14 Day Drakensberg Hike and Kruger Walking Safari
The perfect trip for any adventure and hiking enthusiast. This trip showcases some of the best of South African wilderness and hiking trails in both the Drakensberg and Kruger National Park. Unparalleled and panoramic views, whilst trekking in the mountains and the smells and sound of the African Bush whilst trekking in Kruger.
This trip starts in Durban where you will spend your first day. The following day will take you close to the Sani Pass, where you will spend two more nights in order to do a full Sani Pass Tour. After which you will travel to the Central Drakensberg mountains for the first 3-day overnight hike. After which one stop over will get you to Kruger National Park for another epic 3-day overnight trail. This trip will finish in Graskop, the Gateway to the Blyde River Canyon for another two days to seek more adventure, before going back to Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport.
Price from Euro 1850 per person - ZAR 30.600 per person
Drakensberg overnight Amphitheatre Hike
After a good breakfast at the departure lodge, a guide will accompany you on today’s hike up and over the sandstone cliffs, via Lone Rock (San rock art), through Sugarloaf gap, and along the ridge bypassing broom hill, with sweeping views across to the former homeland QwaQwa and Metsi Matsho Dam. Lunch is provided and after a well deserved shower you will have dinner at the mountain lodge where you will be staying the night.
The next morning a vehicle transfer is provided up to Sentinel Car Park. Today’s trail starts with a well-trodden path which ascends gradually towards the Witches and Zigzags, taking you to the base of the Sentinel massif. From here you’ll follow the contour path below the Western buttress, with the land sloping steeply to the north and east giving you wonderful views of the Maluti’s.The chain ladders are reached after about 3km. After negotiating the 35m ascent on the chain ladders, it is only a short scramble from there to the escarpment top, where you can spend the better part of the day in exploration. Mont-aux-Sources (highest peak in the area) and the top of the Tugela Falls are fantastic highlights. A vehicle transfer will bring you back to the mountain lodge for a shower, dinner and good night sleep.
The last day is a self-guided hike down the Mahai valley with waterfalls and natural swimming pools along the way. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to the departure lodge, where your vehicle is awaiting you.
Wolhuter trail in Kruger National Park
This wilderness trail is situated between Berg-en-dal, Ship Mountain and Afsaal picnic site. It was named after one of the first rangers that were appointed in the establishment of the Sabie Game Reserve in 1902. It is a spectacularly scenic wilderness area characterized by high granite outcrops with deep valleys, as well as rolling hills. Wilderness qualities are high as the trail area is far removed from the boundaries of the Kruger National Park.
Culturally, Wolhuter Trail was a very active area in days gone by and a lot of relics of the past can be seen everywhere. Evidence of Bushmen and stone and iron age people can be found on the higher lying areas and rocky outcrops. White and black rhino can be found in the Wolhuter Wilderness area with the black rhino concentrated. Elephants and buffalos are also regularly seen as well as sable, mountain- and common reedbuck can be seen. Other more common species include zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, blue wildebeest and warthog.
It is a three-night trail with the two days in between spent walking, accompanied by a ranger. The trail provides simple but wholesome meals prepared by a cook on either an open fire or a gas stove. Drinking water is provided as well as coffee and tea with a fruit juice as part of the bush breakfast.