his incredible 6 day hike is our most popular hike in the Drakensberg.
The Sentinal to Cathedral Northern Drakensberg Traverse hike is rated by is known by National Geographic as one of the top 10 hikes in the world. This time we are doing the Sentinal to Cathedral Peak Northern Drakensberg Traverse Hike in summer, which usually means lovely and warm weather for hiking in the Drakensberg.
It is also known as the Mini Traverse and starts at the Amphitheatre and finishes at Cathedral Peak.
Sentinal to Cathedral peak Drakensberg Northern Traverse
We are leaving the Rockeries behind on the Northern Traverse while hiking with Drakensberghiker
There is a reason why it is well known as one of the top 10 hikes in the world. We certainly get to see some of the best mountain scenery South Africa has to offer.
The first night is spent camping on top of the Amphitheatre next to the 2nd highest waterfall in the world, the Tugela Falls. Here we are at 2950m above sea level. The Tugela Falls tumble down the huge Amphitheatre wall so you can imagine the views.
Over the next few days, we wander along the escarpment edge where the views are best.
Guided Drakensberg Hikes
Guests posing in front of the Rockeries at Mnweni
By day 3 we arrive at one of my favorite places, above Rockeries Pass in the Mnweni area where all my porters live.
They love to show off their home to visitors.
Here we camp near a huge Cape Vulture colony. This is really an amazing place. After checking out the graceful vultures we walk behind the huge Saddle and a swim in a clear mountain stream. Our lunch spot today is great. We have one of the best views while recharging our batteries.
As we get closer to our destination we have the opportunity to walk along the Bell Traverse and climb Cathedral Peak. This does require a head for heights and some rope work. If we decide not to do this route we walk down Mlambonja pass to camp near the river.
Hike preparation is very important, so remember to have a look at our Drakensberg Hike Preparation page before joining us for this hike!
We finish at the Cathedral Peak campsite with a South African braai and a couple of songs by my Zulu porters … and that is the end of the memorable Sentinal to Cathedral peak hike.
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Challenging Drakensberg Hike
Hike Difficulty: Challenging
Porters are an extra R2700 each and will carry your tent and food so you just carry your clothes and sleeping bag