Duration

14 Days 13 Nights

Country

South Africa

Maximum Traveller

12

Min Pax

Why I hiked the Drakensberg grand traverse

Drakensberg Grand Traverse (4-17 May 2024)

Number of Hikers already booked for this Hike

5/10

Bronze Pricing

R25,200 per person*

Silver Pricing

R30,100 per person*

Gold Pricing

R42,400 per person*

*Please note that these base hike prices are subject to change; and private hike prices will differ from our scheduled hike prices. Your quote for this hike may differ, depending on equipment you may need to hire from us, or additional services you request such as accommodation before / after your hike and transport to and from the hike organised by DrakensbergHiker.

 

The Drakensberg Grand Traverse Hike is a spectacular 14 day hike which traverses the entire Drakensberg.

Because this is such a long hike, we do transport to the starting point (below the Drakensber Amphitheatre) the day before the hike starts!

We start in the Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg and finish at Bushman’s Neck in the Southern Drakensberg.

During this incredible adventure we cover about 230km of unbelievable mountain scenery while staying at an average of 3000m above sea level. Please read a blog written by one of the ladies that joined a grand traverse a few years ago here https://www.drakensberghiker.co.za/why-i-hiked-the-drakensberg-grand-traverse/

To complete the Drakensberg Grand Traverse Hike we need to walk up 5 of the major Drakensberg Peaks

The first Peak is Mount-Aux-Sources at 3287m, near the top of the Amphitheatre.

Following this we hike up Cleft Peak, overlooking the Cathedral Peak range. The views from the top of Cleft Peak are lovely.

Afterwards, we head up Champagne castle, which at 3377m is the 3rd highest peak in South Africa.

From up here, we can size up our next peak, Mafadi Peak which is the highest peak in South Africa at 3450m.

The last, but highest peak, we climb is Thabana Ntlenyana.

This is the highest peak in Lesotho. It means ” pretty little mountain” and is 3482m above sea level.

Most of the time we camp in tents near clear mountain streams.  However, there are also some opportunities to sleep in caves, which is an amazing experience.

The route we take as we complete this epic follows the Drakensberg Escarpment edge and the watershed border between Lesotho and South Africa. This is also where the views are the best.

Usually, we take a full 14 days to complete this incredible hike.

You need to be well prepared to complete a hike like this so be sure to familiarize yourself with our Hike Planning Page!

To complete this epic hike, you need to have a great sense of adventure and a love of wild and open spaces. Additionally, a good level of fitness definitely makes the hike more fun.

Extreme Drakensberg Hike

Drakensberg Grand Traverse Hike Difficulty: Extreme

DrakensbergHiker Souvenir Packages

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 … 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!

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R700.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1250.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1600):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

DrakensbergHiker Souvenir Packages

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 … 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!!

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R700.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1250.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1600):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

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