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Drakensberg Escarpment Hike

Last week I decided to hike up the Drakensberg Escarpment, which boasts some of South Africa’s most spectacular mountain views. The hike leaves from the Sentinal car park in the Royal National Park bordering the Free State and Kwa-zulu Natal.

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A 2 and a half hour walk from the car park brings you to a 30 metre high chain ladder leading up an almost vertical cliff face.

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From the top you can make the final short onslaught to the highest peak on the escarpment which is 3278 metres high.

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This hike is not for the faint-hearted. Make sure you go well-prepared as the weather can change in an instant. Remember to take the altitude into consideration, it is a tough 5 hour trek which requires a decent level of fitness. Don’t forget to take your camera to capture some of South Africa’s most dramatic scenery!