Hiking in the Cathedral Peak area

You might have noticed that I have this thing for the Drakensberg… So a couple of weeks ago we made our own little long weekend and went to the 'berg. Although it was only spring the weather was gorgeous! Nice hot days with chilly evenings. (This fantastic weather also came quite unexpected since it snowed in the Cape just the previous weekend!)

We decided to go to the Cathedral Peak area since this is one of my favourite areas in the Drakensberg. FYI – Cathedral peak is the highest lose standing peak in the Drakensberg. We stayed at Didima Nature Reserve and went for a day hike up to Mushroom Rock and back. The hike was a bit more strenuous than I anticipated, mainly due to my knees acting up on the way down. People usualy struggle with the climb up, I struggle with coming down. But the view at the top made up for all the pain on the way down.

Being on top of the mountain comes with a feeling that is hard to explain. The silence is beautiful. All you can hear is the wind blowing through the grass and your feet on the dirt path. And as I have already said, the view is just amazing in all directions! Here is a couple of photo's of our hike up to Mushroom Rock…

Cathedral Peak

The main attractions in the Cathedral Peak area


The view from halfway up


On top of the Under Berg


A stunning view around every turn

Cathedral peak

The escarpment from another angle

Mushroom Rock

On top of Mushroom Rock. You can see the Cathedral Peak hotel in the distance.


A panorama at the top


  • http://tidethatleft.blogspot.co.uk/ Amy @ the tide that left

    Just beautiful. Well worth the effort to climb.

    • Nino van Vuuren

      I agree 100%! The beauty is absolutely worth the effort and pain of the climb.

  • http://www.willfuljoyful.com/ Amanda @ willful/joyful

    Wow! Adding it to my “When I visit South Africa list!”

    • Nino van Vuuren

      Adding it to the list is a very good idea. Now just make sure to get all the way to SA to visit all the okaces on your list…

  • http://www.thebartlettsabroad.blogspot.com/ Erica @ thebartlettsabroad

    It looks so sunny… warm… I’m so homesick!

    • Nino van Vuuren

      Aah, I’m so sorry! I hope I did not make you too homesick. Hopefully it brings back some fond memories?

  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    What a great area to hike! Looks so beautiful.

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