Hike to Mafadi Peak (Highest Peak in South Africa)
This is a 4 day hike to Mafadi the highest peak in South Africa. The hike starts from Injasuthi Camp in the central Drakensberg Mountains. Because Mafadi is the highest peak in South Africa, this is a very popular hike, but it certainly doesn’t give itself up easily.
Injasuthi is a beautiful and remote part of the Drakensberg. We start off camping at Injasuthi camp the night before the hike. When we wake up we are off to the mountains.
Day 1 is walking up a stunning valley with a quick visit to see some Bushman paintings. Then a lunch at the river while looking up at the huge Trojan Wall. After digesting our meal, we head up a grassy slope to camp near Centenary Hut. Day 2 we walk along the contour path to Judges Pass. This path is well used by the locals, it is an “easier” pass. However, if people are up for a challenge we can climb up Corner Pass. Either way we hope to be on top in time for lunch.
Once on top of the escarpment we camp near a clear stream or a bit further to sleep in the highest cave in the Drakensberg. The upper Injasuthi cave is at 3300m, and overlooks the Triplets. In the morning we can watch the sun rise shine on Cathkin Peak. Mafadi is about a 1 hour walk from the stream. After being the highest people in South Africa for a while, we stroll along the edge of the Escarpment to lunch above Leslie’s Pass. The shorter option here is to go back down Judges Pass.
The last day is either back down the valley from Centenary Hut to our cars, or we could bolder hop past Marble Baths from our camp below Leslie’s ass. After this amazing hike we can boast that we hiked to Mafadi the highest peak in South Africa.
The cost for the 4 day hike is R3 600 per person and includes all the food which we cook, hiking permits and tents. Other optional costs are R1 800 per porter and he will carry your tent and food so you just carry your clothes and sleeping bags.
A checklist of what to pack on your hike can be read here.
- Basic first aid kit
- All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife entrance and overnight camping fees
- Tents, cooking equipment and gas
- Backpacks, sleeping bags and hiking poles
- Transport to Injisuthi
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Snacks, personal medicine
- Travel and medical insurance
- Client will be expected to carry a backpack with their clothes and sleeping bag only if a porter is added. If no porter then you also carry your share of food and tent
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Clothes, raingear and footwear
- 100% deposit forefeited if cancelled 7 days or less prior to departure date unless you book another trip or get someone else to fill your spot.
- 80% deposit is forfeited if cancelled within 8 - 13 days of departure date.
- 50% deposit is forfeited if cancelled within 14 - 29 days of departure date.
- 0% deposit is forfeited if cancelled dreater than 30 days of departure date, R100 handling fee.