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Central Drakensberg

The Central Drakensberg or Berg comprises of Mlambonja Wilderness Area, Cathedral Peak, Ndumeni, Organ Pipes, Ndedema Gorge, Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, Cathkin Peak, Monk's Cowl, Champagne Castle, Injisuthi, and Giant's Castle Game Reserve.
Injisuthi Eastern Triplett

Injisuthi Eastern Triplett

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in the Central Drakensberg.
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Injisuthi Greater Buttress

Injisuthi Greater Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in the Central Drakensberg.
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Injisuthi Lesser Buttress

Injisuthi Lesser Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in the Central Drakensberg.
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Injisuthi Middle Triplet

Injisuthi Middle Triplet

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in the Central Drakensberg.
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Injisuthi Nature Reserve

Injisuthi Nature Reserve

Private Bag X7010, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Injisuthi is cradled between the Delmhlwazini and Old Woman streams at the head of the Injisuthi Valley, surrounded by Cathkin Peak, Monks Cowl and Champagne Castle. Injisuthi is a central pivot to the variety of hiking trails that lead across the mountains, north to Cathedral Peak and south to Giant's Castle. The Mde ...
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Injisuthi Pass

Injisuthi Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Injisuti Pass is a true test of endurance.  It is tough, steep and involves a fair amount of scrambling over boulders and up small waterfalls. It is not suitable for an inexperienced hiker.
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Injisuthi Summit Cave (Upper)

Injisuthi Summit Cave (Upper)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Injusuthi Summit Cave at 3289m is the highest cave in the Drakensberg. The cave offers good shelter and out of this world views.
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A three day, two nights hike starting at Injisuthi Camp. Each day of this circular route has its own unique views and hiking challenges. Day one to Centenary is a testing 10.5km to Centenary Hut, wake up the next morning to a stunning sunrise. Day 2 is the day without paths, a steep downhill and then a small climb nea ...
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Injisuthi Western Triplett

Injisuthi Western Triplett

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in the Central Drakensberg.
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A visit to the "berg" is a must for the local and international tourist. INKOSANA Berg Lodge is located in the most popular central region of the majestic Ukhahlamba Park, South Africa's World Heritage site. INKOSANA Berg Lodge is nestled between popular 4* resorts on the R600, three minutes from the world famous Drak ...
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Inkungu Lodge is nestled in the heart of Champagne Valley, and is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg mountain range. Inkungu Lodge has stunning upmarket finishes throughout. Each room has been uniquely furnished, and the Lodge showcases a fine collection of predominantly Victorian and Edwardian fu ...
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Jarateng Cave

Jarateng Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jarateng Cave is in the Giants Castle area. Picture credit thanks to Dylan Harris. The cave can sleep up to 8 people as it it quite deep and wide but fairly low. The protection is great from all elements as the entrance is almost slanted downwards with a slight overhang and acts as a barrier. Most of the heat is als ...
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Jarateng Pass (North)

Jarateng Pass (North)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jarateng (Jarding) Pass is in fact three passes that are absent or unclear on most hiking maps. Out of the three, the southernmost route is easier conquered. They are located in the Giant's Castle area.
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Jarateng Pass (South)

Jarateng Pass (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Southern Jarateng Pass is the grassier of the three. It is Located in the Giant's Castle region.
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Jarateng/Jarding's Pass (Central)

Jarateng/Jarding's Pass (Central)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in Central Drakensberg, the Central Jarateng Pass tops out high on the Southern slopes of Mount Durnford. It is most likely the easiest of the three passes as the northern and southern are rockier.
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Judge Pass

Judge Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Judge Pass is a steep pass which calls for some rock scrambling. The path is very clear. It is located in the Injisuthi region of the Berg.
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Junction Cave

Junction Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Junction Cave is in the Injisuthi area, a little bit further along from Marble Baths Cave. This cave is no longer shown on maps and should be avoided because of flood danger.
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Kamberg Nature Reserve

