- Distance: 250 km/150 miles
- Total Days: 12
- Quote of the trip: “You’re going to die.” – KZN Receptionist when she found I was hiking the entire DGT without a guide.
The Drakensberg Grand Traverse, or DGT, is an epic and unmarked adventure along the edge of the massive escarpment that demarcates the border between South Africa and Lesotho. The DGT, unlike many of the world’s best hikes, has no officially recognized route. Instead, the DGT passes through eight checkpoints scattered along 250 kilometers of spectacular, untamed wilderness deep in the African backcountry. This hike is a must for anyone wanting to experience Africa off the typical tourist track.
You can find out more about the DGT in my posts:
- Part 1: How to Tame the Dragon
- Part 2: Food Drops and False Starts on the DGT
- Part 3: “You’re Going to Die”
- Part 4: Return to a Country I Never Left