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Gladstone's Nose Trail

Gladstone's Nose Trail

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A 4.4km hike with a 436m uphill near the end. The Gladstone's Nose Trail is considered to be one of the most beautiful trails in the Drakensberg. Different species of antelope occur in the area . The trail passes through grassland and indigenous forests.
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Amphitheatre to Cathedral Peak Hike

Amphitheatre to Cathedral Peak Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This 5-day hike features some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The route passes through the Amphitheatre, Mbundini, Mnweni, The Rockeries, The Saddle and The Cathedral range. The first day’s hike takes hikers up the chain-ladder to the top of the Amphitheatre. From here, th ...
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Cathedral Peak Hike

Cathedral Peak Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme 6 to 7 hrs hike - 10km. A long arduous hike requiring a high level of fitness. Starts from Cathedral Peak Hotel, up the path to the Cathedral Ridge. Rock scrambling is often necessary due to rock slides on the gully below the peak.
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uMkhomazi to McKenzie's Cave Hike

uMkhomazi to McKenzie's Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The caves are situated in the uMhhomazi area about 5.8 km from the parking area. The hike is steep with a total climb of 688m but not long thus rated as moderate.  McKenzie’s caves can sleep 12 people.
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Ash Cave Hike

Ash Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A three to four hour hike from Lotheni Camp Site to Ash Cave. Starting from the Lotheni campsite, follow the main path up the left-hand bank of the Lotheni River past the eMpophomeni Falls to a fork 4,5km from the start. You then take the right-hand path and continue up the Lotheni River for another 3 km, crossing a t ...
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Champagne Castle Via Gray's Pass Hike

Champagne Castle Via Gray's Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Champagne Castle is the second highest mountain in South Africa at 3377m and is located in the central drakensberg. This hike is perfect for fit hikers who are looking for a unique multi day hiking experience.
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This hike begins at Injasuti camp and follows a circular route via Grindstone Caves, the waterfalls and Cataract Valley. The path follows the Mhlwazini River back to the camp. A moderate 4 hrs hike (13km)
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Blue Pool and Nyosi Grotto Hike

Blue Pool and Nyosi Grotto Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A easy 2 hrs or 5.5 kms hike. A short hike in the Cathedral Peak area, starting from the hotel and following the Nyosi River southwards.
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Hidden Valley Hike

Hidden Valley Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate 9kms - 3hrs hike This hike begins at the Garden Castle main office, via Swiman Hut and along Hidden Valley, returning the same route.
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Eagle Trail

Eagle Trail

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A hike of 6 hours. The trail starts from the rest camp in the Lotheni Nature Reserve and is a circular route.
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Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock Hike

Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A severe 6 hr hike(15kms) The hike starts on the Cathedral Peak route and then branches off to the right, going down into the Nxwaye valley, up the Ganabu Ridge and down Baboon Rock.
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Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley Hike

Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate 4 hrs hike (13 kms) This hike begins at injasuti camp and follows a circular route via Grindstone Caves, the waterfalls and Cataract Valley. The path follows the Mhlwazini River back to the camp.
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Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave Hike

Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A severe 6-8 hrs hike (11 kms) From Cathedral Peak Hotel the path follows the river past the trout hatchery and up to the top of the little berg above the mlambonja river. The pass (also known as Umlambonya pass) is consistently very steep and long.
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Lake District Hike

Lake District Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate 8 hrs - 2 days hike. There are many caves in the in the area. A network of parts connects the caves and places of interest and allows hikers to amble around the section of the Little Berg. Hikes begin from the Cobham Camp. Cobham State Forest area, which is situated close to Himeville.
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Icidi Pass Hike

Icidi Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme round trip of a minimum of 3 days. The hike starts at the Isanlwana Police Post in the Mweni Valley and follows the Icidi River to the escarpment. It requires serious, potentially dangerous rock scrambling, and should only be attempted by experienced, competent mountaineers. In the Icidi Valley which is in u ...
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Mnweni via Rockeries and Mnweni Passes Hike

Mnweni via Rockeries and Mnweni Passes Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme hike of 4 days (48 kms) An extremely long and difficult hike which begins at the Isandlwana Police Post in the Mnweni area. The first day would take you to the base of the Rockeries Pass, the second to the top and Mponjwane or Ledgers Cave, the third down the base of Mnweni Pass and the fourth back to the po ...
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Jacobs Ladder Hike

Jacobs Ladder Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A hike of 2km which follows the Lotheni River and leads to the spectacular Jacobs Ladder Waterfall.
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Rainbow Gorge Hike

Rainbow Gorge Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A fair 2 hrs hike (5.5 kms) This is probably one of the most picturesque hikes in the area. From the hotel skirt the base of Tryme Hill westwards, then eastwards on the path into the gorge. Once in the gorge itself the path follows the river.
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Two Passes and Cleft Peak Escarpment Hike

Two Passes and Cleft Peak Escarpment Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme 3 days hike (40 kms) The route starts at the top of Mike's Pass near Cathedral Peak Hotel, up the long ridge and the very steep Organ Pipes Pass. Traverse the escarpment and descend via Mlambonja Pass. This hike is classified extreme and for good reason. Not to be undertaken by the unfit or inexperienced. Mi ...
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Gelib Tree Trail