Kamberg Nature Reserve

PO Box 72, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kamberg Nature Reserve forms part of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is situated centrally in the foothills of the mountains. The reserve was proclaimed in 1951 and is 6 300 ha in extent. This reserve is particularly scenic, with a number of walks throughout the area.   The natural landscape ...
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Kambule Peak

Kambule Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kambule peak is located in the Giants Castle area near Jarateng Pass.  Image from left to right, Katana, Carbineer Point, Kambule and Mount Durnford.
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Katana

Katana

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Katana peak is located in the Giants Castle area. It is considered a complicated climb especially when there is snow. Image description: Looking North after the Long Wall towards Katana in front and the Thumb in the distance. A relatively easy three-hour hike from here to Langalibalele Pass after summiting Mount Durnf ...
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Keartlands Pass

Keartlands Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Keartlands Pass is located in the Monks Cowl area. It has some steep sections and the ongoing erosion has formed 'steps' which can be harsh on one's knees. This pass is not on the main escarpment.
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Keith Bush Camp

Keith Bush Camp

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Keith Bush Camp used to be just a hut but it was demolished in the 1973 when the valley was declared wilderness area, where no man-made structure were allowed. This is a good overnight stop for a hike to Champagne Castle Peak via Gray’s Pass.
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Langalibalele Pass

Langalibalele Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Old maps may refer to this as "Bushman's River Pass", as it was known in the 19th century. The exact date of the name change to "Langalibalele Pass" is uncertain, but makes reference to the arrest of the amaHlubi Chief Langalibalele at the top of this pass in 1873. Seven people died during this capture, five from the E ...
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Langalibalele Pass Hike

Langalibalele Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Old maps may refer to this as "Bushman's River Pass", as it was known in the 19th century. The exact date of the name change to "Langalibalele Pass" is uncertain, but makes reference to the arrest of the amaHlubi Chief Langalibalele at the top of this pass in 1873. Seven people died during this capture, five from the E ...
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Leopard's Lair is situated on a working farm located within 20 km of Estcourt in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Free private parking is available on site. This 2-bedroom apartment has a kitchen fully-equipped kitchen and a lounge with a fireplace and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The bathroom has a shower.
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Leslie's Pass

Leslie's Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Leslie's Pass is relatively easy to hike, it is just very long. Leslie's and Injisuthi pass are the only routes to the top in the Injisuthi area.
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Situated in the village of Winterton in the Central Drakensberg, Lilac Lodge-Purple House features a large garden with outdoor pool and children's playground. Pets are allowed on request. The accommodation here will provide you with a TV, a seating area and satellite channels. Most of the units have kitchen facilities. ...
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Featuring a large garden and accessed via a gravel road, Linglela Lodge is located in Estcourt, just 3 km from the Wagendrift dam. The lodge offers a bar, a dining area and an events venue. The rooms all come with African inspired decor and a TV with select satellite channels. Other amenities include a microwave, fridg ...
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Lithobolong Peak (Shepherd Ridge)

Lithobolong Peak (Shepherd Ridge)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lithobolong Peak is the seventh-highest mountain in South Africa, it is located in Injisuthi near Red Wall Peak.
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Little Acres Drakensberg Accommodation

Little Acres Drakensberg Accommodation

R600 Central Drakensberg, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Perfectly situated in the Cathkin/Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg with views of the Majestic World Heritage site, Drakensberg Mountains. Self-catering accommodation with no activities on site, but close by. A one bedroom cottage sleeps 4, a one bedroom unit sleeps 5 and a cosy room sleeps 2. The cottage an ...
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Long Wall

Long Wall

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Long Wall is the fifth highest peak in South Africa. It is a long wall of rock north of Giant’s Castle.
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Lower Injisuthi Cave

Lower Injisuthi Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Lower Injisuthi Cave sleeps 12 people and offers level floors and good protection from the elements.
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Mafadi/Ntheledi

Mafadi/Ntheledi

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mafadi/Ntheledi peak is the highest peak in South Africa,The name Mafadi (meaning the Mother of Fadi). The original Sotho name Ntheledi (meaning "Makes me slip", refers to the nearby stream) it is considered by some to be a more relevant and the correct name.
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Main Caves at Giant's Castle

