Some of the amazing views we see everyday - Hiking in the Drakensberg!

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

About Drakensberghiker

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

2 Day Amphitheatre Hike

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Malachite Sunbird Drakensberg

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Mnweni hike report

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

The 3 highest peaks in Southern Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Overland 4x4 tour of Lesotho

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Highest peaks in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

Guided Drakensberg Hikes in South Africa

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 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

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»!

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?

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 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.

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.

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Package to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come).  We have 2 different Souvenir Packages (Warm and Cool Packages) and they include the following, you have the option of adding the Souvenir Package of your choice to your hike on all of our hike inquiry forms:

Cool Package (R850.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in your choice of colour (black or orange);
  • a pair of DrakensbergHiker beenie or sun hat;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top in black or orange.

Warm Package (R1200):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in your choice of colour (black or orange);
  • a pair of DrakensbergHiker gaiters;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top in black or orange.
Gold Drakensberg Hiker Porters
 Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

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

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.

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

Silver Summit Cathedral peak
 Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

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

You carry a backpack with your clothes, and sleeping bag.

Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.

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

Bronze Drakensberg Mnweni hike
 Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

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

You carry your own backpack with all your hiking kit and necessities.

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!
Drakensberg Ampitheater and Tugela Falls Hike

Do What You Love, Love What You Do...

Check out our Planned Drakensberg Hikes Here!

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.

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, and love to fit in a little Fly fishing.

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 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.

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!

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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13 hours ago

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Summit Cathedral Peak (21-22 Aug 2021)To summit Cathedral Peak gives you some boasting rights. Cathedral Peak is a well-known free-standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg that gets up to 3005m above sea level. I am sure that everyone sitting on the veranda at Cathedral Peak hotel look up at this peak, and want to hike up there. Just think … when you are sitting on top of Cathedral Peak you can see all the way to Cathkin Peak in the South and all the way to the Devils Tooth in the North at the Drakensberg Amphitheatre. Really worth it, and of course the selfies are the best.Some mad people do this hike in 1 day so to do it over 2 days with me is quite a bit easier.However … there is some climbing involved so you will need a head for heights. The cost is R2150 per person for the Silver Package, which includes all the food which I cook, hiking permits and tents plus porters to carry tents and food. There are also Bronze and Gold options.Email: ian@drakensberghiker.co.za or click on the link here to book.fb.me/e/Vo0erW13 ... See MoreSee Less
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14 hours ago

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People, I am doing one of the best hikes ever and it is right here in the Drakensberg mountains. The Drakensberg Northern Traverse is well known as one of the best hikes. You sleep near the 2nd highest waterfall in the world, check out a huge Cape vulture colony and put up with incredible mountain scenery for 6 days. Have a look at my Youtube video to see what to expect and then email ian@drakensberghiker.co.za to see how to join. www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxRAvO-XDgQ&ab_channel=DrakensbergHiker ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

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Boy it has been difficult to plan ahead. I have been missing my recharging in the mountains but with travel allowed we can get exploring again. Thank goodness. Coming up is a 2 day hike to summit Cathedral peak, 3 days at Giants castle, 4 days visiting Mnweni and maybe the ultimate hike in the Drakensberg, the Drakensberg Northern Traverse from the 23rd to the 28th September. Please email ian@drakensberghiker.co.za for lots more information. #best_hike #SOUTHAFRICA #cathedralpeak #drakensberg #nature #hiking #overnighthike #tourism #local #travel #mountainview #hiker #hikes #trekking #lovenature #recharge #peacefull #enjoy #worldheritagesite #happydays #PLAN #spring #warm #positivevibes #guided_hike ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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A 4-Day Adventure Tour of Lesotho (4-7 Sep 2021)I absolutely love Lesotho and want to show you a beautiful part of this mountainous country, so why not do something a bit different and join me for this tour. Included in this trip is driving over 2 amazing passes (Sani and Mafika-Lislu). Don’t worry if you don't have your own 4x4 … you are welcome to join us in one of mine! Price per person is R6800 for the silver package ie your vehicle and R9400 for the gold package ie my vehicle. The price includes all the delicious food, which I cook, and staying in cosy lodges. Space is limited to 12 people, so book soon!Email: ian@drakensberghiker.co.za or click on the link here to book: fb.me/e/12Jl1FkB0, you will be redirected to Southern Africa Overland, our sister site! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Northern Drakensberg Traverse, Sentinel Peak to Cathedral Peak (23-28 Sep 2021)This really is a spectacular 6-day Drakensberg Hike. We will start at the iconic Drakensberg Amphitheatre, and finish at Cathedral Peak. The Hike includes camping near the top of the 2nd highest waterfall in the world (Tugela Falls), a visit to a huge Cape Vulture Colony and ridiculously beautiful mountain views all day … every day! The cost is R5700 per person, and includes all the food which I cook, hiking permits and tents. Additional costs, if you would like to upgrade to our Silver Package are an additional R2100 per person, which includes a porter for your hike.Email: ian@drakensberghiker.co.za or click on the link here to book: fb.me/e/DGkPa5iv ... See MoreSee Less
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