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.

The Sphinx Hike

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sphinxA 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.

Location (Degrees)
29°03'20.5"S 29°23'53.6"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.055683, 29.398233
Type of Hike
Day Hike
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
2.4
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
4.8
Hike Duration (to destination)
1.5
Hike Duration (return)
1.0
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
2.5
Explore
Peaks, Vistas
Altitude
1,745
Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 2.4 km
Overall distance (imperial) 1.5 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 314 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1481 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 1795 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 312 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 52 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1030 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 4859 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 5889 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 1024 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 171 ft

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