Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals. The Drakensberg Slack packing trail is a luxury hike offering comfortable and varied accommodation experiences each night, luggage transfers and delectable catering.
The Giants Castle slack packing hiking trail includes some of the most scenic and bio diverse parts of KwaZulu Natal. This hiking trail provides access to private land, a game reserve and locally forged conservancies. Special places where people normally would not have access. All you need to do is organise a group of friends or join one of our prearranged trips, and look forward to a gentle stroll carrying nothing more than a packed picnic, some binoculars and a good birding book.
This is a three day round hike encompassing curated paths through the Zulu Waters Private Game Reserve and the Lowlands Conservancy. Well known for its rich biodiversity, the daily hikes are gentle in distance and gradient making this hike a perfect beginner’s hike for families and for those less experienced and fit. The lodges offer locally grown, home cooked meals as an added bonus.
In the summer, there are rivers and dams to swim in and plenty of picturesque picnic spots on route.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Recommended fitness level: Easy to Moderate
Average daily walking distances: 12-15km
Accommodation types: Lodges including dinner and breakfast. Lunch packs are supplied daily. All dietary requirements available.
Price: from R8500 per person inclusive of accommodation, all meals, luggage transfer, registered guide & conservancy fees
Group size: 6 persons in a group
Guide: Deon Small registered mountain guide.
Bespoke tours can also be arranged for organised groups with special interests like butterflies, birding, ecology, wild flowers, mediation and star gazing.
Slack packing activity add ons
Andrew is passionate about sustainable tourism. He has built an Eco Lodge in the Drakensberg Mountains mostly from upcycled and alternative building materials including straw bales, rammed earth, cob, sun dried bricks stone and thatch cut right here on the farm.