This 12-mile hike offers everything a peakbagger could ask for: A horizon chock-full of 9,000-footers, crystal-clear mountain streams, plunging waterfalls, and an exposed scramble to the summit. And you can do it in a single day (it’s just 150 miles from Durban). Wade across the 3-foot-deep Mlambonja River, walk through grasslands, and trace sandstone cliffs to the summit push, where you’ll climb 4,000 feet in 4 miles up two relentless gullies. From the 9,856-foot high point, see deeply incised valleys and the jagged Drakensberg Range as bearded vultures glide beneath your perch. Complete in a day or overnight in Bell Cave, just .4 mile west beyond the summit on the main trail.
Permit Required; about $10 Contact Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife (kznwildlife.com)