Mafadi Peak Hike - 4 Days. SA's highest peak


Activity Description

A dramatic four day, three night trek in the spectacular Central Drakensberg ascending Mafadi 3452m the highest point in South Africa. The typical Drakensberg passes used to reach the escarpment are challenging but beautiful, with massive peaks and buttresses all around you. Meals are provided and prepared for you, the nights are spent camping in tents or caves in the Drakensberg wilderness.

Day 1
• Meet at 08h00 at Injasuthi Hutted Camp hikers parking.
Gear up, you’ll sign the mountain register and then begin the trek up towards the towering mountains. The start of the trek is at 1470m and the ascent to the Drakensberg escarpment is along Judges Pass. The first night’s camp is set up along the pass near one of the fresh water streams. You’ll have incredible views of eNjasuthi Buttress, the Triplets and Redwall to keep you motivated along the trail.
• Trail head at 1460m
• Camp at Centenary Hut 2 300m
• Altitude gain 830m
• Ascent via Judges Pass

Day 2
After breakfast, ascending Judges Pass, you climb between two daunting peaks, The Judge and Popple Peak. Once on the Escarpment you’ll have views over the Lesotho highlands to the West and the dramatic cliffs of the Drakensberg escarpment to the East. The mountain scenery here is breath taking. You’ll camp along the escarpment, being able to look down onto the mountains that shoulder the dramatic pass you’ve conquered.
• Camp on Drakensberg Escarpment 3100m
• Altitude gain 800m

Day 3
Hiking on the escarpment is a welcome change from the steep ascent of Judges Pass, the summit of Mafadi may well be your midday lunchtime highlight. After the viewing Lesotho and the distant Kwa Zulu Natal lowlands, you’ll head towards the top of Leslies pass for your third night’s camp. Once again the mountains deliver beautiful vistas with Injasuthi Buttress, Old Woman grinding corn and The Molar being some of the peaks in the area
• Highest Point Mafadi 3452m (reached around lunch time)
• Camp at 2400
• Descent via Leslies Pass

Day 4
After breakfast the descent off the Drakensberg escarpment continues via Leslies Pass, Marble Bath’s is a beautiful spot for swimming and relaxation along the way.The hike continues along the Injesuthi River ending at the Injesuthi Hutted Camp in the late afternoon.


ProviderGoVertical Mountaineering & Trekking
DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereInjasuthi Hutted Camp, Hikers parking. GPS Co Ordinates -29.119, 29.441
WeatherAll weather
What to WearPlease see kit list
Things to BringKIT LIST: ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS – We will not proceed with the trek unless you have all of the absolute essentials. • Back Pack MINIMUM 75 liters, must have waist belt ** Available for hire see below • Tent light weight mountaineering tent ** Available for hire see below. If you are using your own tent please let us know what make and model it is. We would like to ensure its suitability. • Sleeping bag sub-zero -8 recommended (it can get cold even in summer) ** Available for hire see below • Sleeping mat – foam or Thermarest - We include foam rubber mats • Waterproof outer shell • Light weight waterproof rain pants • Hiking boots & socks ESSENTIALS • Water bottle 1 – 1.5 liters • Changes of clothing- layering is best with a good fleece for warmth • Gloves • Beanie/ Balaclava • Towel • Sun block • Sun glasses • Sun hat/ Cap • Toiletries (eco friendly) • Toilet paper • Torch + batteries, preferably headlamp OPTIONAL • Personal first aid eg plasters, deep heat, headache tablets, medication etc • Personal Energy sweets and drinks • Hiking staff • Camera AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL • 3 season 2 person mountaineering tents (2.3 kg) • Sleeping bag(-8 C, 1,4kg) with liner • Foam sleeping Mats • Backpack NOTES • Please remember to leave space in your Back pack for the cooking gear, food, utensils and 1st Aid, which will be shared between the group members. • You can expect to carry up to 15 kg in your back pack including your personal gear. • PORTERAGE • Clients carry a day pack and the porters will carry a maximum of 15kg per person which would include a clients personal belongings eg tent, sleeping bag as well as the clients share of food provided by GoVertical. A realistic balance would be 7kg of personal gear and 8kg of food/ provisions. • South African Porters use backpacks, so all your gear would need to be packaged so that it can fit inside their backpacks. • Please ask GoVertical Mountaineering if you are unsure about any items on this list
Guests or SpectatorsUnfortunately not


Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelVery Fit
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


• 4 days and 3 nights trek in the Drakensberg
• All meals for the trek which will be prepared for you by GoVertical guides from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
• General Camping gear e.g. stoves
• Park fees
• GoVertical Mountaineering guides


• Personal camping gear and the items suggested on the kit list
• Medical/ rescue insurance
• Transfer from trek end to accommodation
• Transport to the Drakensberg


Optional extra’s available:
• Transfers to the Drakensberg from Johannesburg or Durban (Approximately 5 hours from either city)
• Transfers are done the day before the trip starts so you would need a night of pre trek accommodation
• Dinner, Bed and Breakfast accommodation at mountain lodge before/ after the Adventure
• Gear hire
• Porters

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