Natural highs 2019: Peaks to tick off your bucket list one short break at a time

2019-02-11 06:30 - Marisa Crous
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Drakensberg Amphitheatre in South Africa taken in

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Ain't no mountain high enough...

Make a short weekend trip of it and go chance the adrenaline that comes with conquering a few of South Africa's highest peaks.  

Cathedral Peak

The Drakensberg is, of course, considered a true haven for hikers. Achieve natural highs here as you set out to climb Cathedral Peak, a staggering 3004m up. Go to this area containing the Didima Valley and take in unparalleled scenic views and discover hidden San Rock art dotted around rock formations. 

WATCH:This drone in the Drakensberg will make you pack your hiking bag, stat! 

Champagne Castle

This peak is located in the central Drakensberg range, and is actually the second highest in South Africa at 3377m. It contains a series of subsidiary peaks, including: Cathkin Peak, Sterkhorn, Monk's Cowl and Dragon's Bac. 

READ: Take a Hike: Basic essentials to avoid the blisters, what to prep from head to toe 

Giant's Castle

Go for the weekend - it's just a 6 hour drive on the N3 from Johannesburg and 3 hours from Durban.

At 3315m also sits in the Kwazulu-Natal, and offers the most incredible hiking opportunities and panoramic views aplenty. 


Bucket list-must! This one can be found (and walked) on the border of South Africa and Lesotho. At a whopping 3,450m high it is the highest mountain South Africa. However, it is lower than the epic Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in Lesotho. 


An excellent spot for 4x4 driving and hiking, head to the Compassberg. Part of the Sneeuberge range, it is located 55 km north of the Karoo dorpie of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape Province and looms over quirky Nieu-Bethesda village. 

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