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This 7 Night Package consists of 5 nights exclusive backpacking up the uKhahlamba-
Sani Pass,Cobham Reserve,Garden Castle
Trip At A Glance
Day 1) Travelling to South Africa
Day 2) This will be Day 1 of the hiking trip. You’ll be taken to your starting point at the foot of the famous Sani Pass.
Day 3) The Mzimkhulwana Hut nestles alongside one of the tributaries close to a clear pool,where you will spend your second night.
Day 4) Experience the pleasant vistas on the long climb towards the Little Bamboo Mountain.
Day 5) Make your way up the slopes of Garden Castle, and overnight at Swiman Hut.
Day 6) Make your way to the Langalibalela cave,after which you will reach the end of the trail
Day 7) Goodbye South Africa
Starting and ending point (King Shaka Durban International Airport)
Adventure under African skies, Outdoor Activity, Scenic Views, Nature
Start of trail -
End of Trail -
Dates are flexible and customisable for private departures.
Snow covered mountains in the winter, Nature lovers’ paradise in the summer.
Depart from your destination on your Africa bound flight.Once you have landed you will be met by your dedicated tour guide at the King Shaka International Durban Airport and taken to your chosen accommodation, where you will spend the rest of your day/night resting after the long flight.
After breakfast you will be on your way to the Sani Pass road, where you will make your way to the trail head. From here you will be guided by route markers (white footprints on trees,rocks or poles along the route) These footprints will give you the directions you need to get to your end destination. The first day from Sani Pass to Pholela Hut is 13.3 Km and will take you approximately 4 ½ -
Today you will hike from Pholela Hut to Mzimkhulwana Hut,which will take you approximately 3½ hours including rests. Start off by following the trail by walking through a protea woodland and experience a breathtaking view on a forest patch in a gorge below. Cross a small stream and continue on a bridge that leads to the Mzimkhulwana River that seperates you from the Mzimkhulwana Hut. The Hut consists of five rooms with three bunk beds in each room. Since day 2 consists of quite a short hike,there is lots of time to spend the afternoon at the pool on the Siphongweni River or scouting the surrounding area.
Day 3 of your hike meanders along a plateau between Little Bamboo Mountain and Bamboo Mountain and leads through a populated valley to a couple of rondavels at the base of the Garden Castle Mountain. The plateau cuts through an area of rough beauty and bizarrely eroded rock. The path passes by Crane Tarn, a small mountain lake where you maybe lucky enough to see cranes. Follow the path to Winterhoek Hut, which consists of eight rondavels. One rondavel consists of half a wall and a bench around the inside. The site is very inviting under the peak of Garden Castle and sheltered by the oak trees. Today’s hike will take you up to 5 ½ hours with rest stops.
On day 4, the trail does not follow the mountains to the east. It goes along Garden Castle and along the crest of a ridge stretching to the north, heading towards the escarpment. The trail passes through typical highland grassland which is very rich in wildflowers in spring and summer. From Black Eagle Pass you have a good 180 degree view onto the Drakensberg escarpment.. At this stage you have climbed 300 m in altitude and your reward is a lovely view onto the valley. Keep your eyes open for both the Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle and the Bearded Vulture as this is their breeding and feeding range. Make your way to Swiman Hut, an old forestry house. On the verandah you will have an amazing view of Swiman Peak. Today’s hike will take you up to 6 hours with rest stops.
Your last day of hiking consists of a hike that will take you 5 hours with a rest. You will walk from Swiman Hut to Bushman’s nek. You will pass over a ridge into the narrow valley of the Mzimude River , cross the wooden bridge and arrive at Langalibalele Cave below a fire lookout tower. Make your way to Busman’s Nek by following the path. Here your guide will be waiting for you, or you can choose to overnight at the Bushman’s Nek Hut.
Spend the last morning overlooking Drakensbergs’ beautiful views eating breakfast at your choice of restaurant (for own account). Thereafter you will be dropped off at the airport.The vacation may be over, but the memories will linger for many years.
At these altitudes, nights are cool in summer and very cold in winter. Snow can occur during any month of the year. Rain falls mainly in summer. Winter and Autumn days are usually fine and warm. The weather can however, change rapidly. Be sure to be fully equipped to cope with severe changes of weather.
A variety of animals may be seen along the trail, ranging from eland to dassies (hyrax). Birds are less common at these higher altitudes but birds of prey such as the Black Eagle and Jackal Buzzard may be seen.
The customized package will include hotels,transportation within South Africa and Lesotho, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24x7 support during your trip.
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
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