Welcome to Drakensberg Hiker, home of the best guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa!
Mist in the dragon mountains with Drakensberghiker
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!
Guided Portered Hikes in the Drakensberg
Please read more about our dedicated and passionate Drakensberg Hiker team here, and …
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?
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 6 levels:
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: guidedand 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.
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.
All three options (Bronze, Gold and Silver) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.
Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike
You carry only a day-pack with your drinks and snacks for each day.
Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.
Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike
You carry a backpack with your clothes, and sleeping bag.
Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.
Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike
You carry your own backpack with all your hiking kit and necessities.
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!
Ian Shooter is registered with the South African Mountaineering Development & Training Trust as anAdvanced Mountain Walk Leader, and he can take you on a guided hike in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, which is an internationally acclaimedUNESCO World Heritage Site;
This means we can arrange an overland tour of Southern Africa for you. Our 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
I know July is far away but I wanted to let you know about this hike. It is to an amazing cave at Cathedral peak and is perfect for beginners and families. In fact ankle biters younger than 16 are 50% off. ... See MoreSee Less