Drakensberg - Guided Day Hikes

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Join GoVertical's guided hikes for scenic day trails in the Drakensberg South Africa. Combine 3 (or more) day hikes like the Amphitheatre hike, a Royal Natal hike & the World View at Giants Castle with local accommodation and explore the varied splendor the Drakensberg. There are no limits, we can combine any number of day hikes to fill your itinerary.


The spectacular Amphitheatre in the uKhahlamba World Heritage site, towers above Natal at 3000m above sea level. The Drakensberg escarpment's steep walls, great valleys and pinnacles face roughly East and the Lesotho Highlands fill the horizon to the West.

The trail passes the mighty Sentinel, the highest free standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg, contouring the way to the base of the chain ladders. We use these iron ladders to gain access to the Mont-Aux-Sources Plateau, source of many of South Africa's rivers including the Tugela which winds its way down to the Indian Ocean near Durban.

From the edge of the Drakensberg, there are spectacular views of the Amphitheatre starting from the Sentinel, curving round to Devils Tooth and Eastern Buttress including the Tugela falls which disappears into the vast valleys below. This sensitive & pristine wilderness area is an absolute must in the Drakensberg. Email us for details.



Splendid hiking in the magnificent Giants Castle Region of the Central Drakensberg, this day walk takes place at the base of the Drakensberg Mountains climbing to Worlds View 1842m offering spectacular vistas from Giants Castle to Champagne Castle.

From the Giants Castle Game Reserve, where it's possible you may encounter Eland, vultures and other wildlife we'll start the walk to Worlds View Peak. The trail leads round the base of Sugar loaf kop and along the Bushman's River Valley.

Worlds View is the highest point above the Wildebeest Plateau and it is from here that you can enjoy one of the most extensive views of the Drakensberg range. On a clear day the view extends from the colossal Giants Castle, includes Cathkin peak and stretches all the way to Champagne castle.


From the Royal Natal National Park we explore the Tugela Gorge with its massive overhangs & beautiful rock pools. This trail exposes tremendous views when you gaze up at the Sentinel, Amphitheatre and Devils tooth as the path winds along the river course.

The Tugela gorge Trail takes us along the banks of the Tugela, once we are near the top of the gorge, near the base of the Tugela Falls, we will stop for a traditional hikers packed lunch. There's time to relax next to the clean clear waters of the Thukela River or even take a swim if the weathers good.

OPTIONAL EXTRA: Your option for Vertical adventure begins after lunch. An adventurous twist to this stunning walk is the abseil we set up in the gorge. The freefall abseil is into one of the bigger river pools, it's quite a thrill! During winter, the abseil has a totally dry landing, so there's no need to get cold in the icy mountain water, but in summer you have the option of taking a dip in a fresh mountain stream.

After a stretch of boulder hopping and exploration in the gorge, we rejoin the path winding back along the Tugela river and return to the start.



Fit hikers will enjoy this guided Drakensberg hike and climb of Cathedral Peak. It is a free standing summit of 3005m, surrounded by the peaks and towers of the main Drakensberg escarpment. The hike starts in the beautiful Mhlambonja wilderness area climbing over 1500m to the summit. The path is steep and in sections there are 360 degree views as you walk over knife edge ridges on the way up into the spectacular mountains.

This is a strenuous 10+ hour hike, which can be done in one day with an early start. We also offer an option to do this Cathedral Peak hike in one and a half days where the night is spent in a Drakensberg cave.
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