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    Cathkin Peak from atop the Little Berg
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    Top of the Sphinx
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  • Cathkin Peak beckons from the top of the Sphinx
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    THE SPHINX

    by mtncorg Written Apr 13, 2007

    A few miles south of the Cathedral Peak Hotel is the Champagne Valley, the most developed entry point into the Drakensberg. On the way in you pass retirement communities - complete with the requisite golf courses - and all sorts of hotels and guesthouses and assorted tourist ‘stops’. The road is good until you pass all of the hotels and come into the Drakensberg Park itself where potholes rule the road. From the road’s end in the Monk’s Cowl section of the Park - accommodations and campground both available - several take off to various and sundry destinations. One of the easier upward destinations is the rock formation known as the Sphinx - only a 6 kilometer round trip. En route you pass the pretty Crystal Falls where you can wash some of the sweat off. The Sphinx is only another half kilometer farther from atop which the views back down the Champagne Valley are grand, but it is the views west towards Cathkin Peak that might draw you on further. Another steep one kilometer climb takes you to the top of the Little Berg at the Breakfast Stream. Cathkin Peak and the Sterkhorn beckon nearby.

    Top of the Sphinx Cathkin Peak beckons from the top of the Sphinx Bottom of Crystal Falls Champagne Valley from the Sphinx
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    CATHKIN PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Apr 13, 2007

    The Zulu name for Cathkin Peak is Mdedelelo or ‘the Bully’ which Cathkin resembles, a big huge free-standing peak rising above all else. The peak was first climbed in 1912 along a route that is still the only semi-easy way up (‘E’ climb by South African standard; 5.0 by US). Along with the three heads of the Sterkhorn on one side and the incisor-shaped Monk’s Cowl on the other, the Cathkin free-standing (so-called as the peaks stand separately off of the main Escarpment rim) range make up one of the more memorable set of peaks in the entire range. To hike up here, you take the same path that goes up to the Sphinx and continue to the top of the Little Berg and then push higher to meet the Contour Trail at the base of the Sterkhorn. From here, you can turn left and there is a small campsite as you cross a little creek. From here a climbers footpath winds upward across the lower grassy slopes of the Sterkhorn. It is possible to ascend the lower northern summit via this path, but the true summit is actually the south peak, a climb which is considerably more challenging.

    Climbers path up Sterkhorn - right; Cathkin - left Cathkin Peak and Sterkhorn from the Little Berg Trail up to Little Berg from the Sphinx Cathkin and Sterkhorn from Breakfast Stream Cathkin Peak from atop the Little Berg
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    CATHEDRAL PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Apr 13, 2007

    Here is the site of one of South Africa’s best known khown, the Cathedral Peak Hotel which was founded in 1938 by Albert Van Der Riet. The Hotel has always been a fishing destination with brown trout stocked in the Mlambonja River - there is a golf course available, as well. With the views and the golf, most guests don’t really have to leave the premises, but the Hotel does offer guided treks to the top of Cathedral Peak (3304 meters high) a couple of times a week. New accommodation competition is offered with the more reasonable rates at the Ezemvelo KZN hotel at Didima just to the east of the Cathedral Peak Hotel.

    The hike to the top of Cathedral Peak is about 19 kilometers round trip and takes about 7-8 hours. Several other hikes are available, as well. Hike to the top of One Tree Hill atop the Little Berg and you will be surrounded by the giants of the Escarpment on your right and the big peaks of the free-standing Cathedral Peak range on your left. Mlambonja Pass is accessed by one of two routes from Cathedral Peak Hotel, but realize that this is a very hard path and without a very early start, you will not make it to the top of the pass in one day.

    Cathedral Peak ridge from top of South Peak Mists swirl around the Cathedral from One Tree
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    Hiking hiking hiking

    by the_mumford Updated Mar 15, 2007

    title pretty much sums it up.

    There are numerous different trails you can take for either day trips or overnighters.

    Trails rank from beginner to advanced. Climb to 500 M or 3000M

    Some Mountains require a guide/experience/equipement to get to top.

    Cloudy Day in Drakensburg Sterkhorn - 3000M Blind Man's Corner - plains
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