Nestled amidst the enchanting Central Drakensberg, The Nest Hotel is the ideal basecamp for hikers looking to explore the region’s stunning trails. From leisurely walks to challenging treks, this blog post will introduce you to some of the best hiking trails in the area and how you can conveniently access most of them while staying at The Nest Hotel.


Crystal Falls and the Sphinx:

Crystal Falls and the Sphinx hike in the Drakensberg region offers a delightful adventure through stunning landscapes. The trail leads to the Crystal Falls, a magnificent waterfall that cascades down the rugged cliffs, surrounded by lush greenery. As you continue, you’ll encounter the Sphinx, a unique rock formation resembling the famous Egyptian landmark. The hike provides a blend of natural beauty and intriguing geological wonders.


Nandi Falls and Sterkspruit Falls:

This hike treats hikers to a double waterfall delight. Nandi Falls and Sterkspruit Falls are located close to each other in the Drakensberg region. The trail takes you through diverse terrain, including rocky paths and tranquil meadows, leading to the picturesque Nandi Falls. Further on, you’ll encounter Sterkspruit Falls, a striking cascade of water amid a serene and enchanting setting.


Gray’s Pass:

Gray’s Pass is a challenging and rewarding hike that ventures into the heart of the Drakensberg mountains. The trail follows the historic path used by early explorers, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. As you ascend through rugged landscapes, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping vistas, making this hike a favourite  among seasoned adventurers.


Sunset Trail:

The Sunset Trail in the Drakensberg lives up to its name by offering some of the most breathtaking sunset views in the region. This moderate  hike takes you through rolling hills and grassy plains, providing an ideal vantage point to witness the golden hues of the setting sun painting the sky and mountains in a mesmerizing display of colours.


Matterhorn, Injisuthi to Monks Cowl:

This challenging hike is a multi-day trek that takes you through the majestic Drakensberg range from Injisuthi to Monks Cowl. Passing through high-altitude plateaus, deep valleys, and alpine meadows, the hike showcases the diversity of the region’s landscapes. It’s a true adventure for experienced hikers seeking an immersive journey through the iconic peaks of the Drakensberg.


Blue Grotto and Fern Forest  are at the Drakensberg Sun

Cleo’s Pools is an option which could be added to this hike if wanted

 Mnweni Pools, Main Cave in Giants Castle Nature Reserve: A couple of hours drive away

This trail combines several fascinating features of the Giants Castle Nature Reserve. The Blue Grotto is a captivating cave formation with striking blue-hued rock interiors, creating a surreal experience. The Fern Forest adds an enchanted touch to the hike with its lush vegetation. The route also includes Mnweni Pools, perfect for a refreshing dip, and the Main Cave, offering a glimpse into ancient history through San rock art.


Thukela Gorge Hike: Is in the Northern Berg

The Thukela Gorge Hike is a popular route that follows the Thukela River as it meanders through the dramatic gorge in the Drakensberg. This adventurous hike involves river crossings and traversing cliff edges, rewarding hikers with awe-inspiring views of towering cliffs and the cascading Thukela Falls, which is one of the highest waterfalls in South Africa



With The Nest Hotel as your comfortable and convenient home base, you can embark on a memorable hiking adventure through the breathtaking trails of Central Drakensberg. From leisurely walks to challenging treks, the region offers something for hikers of all levels. So, pack your hiking gear, put on your hiking boots, and get ready to explore the natural wonders of the Drakensberg while enjoying a delightful stay at The Nest Hotel.