Slack Packing

Slack-packing
The view over the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands

Slackpacking is a popular way to explore an area at a leisurely pace while carrying very light while still enjoying a great outdoor holiday. For those that don’t know the term, slackpacking is an expression used by hikers where you hand off either all or most of your pack and it gets transported to you end destination by vehicle or some other means. This leaves you to hike without the burden of caring your full pack. This allows you to walk at not only at a faster pace but gives you the opportunity to enjoy the countryside and views without worrying about your arrival time.
On this multiday adventure you can relax knowing that at the end of the walk, you are getting a hot shower, comfortable bed and delicious meals – no dehydrated hiking food on this trip! On this trips everything is taken care off and included in the cost is all meals, accommodation and vehicle transfers of gear and guide. Extra activities can be arranged at the start or the end of your trip.


The Giants Castle Slack Packing Trail

The newest an most attractive for an easy to moderate slack packing experience is the “Giants Castle Drakensberg Slack Packing Trail”. It includes some of the most scenic and bio diverse parts of KwaZulu Natal with dramatic views of the Drakensberg and Giants Castle. This hiking trail provides access to a the Lowlands Conservancy and Zulu Waters Game Reserve. Special places where hikers simply would not have access to.

This is a 3 day hike that includes 3 nights of accommodation in 3 very different lodges each offering a 3 course dinner, hearty breakfast and a picnic lunch to enjoy under a shady tree along the way. The daily hikes are gentle in distance and gradient making this hike a perfect beginner’s hike for families and for those less experienced and fit. You are in good hands with your own personal hiking guide. The lodges offer locally grown, home cooked meals as an added bonus. In the summer, there are rivers and dams to swim in and plenty of picturesque picnic spots on route. Your first night is Antbear Lodge, quite possibly one of them most sustainable lodges in South Africa. Here you will find home made cheese from milk from their own cows, eggs from their own home grown chickens and a wonderful organic garden. Hiking starts heading up to the top of the mountain with spectacular views looking out over the Drakensberg Mountains. Then down into the valley where you feel far away from everywhere.

Your second night is Leopards Lair Lodge. Its one of those lovely places full of family atmosphere offering a real agri tourism experience. Meet Lalie their hand reared eland, their rescue emus and ostriches and the rest of their farmyard menagerie. Your walk from here starts off easy and then drops back down into the Mbogta Valley. And then the highlight of the hike where you enter the Zulu Waters Game Reserve. Shaka Lodge offers the the lapse of luxury and is situated within the game reserve. Your own private chef will prepare delicacies that will make you want to stay forever. Almost your whole day will be hiking inside the Game Reserve. You might see rhino, zebras, buffalo, ostriches, eland, water buck, wildebeest and so much more.

Groups are limited to 6 persons and bespoke trails can also be arranged for organised groups with special interests like butterflies, birding, ecology, wild flowers, mediation and star gazing. You can even add an extra few days at one of these lodges at the special slack packing trail rate or add on extra activities like horse trails, a star gazing hammock camp, game drives and a visit to a vulture hide.

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