Welcome to DrakensbergHiker, the best guided Drakensberg Hikes

My name is Ian Shooter and I love to 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 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!

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

«Let’s go HIKING in the Drakensberg»!

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.  Have a look at the Drakensberg Hiking Package Options Section below to see what the differences between our ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ Drakensberg Hike packages are!

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

Drakensberg Hiker offers a variety of different guided hikes for people of all levels of fitness and hiking ability, we grade our hikes on 6 levels:

Family Friendly Drakensberg Hikes

Easy Drakensberg Hikes

Intermediate Drakensberg Hikes

Intermediate-Challenging 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 and catered for your comfort and convenience; have a look at the Drakensberg Hiking Package Options section below to see what additional portering options you can choose from.

More about Drakensberg Hiker

 

 

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;

You can see a list of our scheduled guided Drakensberg Hikes , here 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;

Drakensberghiker has been operating for more than 15 years refining our services, training our team and maintaining our equipment;

Our hiking tours are the Best in South Africa.

Morning coffee, Drakensberghiker style

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.
Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.
Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.
Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.
Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.

Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.

You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.

Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.

Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.

The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.

Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down each day, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

We are now able to accept Visa and MasterCard payments…!

  Contact us to discuss using your Visa or MasterCard for your hike payment or deposit via our secure DPO PayGate invoicing platform!
Beautiful campsite below Judges Pass, 3 Peaks Hike, Drakensberg

Where can I hike in South Africa?

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.

We can also arrange 4×4 tours of Lesotho including Sani Pass, and love to fit in a little Fly fishing.

Drakensberg Hiker works closely with our sister company Southern Africa Overland 4×4 Tours…

Click here to find out more about Southern Africa Overland 4×4 Safari Tours.

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 Drakensberg!

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.

Souvenir’s of your Drakensberg Hike with us!

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Bundle to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come). All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

We have different Souvenir Bundles to choose from and they include the following:

Basecamp

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R550.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters.

Ascent

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R955.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

Summit

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1400):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle :-)

Drakensberg Northern Traverse

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 pge with contact forms.

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!

Drakensberg Northern Traverse

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.

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

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.

Worried about Covid-19 in South Africa?

Please read more about it on the Official Covid-19 South African Web Resource here:

About Drakensberghiker
Morning coffee, Drakensberghiker style

We are now able to accept Visa and MasterCard payments…!

  Contact us to discuss using your Visa or MasterCard for your hike payment or deposit via our secure DPO PayGate invoicing platform!
Beautiful campsite below Judges Pass, 3 Peaks Hike, Drakensberg

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 pge with contact forms.

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!

Drakensberg Northern Traverse

Souvenir’s of your Drakensberg Hike with us!

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Bundle to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come). All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

We have different Souvenir Bundles to choose from and they include the following:

Basecamp

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R550.00):

 
  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters.

Ascent

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R955.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

Summit

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1400):

 
  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle :-)

Drakensberg Northern Traverse
Worried about Covid-19 in South Africa?

Please read more about it on the Official Covid-19 South African Web Resource here:

About Drakensberghiker
+27 33-396 3906
+27 72-947 1174
ian@drakensberghiker.co.za