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drakensberg maps

When going on a hike please ensure you have a map which can be purchased from most of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife regional reserves or at the head office in Pietermaritzburg.

This guide to Hiking in the Drakensberg may also be of assistance especially if your first hike. A list of the caves and phone numbers that can be booked is available here and an example of the Mountain Rescue Register can be downloaded here.

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Lotheni Camp to Hlathimbe South Pass

Lotheni Camp to Hlathimbe South Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A hike of 7 to 8 hours over 16 km's and 1 447m uphill, this is a difficult hike. The hike begins at Lotheni Camp, follows the Ngodwini River and ascends up to the contour path. The Hlathimbe Pass itself is very steep, doing the hike to the top over 2 days is a good option. A map and a garmin or phone with the tracks a ...
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If you only ever do one overnight hiking trip in the Drakensberg then this is at the top of the list. The hike to Bannerman Hut on day one is 10km and a climb, most people will be fine. Sleep in relative luxury and in the morning hike up Bannerman Pass. You have plenty time to get to the top and back before sunset for ...
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The Sphinx Hike

The Sphinx Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate walk from Monks Cowl of 2.4km and elevation of 312m to the Sphinx passing Crystal falls on the way. The views are lovely once reaching the Sphinx.
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Thamathu is a long pass up from Bushman's Nek up the ridge to the top of the escarpment. It is a relatively easy pass. The views on the way up and at the top are lovely. Along the way you pass Thamathu Cave, a good place to have a rest and take in the views before doing the final 3 km's.
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Ngwangwane Pass (Bushman's Pass)

Ngwangwane Pass (Bushman's Pass)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ngwangwane Pass is also known as Bushman's Pass has no trail but is a relatively easy and flat pass.
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Organ Pipes Pass from Cathedral Peak Reserve

Organ Pipes Pass from Cathedral Peak Reserve

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Organ Pipes Pass is probably one of the most commonly used passes in the KZN Drakensberg. The name is derived from the very impressive wall of rock pinnacles near the top of the pass. The ridge offers stunning views of the Cathedral and Cathkin ridges. This route is commonly used for smuggling activities and is best a ...
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Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge Hike

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A long 9.5km hike with an elevation gain of 820m. The rewards along the way make this uphill climb well worth while. You pass Cascades, Lookout Rock, Cave Shelter, Mahai Cave and Mahai Falls on the way before reaching Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge at the top.
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The Waterfall Trail in the Tsehlanyane National Park is an 8.7 km return trip (5.4 miles), Starting at Maliba Lodge at 2030m, dropping to 1980m, then climbing steadily up to 2320m above sea level. This hike is strenuous as it involves pushing your way through dense vegetation up the valley leading to the falls. As you ...
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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 last image in the gallery sho ...
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Policeman's Helmet Hike

Policeman's Helmet Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Starting at the Gorge car park this 6km hike to Policeman's Helmet with an elevation gain 340m along the way offers great views.
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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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Centenary Hut Hike

Centenary Hut Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A difficult 10.5km hike starting at Injisuthi Camp to Centenary Hut but worth every aching muscle once you get to the top. The first 7.5 km's are easy and then the "little" hill to climb up to the hut. It seems never ending at times but is most definitely achievable by most people, take it easy up the hill and you will ...
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Battle Cave Hike

Battle Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Injisuthi Camp follow the route towards Fergy's Cave and then take the right fork along the Injisuthi River approximately 4kms from the start and about 1km before Fergy's Cave. Total distance to the cave is 5.7km and an climb of only 258m. The cave is fenced so cannot be accessed without a guide. Contact: 036&nb ...
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Mnweni Pools Hike

Mnweni Pools Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A 12.5km hike from the Mnweni Cultural Centre with an elevation gain of 347m.
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Tarn Cave is a great cave to stay overnight in the Bushman's Nek area. The hike is 8.9km's to the cave with an elevation gain of 661m along the way, a slow and easy pace and you will be there in around 4 hours.
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