Drakensberg - Drakensberg Traverse

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THE NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG TRAVERSE - 6 days

This magnificent guided trek, renowned as one of the World's top 10 treks, starts in the Northern Drakensberg at about 2400m. We hike up past the Sentinel peak to access the chain ladders using them to ascend onto the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau and the Drakensberg Amphitheatre.

The Drakensberg escarpment rises & falls at around 3000m above sea level. Hiking along the scenic escarpment southward we are often above the jagged peaks and can gaze down into the huge valleys while the rugged terrain of the Lesotho highlands undulates to the right of our trek. Every day you'll be rewarded with spectacular views, no two alike.

After 5 days of traversing the dramatic highlights in the Northern Drakensberg you'll be familiar with the Amphitheatre, Mnweni Pinnacles, Mponjwane, the Source of the Orange River & the Rockeries, the 6th day is spent on descent at Cathedral Peak, with accommodation, a hot shower and celebratory dinner awaiting you.

The Drakensberg Northern Traverse takes place in a beautiful rugged and isolated mountain range; to enjoy it fully, hikers must be fit, determined and enjoy wilderness camping. Clear mountain streams ensure a plentiful water supply, at night we camp in mountaineering tents in a wilderness setting. Hikers may carry their own provisions or hire porters.


 
 

THE DRAKENSBERG GRAND TRAVERSE - 14 days

From the Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg to Bushman's Nek 200 odd km further South spoil yourself to 14 days of mind blowing scenery. Each day the views change, each day they are spectacular. The Full traverse starts out along the shorter Northern Traverse route but continues on through the Central Drakensberg passing the beautiful Monk's Cowl, Cathkin and Giants Castle areas, eventually getting to Thomathu Pass in the Southern Drakensberg.

Along the trek you'll summit a number of peaks which may include Champagne Castle 3377m, Giant's Castle 3314m, Mafadi 3451m- South Africa's highest and Thabana Ntlenyana 3482m- highest in the Drakensberg and view iconic peaks such as Madonna and her worshipers, Cathkin Peak, Monks Cowl & the Saddle. If time permits, we often pop in to the highest Pub in South Africa at Sani Pass, our only encounter with civilisation during the trek.

This is a magnificent but tough challenge for the fit and prepared hiker. It is a wilderness trek, so no camp sites or facilities on the escarpment and interaction with other humans is very limited. Instead, starry skies, Lammergeyer, Black Eagles and antelope may cross your path. The pace is faster than that of the Northern Drakensberg Traverse, average distances vary per day between 12 and 25km dependant on weather and terrain. Hikers may carry their own provisions or hire porters.


 
 

ALL GOVERTICAL DRAKENSBERG TRAVERSE TREKS INCLUDE

GoVertical Mountaineering guides, all meals & necessary restocks, Park fees, general gear, a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast accommodation on the last night at a local mountain lodge. Optional pre-trek accommodation and transfers are also available.
 
 
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