Activities in Monks Cowl


  • Overnight hiking routes extend deep into valleys and forests of the central Drakensberg and up onto the main escarpment, ensuring a pure wilderness experience with breathtaking views and scenery.
  • Round trips of up to five days are possible.
  • For the more adventurous there is the scramble up Grey’s pass to Inkosazana Cave on top of Champagne Castle.
  • For the casual hiker, the lower berg offers meandering routes to Stable Cave and Zulu Cave or simply camp anywhere within the 22 000 ha of wilderness area, bearing in mind that no open fires are allowed - only gas cookers may be used.
  • Day hikes and walks consist of routes that are graded from easy to difficult and take you through the foothills and river valleys to places like Sterkspruit Falls, the Gorge, iNandi Falls, or up the Sphinx onto the little berg.
  • Our day hikes and walks range from a one hour round trip to six hours.
  • Some of them have gloriously refreshing rock pools that beg to be swum in, the crisp berg water will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.
  • The weather can change suddenly and become very cold so hikers are advised to be well equipped.


  • The Mountain Rescue Register must to be completed before you begin your hike.
  • Make sure you sign out again when you return.


  • The curio shop and tea garden is situated near to the campsite at the entrance to the reserve.
  • The tea garden offers tea and coffee and a great menu of light meals served as take-aways or you can sit down and enjoy the view.
  • The tea garden is open from 08:00 - 15:30 daily.


  • Monk's Cowl is the gateway to some of the most magnificent mountain Wilderness areas in Africa.
  • Taking its name from the distinctive mountain between Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak, Monk's Cowl marks the access to the Mlambonja and Mdedelelo mountain Wilderness areas.
  • The area is known for its splendid scenery, and provides hikers with access to wonderful mountain trails that weave through the deep valleys and forests rising up onto the main escarpment of the Northern Drakensberg.
  • Hiking routes vary from a few hours to several days and provide sufficient diversity to accommodate all levels of experience and fitness. Overnight hiking is available, but must be booked in advance.
  • Camping at Monks Cowl consists of 38 spacious Campsites ( 12 Electrical and 26 Non Electrical) with basic barbeque facilities. Firewood and charcoal are can be purchased from the shop.
  • The campsite is serviced by Ablution Blocks with hot showers, baths and flush toilets. Facilities include dishwashing and laundry basins and instant boiling water is available to campers for tea or coffee by means of a Hydroboil geyser near the dishwashing area.