Drakensberg Hikes and Treks over 3 or 4 days

Panoramic - Sunrise above Injisuthi

The Drakensberg features an excellent selection of 3 and 4 day treks which do not require complicated transport arrangements.  As a good rule of thumb, hikes from base (circa 1500m) to the top of the escarpment (circa 3000m) and back generally require 2 days with one night spent out in a cave or in tents - that said, some 3000m tops are accessible out and back in a day (eg. Cathedral Peak), although these are invariably BIG day hikes for fit hikers.  The addition of an extra day or two turns simple out-and-back hikes into more interesting circular routes using different passes to access and descend from the escarpment, with a short, scenic traverse of the tops in between.   These medium range treks enable visitors to access some of the remotest and most interesting parts of the Drakensberg, and ensure a memorable wilderness experience.

Where and How

The 3 and 4 day treks that we organise are all located in either the Central or Southern Drakensberg, with the exception of the Mnweni area, which lies just to the north of Cathedral Peak and is arguably positioned in the Northern Drakensberg.  Almost all of the treks we run of this ilk start and end at the same point, so transport is easy - you simply self-drive in with your guide, leave your vehicle in a secure place while you trek, then self-drive out afterwards….no complicated and expensive transport arrangements! 

All of these treks are arranged by us on a private, tailor-made basis, and have proven to be one of the most popular formats for Drakensberg hiking expedtions - these medium-range treks also fit neatly into wider travel itineraries across South Africa, and we regularly arrange itineraries that combine these treks with game reserves, the battlefields, and the coast….its easy!

Self Carry vs. Supported Trekking

All of these treks can be done on a guided, self-carry basis, but only the Central Drakensberg treks can be run on a fully supported basis using porters if required. This is because there are no tribal lands lying close to the Southern Drakensberg, and no porter culture exists in this region.  Although self-carry treks are not for everybody, we feel that if you are up for it, this style of trek is a good way to experience the Drakensberg as a wilderness, and it opens up the wonderful possibilities that exist in the Southern Drakensberg - you will be travelling as a small, self-contained, guided group, have greater flexibility to sleep in small caves if desired, and create less impact; you will be carrying supplies for 3 nights only, and you don’t need to be “military-fit” to enjoy the experience.