Grade: Severe to Extreme
Duration: 5 to 6 days
Total distance covered: ±74.5km
Total height gain: ±2564m
(All distances should only be used as a guideline and a detailed route description will be supplied on confirmation of booking.)
What makes this special: Experience awe inspiring views of the rugged Drakensberg and visit the road less travelled where you might be the only person for days. This should be on every person’s bucket list.
Route/Description: This is the short version of the world renowned Drakensberg Grand Traverse. But don’t be fooled by “short”, as this will still be filled with beauty as it tests your fitness and resolve.
The Northern Berg Traverse is also known as the Mini Traverse and starts at Witsieshoek and finishes at Cathedral Peak and typically will take us 5 days to complete but can be extended to 6 days to make the walk back out a bit easier. It’s not an overly difficult journey however due to its remoteness we need to carry our tents and enough food with us all the way to our destination. Our accommodation will be tents under a million stars and depending on availability maybe a cave or two.
Our route will hug the escarpment, giving you the opportunity to view the mighty peaks up close and personal and the evenings and early mornings will give you a painted sky of hues of yellow, orange all the way to pink.
On our journey we will visit some of the well-known areas of the Drakensberg including the mighty Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world. We will pass Madonna and her worshippers, a rock formation called “the donkey” and drink water from the Senqu River that is the start of the mighty Orange River.
The route back down is via scenic The Bell Traverse but if you have issues with exposure and heights, the Mlambonja Pass option is available as it’s a lot easier and still gives you great views of the high peaks.
Our last day takes us back down to Cathedral Peak where you can enjoy an ice cold drink at Didima or Cathedral Peak Hotel while overlooking the Cathedral Peak range.
Included: Park & overnight fees, rescue levy and first aid kit.
Excluded: All meals and snacks, stove & pots, sleeping bag, backpack, personal gear and equipment, personal medication and footwear.
Gear Hire is available.
Porters can be included at an additional cost.