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Welcome to Drakensberg Hiker, home of the best guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa!

Drakensberg Grand Traverse Hike

Mist in the dragon mountains with Drakensberghiker

My name is Ian Shooter, I am the owner and founder of Drakensberg Hiker.  We offer guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa. I was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and would love to share my passion and years of experience of hiking in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with you.

I believe that no one can show off a country better than a local!

Guided Portered Hikes in the Drakensberg

Guided Portered Hikes in the Drakensberg

Please read more about our dedicated and passionate Drakensberg Hiker team here, and …

«Let’s go HIKING in the Drakensberg»!

We love to hear from you, so please use our handy contact form to tell us more about what you’re interested in and we will get back to you with the best hiking holiday options in South Africa!

So … what can Drakensberg Hiker do for me?

Drakensberg Hiker offers adventure, camping, trekking and guided Drakensberg hiking holiday opportunities to all, young and old, families, couples and single travellers.  Best of all, the Drakensberg Hikes we offer are either partially or fully portered!

Many of our Drakensberg hikes and tours are ideal for beginners who want to experience something new and try a hike in the Drakensberg.

How fit do must I be to Hike with Drakensberg Hiker, and how long are your hikes?

Sentinal to Cathedral peak Northern Drakensberg traverse

We get to watch the sun rise behind the Mnweni needles and Cathedral peak on the Drakensberg Northern Traverse

Drakensberg Hiker offers a variety of different guided hikes for people of all levels of fitness and hiking ability, we grade our hikes on 5 levels:

Easy Drakensberg Hikes

Easy to Intermediate Drakensberg Hikes

Intermediate Drakensberg Hikes

Challenging Drakensberg Hikes

Extreme Drakensberg Hikes

Our hikes range from short 2 day tours in duration, which make fantastic weekend getaways to the more challenging, but incredibly amazing 12-14 day trips for those who want to discover more about hiking in the Drakensberg…

All of our Drakensberg Hiking tours are: guided, portered and catered for your comfort and convenience.

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More about Drakensberg Hiker

Drakensberg Hiker is the home page of Ian Shooter, who will take you on an awesome South African hiking adventure tailor-made to your requirements, including any combination of guided hikes, bird-watching, trekking, white-water rafting;

Ian Shooter is registered with the South African Mountaineering Development & Training Trust as an Advanced Mountain Walk Leader, and he can take you on a guided hike in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, which is an internationally acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site;

We maintain a list of our scheduled guided Drakensberg Hikes for your convenience. We plan our schedule for up to a year (or more) ahead, so you will usually see our Drakensberg hikes planned for up to 12 months in advance. We also have a list of our most popular guided Drakensberg hike offerings;

We will help you to plan the adventure trip and can provide the necessary equipment for your Drakensberg Hike;

We do what we love and love what we do; this shows in the service we provide to people wanting to join us for a guided, portered and catered Drakensberg Hike;

We have spent more than 15 years refining our services, training our team and maintaining our equipment;

We are confident that our hiking tours are the Best in South Africa.

Where can I hike in South Africa?

Cathedral Peak Circuit hike

We walk along the Bell traverse on our way to Cathedral peak with Drakensberghiker

We specialize in offering the best hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and our neighboring country, Lesotho.

KwaZulu-Natal is our home and this makes us ideally situated to offer you the very best guided, portered and catered hikes in the Drakensberg and Lesotho.

Sani Pass To Thabana Ntlenyana Hike

We drive up Sani pass to start the hike to Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in Lesotho

We can also arrange 4×4 tours of Lesotho including Sani Pass, Fly fishing and backpacking wilderness trails in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Game Reserve.

Drakensberg Hiker works closely with our sister company, Southern Africa Overland.

This means we can arrange an overland tour of Southern Africa for youOur overland tours of Southern Africa take us to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  An overland 4×4 tour of Southern Africa is a great way to finish off a beautiful Drakensberg hike!

Lesotho is a convenient and close country to visit after a refreshing hike in the Drakesnberg!

Have a look at the overland 4×4 tours of Lesotho that we offer here.

Therefore we invite you to add any of these options on to your hike in the Drakensberg.  Imagine going on a beautiful relaxing hike in the Drakensberg, and then enjoying a wilderness trail or a 4×4 overland tour of Southern Africa, or going up Sani Pass to the highest pub in Africa.  Sani Pass is the only road access to Lesotho from KwaZulu-Natal and around the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Let us know if you would like to combine this with your South African Guided Drakensberg Hiking adventure holiday!

