Remember, I will plan any hike to suit you and your group or family. Contact me either by e mail , or if that bounces back send me a fax , and I will contact you. Please bear in mind that I may be away on a trip when you email , so give me a few days to get back to you. Good hiking - don't wait too long to do your first to the mountains . It will be a "not to be forgotten experience"
Day Hikes any time of the year
For the first time mountain/berg visitor deciding where to go can be a daunting task. There are easy day walks at all mountain/ berg resorts. However I can guide you to unvisited places at the following mountain /berg resorts:
- Giants Castle
These resorts are all in easy reach of Pietermaritzburg , the Midlands Meander and surrounding areas . Walks are easy, and vary in distance to suit your and your children's pace and interests . In summer river walks are great as a dip in a cool mountain stream is an especially "cooling experience". I can supply backpacks , stoves , hats etc. No special hiking boots required , just good sound walking shoes.
2 - 3 day hikes and sleep in either caves or mountain huts
When - any time of the year . remember November- January are our heavy rain months , you will at some time hike in the rain - be prepared
There are many 2 - 3 day hikes where we overnight in caves and or mountain huts.
For the fitter , hardier hiker , tents can be carried , then the mountain becomes yours and you can go wherever you wish , and for as long as you like. All hikes will be designed around your own , or your groups fitness capability and expectations. I do not mix different groups of people together , your trip is your trip. I plan as you want , easy and slow , or hard and fast and anything in- between . The only limitations are on where the caves and mountain huts are - they determine our ultimate pace as we must get there at the end of each day. This is where my experience comes in , with your information and my knowledge of the mountains we will plan and enjoy a memorable experience in the mountain wilderness together. I will do all bookings , food planning , route planning etc for our trip, but, I don't cook for you. HIKING AREAS:
Cathedral Peak - 2 and 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves.
Many interesting areas to visit including Rock art and the Rock Art Centre , as well as wonderful mountain views. The hikes from here need good fitness , as well as a full pack of hiking equipment . Not suitable for children. Good accommodation available close by hotels , camp sites B & B's etc . Things to do - many day walks - easy and hard , trout fishing , river swimming , mountain bike riding , unsurpassed views , good roads and mountain paths.
Monks Cowl 2 - 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves.
Good caves caves as well as Rock Art . Need to be fit for this area as caves are relatively far from the car park, hike on good contour paths - Many nice easy day walks , hike through natural riverine bush . Good official camp site at Monks Cowl. For those who do not want to stay in the campsite whilst some of the family hike for 2 or 3 days good hotels and other accommodation are close by. There is much to see and do in the surrounding area.
Injisuthi 2 - 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves.
There are a number of routes here. Good caves to sleep in , some easy to get to , good for first time overnight hikers , and older children 13 years +. Good views . One of the easier places to overnight hike in. Many day walks including the famous 'Battle Cave" rock art cave- access only with a game guard or Rock Art Custodian. Good trout fishing and river swimming - like Marble Baths Pools not too far away. There are self catering huts as well as a camp site here . Eland come around the campsite at night.
Giants Castle 2 - 3 days to 4 days hiking - sleeping in mountain huts and caves.
The hikes from here are on good paths , a fair degree of fitness is needed to walk from Giants Hut to Bannerman's hut as it is a long 20 kilometer hike . For the rest , by good planning easier overnight hikes can be done . There is a smaller mountain hut much closer by , a great experience for the very first time overnight hiker. One can also get to the top of the escarpment to the famous Carbineer Memorial . There are a limited number of day walks , trout fishing , swimming and the famous Giants Castle Rock Art Museum not far away.. Good bird watching . Eland come around the camp at night . Wonderful views of the "Giant" from here . Very good accommodation at Giants Camp - self catering and restaurant.
Highmoor 2- 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves.
Caves are very close by , and easy to get to. An ideal place for families to share their 1st hiking and overnight experience in a cave together. Easy hiking from here , the only place where you can drive up to the top of the "Little berg" by car and camp. Good Rock art site , trout fishing dams , wonderful views , waterfalls and mountain solitude for the not so fit . Small camping area .
