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.

Bushman's Nek Pass Hike

IMG 1363The Bushman's Nek Pass is suitable for hiking and horse riding. The hike from Bushamn's Nek camp to the top of the pass is 8km with a total elevation gain of 679m making this a moderatley difficult hike.

The first half of the hike takes you past Cedric's Pool and is relatively flat, the next 3km are steep to the top of the pass and the final 2km to the Lesotho border is relatively flat.

The view overlooking Bushman's Nek and Lesotho make this hike well worth the effort.


Location (Degrees)
29°52'26.4"S 29°09'55.2"E
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
Hike Duration (to destination)
Hike Duration (return)
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)

The route starting at the Bushman's Nek Office where you fill in the mountain register passes the South African border post. You then cross the stream three times (a turn to the right after the second stream takes you towards Bushman's Cave.)

You follow the path with the Ngwangwane River on your right and after 4.5km is a turn to the right for Cedric's Pool, perhaps a good spot for a rest before starting the hike up the hill.

Follow the path up the hill for roughly 3km (this is the steepest section of the hike) after which you are at the top of the pass. From here only a short way until you reach Lesotho, 2km along the ridge in an Easterly direction, if you turn left when at the top of the pass (North Easterly direction) then you would be heading towards Jonathan's Gate at the Lesotho Border.


GPX track map

Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track

Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 9.9 km
Overall distance (imperial) 6.2 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 679 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1755 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2434 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 694 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 17 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 2228 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 5758 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 7986 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 2277 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 56 ft

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