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 alsobe of assistance especially if your first hike. A list of the caves and phone numbers that can be booked is available hereand an example of the Mountain Rescue Register can be downloaded here.
The Giants Cup trail is the only established trail in the Drakensberg. The hike is over 5 days (and 5 nights accommodation in the Drakensberg) and is 58.9km's in total. The first day is 12.8 km's and you stay in Pholela Hut. Day two is 8.8 km's and you stay in Mzimkhulwana Hut. Day 3 is 12 km's and you stay in Winterhoek Hut. Day 4 is 11.8 km's and you stay in Swiman Hut. The final day is 12.3 km's and you stay in Bushman's Nek Hut. The next morning 1.2km to the Bushman's Nek car park.
Over the 5 days the total elevation gain is 2031m and total elevation loss is 1912m. The hike is rated difficult as its over 5 days, each day itself is rated moderate.
If planning to do this hike copies of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife maps should be used. The maps show the route each day and the trail itself is well marked. A brochure made by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife with detailed information and route descriptions can be downloaded here.