The "Minimum Impact - Leave No Trace" environmental principals by hikers applicable to the Maloti-Drakensberg Park.

Plan ahead & prepare

  • Know the rules and regulations of the Park.
  • Prepare for extreme weather and emergencies in terms of clothing, equipment and food.
  • Plan your route and use a hiking map, a compass or GPS to assist you.
  • Hike in groups of between 4 and 8, but no more than 12 in the wilderness area.
  • Complete the mountain rescue register correctly and in detail.
  • Be aware of the security risk on the escarpment or in Lesotho and do not leave your equipment unattended.

Travel & camp on durable surfaces

  • Walk on existing trails and camp on durable surfaces such as rock, gravel or dry grass.
  • Camp 100m or 5 minutes walk from the trail and water.
  • Good campsites are found and not made.

Dispose of waste properly

  • If you packed it in, then please pack it out!
  • Bury solid human waste, hygiene products and toilet paper at least 15cm deep.
  • Wash and defecate 100 m or 5 minutes walk away from water, campsites, caves, and trails.
  • Use biodegradable toilet paper and washing products.

 Leave what you find

  • Take only pictures, leave only your footprints!
  • Protect and preserve our cultural heritage.
  • No camping is allowed in caves containing rock art or artifacts.
  • Leave plants and other natural objects as you found them. DO NOT deface rocks with graffiti.
  • DO NOT build cairns or other structures.

Minimise camp fire impacts

  • Fires are not allowed in the Park except in designated camping sites.
  • Fires and the collection of firewood devastate the environment.
  • Use lightweight camping sloves for cooking and gas or candle lanterns for light.

Respect wildlife

  • Respect the environment around you.
  • Do not disturb or feed animals.

Be considerate of other visitors

  • Respect and protect the quality of other people's wilderness experience.
  • Avoid loud voices and noises such as radios.

Navigating the website

Hiking ideas for a list of hikes by region in the Drakensberg.

Peaks, passes, huts, caves and bushman paintings - find a cave, peak that you may be interested in. Useful for planning your very own hike.

Northern, Central and Southern Drakensberg for quick links to each region showcasing the hikes, accommodation and activities in each are.

Finding Accommodation shares all accommodation available in the Drakensberg region, some with a detailed description of what they offer.

Finding Activities gives you a list of the different activities available, E.g. quad biking and the falcon ridge bird of prey centre.

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