Hiking, Trails and Routes

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Hiking the Northern Drakensberg, Royal Natal, Bergville, Drakensberg, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The central feature is the Amphitheatre, an awe-inspiring rock wall rising 700 metes above the Little Berg.  Prominent peaks include Mont-aux-Sources, the Sentinel, Inner Tower, Eastern Buttress and Devil’s Tooth.  The dome of Mont-aux-Sources is the source of five major rivers, including the Tugela, which plunges 600-m over the escarpment in a spectacular waterfall.  There is a hotel, a hutted camp and two campsites in the park, and several hotels nearby.  The park is accessible by tarred road 48 km from Bergville. There are a number of trails in the park, as follows:

•    Mont-aux-Sources via Basutho Gate and the Chain Ladder.  Extreme, 20-km, 10 hrs
•    Amphitheatre to Cathedral. Severe, 62-km, 4-5 days
•    Ottos’s Walk and Bushman (Bushmen) Paintings. Easy, 2-km, 1 hour.
•    McKinley’s Pool, Gudu Falls and the Grotto. Moderate, variable distances.
•    Sigubudu Ridge and Valley. Moderate, 12-km, 4-5 hours.
•    Lion Buttress. Moderate, 3.5-km, 1-2 hours.
•    Rugged Glen to Mahai. Moderate to severe, 14-km, 5-6 hours.
•    Tugela Gorge. Moderate, 7-km, 2 hours.

Note that bookings for hikes and camping are made at the park itself. All other reservations to be made at central reservations (see web address).

Bergville is on the R74 southeast of Harrismith, which is at the intersection of the N3 with the N5. Turn west off the R74 a few kilometres southeast of Little Switzerland. APHiroyal

Contct:            Kwa-Zulu Natal Conservation Service
            Private Bag X1669 Bergville 3350
            +27 (36) 438 6303 telephone reservations
            +27 (36) 438 6310 telephone enquiries
            +27 (36) 438 6231 fax
            web: www.rhino.org.za

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Last update: 2009-07-17 13:32
Author: Alan McIver
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