While the Drakensberg may be the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, enjoying its many “khulus”, doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’re filming the latest episode of Bear Grylls.
“The Drakensberg is home to some amazingly scenic and challenging hiking routes, but there are many easy hikes for those wanting a taste of the outdoors, without breaking too much of a sweat,” says Glen Hadden, Reservations Manager at Little Switzerland, a resort in the Northern Drakensberg under the Dream Hotels and Resorts’ portfolio.
“Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, an incurable romantic or an exhausted businessman, here in the Drakensberg, you can take your holiday at your own pace, even if it means using your afternoon to lounge out by the pool, enjoying the views of the Amphitheatre.”
If you’re up for stretching your legs on one of the area’s tamer hikes, here are five recommendations from Jonathan Newman, who has logged over 6000km in the Drakensberg and currently heads up the hiking portfolio for the Mountain Club of South Africa’s KZN Section:
1) Giants Castle, Main Caves
Duration: 2 hours
Originally referred to as Garden Castle, before its name was changed by map makers just over 100 years ago, Giant’s Castle is a hiker's paradise with trails ranging from 3km to several days. This particular route to the main caves is an easy walk, but you will have to be accompanied by a guide from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to do it, as it includes a visit to a rock art site. With over 6000 different cave paintings, the Drakensberg is the world's largest outdoor art exhibition.