Things to Do in Central Drakensberg

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Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley Trail

Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (13.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

The hiking route incorporating Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley
is graded a moderate 4-hour hike. Start at Injasuti camp and follow the circular route to Grindstone Caves, the waterfalls and Cataract Valley. Return along the Mhlwazini River back to Injasuti camp. Duration: 4 hours Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 13 km

Marble Baths Hiking Trail

Marble Baths Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (14.1 km from Central Drakensberg)

The Marble Baths
Trail is a fair 9 km hike from Injisuthi camp. The route follows the footpath to Fergy's Cave. After 4 km, take the right fork along the Injisuthi River. Overnight in the cave at Marble Baths. Duration: 5 – 6 hours Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 9 km

Van Heyningens Pass

Van Heyningens Pass

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (24.5 km from Central Drakensberg)

Starting at Injisuthi Camp, this popular day hike climbs through beautiful indigenous forest with some magnificent specimens of yellowwood trees. Once you emerge from the forest, you’ll be able to see wonderful views of Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl, Ship’s Prow, the Greater Injisuthi Buttress, the Red Wall and the Triplets. Try to get a very early...

Kamberg Rock Art

Kamberg Rock Art

Popular Attractions in Central Drakensberg (25.8 km from Central Drakensberg)

The Kamberg Rock Art attraction is very popular in the area. The rock art has existed for hundreds of years and attracts people from all corners of the world. The climb to the rock art takes about 1 and a half hours and you can get a guide for as little as R25. Guides have a rather extensive knowledge of the area and are very informative.

Sterkspruit Falls Hiking Trail

Sterkspruit Falls Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

The hike to Sterkspruit Falls through the gorge is a moderate to severe 6-hour trail. Some fun boulder hopping and river crossings are required on this tough long route. Start at Monks Cowl Campsite and follow the Serkspruit River into the gorge. Return via the Little Berg, descending to the Sphinx and back to the campsite. Duration: 6...

Crystal Falls and Sphinx Trail

Crystal Falls and Sphinx Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

Start at the Monk's Cowl KZN Wildlife office on a southbound path. The Crystal Falls and Sphinx Trail will eventually head west across to the Sphinx and beyond to Breakfast Stream. This moderate 1.5 hour hike is the initial section of all the routes radiating from the Monk's Cowl office. Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Distance: 3 km

Mhlwazini Valley Hiking Trail

Mhlwazini Valley Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

Mhlwazini Valley Trail
offers a tough 9 to 10 hour trek from the Monks Cowl campsite. The 24 km route ascends the Sphinx before curving around the uppermost reaches of the Hlatikulu Forest. From here the trail descends into the valley and along the Mhlwazini River. Duration: 9 – 10 hours Difficulty: Tough Distance: 24 km

Battle Cave to Injasuti Cave Hiking Trail

Battle Cave to Injasuti Cave Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

Guided 4-hour tours of the Battle Cave offer pictorial displays depicting Bushman life in the valley and a taped guide to the paintings. Overnight stays in the Lower Injasuti Cave can be arranged. Book in advance for this experience and the Battle Cave tour. Duration: 4 hours Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 8.5 km

Fern Forest Trail

Fern Forest Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

The lovely Fern Forest Trail is a comfortable 30-minute amble along a stream and through forest. After a 1 km walk, the path leads to a picnic spot at a waterfall. Duration: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy Distance: 1 km

Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Trail

Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

Start at the Injasuti office and take the Cowl Stream divergence. This short one-hour walk turns left at the incline to the Old Kraal and then a quick left again through a yellowwood forest to the Old Woman Stream. The path leads back to the camp after the stream crossing. Duration: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy Distance: 2.5 km

Giants Castle Nature Reserve

Giants Castle Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (28.3 km from Central Drakensberg)

Sublime mountain scenery and exhilarating hiking steals the show at Giant's Castle Nature Reserve, but that’s not all this historic park has to offer. Giant's Castle is home of the largest antelope in Africa, the eland, and the impressive bearded vulture. Watch these broad-winged beauties and some of South Africa’s rarest birds swoop down for...

Langalibalele Pass Trail

Langalibalele Pass Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (31.2 km from Central Drakensberg)

The challenging 6.5-km hike along Langalibalele Pass to the Main Caves 
starts at Giant's Castle main campsite. Although the route is steep, the pass is actually one of the shortest in the Drakensberg. Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours Difficulty: Moderate to tough Distance: 6.5 km

Giants Castle Pass Trail

Giants Castle Pass Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (31.2 km from Central Drakensberg)

The hike to Giant’s Hut via Giant’s Castle Pass
is a punishing 4-hour trek. The steep 6 km trail starts at Giant's Castle Camp and continues up to the top of Little Berg. Not suitable for inexperienced hikers.

Champagne Castle Via Grays Pass

Champagne Castle Via Grays Pass

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (32.8 km from Central Drakensberg)

The trail over Champagne Castle via Gray's Pass is an extreme but blissful 19 km trek in hiking paradise. This route ascends the Mhlwazini Valley between Champagne Castle and Monk's Cowl. Knockout views are ample reward for the physical effort required to do this hike. Duration: 2 – 3 days Difficulty: Extreme Distance: 19 km

Champagne Pools Trail

Champagne Pools Trail

Hiking Trail in Giants Castle Nature Reserve (33 km from Central Drakensberg)

The easy circular walk to Champagne Pools
 starts 1 km from the main gate. Popular with picnickers, the route offers secluded pools for swimming and fishing. Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Distance: 4 km