Drakensberg Day Hikes - 3 days
Combine 3 guided day hikes in the Northern Drakensberg into a magical slackpacking experience. Enjoy the beauty of the mountains and then return to fabulous Drakensberg hotel accommodation to relax and rejuvenate. Combine any of the day hikes below to create your perfect Drakensberg holiday.
AMPHITHEATRE HIKE - NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG
The famous Amphitheatre in the uKhahlamba World Heritage site, towers above Kwa Zulu Natal. The escarpment is roughly 3000m above sea level.
The trail passes the mighty Sentinel, the highest free standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg, contouring the way to the base of the chain ladders. We use these iron ladders to gain access to the Mont-Aux-Sources Plateau, source of many of South Africa’s rivers including the Tugela which flows out in the Indian Ocean near Durban.
From the edge of the Drakensberg, there are spectacular views of the Amphitheatre starting from the Sentinel, curving round to Devils Tooth and Eastern Buttress including the Tugela falls which disappears into the vast valleys below.
GUIDED TRAIL IN ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK
At the base of the colossal Amphitheatre in the Royal National Park is magical area of natural forest, rolling hills, San Rock Art, gurgling streams and river carved gorges. With many routes to choose from we can change the trail to suit you, Surprise Ridge is one of our favourites though.
The spectacular view from Surprise Ridge is just one of the breathtaking rewards on this full day trail. Along this scenic route that you’ll encounter The Grotto, a cavern carved in the sandstone rock with a beautiful waterfall cascading through it, Fairy Glen, a delightful area of tranquil forest and streams, Sunday Falls which cascades over the sandstone ridges and the ever present Amphitheatre towering above you. This is a delightful hike in an emchanted part of the Drakensberg.
GUIDED HIKE IN TUGELA GORGE
From the Royal Natal National Park we explore the Tugela Gorge with its massive overhangs & beautiful rock pools. This trail exposes tremendous views when you gaze up at the Sentinel, Amphitheatre and Devils tooth as the path winds along the river course.
The Tugela gorge Trail takes us along the banks of the Tugela, once we are near the top of the gorge, near the base of the Tugela Falls, we will stop for a traditional hikers packed lunch. There’s time to relax next to the clean clear waters of the Thukela River or even take a swim if the weathers good.
After a stretch of boulder hopping and exploration in the gorge, we rejoin the path winding back along the Tugela river and return to the start.
GUIDED CLIMB UP CATHEDRAL PEAK - 3005m
Fit hikers will enjoy this guided Drakensberg hike and climb of Cathedral Peak. It is a free standing summit of 3005m, surrounded by the peaks and towers of the main Drakensberg escarpment.
The hike starts in the beautiful Mhlambonja wilderness area climbing over 1500m to the summit. The path is steep and in sections there are 360 degree views as you walk over knife edge ridges on the way up into the spectacular mountains.
This is a strenuous 10+ hour hike, which can be done in one day with an early start. We also offer an option to do this Cathedral Peak hike in one and a half days where the night is spent in a Drakensberg cave.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- GoVertical Guides
- 3 Guided day hikes
- 2 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation
- Packed lunches on the hikes
- National Park Fees
- Transfer to the Drakensberg
- Gear hire
- Full porterage
- Hotel reservations