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VULTURE HIKING TRAIL 

2 Day/ 2-3 Night Slackpacking Hike - Northern Drakensberg

This newly launched slack-packing trail allows hikers of moderate fitness to explore a little
traversed section of berg wilderness, and get a birds eye view of one of only two Vulture
colonies in the Drakensberg. The Cape and Bearded Vultures have made the cliff faces of
the Little Drakensberg their home, and it’s a sight to behold.

The hiking trail covers between 15 - 18 km/day of mainly contoured trail with some short
steep climbs, and a few fairly steep descents.

Being just 3-3.5hr drive from either Johannesburg or Durban, this Northern Berg
slackpacker offers the perfect long weekend getaway for friends and family. Overnight in tasteful and uniquely positioned cottages and log-cabins, with top notch catering, guiding, and limited cell phone comm’s - needed to escape reality for a while.


HIKE - AT A GLANCE


Trip Duration Standard Package: 2 Days/ 2 Nights 
* Extra days & customised trails offered on request
Daily Distances Day 1: 15km/ 5.5hr (560m Elevation Gain)
Day 2:14km  / 4.5-5Hr (288m Elevation Gain)
Trail Grading  
Physical Fitness Grade 3 – Fair daily distances at higher altitude but no backpack
Technicality Grade 2 – it is a nicely contoured trail with gradual ascent, though some descent sections are more challenging.
Trail Terrain Mountain terrain. Starting out an elevation of around 1700m at the top of Olivierhoek pass, traversing around the tail end of Sterkfontein dam and then up the ridge and back down to the Mountain Lodge, also sitting at  1700m altitude.
Accommodation 1 Night at 4-star Berg Cottages
1 Night in High Berg Log Cabins
Logistic Support This is a fully-catered trail, sleeping in comfortable guest houses and cabins with bedding provided – you need only bring your clothes.
* Informative Guide on both days.
* Luggage transferred by vehicle
Tour Highlights Panaromic views out over Sterkfontein dam, good opportunity to see both the Cape Griffon and Bearded vulture and their nesting site, informative creative guiding, gourmet meals, view, views...views. 
Other Activities Birding, Flyfishing, Pony-trekking
Fauna & Flora Drakensberg Montane Grassland, Yellowood forests and Protea stands. Vultures, Baboons, Eland, Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok & other endemic birds such as the Drakensberg Rockjumper & Siskin.
Climate Summer (Nov -May) is wet and warm, with most rain during Oct -Mar. Daily temps can climb to 25 - 30 deg C & rain falls mainly as afternoon thunderstorms. Winter (June to Oct) consists of mainly dry, sunny, clear, crisp days with daytime temps avg 15-20 deg C & night-time temps dropping below zero. Snow and ice is more common, but only remains for any length of time on the highest ground.
Seasonality & Best Time Year

All year round. In Summer it is wise to make the most of the mornings, and presume afternoons will be wet. Whilst days are shorter in winter because the weather is more stable, the whole day can usually be used for hiking. Spring & summer are the best months for wild flowers.

Availability: Preferred to be outside of peak holiday & long weekends
Group Size 2-10 persons/ per group 
Price / PP Price dependent on group size:
2-3 persons: R5,200/pp
4 or more persons: R4,300/pp.
Price Includes -
  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • All meals - 2 dinners, 2 packed lunches, 2 breakfasts
  • Local Hiking Guide for 2 days
  • Daily vehicle Luggage transfers
  • Return transfer to vehicle/ start point
overnight at Drak mountain lodge Trail on Day 2