THE NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG TRAVERSE – SIX DAY GUIDED TREK THROUGH THE UKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG PARK
This guided hike, renowned as one of the World’s top 10 treks starts in the Northern Drakensberg near the Sentinel Peak and the Amphitheatre then winds along spectacular mountain scenery towards Cathedral Peak. Each day is filled with continuous breathtaking views of the jagged peaks & massive cliffs that form the escarpment, contrasting with the rolling highland meadows and emergent streams of Lesotho.
The Drakensberg escarpment divides South Africa and Lesotho, so as you trek roughly Southward, the KwaZulu Natal Lowlands are visible below colossal Drakensberg peaks and Lesotho rises & falls at an altitude of around 3000m to the right. An unusual experience, hiking in the high berg takes place ‘on top of’ the mountains and often above the clouds.
This is a wilderness trek meaning there are no footpath’s and that each night is spent in mountaineering tents, there are no designated campsites and all provisions are carried in and out of the mountains. The Drakensberg mountain streams are plentiful so water is in abundance. The area is vast, the mountains spectacular and unpopulated, at night absolute silence is the perfect accompaniment to the brilliance of the starry Southern sky.
After 5 days of traversing past many of the dramatic highlights in the Northern Drakensberg including 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 ‘Transberg’ adventure takes place in a beautiful rugged isolated mountain range; to enjoy it fully, Backpackers must be fit, determined, enjoy wilderness camping & able be to carry their own provisions, although porters are an option. Email us for details.
- Arrange park fees and permits
- Set up camp
- Provide, tasty, nutritious meals, dietary requirements eg vegetarians are catered for.
- Are trained in rescue
- Carry First Aid
- Carry a satellite phone for emergencies when necessary
- Are knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, geology & flora of the Drakensberg
OPTIONAL EXTRAS INCLUDE:
- Transfers to/ from the Drakensberg
- Equipment hire
- Accommodation reservations