Drakensberg
Destination
4 Days
Duration
4/10
Physicality
14-65
Age recommendations

This 4 day Slackpacking Drakensberg Hiking package is a perfect getaway!!!

Looking for an alternative and more romantic way to explore the Drakensberg Mountains in Luxury?

The idea of this Slackpacking or ‘Glamping’ experience means that you still get 3 incredible days of hiking with the added bonus of breath-taking views , luxury accommodation, good food and of course….a few relaxing massages in the spa just for good measure.. The hiking routes cover some the main attractions in the Drakensberg from the Tugela Falls, Amphitheatre and Royal Natal National Park. These parts of the mountains are home to some of the most iconic and incredible mountain scenery in South Africa. The area was declared a World Heritage site and for good reason.  The looming spires and towers of rock that are sometimes hidden in a magical cloud of mist have captured the imagination of hikers for decades.

Availability?

We can run this tour anytime. We would just need 72 hours’ notice to organise the logistics.

 What can you expect on this Slackpacking Heritage Hiking Experience ?

In this unique Slackpacking experience you will stay in various 3 star mountain chalets. This means a hot shower, crisp clean sheets, scrumptious meals and access to the facilities of the resort which includes a swimming pool, bar and wifi. The days have been set aside for guided hikes of the Drakensberg with our guide. And of course we have designed the itinerary in such a way that you will still have plenty of free time to unwind and take in the relaxing atmosphere of the Drakensberg.

 

No need to worry about luggage on this  Drakensberg Hike

We take care of all the logistical aspects of the hike. When you out enjoying your hike, we will ensure that your luggage is safely moved to the next rendezvous point.

The areas we have incorporated in the Drakensberg hike include:

  • Top of the Amphitheatre hike to see the second highest water fall in the world
  • A hike through the Royal Natal National Park to the base of the Amphitheatre
  • San Rock Art cave

How fit do you need to be for the 4 Day Slackpacking Drakensberg Hike?

The average hiking time per day is about 6 hours covering about 10km. So although you do not need to be super fit, you would still need to have some kind of conditioning.

Our tours begin and end in Johannesburg

(SELF DRIVE OPTIONS AVAILABLE)

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Day 1

Travel day. Our scheduled slackpacking tour of the Drakensberg starts at 06H00. You will be met by your guide, load up the vehicle and take the 5 hour drive down to Northern Drakensberg region.  We will check into the Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge.  a 2 hour hike into along the ridge is the plan to get those legs warmed up for the next few days. Back from the hike at 4pm.  We have dinner at 7pm and relax for the evening
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Day 2

At 09H00 after breakfast we start with the first hike of the tour.  We transport you through Sentinel car park situated 8km from the hotel.  Our objective today is to hike to the top of the Amphitheatre and onwards to the Tugela Falls-the second highest waterfalls in the world. The hike is not too strenuous although there are a few steep but relatively short sections to conquer.  We are looking at summiting the escarpment via the Gully with our descent via the infamous Chainladders. The hiking distance is only about 8km return. The hike up should take us about 3 hours. We have lunch on the edge of the Amphitheatre cliff wall. After a quick siesta we take the 2 hour hike back down via the Chainladders back to the Sentinal carpark. We should be down by 16H00. We then take the 1.5 hour drive through to the Northern Drakensberg region situated in the province of Kwazulu- Natal. The second night is spent in The Cavern mountain resort. Dinner is served at 20H00.
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Day 3

Breakfast is served at 07H00. After you have fueled up on a scrumptious meal we take the 15 minute drive through to the Royal Natal National Park.  The first part of the tour is a visit to some ancient San Rock paintings that are situated close to the start of the hike. At 9H00 we start with our hike for the day. The Gorge walk is a 15km return walk. The terrain is pretty flat and is easy going. We have a picnic lunch at the Gorge itself. This is also a perfect spot for a swim if the weather is warm enough. We also spend a while venturing up into the Gorge itself to get a magnificent glimpse of the Amphitheatre from below.  We should be back at the hotel by 15H30 where the rest of the afternoon is all yours to relax by the pool, sleep or enjoy an ice cold beer on the terrace. A complimentary 1 hour full body massage awaits you at 16H00. Dinner is served at 20H00.
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Day 4

Breakfast is served anytime from 07H00 to 09H30. We leave for the return trip back to Johannesburg at 10H30. The drive back takes about 4.5 hours and we should be arriving by 15H00.

Incredible Drakensberg Scenery

The Drakensberg is a world heritage site

Suitable for moderate fitness levels

Luxury accommodation in 4 start chalets

Authentic South African “Glamping” experience

Free time to relax by the pool

Full body Massage

No hassle of organising yourself

Visit an ancient San Rock Painting sight

Super chilled 3 days in the best mountain environment in South Africa

INCLUDED

Return transfers Johannesburg  (unless self-drive option selected)
Hotel Pick Up
3 Nights’ accommodation in 4 star accommodation ( sharing)
All parks board fee permits
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners ( excluding breakfast and lunch on travel days)
14km Tugela Gorge Hike on day 3
1.5 hour San Rock Art tour
1 hour full body massage on day 3
Basic first aid kit
Guide for the duration of the tour
Dedicated Trip Planner
Access to all the resort facilities which include swimming pool, bar, lounge, wifi

Local Taxes

NOT INCLUDED

Flights and airport taxes
Items of a personal nature
Visas for South Africa
Health requirements (if any)
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Snacks, personal medicine
Meals & drinks not specified

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