5 Day – Hiking the Drakensberg


Duration:  5 Days / 4 Nights

Included meals: (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

* Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavor to supply comparable facilities.

Day 1:

Depart from Johannesburg or Pretoria and drive via the historical town of Ladysmith, where we will stop for lunch and a visit to the “Ladysmith Siege Museum”, before we continue on to Giants Castle, which is situated in the Natal Drakensburg Mountains a UNESCO world heritage site. The accommodation at Giants Castle is self-catering, but all meals are served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: Giants Castle Lodge **** (D)   

Day 2:

A day at leisure in the beautiful Natal Drakensburg Mountains where Bushmen left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks and in the caves. Visit Giants Castle cave for a guided tour or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in this park. Dinner will be cooked by your guide – Good luck!!! Overnight in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: Giants Castle Lodge **** (B & D)  

Day 3:  

Travel the “Oliviershoek Pass” to the village of Clarens for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town. Then it is off to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or take a walk up to the top of the impressive “Brandwag” mountain.

Accommodation: Golden Gate Hotel *** (B)

Other optional activities:

  • Horse riding or game drives are available. 

Day 4:  

Drive via Phuthaditjhaba the capital of QwaQwa the old homeland of the Basotho people on the border of Lesotho to the KwaZulu Natal Drakensburg Mountains, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. Hike up the “Sentinel” and along the rim of the majestic “Mont-Aux-Sources”, which is the source of the second highest waterfall in the world – Tugela Falls. Return to Golden Gate Highlands National Park for the night.

Accommodation: Golden Gate Hotel *** (B & L)

Day 5:                                                                      

Breakfast and a morning at leisure in the “Berg” or hike one of the numerous natures trails in the park. Return to Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Accommodation: – (B)

Included:   Accommodation (3-4*), transport, accredited tourist guide, meals as indicated, porter-age where available, conservation fees and all entrance fees as per itinerary. 

Excluded:   Air tickets, passport and visa fees, airport tax, insurance, phone calls, beverages, gratuities, purchase of items of a personal nature and excess baggage.

Requirements:   Relatively fit, not scared of heights, good hiking shoes & small rug sack for day supplies & necessities.


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