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 Waterfall Trail in the Tsehlanyane National Park is an 8.7 km return trip (5.4 miles), Starting at Maliba Lodge at 2030m, dropping to 1980m, then climbing steadily up to 2320m above sea level. This hike is strenuous as it involves pushing your way through dense vegetation up the valley leading to the falls.
As you leave the veranda you follow the path to the Lower Trail. At the split where the lower trail turns left you turn right and make your way along the clearly defined path to the River Chalets and the river pool. At the pool you pass through the gate and cross the river, following the path. This path sees a lot of animal activities and an observant person will see many traces of bushbuck, owls, and if you are lucky, eland. The path leads to the river, which is easily crossed. You will then reach gate #8. Once through turn left on the gravel road and walk for about 460m.
On your right you will notice a very clear path leading up the valley. This path is clear until you reach the acacia bush line. The path runs parallel to the stream approximately 150m east of the stream. Be careful of the exposed steep granite sections, they can be very slippery when wet. The last 150m to the waterfall is overgrown; you need to find your own way in but it is hoped the rangers will open this up soon.