The following are only a small selection of shorter walks and hikes and are taken from the better known hiking areas. We have not included longer trails as these require great detail and the relevant maps. We recommend David Britow's Best Walks of the Drakensberg as well as the EKZN hiking maps. There are also numerous fabulous trails known by the locals so our advice is for you to speak to them (they don't bite). Most accommodation owners will also know what is worth seeing around their area.
Central Drakensberg Area
A longer and more strenuous round trip (4 hours return) takes you
up the Steilberg (translated from
The hike to Stable Cave (9 hours or 2 days return) takes you on the same route as Steilberg above but you continue from there up Jacob's Ladder until you plateau onto the Little 'Berg with the Valley of Pools to your right and the eMhlawazini Valley to the left. If you have booked the cave, overnight here and head back after exploring the area the next morning.
From EKZN's Monk's Cowl Parking:
From Cathedral Peak Area:
The Mlambonja Valley hike (4 hours return) reveals beautiful plant and bird life so pack your binoculars. It takes you past Neptune's Pools and to Marble Baths so pack a costume if it is warm enough to take advantage of some of the world's best outdoor pools.
The Rainbow Gorge hike (4 hours return) takes you up the Ndumeni River Gorge shows of some of the beauty of the forests and gorges in the Drakensberg. Aptly named for the kaleidoscope that plays in the stream, this gorge is where you would expect to find the Faerie Folk.
Mushroom Rock (3 hours return) is a popular round trip for the unusual rock formation as well as Albert Falls and Doreen Falls which you can stop at on your way back. The view over the Little 'Berg to the escarpment wall is wonderful at sunrise.
From Royal Natal National Park:
Gudu Bush and Falls (2 hours return) is an easy walk that takes you through some wonderful 'Berg habitats the large pool at Gudu Falls.
Surprise Ridge and Cannibal Cave (6 hours return) is a tough hike that takes you through the magical Fairy Glen, past Sunday Falls and up the Sigubudu Valley. The cave is unfortunately truly a place where cannibalism took place in what is assumed to be the hardships during the Mefecane Wars.
As mentioned above, these are only a few day walks from the major hiking departure points. There are a number of equally rewarding hikes from areas such as Injisuthi (just south of Monk's Cowl), Giant's Castle (south of Injisuthi) and Mnweni (between Cathedral and the Amphitheatre) that should be explored if you are keen to see the absolute beauty of the Central and Northern Drakensberg region.
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