Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The Sentinel to Cathedral Peak Northern Drakensberg Traverse is definitely our most popular hike in the Drakensberg. Also known as the Mini Drakensberg Traverse, this hike starts at the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and finishes at the magnificent Cathedral Peak. The Sentinel to Cathedral Peak Hike Northern Drakensberg Traverse is rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 hikes in the world.
Come and join us on this hike and you will see why.
We certainly get to see some of the best mountain scenery that South Africa has to offer.
I like to stay at Sterkfontein Dam the night before the hike which makes it only a 2-hour drive to the start at the Sentinal car park.
On the night before the hike, we camp next to a beautiful dam while having a good old-fashioned South African BBQ (braai). The first night of our hike is spent camping on top of the Amphitheatre.
Our camp site is nice and close to the 2nd highest waterfall in the world, the Tugela Falls.
Here we are camping at 2950m above sea level.
The Tugela Falls tumble down the huge Amphitheatre Wall for almost 1000m so you can imagine how wonderful the views are! Over the next few days, we wander along the Drakensberg Escarpment Edge, where the views are best.
By day 3 we arrive at one of my favorite places, just above Rockeries pass in the Mnweni area where all my porters live.
Additionally, tonight we camp near a huge Cape Vulture colony.
This is a truly amazing place.
As we get closer to our destination we have the opportunity to walk along the Bell Traverse and climb Cathedral Peak if we feel like it.
The Bell Traverse 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. We’ll finish the hike at the Cathedral Peak Hotel and enjoy a final South African braai.
And a couple of songs by my Zulu porters.