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Drakensberg Hiker was started and is owned by Ian Shooter. He knows and loves the Drakensberg mountains as well as meeting interesting people. So what better than to put into practice the philosophy of "do what you love and love what you do". And so, Drakensberghiker was born. We take people on hikes, treks or backpacking all over the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa; we do what we love and we love what we do!
14 Apr, 2019

The Drakensberg Amphitheatre, Sungubala and Witsieshoek Hike Report

By |2019-04-14T11:01:34+02:00Apr 14th, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks, Recent Drakensberg Hike Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

Amphitheatre Hike Report So John from Australia had hiked with me before and loved the Drakensberg. Of course he had to come again but with 12 Australians this time. We picked them up in Johannesburg and drove down to stay the night at Sungubala. What a lovely place. Great to relax after a long flight. Anyway next day my good friend Cindy took them for a walk in the Cavern property to check out [...]

31 Mar, 2019

The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg

By |2019-03-31T15:06:04+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Amphitheatre, Drakensberg, Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , , |

The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg. The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg is certainly an impressive mountain. It is found right at the Western border of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg park with the huge Sentinel (3165m) at the end. This big Basalt wall stretches for 5km to the Eastern Buttress (3124m) at the other end. Once on top of the Amphitheatre it seems quite flat compared to the rest of the Drakensberg. Read here about [...]

31 Mar, 2019

The 3 highest Peaks In Southern Africa Hike Report

By |2019-03-31T14:19:17+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks, Recent Drakensberg Hike Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The 3 highest peaks in Southern Africa. I must admit that I hadn't given much thought to sumitting the 3 highest peaks in Southern Africa. But then Stuart from the UK emailed me and asked "what were the chances of organizing this trip?" What a great idea. I hadn't gone to Emlembe in Swaziland/Eswatini the country is now called. Unfortunately I still haven't gone to Emlembe as my good friend Geoff of Pizzology fame [...]

31 Mar, 2019

Malachite Sunbirds of the Drakensberg

By |2019-03-31T12:17:15+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Fauna - animals and birds, Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , |

Malachite Sunbirds Malachite sunbirds or Nectarinia famosa in Latin are certainly stunning birds. You can tell from their Latin name that they love nectar. However they also eat insects, spiders and small lizards. So really anything small enough. They are quite common especially at higher altitudes and slightly nomadic especially where there are flowers. Check here to read how we try to be eco friendly. In the Drakensberg they are altitudinal migrants. And are [...]

31 Mar, 2019

Sentinel to Mnweni hike report

By |2019-03-31T11:49:36+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks, Recent Drakensberg Hike Reports|Tags: , , , , |

Sentinel to Mnweni Hike Report. Here is my Sentinel to Mnweni hike report that a bunch of us did in March 2019. The day started off with us driving to our camp at Sterkfontein dam. This is a beautiful dam in the Free state with stunning views looking towards the Drakensberg. It is also the 2nd biggest dam in South Africa and is actually fed by water from the Tugela river in KwaZulu Natal. [...]

09 Mar, 2019

Drakensberg Protea Dracomontana – Dwarf Protea

By |2019-03-31T09:07:35+02:00Mar 9th, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Flora - flowers and trees., Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , , |

Drakensberg Protea The Drakensberg Protea dracomontana is commonly found on the grassy slopes of the Drakensberg between 1600m and 2500m altitude. It only grows up to 1m tall so you can see why it is commonly called a dwarf protea.  The flowers vary in color from creamy yellow to pink and light red.  Like all Proteas in the Drakensberg it relies on fires in the winter to help it germinate and generally flowers in [...]