Transport in and around the Drakensberg

08 Aug 2012 14:13 #54869 by Jvg
Does anyone have an email contact for a local taxi?

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16 Aug 2012 06:45 #54991 by intrepid
@Jvg: difficult to know if the local taxi operators have email, my guess would be that many won't have it. I see you are from overseas and I assume you are preparing for a visit here. How much time do you have from the time you arrive in SA and your Berg trip? You could follow up on some of the phone numbers posted here and on other threads when you arrive.

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02 Oct 2013 07:24 #58659 by intrepid
This is now the official thread for discussion on transport logistics between traverse hikes. Often hikers face the challenge of getting back to their point of origin if they end their hike in a different place to where they started from - this is the place to post all questions and tips in this regard. Typically this occurs for traverse hikes between Sentinel Car Park and Cathedral Peak, and between Cathedral Peak and Monk's Cowl, and of course on the Grand Traverse.

Note that two previous threads relating to the topic have been merged and renamed here.

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10 Nov 2013 13:45 #59009 by ozymandiasza
I plan on doing Sentinel car park to Cathedral peak hotel 5 day hike, and would really like some advice regarding parking, transport to sentinel car park and so on. How much do they charge to park? Also, where can I book transport to sentinel car park? Any help would be much appreciated.

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17 Nov 2013 16:57 #59064 by Jvg
Hi!

Last year, we also planned to do this, but we finally didn't because the staff at Amphitheater Backbackers ( www.amphibackpackers.co.za/ ) not recommended us to do it without a guide (mainly because of the high risk of bad weather in the area), and there were no guide available at the last minute, so we choked... (We did some day hikes instead...)

Here is what we were suppose to do :

Going : Take the Amphitheater Backpackers bus from their lodge to Sentinel Car park. They told us that we can take it if 1) they have a day trip at the Amphitheater that day, 2) there is still space in the bus.

Return : Take a shuttle with Golf got you ( www.golfgotyou.com/ ) from Didima Camp to Winterton (Bazbus stop).

We didn't had a car, we used the Bazbus. There is a stop at Amphitheater backpackers for the beginning and a stop at Winterton (First National Bank) for the return.

Hope this help! Have a good trip!
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25 Feb 2015 16:18 #62899 by maori1407
Hi All,

Myself and four other hiking buddies are also trying to figure out the best way to travel to start the Grand Traverse. We'll be traveling from Cape Town though. Does the same advice apply to a few years ago when the above was written, or has traveling become easier?

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14 Oct 2015 21:48 #65400 by alan.whitaker
Hello all,

I am heading to the Drakensberg with my girlfriend on November 1st for some hiking. I am hoping to achieve the following without use of a hire car:

1. Get from Jburg to Thendele camp in Royal Natal (Current plan: Get the Greyhound and get off in Harrismith; then either get public transport or hire a private taxi to get to Thendele)
2. Do a day walk in Royal Natal (The Gorge - where we can depart from Thendele on foot) -
3. That same evening, after the walk, get across to somewhere near the Cathedral peak hotel (Current plan: Private hire taxi)
4. Early next morning set off on the Camel trail to the Organ Pipes Pass.
5. Return down the Thuthumi route to wherever the road begins (where is that?)
6. Travel to somewhere nearby to sleep - any of the places near Didima would be ok. (Current plan: Private hire taxi)
7. Next day get to Estcourt to catch the Greyhound back to Jburg (Current plan: Private hire taxi)

My questions are:
Q1. Can i sign the Mountain Register somewhere near where I will start my Organ Pipes Pass Camel hike i.e. near Cathedral Peak Hotel? If not, could i sign it while i am in Royal Natal the day before?
Q2. Is there anything in the above plan that seems impractical, uneconomical or impossible?
Q3. Does anyone have the phone number of a taxi company who will ferry us around?
Q4. If anyone knows of any good places to stay in the Cathedral Peak Hotel area or the Didima area then I would be glad to hear of them. Looking for either campsites or low budget huts etc.
Q5. I understand there are public 'taxis' on certain routes around the Berg, but I can't find any information on which routes they run, or what times. Any ideas where i can find out?

I will be very grateful for any help you can provide. I have searched far and wide for info on transport but not got very much!

Cheers,

Alan

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15 Oct 2015 08:57 #65404 by kliktrak
Hi some alternative suggestions

Try the Bazbus
www.bazbus.com/

You may want to aim for the Amphitheatre Backpackers a few KMs from Royal Natal National Park, they are super organised try contacting them they hopefully will have advice about the other transport links you require.
amphibackpackers.co.za/wp/
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15 Oct 2015 19:45 #65416 by intrepid
@Alan: I moved merged your post into this main thread on transport in the Berg where some of your questions will be answered. You cannot sign the rescue register for Cathedral Peak at RNNP since they are different areas falling under different local offices. For Cathedral Peak you have to sign the register at Didima Resort.

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18 Dec 2015 15:09 #66190 by Redshift3
Afternoon All!
I know there was a thread that covered transport in and around the Berg, but I was hoping for new updated info.
Does anyone know who, or how we can pay for transport between Didima camp(Cathedral Peak Hotel) and Injasuthi Camp?
We are three adult males and will be hiking from Didima down to Injasuthi in January 2016, need to leave the vehicle at either or and travel to the other?

Kind Regards
Steven

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