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This guidebook presents 75 day walks of 1km to 26km in South Africa's Maloti-Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in KwaZulu Natal and easily accessible from Johannesburg, Harrismith, Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the region boasts dramatic cliffs, gorges and waterfalls, abundant wildlife and 2,000 year old rock paintings.
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A guidebook to the Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. The book describes 75 day walks, between 1km and 26km long, in Royal Natal National Park, Cathedral Peak, Monk's Cowl, Injisuthi, Giant's Castle, Highmoor, Kamberg, Lotheni, the Himeville and Underberg districts, plus Bushman's Nek. Ranging from easy to strenuous, the walks take in the spectacular natural beauty of the area.
This range of huge peaks, towering basalt cliffs, massive sandstone outcrops and deep gorges forms the core of an area of unlimited potential for walkers, until recently little known outside South Africa. The area has a unique geological structure and a fascinating history as well as a large variety of antelope and other mammals and a regular bird list of over 200 species.
Written by a qualified Safari Guide, this book includes: descriptions of 75 graded day walks and scrambles in 11 areas of the park; lots of information about the local wildlife and about facilities in each of the areas; and inspirational photographs and clear route maps.
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|The Development of the Park|
|About the walks|
|Fuel, cash and permits|
|The climate – when to visit|
|Using this guide|
|1 Royal Natal National Park|
|Walk 1 The Cascades|
|Walk 2 Fairy Glen|
|Walk 3 Plowman’s Kop Loop|
|Walk 4 The Crack and the Mudslide|
|Walk 5 Gudu Bush and Gudu Falls|
|Walk 6 Witsieshoek via Mahai Falls|
|Walk 7 Thukela Gorge Walk|
|Walk 8 Policeman’s Helmet|
|Walk 9 Camel’s Hump|
|Walk 10 Sunday Falls|
|Walk 11 Surprise Ridge and Cannibal Cave|
|Walk 12 Top of Thukela Falls and Mont-aux-Sources (3282m)|
|Walk 13 The Sugar Loaf (2085m)|
|2 Cathedral Peak|
|Walk 14 Doreen Falls|
|Walk 15 Mushroom Rock|
|Walk 16 Rainbow Gorge|
|Walk 17 and 17B Ribbon Falls|
|Walk 18 Xeni Cave|
|Walk 19 The Tarn Hill Circuit|
|Walk 20 Tryme Hill and the Contour Path|
|Walk 21 Organ Pipes Pass and Cleft Peak|
|Walk 22 Baboon Rock|
|Walk 23 One Tree Hill|
|Walk 24 One Tree Hill and the Contour Path into the Mlambonja valley|
|Walk 25 Cathedral Peak (3004m)|
|3 Monk's Cowl|
|Walk 26 Nandi’s Falls|
|Walk 27 Hlathikulu Forest|
|Walk 28 Crystal Falls, the Sphinx and Verkykerskop|
|Walk 29 Blind Man’s Corner and return via Keartland’s Pass|
|Walk 30 Matterhorn (1995m)|
|Walk 31 Amphletts’ (2620m)|
|Walk 32 Sterkhorn (2973m)|
|Walk 33 Injisuthi to Monk’s Cowl via Van Heyningen’s Pass|
|Walk 34 iNtunja/Gatberg (2408m)|
|Walk 35 Blue Grotto|
|Walk 36 Van Damm’s Cascades|
|Walk 37 uMakhulumane Stream, the Little Berg and Hlathikulu Nek – The smugglers’ path|
|Walk 38 Poacher’s Stream|
|Walk 39 Van Heyningen’s Pass to the viewpoint|
|Walk 40 Grindstone Caves|
|Walk 41 Cataract Valley|
|Walk 42 Battle Cave|
|Walk 43 Marble Baths|
|5 Giant's Castle|
|Walk 44 Main Caves and River Walk|
|Walk 45 Langalibalele and Bannerman Ridges|
|Walk 46 Giant’s Hut: up via Giant’s Ridge and down via Oribi Ridge|
|Walk 47 Over Beacon Ridge to the viewpoint with an optional extension to Meander Hut|
|Walk 48 Foulton’s Rock|
|Walk 49 Aasvoëlkrans (Vulture) Cave|
|Walk 50 Caracal Cave|
|Walk 51 Giant’s Castle viewpoint|
|Walk 52 Game Pass Shelter|
|Walk 53 eMpophomeni Falls and Eagle Rock|
|Walk 54 Emadundwini Trail|
|Walk 55 Jacob’s Ladder Falls|
|Walk 56 Gelib Tree|
|Walk 57 Zwelele|
|Walk 58 Trout Beck and return via By-pass Ridge|
|Walk 59 Pinnacle Rock|
|Walk 60 Emerald Dome|
|Walk 61 Ndlovini|
|Walk 62 Pholela River Walk to Boundary Rock|
|Walk 63 Allen’s Shelter and Tortoise Rocks|
|Walk 64 Mzimkulwana Hut, Siphongweni Stream and Rock|
|Walk 65 Stromness Hill, Ngenwa Pool and the Gxalingenwa River|
|Walk 66 Nelson’s Column and Balancing Rocks|
|Walk 67 Salt ‘n Pepper|
|Walk 68 Hodgson’s Peaks (S 3256m: N 3251m)|
|10 Garden Castle|
|Walk 69 Sleeping Beauty Cave and Engagement Cave|
|Walk 70 Magnificent Valley and Swiman Ridge|
|Walk 71 Hidden Valley|
|Walk 72 Three Pools and Bushman Rock|
|Walk 73 Pillar Cave and the Annexe|
|Walk 74 Rhino Peak (3056m)|
|11 Bushman's Nek|
|Walk 75 Twin Pools|
|Appendix A Walk summary table|
|Appendix B Facilities within the Park areas|
|Appendix C Useful contacts|
|Appendix D Further reading|