Calling All Avid Adventurers!

If you are planning a trip to the Drakensberg and looking to conquer any one of the magnificent hiking trails throughout this region – whether it is a day trip or an overnight cave hike, there are a few essential items and tips to remember…

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Essentials to pack for a day hike

Whether it is summer or winter, the weather in the mountains is always a little unpredictable, therefore you need to properly prepare yourself:

  • A rain coat with a warm / fleece lining.
  • A sun hat and sunscreen.
  • Trekking shoes with good ankle support and grip.
  • Drinking water.
  • Snacks such as dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, energy bars – light to carry and packed with energy.
  • A bikini during the summer time as there are plenty of freshwater streams and pools to cool off in.
  • An up-to-date map of the area / GPS and cellphone in case of emergencies.

*Don‘t forget to sign the mountain register if you are going on a hike longer than 5 hours!

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Essentials to pack for an overnight hike

In order to survive an overnight hike – and that is meant in every sense of the word because the cold and the elements are a very real threat in the Drakensberg – here a few essential items to pack:

  • A good quality sleeping bag – below zero degrees.
  • Thermal long-sleeve top and pants.
  • An emergency blanket to place underneath your sleeping mat, preventing the cold from creeping up from the ground.
  • Hiking shoes with good grip and ankle support.
  • Enough drinking water. River water can be drunk the higher you ascend, but ensure the water is running and not stagnant wherever you choose to fill your water bottle.
  • Well packaged, dry foods that are easy to cook and full of energy – packet pasta, instant oats, dried fruit, energy bars
  • A small gas cooker – it is not always permitted to light a fire in the Drakensberg due to fire threats.
  • An emergency First Aid Kit and a GPS / map of the area.

*The mountain and air rescue register must always be signed for an overnight hike of any description.

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