Remember, you are not limited to river or rock or mountain; why not river and rock and mountain? You can decide whether you want to paddle or climb or walk, or paddle and climb and walk. The choice is yours, and nothing stops you from building your own itinerary! You might want to climb at two or three different crags or you might want to paddle two different rivers. You might even want to climb first, and then go for a paddle and then for a mountain walk. You can even throw an abseil session in there! The point is, any of these outings or activities you can enjoy in any combination. Here are a few favourites:
Drakensberg Grand Traverse
The Drakensberg Grand Traverse is a hike along the entire length of the Drakensberg Escarpment. In other words, all along the international border between South Africa and Lesotho. It can either be done in a north to south direction or south to north direction. It can be done in any length of time too. We have refined it down to a standard 14-day hike. The longest day is roughly 22 kilometres and the shortest around 8 kilometres. The average distance per day is roughly 15 kilometres. It starts at the Sentinel Car Park in the Northern Drakensberg and ends at Bushmans Nek in the Southern Drakensberg. It is roughly a distance of 230 kilometres with a total height gain of roughly 8000 metres. Six peaks are also summited which include Mont-Aux-Sources (3282 metres), Cleft Peak (3277 metres), Champagne Castle (3377 metres), Madafi (3450 metres and the highest point in South Africa), Giants Castle (3314 metres) and Thabana-Ntlenyana (3482 metres and the highest point in Southern Africa). Due to the length of the hike encountering a wide range of weather is good. Therefore we aim for the best time of the year to take it on, which is roughly from mid March to the end of May. The weather is then quite stable. Three resupplies are used to help share the carrying load. The most you end up carrying on the entire trip is only for four days. There are ample opportunities for viewing. Some of the peaks you will be climbing and a lot of the walking you will be doing is right on the edge of the escarpment. In addition, those deep and very far off valleys in Lesotho will also be seen, like the Yodlers Cascades. And to top it all, you are way out there in wild country, just the way we like it. It certainly is a thorough physical and mental challenge, but definitely a very big accomplishment when completed successfully. You have to be fit and you have to be use to carrying a backpack.
Mafadi Summit Hike
This is one of the Berg’s big ones. The main objective of this hike is to summit South Africa’s highest point, Mafadi (3450 meters above sea level). You will sweat but you will be very, very well rewarded. This is another one of those way-out-there Berg areas. Up we go with Judge Pass and down we come Leslies Pass. Some of the Berg’s icons are located in this area. The Trojan Wall, Injisuthi Summit Cave, Injisuthi Greater and Lesser Buttress, Injisuthi Triplets, Molar, Scaly Peak and Old Woman Grinding Corn are all out there for you to see. And the view looking up to the escarpment from the Centenary Hut is one to remember. Look north all the way Cathkin Peak and all the way south to the Giant. This is nothing less than an accomplishment.
Our flag ship route! This is a four to five-day outing in the very beautiful Mnweni area of the Drakensberg. Even though the whole length of the Drakensberg is superb for mountain walking (hiking), this area is widely regarded as one of the ‘Berg’s top destinations. This part of the escarpment makes a large cutback (called the Mnweni Cutback), and as a result adds much isolation while moving through the area. The mountain passes to be encountered are the Mnweni and Rockeries Passes. Steep stuff and hard work. Be sure that your efforts will be well rewarded. Look out for major peaks like the Inner and Outer Mnweni Needles and Pinnacles. The highlight of the outing is without a doubt a full view of the loose standing Mponjwane, or Rockeries Tower. This is one of the Berg’s legendary peaks. Additionally, two nearby caves are available for overnight camping.
River and Rock
This is a three-
day outing starting on the rock around the town of Harrismith. Then for some Tugela white water on day two, and then a beautiful abseil in the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg on day three. Remember this is just one version of it. Feel totally freed to arrange these activities the way you like it.
River Rock Mountain
This four day outing consists of the full package. You will spend some time on the RIVER, ROCK and MOUNTAIN. Feel totally freed to arrange these activities the way you like it.
The Legendary Tugela River Canyon
Short summary: This is a three-day and two-night paddle down one of South Africa’s best stretches of whitewater. Great for rafting and kayaking. This paddle, we approach as a multi-day hike where only the necessary will be taken along. This all makes your descent down the river easier and efficient. All equipment, guiding and transport back to your vehicles are included. Rapids you can expect along the way are Rocky Horror, Klip Rapid, Off the Wall, Frog’s Playground, Washing Machine, Liquidizer, Finger Rock, Ledges and of course Keisha! This is not a river where you will be floating along in luxury, it is action from the word ‘go’!
Tugela River Duo
This is a two-
day outing on two different parts of the Tugela River. Both classics! The first is a full- day outing above Spioenkop Dam and the second day below it.
Tugela River Trio
Kayaking or rafting on three different one-
day stretches of the Tugela River, KwaZulu- Natal.
Two Crag Climb
Swinburne and Eagle Mountain are two very well known climbing areas of South Africa. Very accessible and very friendly towards the beginner and those who climb moderately graded routes. Climbing is real, on real rock, with real chalk on your hands, with real rubber on your feet and you are in charge of the belay. If we cannot offer it on these terms, we wouldn’t bother in the first place. The rendezvous point is usually in the area of Harrismith or Van Reenen. This is where the climbing areas are. Remember, more than one day can be spent at either of these crags. They are about 20km from each other.