- Cathedral Peak
- Van Reenen
- Monks Cowl
- Champagne Valley
- Giants Castle
- Mooi River
- Sani Pass
- Bushmans Nek
- Drakensberg Gardens
- Nottingham Road
- Currys Post
- Lions River
- Fort Nottingham
- Bushman Rock
- Hiking Trails
- Hot air
- Horse trails
- Helicopter & Microlight
- Arts & Crafts
- Canopy Tours
- Midlands Meander
- Fly Fishing
- Game Viewing
- White Water rafting
- 4x4 Offroad trails
- Battlefield Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Bicycle tours
- Wellness & Spas
Cathedral Peak - Northern Drakensberg
Cathedral Peak is situated between Monks Cowl and Royal Natal National
Park in the Northern Dakensberg
Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve borders on the upper Thukela area in the north
and east, Lesotho in
the west and Monks Cowl in
the south, this section of the Ukhahlamba
Drakensberg Park is 32 000 hectares in extent. Cathedral Peak containing
the magnificent Didima Valley with its many examples of San Rock art, it
is a hikers paradise offering routes that range from a few hours to several
For the visitors less inclined to physical activity or whose time is limited,
Mikes Pass provides an opportunity to drive a 4x4 trail to the top of the
Little Berg near the head of Didima Gorge for spectacular views of the main
escarpment and the surrounding lowlands.
While hiking in the Cathedral Peak area, a wide selection of plants and
animals can be seen in the extensive grasslands and forest patches characteristic
of this part of the Drakensberg.
Overhead the effortless flight of a Bearded vulture (Lammergeyer) while
closer at hand Malachite sun birds flash from protea to protea, a noisy troop
of baboons bark at the intruders in their domain and a family of Mountain
reedbuck display their white tails as they race up a nearby slope. Cathedral
Peak now offers an upmarket 140 bed huttted camp themed to the San People
and their rock art and a modern interactive interpretive centre which allows
visitors a glimpse into the lives of these First People.
Hiking trails at Cathedral Peak
- Blue Pool and Nyosi Grotto
A easy 2 hrs or 5.5 kms hike
A short hike in the Cathedral Peak area, starting from the hotel and following
the Nyosi River southwards.
- Cathedral Peak Hike
An extreme 6 to 7 hrs hike - 10km.
A long arduous hike requiring a high level of fitness. Starts from Cathedral
Peak Hotel, up the path to the Cathedral Ridge. Rock scrambling is often
necessary due to rock slides on the gully below the peak.
- Contour Path - Cathedral Peak to Ndedema
A moderate to severe hike of 3 hours or 3.5 kms
A long hard hike. Starts at Cathedral Peak Hotel, up to contour path below
Cathedral range and follow it southwards. Hike passes underneath the main
escarpment and back down the Ndedema Gorge.
- Contour Path- Ndedema to Monk's Cowl
A moderate 2 day hike(27.5 kms)
A severe hike which starts at the contour path at the upper end of the
Ndedema Valley. This is reached via the solar cliffs path in the Cathedral
area, or via the Hikes' Pass route up to the contour path. The hike follows
the contour path southwards traversing the Mdedela Wilderness area.
- Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock
A severe 6 hr hike(15kms)
The hike starts on the Cathedral Peak route and then branches off to the
right, going down into the Nxwaye valley, up the Ganabu Ridge and down
- Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave
A severe 6-8 hrs hike (11 kms)
From Cathedral Peak Hotel the path follows the river past the trout hatchery
and up to the top of the little berg above the mlambonja river. The pass
is consistently very steep and long.
- Mlambonja Valley (3)
A moderate 30 mins - 2 hrs hike (1,5 - 5,2 kms)
There are three hikes, the lower valley 1,5 km, neptunes pool 4,2 km and
marble baths 5,2 km. The Mlambonja Pass Route bypasses most of the lower
river valley. All hikes begin at the Cathedral Peak Hotel.
- Mushroom Rock
A fair 1 hr hike (2 kms)
This is a fairly steep hike, which leads up behind the hotel to a large
- Old Furrow Trail
There are displays along the route which makes the trail is convenient
for school groups. The trail gives views of the Bushman's River and wild
animals especially buck may be seen in the open grassland. Picnic sites
- Oqalweni Forest Walk
An easy 2 hrs hike (5.5 kms)
This route is ideal for hikers who prefer secluded outings. It starts from
the Cathedral Peak Hotel, past the trout hatchery and along the Oqalweni
River to a waterfall and pool.
- Oqalweni Valley
A moderate 5 hrs hike (16.5 kms)
This hike gives you a grand tour of the valley. The path passes through
a number of habitats. It starts at the Cathedral Peak path past Shermans
Cave, but takes the left fork of the contour path around the top of the
Oqalweni Valley and back down one tree hill.
- Rainbow Gorge
A fair 2 hrs hike (5.5 kms)
This is probably one of the most picturesque hikes in the area. From the
hotel skirt the base of Tryme Hill westwards, then eastwards on the path
into the gorge. Once in the gorge itself the path follows the river.
- Tarn and Tryme Hills
A hike of4 hrs (10 kms)
This half-day outing affords grand views of the escarpment and close up
encounters with some high spires and butresses, as well as the possibility
of exploring the forests around the available falls, all on the same stream,
a tributory of the Mhlonhlo River.
Cathedral Peak, Central Drakensberg.
- Tseketseke Camp Site
A moderate -severe 4 hrs hike (9.5 kms)
This hike takes one into the mountains directly below Cleft Peak which
dominates the area betweeen Cathedral Peak and Champagne Castle.
- Two Passes and Cleft Peak Escarpment Hike
An extreme 3 days hike (40 kms)
The route starts at the top of Mike's Pass near Cathedral Peak Hotel, up
the long ridge and the very steep Organ Pipes Pass. Traverse the escarpment
and descend via Mlambonja Pass. This hike is classified extreme and for
good reason. Not to be undertaken by the unfit or inexperienced. Mike's
Pass to Cathedral Peak Hotel via Organ Pipes.