Ensure a successful hiking trip each and every time be it a day hike or overnight hike by adopting these tried and tested tips and remember to always be prepared. It’s the Boy Scout motto, and it should be yours if you’re heading into the Drakensberg Mountains for a hike.
Forgetting items like rain gear, sunscreen or a fresh pair of socks can ruin a hike and even worse, being caught unprepared on top of the escarpment can be fatal. Follow these tips and stay safe.
What a great idea, the ascent of the highest point of each province of South Africa against the clock which starts at the foot of the first peak and stops on the summit of the last peak.
The popularity of this difficult challege is definitely on the up and even if not doing the challenge to break a record the sense achievment and enjoyment doing this challenge with friends and family will last forever. The most important rule is that you start either at Iron Crown (Limpopo) or at Seweweekspoort Peak (Western Cape) and after that you decide on the sequence you would like to follow.
The planning of the route in terms of which roads to drive on, the hike routes to select and deciding when you may get an opportunity to sleep is proving to be a lot of fun, so many decisions to make and then to try stick to them as much as possible when doing the challenge. The total hiking distance looks to be between 110km's and 130km's and the total driving distance is between 2 800km's and 3 200km's as its varies according to the order in which you decide to do the nine peaks.
The Mixed Pair record of 4 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes looks achievable and with two of the harder peaks being Mafadi (in KwaZulu-Natal & probably best accessed via Injisuthi) and Namahadi (in the Free State & probably best accessed via the Chain Ladders) maybe we have an edge.
With the holiday season soon upon us, many of us will have the opportunity to visit or be staying in the Drakensberg for a few days.
The Central Drakensberg region including the Monks Cowl Reserve is easily accessible and if in the area then this 3 hour (6.6 km circular route) moderate walk through an indigenous forest to a magnificent grotto with waterfall and pool which is family friendly starting at the Drakensberg Sun is a great option.
Inkungu Lodge gets its name from the Zulu word 'IzinKungu', meaning 'mist', an apt name when one looks over the valley at the morning mist covering the dam.
This harmony with nature has been carried through every aspect of the lodge - the sandstone walls, natural gardens and rim flow pools blend perfectly with majesty of the surrounding Drakensberg mountain range.
Drakensberg Hikes is your information resource about the Maloti-Drakensberg Park which showcases the beauty of the Drakensberg and provides information about hikes, accommodation and activities. You can browse which pass, peak, cave or valley you would like to visit next and contact the service providers via their personal contact forms on the website.
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