Our first overnight spot
Mafadi Hike (SA’s Highest Peak)
At 3450m above sea level, Mafadi is South Africa’s highest point. This is a great hike for those training for Kilimanjaro or any other major peak, or for simply experiencing the impressive High Berg.
- Trip Duration 4 Days/3 Nights
- Activity Level Challenging
- Group Size Medium Group
Mafadi, at 3450m above sea level, is the highest peak in South Africa. A big dome several hundred of metres away from the edge 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.
At a Glance
Distance: 48 km
Days: 4 days / 3 nights
Grade: 4.5/5 (self-sufficient) – 3.5/5 (portered)
- Day 1 Centenary Hut (10.5km, 820m, 6-7h)
Meeting point: Our hike starts and ends in Injisuthi Camp. You can meet us there if you’re self-driving if you’re self-driving. Alternatively, we can pick you up from your hotel in Winterton.
Through the beautiful lush wooden gorges of the Injisuthi valley we head into the mountains. Upon entering an overgrown valley the going gets harder with a little bundu-bashing before the final climb to the hut. As we progress up the ridge and gain altitude we leave behind the thick vegetation and reach the typical afro-montane grasslands of the Little Berg. The overnight hut is situated beneath the massive basalt walls of the escarpment. Unfortunately, it is been vandalised and it’s of little use these days, however it is a great spot to pitch your tent though.
- Day 2 The Triplets (13km, 1030m,7-8h)
This is a long day up one of the steep passes of the Drakensberg to the top of the escarpment. But hard work is rewarded with a bird’s-eye views from one of the biggest “balconies” in the world. From the top of the pass we have a long climb to a saddle before we drop to a hanging valley that overlooks 3 standalone basalt spears known as Injisuthi Triplets. The sunrise from here is one the major highlights of this hike.
- Day 3 Mafadi – Bottom of Leslie’s Pass (14.5km, 150m, 6-7h)
Mafadi is close to our last night’s campsite, about an hour and a half walk away. After pictures are taken on the roof of South Africa we start the long descent to the bottom of Leslie’s Pass. We follow the edge of the escarpment all the way to head of the pass with unforgettable views of the Triplets, the Lesser and the Greater Injisuthi Buttresses, and all the way to Cathkin Peak. The pass is steep and rocky, and maximum care is needed. Our campsite is a cosy spot by the river.
- Day 4 Injisuthi Camp (10km, 200m, 6-7h)
A 3km pathless and overgrown section tests our patience but we will be rewarded as we arrive at the beautiful Marble Baths where an invigorating plunge into the icy pools is an option! The final 7km back to Injisuthi camp are an easy riverside meander back dropped by fabulous views of Injisuthi peak.
at 3450m, this is the highest point in South Africa
The cost of the hike depends on the number of participants in the group:
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- Professional mountain guide
- All the food during the hike
- Hiking permits
- Equipment (gear for hire available)
- Porters (available at R450/day per porter)
- transportation from/to the meeting point
You can either book your private tour on the dates of your choice or join one of our open scheduled hikes. If those dates do not suit you, let us know and we will schedule the hike on the dates of your choice