Drakensberg Hiking Trails
This area incorporates portions of the natal Drakensberg and the Maluti Mountains and is dominated by the Amphitheatre, Sentinel, Eastern Buttress, Malutis round to Babagibona.
This fascinating mountain range rises approximately 3,475 meters and it extends itself for 1.125 km’ s parallel to the south-eastern coast of South Africa. For hikers, this means an almost endless wonder through rocky terrain with breath-taking views. Rock paintings have been found in the area dating back several thousands of years and are worth looking out for. For those with a little bit more experience, a hike to Sentinel Peak will see you at the highest free standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg.
The main rivers are the Tugela, the Namahadi, the Mesti Matsho and the Mahai, which have numerous tributaries and to name but a few: The Vemvaan River & The Gudu River. All of these streams have many beautiful pools and waterfalls.
This area has some spectacular caves and in some of these are excellent Bushman’s paintings. The entry area is vast and includes some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
All hiking trails have the option of to have a guide accompany you, the guide provides knowledge into the area and surrounding communities. Should you encounter shepards while hiking the guide has the ability to speak the local language and communicate with them.
Hiking Mont aux Sources:
This mountain range forms one of the highest portions of the Drakensberg mountain range. Most of the range is located within Lesotho and it is accessible from the Sentinel car park near Witsieshoek. It is often described as a mountain block due to its irregular bulge-like shape. It was given its name by French missionaries during the 1830s. This is a challenging hike and some parts of the route involve short- chain ladders and very rugged terrain. The result of your efforts will be the view from the top which will literally take your breath away once more.
The difference between summer and winter walking is “chalk and cheese”. In summer, dehydration and the heat can be dangerous, whilst in winter the cold and avoiding being “caught out” are the big hazards. Summer storms can also drop the temperature to below freezing, so ALWAYS carry anoraks. The time taken along the same path in summer is usually 20 to 25% longer than in winter. This is especially apparent when carrying a large “pack”; so when calculating the time with a pack, add a further 25%. The times quoted in the descriptions are all for cool weather.