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Hiking in Drakensberg

South Africa's top hiking destination may be discovered in two different conditions: either green, rainy, and foggy, or dry, clear, and cold

Hiking in Drakensberg in South Africa - Best Time
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Drakensberg Mountain in the Kwazu-Natal Province is considered to be a primary hiking destination in all of South Africa. The most visited areas include Cathedral Peak, Amphitheatre Valley, Champagne Valley, Didima Valley, and Middledale Pass Valley. Along with diverse landscape, and rare game viewing, you'll discover beautiful waterfalls including the world's second tallest Tugela Falls (948 meters high).

Upper part of the Drakensberg waterfalls, frozen in winter
Upper part of the Drakensberg waterfalls, frozen in winter

Despite year-round accessibility, hiking conditions in the Drakensberg differ. November through March, which is roughly summertime, benefits from lush greenery and water abundance. On the contrary, heavy rains and thunderstorms make for less safe hiking conditions and fog hinders the views. May to August is appreciated by hikers for dry paths and good viewing conditions. However, you have fewer daylight hours and lower temperatures, as well as occasional snow and sleet. April and September–October are more or less dry (the weather is less predictable) and green at the same time.

Hiking in Drakensberg in South Africa - Best Season

Overall, you may choose any season for your hike. Still, we recommend April to October for safer hiking conditions. Be sure to pack warm clothes and water supplies. If you eventually choose the rainy season, try starting your hike early in the morning and arrange camping in the afternoon, which is usually peak rain time. And of course, don't forget to pack waterproof garments!

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