Kamberg - 2-3 days hiking - sleeping in a cave
Un-spoilt hiking area , cave is marked , but paths are not easy to follow . Kamberg is known for its trout fishing , as well as the famous Kamberg Rock Art Centre and Rock Art Shelter which you can only visit with a registered Rock Art Custodian. A must visit if you are in the area. Limited number of day walks . Walks are easy with good river swimming - visit Roman Baths for a lovely day of swimming and sun tanning.. Accommodation in good self catering cottages. Good game viewing area not far away. Good B & b not far away.
Lotheni 2 days hiking - sleeping in a cave
Lotheni is one of the more isolated camps in the mountains/berg. Easy walk to the cave with natural bush vegetation and good riverine views and places to swim. Many day walks , some quite strenuous . Good trout fishing , and big river pools to swim in. Accommodation in good self catering huts and a nice camp site , as well as a secluded cottage on a small dam.
Cobham 2 - 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves
Lovely area to hike in , many caves to sleep in . Very different rock and valley formations to the Northern berg. A number of different hike routes can be done from here as the are a number of good sleeping caves scattered throughout the area . Good Rock Art sites , as well as a National Heritage Site. Many nice day walks , lovely river swimming , especially in the summer. Good trout fishing . Rustic large Camp site at Cobham . Nice area for children . Not far to the famous Sani Pass - need a tour operator or a 4x4 plus a valid passport to drive up the pass .
Garden Castle 2 - 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves or mountain huts.
A number of caves available in the area . Good hiking with many views of mountains and valleys . Good day hikes - with the extra long and difficult day hike to get to the top of the Rhino. Good river swimming and trout fishing . By special arrangement a mountain hut is available depending on circumstances at the time where an easy 2 day hike can be done and overnight in the hut. There is a small camp site at the office , but nearby is a good hotel .
Bushmans Nek 2 - 3 days hiking - sleeping in caves
A more rugged area to hike in , however there are a number of caves in the area. On the one route there is an opportunity to enjoy a good climb to the top of the escarpment , whilst on another good rock art can be seen. Trout fishing and good river swimming . Good day walks from the nearby private camp site , and not far way a good hotel.
Longer and a bit more difficult hikes
When - any time of the year. However the Mini Traverse should only be done at certain times of the year due to possible bad weather conditions . The best time for this trip is April/May , or Late September /October.
Giants Cup Trail - 5 days - Southern Berg
For those who may want to venture a bit further , maybe 5 days , there is the Giants Cup Trail . this is a self guided trail , however I have led a number of people on this trip , and have had very commendable feedback as they have all seen more , and experienced more by having a guide with them.
Giants Hut to Centenary/Injisuthi trail - 5 days- Central Berg
This will be an extension of this hike . In parts the trail gets a bit lost , could be exciting in bad weather. Wonderful views, last day could be a long one depending on the route.
Many 4-5 day hikes
Walking from area to area along the contour path , tents needed , and parties of at least 4 people together.
The Ultimate 5 day - The Mini Traverse - Northern Berg
For this trip mountain fitness and hiking experience is a must . The trip is across the top of the berg. Tents and 6 days food must be carried . Weather is unpredictable and a full range of high quality mountain kit must be carried by all in the party. Expect rain , severe cold , ice , mist , sunburn , whatever . However in fair weather the views are without doubt the most spectacular that you could imagine. Here we need at least 6 - 8 people who know each other on this hike . Strong team sense and spirit , as well as physical strength is needed.
AREAS TO HIKE IN
All areas that we hike ,are in the in uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site , and fall under the auspicious of the KZN Wildlife organization , the official custodians of our nature reserves in Kwa Zulu-Natal. WHERE: Drakensberg Mountains, Kwazulu Natal CONTACT US NOW TO BOOK YOUR HIKING TRIP