Hiking in the Drakensberg, South Africa

Drakensberg Mountains

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For walkers and adventurers alike, the region that frequently gets top billing in South Africa is the Drakensberg Mountains, a formidable 3000m (10,000ft) escarpment overlooking beautiful sandstone ridges, wilds grasslands and forests, which defines the border between the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal.  The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park protects the backbone of the range, and this spectacular wilderness area is a World Heritage site

What we do

Traverse Line are truly Drakensberg Mountains specialists – in fact, we like to think we are THE experts at arranging tailor-made trips to this region.  We’ve been visiting the Drakensberg Mountains on and off since 1990, and since the formation of Traverse Line, annual or twice yearly visits are undertaken.  About 50% of our clients visiting Southern Africa travel there, ranging from those seeking gentle or strenuous day-walks from hotels, to those seeking adventurous, extended treks through the wildest reaches of the range. Some of these can be fully supported with porters or Basotho Pack-horses, whereas others are guided, self-carry wilderness treks, typically lasting between 2 and 4 days.

Hiking in the Drakensberg - What's possible?

In short, just about anything.  We work with several superb guides that cover the entire range, and, coupled with our own knowledge of the routes, weather patterns and logistics, can design itineraries to suit most ambitions and budgets.   These pages will show you many of the treks and walks we can and regularly organise, as well as the fixed date group tours we run. ALL of our hikes can be combined with onward travel in the South African region, which Traverse Line can help you with.  

How to get to the Drakensberg Mountains

The easiest way to travel to the Drakensberg Mountains is by car, and this gives you the most flexibility once there.  The northern end of the ‘Berg can be reached in 4 hours from Johannesburg (or 3 hours from Durban), and the southern end can be reached in 2¼ hours from Durban (or 6 hours from Johannesburg).  Public transport is extremely limited, and not really a viable option unless you have lots of time and can deal with the logistics and hassle of connecting between airports and city centre bus stations. Buses only go to major towns a minimum of 65km from the base of the Drakensberg, and you still require a private transfer to the hotel/lodge of your choice. The exception to this is when travelling to the Southern Drakensberg from either Durban or Pietermaritzberg – there are daily shuttle services (restricted at weekends) between these cities and Underberg.  There’s also a backpacker bus called Baz Bus, which stops at certain points close to the Berg, but the service is not daily. The only other transport alternative is private transfers, or a driver-guide service – easily arranged, but more expensive, unless you are travelling in a party and can share costs.