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The Drakensberg mountains offer a wide range of walking and hiking trails – from the easy strolls around the many resorts, to strenuous hikes to the summit. Waterfalls, rivers, magnificent vistas and places of beauty and solitude are all there, just waiting for you to don your walking shoes (or hiking boots!) and explore. Most resorts offer advice on the local walks and many offer organised walks with a guide. There are local guides available and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife produces an excellent series of maps – these are essential to anyone planning extended hikes or summiting. When setting off on a walk please remember that the weather can be very changeable – the mountains are unforgiving to those who take the dangers lightly. Wear the correct footwear and clothing - don’t forget a hat and sunscreen. Even in winter, the sun burns at high altitude. Carry water and a jacket. To those setting off on longer hikes, especially to the summit, remember to complete the mountain register and to plan adequately. The following selection of hikes is by no means comprehensive, either in directions or variety, but is intended to highlight the range of hiking experiences available.
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