Overnight Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains
To truly experience the magic of the Drakensberg you have to spend at least one night in these mountains. Whether you want to do an easy hike to sleep in a cave and enjoy a swim in a mountain pool or you are seasoned hiker who wants to do a 7-day high traverse on top of the remote escarpment, there are many options to choose from.
For overnight hikes you need to carry a backpack with your own gear and your share of the group equipment, including food. For longer hikes in remote areas porters can be arranged on request.
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The Drakensberg is a step-like mountain that is divided in 2 areas that are separated by the escarpment (the "step"): Little Berg and High Berg.
For the fit and the experienced the High Berg offers world-class hiking. At an average height of 3000m the views are some of the best in the whole of Africa. Your need at least 3 days and nights are usually spent in tents although caves are also available in some instances. The weather can be unpredictable, so your gear must be of the highest standard.
Or check out our most popular hikes in the High Berg:
The Little Berg (certainly more little than the High Berg but not little by any means!) offers hiking for everybody, from beginners to the most experienced. One of the highlights is to spend a night in one of the many “caves”, which are really just deep overhangs in the sandstone layer of the Drakensberg. The more common hikes involve a circular route of 3 days/2 nights.
Or check out our most popular hikes in the Little Berg:
The high traverse of the northern Drakensberg is one of the most popular hikes on the High Berg as this is arguably the most spectacular section of the whole range. From the beginning to the end this hike is full of memorable views. The descent to the Cathedral Peak Hotel via the Bell Traverse is without a doubt the most remarkable day you can have in these mountains.
Click here to have a look at our last Mini Traverse.
The Giants Cup trail is the only established trail in the Drakensberg. It is 60km in length and is normally completed in 5 days, staying in 4 different mountain huts. They are rustic but 3 are equipped with the luxury of hot showers! This is an ideal hike for beginners.
Click here to have a look at our last Giants Cup Trail
Mafadi, at 3450m above sea level, is the highest peak in South Africa. A big dome several hundred of metres away from the edge of the escarpment, its ascent doesn’t require any technical skill but a high standard of physical fitness and gear. This 4-day/3-night hike with great caves and incredible views is a thrilling adventure into one of the most remote areas of the high berg.
Click here to have a look at our last hike to Mafadi.
The Bell Traverse is the ultimate hiking experience in the Drakensberg. This 3-day hike must rank high among the best hikes in the world. Dramatic views, spear-like peaks, precarious rock traverses, fascinating caves...This is not for the faint-hearted but for the very experienced hiker with a head for heights.
Click here to have a look at our last Bell Traverse.
Champagne Castle Peak at 3377m is the third highest point in South Africa. Without technical difficulties all you need for this hike is a good physical condition, a head for heights and an appeal for adventure. It is an exhilarating hiking experience with great views!