Main Caves at Giant's Castle

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Main Caves is in the Giants Castle area. This painted shelter is easily accessed and is a short walk from the Giants Castle camp. The site is fenced and guided tours commence at the cave entrance hourly 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. They take a maximum of 13 people at a time, so get there early. This is an extensively painted ...
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Main Caves Hike

Main Caves Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This hike leads from the camp, along the river near the edge of a forest, up to the large caves, which are crucial archaeological sites and have been turned into a museum showing the Bushman's way of life. Tours are conducted throughout the year at set times in the company of a field ranger. An easy 40min hike
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Manwood Lodge is offering accommodation in Mooirivier. 7 km from Mooiriver Mooi Loft, the guest house provides barbecue facilities and a garden. The property is 8 km from Supermarket (Mooi River) and 9 km from Fishing and Picnic. Guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Each room comes with a private ba ...
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Marble Baths Cave

Marble Baths Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A lovely cave only 50m from Marble Baths, sleeps at least 8 people.Its an easy day hike to the cave and well worth staying a night over in the cave.
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Marble Baths Cave (Annex)

Marble Baths Cave (Annex)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Smaller the Marble Baths Cave but does offer even more protection from the wind and rain. The cave top is very low in the sleeping area. Its an easy day hike to the cave and well worth staying a night over in the cave.
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Marble Baths Hike

Marble Baths Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Injisuthi Camp follow the route towards Fergy's Cave, after 5km's turn right crossing over the river, only 3km's and 200m elevation to go. The path is on the left side of the valley and slowly climbs higher towards Marble Baths. Marble Baths Cave and Annex are 50m from Marble Baths should you choose to sleep over ...
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Marble Baths via Grindstone Caves Hike

Marble Baths via Grindstone Caves Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Injisuthi Camp head past Yellowwood forest for a steep 3.8 km's hike all uphill to Grindstone Caves, continue up past the caves, the views at the top of the Drakensberg are stunning. Follow the path South West across the ridge for 3km's of relatively flat walking, then downhill and towards Marble Baths. A good ma ...
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Marten's Shelter is in the Monks Cowl area. This small site is situated on the path between Champagne Castle Hotel and The Sphinx path at Monks Cowl . It is on the Champagne Castle Hotel’s property so access is with permission of the hotel management. The site is well marked and is a small set of paintings of Mountain ...
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Meander Hut

Meander Hut

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Meander Hut overlooks meander stream and is set on the edge of the hill. A really stunning view over the valley looking back towards Highmoor. The Hut burn't down some years ago and is currently a ruin.
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A relatively easy day hike for the family (probably 8 and above). A steep hill on the way to the hut but almost all downhill after. The views from the hut looking back towards Highmoor and into the valley below are worth while. Sadly the hut burnt down and is not in use at the moment. The first image in the gallery sh ...
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Mhlwazini Peak

Mhlwazini Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mhlwazini Peak is located in the Monks Cowl area. Ship's Prow Pass is the closet pass.
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Monk's Cowl

Monk's Cowl

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Monks Cowl, taking its name from the peak sandwiched between the towering Champagne Castle and Cathkin mountains, is part of the 260 000 ha Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is the access point to the Mlambonja and Mdedelo Wilderness Area.
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Surrounded by nature, with a lake and views of the Cathkin and Champagne mountains, Monte Video-Deo Gloria offers 4 bedrooms and is located inside the Mount Champagne Resort. The thatched holiday house features a seating area with sofas and fireplace. It is fitted with a terrace and flat-screen TV.
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Mount Durnford

Mount Durnford

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mount Durnford is in the Giants Castle area.
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Mount Lebanon

Mount Lebanon

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mount Lebanon Peak can be viewed from the Highmoor Campsite. The peak is 2 153 m high. From Mount Lebanon the views are almost 360 degrees and looking back you will see the Highmoor Campsite behind you (South West).
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