Route: A circle route starting and finishing at Antbear Lodge.
Distance: ±42km
Duration: 3 days
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Crossing fences is made easy

Main Attraction: Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals. The Drakensberg Slack packing trail is a luxury hike offering comfortable and varied accommodation experiences each night, luggage transfers and delectable catering.

Lots of wild life in Zulu Waters


The Route: The Drakensberg slack packing hiking trail includes some of the most scenic and bio diverse parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal. This hiking trail provides access to private land, a game reserve and locally forged conservancies. Special places where people normally would not have access. All you need to do is organise a group of friends or join one of our prearranged trips, and look forward to a gentle stroll carrying nothing more than a packed picnic, some binoculars and a good birding book.This is a three day round hike encompassing curated paths through the Zulu Waters Private Game Reserve and the Lowlands Conservancy. Well known for its rich biodiversity, the reserve is home to species such as Rhino, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, eland and many more. This is usually the highlight for many hikers and 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. The lodges offer locally grown, home cooked meals as an added bonus.

Interesting ruins to visit

In the summer, there are rivers and dams to swim in and plenty of picturesque picnic spots on route. In a nutshell, The Drakensberg Slack packing trail is a luxury hike offering comfortable and varied accommodation experiences each night, luggage transfers and delectable catering.

A small waterfall in the reserve – ideal resting spot

Antbear Lodge
What makes Antbear Lodge special is that this is quite possibly one of them most sustainable lodges in South Africa. Here you will find homemade cheese from their own milk, own eggs from their own home grown chickens and a wonderful organic garden. They also offer a luxury cave for accommodation
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.

Antbear Lodge

Leopards Lair Lodge
Leopards Lair is 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 high light when you enter the Zulu Waters Game Reserve

Supper at Leopards Lair

Zulu Waters Shaka Lodge
Shaka Lodge offers the lapse of luxury with in the Zulu Waters Game Reserve. Your own private chef will prepare delicacies that will make you want to stay forever.

Having tea

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.

Antbear Lodge
Leopards Lair
Shaka’s Lodge