The winter months in South Africa are some of the best for lacing up those hiking boots and taking to the mountains. This is never truer than in the Drakensberg where cooler, dryer days present fabulous hiking opportunities. Here at Treks, Trips and Trails, we are lucky enough to have a central location with a number of fantastic Drakensberg hikes located within an hours drive from your accommodation. Take a scenic drive into the various valleys of the Drakensberg, and where the road ends, your hiking experience begins!

Main Cave Hike

The Main Cave hike at Giants Castle Game Reserve can only be done as part of a guided tour in order to protect the unique Bushman art you will see here. The caves which you will visit on the hike showcase fantastically preserved San paintings, among the best you will find in Southern Africa. It is an easy walk to the hike with stunning views of the Drakensberg along the way. After your tour of the rock art, you will continue back along the Bushmans River, completing the 2 hours, 3.5km route.

Cascades Hike

The circular route to Tiger Falls via the Cascades is 6.5km long and takes about 4 hours to complete. If you get tired or run out of time you can turn back at any time or opt for an alternative, shorter route back. This hike combines fantastic views with crystal-clear pools for swimming, a stunning shady forest and a gorgeous waterfall – combining the best of all worlds. The route starts at Mahai Campsite and is a great trail for a whole day trip with a number of picnic spots along the way.

Rainbow Gorge

The Rainbow Gorge hike can be done as a return hike either from Didima Camp (7.5km) or Cathedral Peak Hotel (9km). Rainbow Gorge is named because of the beautiful colours that present themselves in the streams, waterfalls and pools found here. Showcasing the natural beauty of the Drakensberg at its best, this hike is abundant in lush forested scenery. This moderate hike requires a decent level of fitness and your efforts will be rewarding with unique sandstone rock formations and of course, the fun of the gorge itself.

Van Heyningen’s Pass

The hike to Van Heyningen’s Pass viewpoint takes roughly 4 1/2 hours to complete on a 6.5km there and back route. Popular among visitors to Injisuthi, the hike offers a variety of scenery with magical forests, a number of streams, massive yellowwood trees and some of the best views over the peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. Be sure to start this hike early if you really want to appreciate these views at their very best.

Nandi’s Falls

The return route from the Monk’s Cowl Office to Nandi’s Falls is 8.5km and will take about 4 hours to complete. The path follows the river where the 25 metre Nandi’s Falls can be seen. At the base of the falls, a shady forested area provides the ideal place to rest weary legs and enjoy a picnic. You can also spend some time exploring the forest and the variety of indigenous trees found here.