Do you provide extra services on your Guided Hikes in the Drakensberg Tours?

Yes, we do!

To make your holiday easier for you we can arrange:

airport transfers to and from Durban or Pietermaritzburg airports;
bookings into B&B’s before and after your hike with us;
porters to help carry your gear to make your trek a lot easier;
we supply single and double mountain tents on all our hikes
rental of hiking equipment including sleeping bags, mattresses and back-packs

If you would like to join us for a hike but don’t see one scheduled for a suitable date, be sure to let us know. All our hikes are listed on our Popular Drakensberg Hikes page with contact forms.  Let us know when you would like to join us and we will get back to you promptly.

There are a number of guided, portered and catered Drakensberg hikes in South Africa scheduled in the next few months. Please check out our Scheduled Hikes page and let us know if you would like to join us on any of these Drakensberg Hikes.

For those who have ‘done the Drakensberg’ and are after a challenging hike, we also do guided hikes of the Naukluft in Namibia!

Please use our contact form to tell us more about what you’re interested in and we will get back to you with the best hiking holiday options in South Africa!

Sani Pass To Thabana Ntlenyana Hike

We drive up Sani pass to start the hike to Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in Lesotho

What makes Drakensberg Hiker special?

Travelling with Drakensberg Hiker means enjoying the friendship, fun and adventure we bring to all of our Drakensberg Hikes.  It also gives you the comfort and security that hiking with an experienced team brings!

We believe that hiking the trails in the Drakensberg Mountains changes you, forever, and want to share this opportunity!

The spectacular views of a Drakensberg Hike, under the care of an expert mountain guide, surrounded by like-minded hiking companions makes your trip a very special and unique experience.

Don’t be fooled by the name though, Drakensberg Hiker also does guided hikes in the Namibian Naukluft and in the wilderness trails in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park!

Our happy hikers and travellers recommend us to family, friends and colleagues.  More importantly, they come back to do more hikes with us… What could make Drakensberg Hiker more special?

We have it all right here in South Africa

And most of it is in KwaZulu-Natal, our lovely home province and love to share South Africa with guests. Therefore we invite you to add on to your hike in the Drakensberg with a wilderness trail or a 4×4 overland tour of Southern Africa, or up Sani Pass; the only road access to Lesotho from KwaZulu Natal and around the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Mafadi the highest peak in South Africa

Sitting on top of Mafadi on a hike with Drakensberghiker

Interested in climbing the highest peaks in Southern Africa?

Come join us and tick climbing up some of the highest peaks in Southern Africa off your bucket list.

The highest peaks in Southern Africa include:

Thabana Ntlenyana in Lesotho, at 3,482 meters;

Mafadi Peak in the Injasuthi are of the South African Drakensberg, at 3,450 meters;

Champagne Castle in the Central South African Drakensberg, at 3,377 meters;

Giant’s Castle in the Southern South African Drakensberg, at 3,315 meters;

Königstein in the Namibian Brandberg Mountain, at 2,573m

Contact us to arrange your Drakensberg Hiking opportunity, we promise you a special hiking and climbing adventure :-)!

No one can show off a country better than a local

All about us

Head guide and head porter for Drakensberghiker

Here at Drakensberg Hiker we arrange partially or fully portered Guided Drakensberg hikes in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Best of all … we will do your catering and cook your meals for you! No more getting to the end of a hard day’s hiking and having to cook a meal alone in your tiny tent.

At the end of each day of your Drakensberg Hike, you can relax and socialize in our large “mess tent” with your fellow hikers and enjoy a meal cooked for you prior to turning in for a good night’s sleep!

To see our exciting list of planned hikes in South Africa and overland tours, please have a look at our scheduled guided Hikes in the Drakensberg.

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Doesn't this look amazing? We are doing this hike to the Amphitheatre from the 2nd to the 3rd of June. There are just a few spots left. Cost is R1800 each and includes all the food which I cook ... See more

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A lot of our hikes in the Drakensberg are great for families to do together. #hikingza #Camping #family #together #adventure #kids #drakensberg #outside #weekend #holiday #school

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A 4x4 tour of mountainous Lesotho. Our wild neighbour.

This is a video of various tours we have done into Lesotho. Come and join us again from the 27th June to the 1st July. It will be lots of fun and maybe some snow but don't worry, we stay in cozy ... See more

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Zondo one of my crazy porters. Loves what he does and does what he loves. #drakensberg # Zulu #porter #happy #strong #southafrica

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What a beautiful country. We should all go and visit our mountainous neighbour. Come and join us from the 27th June to the 1st July 2018.

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