Keen on Walking – Guided Overnight Hiking


For self-guided overnight hiking please click here – for guided hiking just read on

OPTION 1 : SET ROUTE HIKES:

Let our expert and knowledgeable hiking guides help you get the most out of the wonderful hiking opportunities in the Drakensberg Mountains. We work together with excellent local guides who are fully qualified mountain walking guides at Level 4 under the NQF framework. They are also highly experienced hikers in the Southern Drakensberg and a few days with them will give you an unforgettable experience of our mountains at their best

2 DAY HIKE – GXALINGENWA CAVE

This two day guided hike will follow the beautiful Gxalingenwa valley upstream as far as Gxalingenwa Cave. Along the way, you’ll pass sparkling pools in the river (some great swimming spots), the large waterfall, indigenous forest, Bushman rock art sites and spectacular views as you get higher and deeper into the pristine wilderness areas of the Drakensberg. Stay the night in the cave, and then return on day two via the summit of Ndlovini mountain (2208m) with fantastic views of the whole southern Drakensberg.

NOTES:

  1. Please download the kit list and the food list for guided hiking (click on the links)
  2. Prices include overnight fees for KZN Wildlife which are currently set at R70pp per night.
  3. These are set scheduled hikes, and as such a number of different individuals or groups may join the hike. This means that hikers of different levels of fitness and ability will be mixed in the same group. Those taking part need to understand this, as it will impact on speed of hiking, times on the trail and what objectives may be achieved by the group as groups will not under any circumstances be split up.
  4. The price does not include food. You are expected to provide your own food as well as cooking and eating utensils. We can provide a packed lunch at R50pp and do have a small camping stove ( 1 – 2 person) which comes with pots for hire at R10 per day plus R20 for a bottle of fuel (methylated spirits). Our food list should give you an idea of what food to bring along.


OPTION 2 : TAILOR MADE HIKES:

Our guides will happily tailor make a hike for you if you have specific requirements. Chat to us and we will put you in direct contact with them in order that they may ascertain your level of fitness and exactly what you wish to get out of your hiking experience. Our guides will lead you anywhere in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and in the mountainous region of Eastern Lesotho.

Please download the kit list and the food list for guided hiking (click on the links)

Please check this these websites for more info: www.southernsecrets.co.za or www.highhorizons.co.za



OPTION 3 : 4 DAY HIKE TO THABANA NTLENYANA (highest point in Southern Africa 3482m) :

We can arrange trips as follows:

DAY 1: Travel by 4x4 vehicle up Sani Pass and into Lesotho (passports essential (Please click here for Lesotho visa requirements and South African Entry/Exit regulations)). Arrive at No. 10 Riverside where we stay the night at the home of the Nkune family. Get a real taste of Basotho culture.

DAY 2: Depart on foot for Thabana Ntlenyana. Luggage can be carried by packhorses. Overnight in a shepherds dwelling (“motebo”).

DAY 3: Hike to the peak itself, return to the motebo for the night

DAY 4: Return on foot to No. 10 Riverside and return by 4x4 vehicle to Sani Lodge

NOTES:

  1. Please download the kit list and the food list for guided hiking (click on the links)
  2. Prices is all inclusive of guiding, transport, accommodation, food and supporting pack animals to carry luggage.
  3. Hikers are required to supply their own rucksacks, day packs, sleeping bags as well as warm clothing and rain gear. The overnight stops are at very high altitude, and so clothing and sleeping bags will need to be warm enough to cope with sub-zero temperatures at any time of the year, but especially during the winter months. Beanies, hats and sunscreen are also required.
  4. While there are extremely basic shepherd’s dwellings called motebos to overnight in, hikers may prefer to sleep in a tent and to camp in these, especially if they suffer from hayfever as the motebos are sometimes dusty. Either bring your own or hire a 2 person tent from us at R100 per tent. Roll mats are also available to hire at R20 each.


OPTION 4: LESOTHO VILLAGE HIKES (Slack-packing):

2 Day Itinerary:

DAY 1: From Sani Lodge,travel up Sani Pass in our 4x4. Lots of stops along the way for birds, animals and flowers, the history, geology, natural history and good yarns from days gone by. Superb views. Cross into Lesotho, travel along the Sani Flats visiting the shearing shed in season. Over Black Mountain Pass at 3240m, following the Sehonghong River valley. Lunch by the river, travel on and into the typical highland village country on to our starting point at Molumong village. Meet the guide and set off on the hike to Libibing. The afternoon’s hike is around 6km and has an altitude gain of around 250m to the village of Libibing where we stay the night in traditional rondavel accommodation.

DAY 2: After breakfast, hike back via a different route to Molumong. After lunch start the return journey to Sani Lodge by around 5.30 pm.

3 Day Itinerary

DAY 1: As for 2 day hike.

DAY 2: After breakfast we set off on a full day of hiking. The day starts off following the Libibing river valley downstream towards the main river of the Lesotho highlands, the Senqu. From the low point of the hike, the path then heads westwards to our overnight stop in Malubelube village. Enjoy valleys, soaring peaks and views of the Senqu Valley. Distance : around 12km, altitude gain: decend around 500m from Libibing to the low point of the day, then climb another 550m to Malubelube village where we stay the night in traditional rondavel accommodation.

DAY 3: After an early breakfast, we set off following a shorter return route to Molumong. Distance: around 9km, altitude drop of 300m. After lunch start the return journey to Sani Lodge by around 5.30 pm.

4 Day Itinerary

DAYS 1 and 2: As for 3 day hike

DAY 3: After breakfast, we set off on another full day of hiking. Today is a very special day as our route takes us over a high ridge and into the remote Bobatsi river valley. Our paths goes through villages which are far from any road and seldom visited. We follow the bobatsi valley upstream, staying the night in traditional rondavel accommodation in Bobatsi village. Distance: around 15km. Altitude Gain: ups and downs during the day, overall ending around 50m lower.

DAY 4: After breakfast, we hike back to Molumong. Distance: around 8km, altitude gain: gain of 100m, drop of 300m. After lunch start the return journey to Sani Lodge by around 5.30 pm.

NOTE: All accommodation is in traditional rondavels. There is no electricity or running water in any of the villages. A basin of water will be provided for bathing. The toilets are “long drops” (pit latrines). Warm bedding is provided everywhere and sleeping bags are NOT required. All meals provided. Bring snacks, warm clothing, rain gear and personal items.


Photos taken by M. Chaplin

OPTION 5: THE MEHLODING TRAIL:

A guided and catered 4 day hike between Ongeluks Nek and Qachas Nek along the Eastern Cape/Lesotho border. A little visited section of the great escarpment, the trail traverses through spectacular mountainous foothills and rural villages, taking in visits to rock art sites, sparkling streams, indigenous trees, medicinal plants, craft projects and “top of the world” views. No need for map or compass as the group is guided by local people. Overnight in comfortable rondavels with hot showers and local communities cater all meals. See www.mehloding.co.za for details.


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E Mail info@sanilodge.co.za

SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS DOES NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR RECEPTION. RECEPTION OPENING HOURS ARE 7AM TO 9PM. GUESTS PLANNING TO ARRIVE LATER THAN 9PM, WILL NEED TO MAKE SPECIAL PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.