Hikes

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.

Mzimkulwana Hut Hike

mz hut

This is day 2 of the Giants Cup Trail hike. Its an easy hike of 8.6km to Mzimkulwana Hut. On the way you pass Bath Plug Cave which is a good spot for lunch.

The Hut can be quite cold as in a valley near a river so do take some warm clothes along also.

Area
Location (Degrees)
29°42'23.77"S, 29°21'22.15"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.706604,29.356154
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
8.6
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
17.2
Hike Duration (to destination)
3.5
Hike Duration (return)
3.5
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
7.0
Explore
Bushman Paintings, Caves, Huts, Landmarks, Waterfalls or Pools, Vistas
Altitude
1,642
Max Number in Hut
30
Directions

Day 1: From Cobham (North is Ndlovini Peak and to the right is Grandma Peak then Emerald Dome)

Cobham Parking Lot –>  Allens Shelter (1km) -> Tortise Rocks (2.8km – 225m up) -> Bathplug Cave (4km) -> Mzimkhylwana Hut (8.64km)

From Hut

  • South is Bamboo Mountain (4km)
  • West is Little Bamboo Mountain (4.5km)
  • River below hut is Mzimkhulwana River
  • River above hut is Siphongweni River
  • North / North South is eSiphongweni Peak which has Mpongweni Shelters and Siphongweni Cave (2.6km)
  • North / North West The Pimple Mountain (1.3km)
  • Behind The Pimple is Amakehla Pass (11km)
Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 8.6 km
Overall distance (imperial) 5.3 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 225 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1618 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 1843 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 274 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 284 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 738 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 5308 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 6047 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 899 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 932 ft

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