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Drakensberg Hiking Trails

There are many different hiking trails in the Drakensberg. The Drakensberg Mountains present three very different perspectives to its hikers. And I recommend you try experience each of these aspects. I have selected the following as recommended Drakensberg hiking trails because of their ease, spectacular scenery and last but not least they are well off the beaten tourist track. You probably will not even see a single other visitor while walking.

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  • Day trail through the lower reaches of the Drakensberg (Northern Drakensberg and Central Drakensberg)
    This is know as the little Berg. Walking the lower reaches below the Drakensberg escarpment is the reason you came to this area. While it might be called the little Berg its by no means little and is where the views looking up at the main escarpment are best. This is the most impressive the Drakensberg has to offer and I recommend Giants Castle Nature Reserve. Try "Worlds View" an easy 3,5 hour hike (14 km) and ends with a spectacular 360 degree view. More of this walking beneath the escarpment can be found at Injasuti, Monks Cowl, Champane, Cathederal and Royal Natal. Its similar but the scenery is different and all spectacular.

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  • To the top of the Escarpment and the 950m Tugela Waterfall
    There is only one place you can reasonably get to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment and back down again in one day and that is at the Sentinel Peak. The drive alone is spectacular. The walk is 5 hours 2,5 hours each way. You ascend the last 20 meters using a chain ladder and are rewarded with a view overlooking the Royal Natal Reserve. Also you are at the source of the Tugela river where it falls some 950m. 2nd highest in the world.

  • San (Bushmann) rock art in the Southern Drakensberg
    Kamberg offers the most spectacular examples of rock art to be found in South Africa. There are many places where Bushman rock art can be found but this is one of the few sites where your imagination is not a prerequisite. Kamberg is situated in the southern Drakensberg (More sandstone and valleys than the spectacular basalt of further North) which gives you another opportunity to experience a different aspect of our Drakensberg. The Southern Drakensberg might be less dramatic than the Central Drakensberg and Northern Drakensberg but by no means less pretty. The hiking trails in the Southern Drakesberg are as worth experiencing as the others.