hiking

Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu Natal is a melting pot of African, European and Indian cultures. Show on Map

Destinations in KwaZulu Natal

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Roman Baths Hike

Where? Kamberg
Start: Kamberg office, Kamberg Nature Reserve, near Nottingham Road Finish: Kamberg office Duration: 4 km (8 km return), but make a day of it Fitness: easy Our tip: Kamberg is best known for it rock art ...

Giant's Castle Hikes

Where? Giants Castle
Giant's Castle refers both to the landmark rock massif in the central Drakensberg, where it rests in amongst the peaks of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, and the game reserve of the same name, proclaimed ...

Rat Hole Cave Hike

Where? Northern Drakensberg
Start: Mnweni area, northern Drakensberg Finish: Mnweni area, northern Drakensberg Find it: a stone's throw from the top of Fangs Pass Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: if you are at all interested ...

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 ...

Explore the Hawaan Forest

Where? Umhlanga
This beautiful forest is a unique woodland area bounded by the Ohlanga River and the sea. After centuries it still remains unspoiled and is home to a large number of animals and birds. The Hawaan Forest ...

Balgowan Conservancy Information Centre

Where? Balgowan
This fabulous centre situated in a log style cabin near the entrance to the Michaelhouse School is filled with photos and information about the surrounding area. Here you can find out about popular nearby ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trappist Trail

Where? Starts in Pinetown
Set in the misty hills of the southern Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal is home to a series of mission stations built by Trappist monks roughly a century ago. The ten mission stations, each of which has its own beauty, ...

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 ...

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