Gelib Tree Trail

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A hike of 2.5 hours. This is a short trail offering magnificent views.
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Contour Path - Cathedral Peak to Ndedema Hike

Contour Path - Cathedral Peak to Ndedema Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate to severe hike of 3 hours or 3.5 kms A long hard hike. Starts at Cathedral Peak Hotel, up to contour path below Cathedral range and follow it southwards. Hike passes underneath the main escarpment and back down the Ndedema Gorge.
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Hodgson's Peaks Hike

Hodgson's Peaks Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A severe 2 - 3 days hike (19 kms) The hike starts at Cobham Camp and follows the main Polela River towards the escarpment, the path becomes less clear and the Masubasuba Pass is long and difficult.
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Ifidi Pass Hike

Ifidi Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ifidi Valley, Mnweni. An extreme round trip of a minimum of 3 days. From the Isandlwana Police Post follow the Mnweni River to its junction with the Ifidi River. The route then follows the Ifidi River and up Ifidi Pass. This hike should be led only by competent mountaineers with able parties, as it requires rock climbi ...
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Gxalingenwa River Trail

Gxalingenwa River Trail

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

13 kms about 4 hours. The hike is good for bird watching and game viewing. It follows the Emerald Stream, past indigenous forest to a spectacular waterfall with pools suitable for swimming. It begins on the Sani Pass Road and has good views of Giants Cup. It leads to Gxalingenwa Cave.
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Mbundini and Fangs Passes Hike

Mbundini and Fangs Passes Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme hike of 2 days (27 kms) Two steep passes in the Mnweni area leading to the top of the escarpment and enclosing Mbundini Abbey Peak. These passes are steep and dangerous and should not be attempted by the inexperienced.
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Otto's Walk

Otto's Walk

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy one hour walk of 3 kilometres starting at the visitor's centre which takes you along the Tugela River and continues towards the park gate. The path leads up the Sigubudu Valley to some fine examples of San rock paintings.
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Ntonyelana Pass (iNtonyelana)  Hike

Ntonyelana Pass (iNtonyelana) Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme round trip of a minimum of 2 days. A long route to the top of the escarpment from the Isandlwana Police Post, following the Ntonjelana River.
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Giant's Hut via Oribi Ridge Hike

Giant's Hut via Oribi Ridge Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An alternative route to Giant's Hut just south of the two Dassies stream route. It starts at the main Giant's Castle Camp, climbing steadily to the hut, which must be booked. A severe 4 hrs hike (10.5km)
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Yellowwood Cave Tarn and Waterfall Hike

Yellowwood Cave Tarn and Waterfall Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From the Loteni camp follow the Loteni River then left along the Masinhlonga fork. The cave is south-facing. The route continues up to the contour path, then eastwards back towards the camp.
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Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Hike

Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This is a short walk in the vicinity of the camp. From the office at Injasuti take the Cowl Stream fork. At the top of the incline turn left to the walls of the old kraal. And shortly after that left again to the old woman stream. After crossing the river turn left and follow the path back to camp. An easy 1 hr hike (2 ...
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Three Pools Walk

Three Pools Walk

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A fair 2 hrs hike (4.5 kms) This short walk has two variations; both lead to pools and the extra distance is more than worth the small effort. It starts at the rangers station and heads eastwards
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World's View Hike

World's View Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From the picnic area take the concrete path down to and across Bannerman Bridge. Follow the path to below Sugarloaf Kop and on up to World's View. A moderate 3 hrs hike (7km)
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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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Oqalweni Forest Walk

Oqalweni Forest Walk

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy 2 hrs hike (5.5 kms) This route is ideal for hikers who prefer secluded outings. It starts from the Cathedral Peak Hotel, past the trout hatchery and along the Oqalweni River to a waterfall and pool.
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Pholela River Trail

Pholela River Trail

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A fair 3.5 hrs hike (9 kms) A variety of walks start from the Cobham Hutted Camp and follow the Polela River, Emerald Stream and Trout Beck. Trout fishing is possible - with a licence.
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Mlambonja Valley Hike

Mlambonja Valley Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate 30 mins - 2 hrs hike (1,5 - 5,2 kms) There are three hikes, the lower valley 1,5 km, neptunes pool 4,2 km and marble baths 5,2 km. The Mlambonja Pass Route bypasses most of the lower river valley. All hikes begin at the Cathedral Peak Hotel.
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Ouhout Trail

Ouhout Trail

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This trail leaves from below the campsite, where one crosses the swing bridge. It follows the Pholela River upstream for about a kilometre, passing a number of pools suitable for swimming, before it crosses the river again. It then heads back towards the campsite, passing through sections of indigenous Ntshishi (Ouhout ...
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Grysbok Bush Hike

Grysbok Bush Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This hike, starting at Giant's Castle main camp, takes you up the Bushman's River to the largest forest in the Giant's Castle area.
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Spare Rib Cave Hike

Spare Rib Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Injasuti. Proceed up Bannerman Pass from Bannerman Hut. The cave is near the top of the escarpment on the left hand side. A severe 2 hrs hike (3kms)
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uMkhomazi to Sinclair's Cave Hike

uMkhomazi to Sinclair's Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The gradient is average to steep for most of the route and can be rated as difficult. Water is not always available in the area surrounding the cave. This hike can be split up into two days with Cyprus Cave being used as an overnight stop.
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