The Vulture Trail

Bergville, KZN

Exploring the Little Drakensberg Mountains is a feat that many have never attempted before. Being overlooked by most hikers this range of mountains has certainly been given less credit for its beauty than it deserves. 
 
Together, Callum Piccione and Shaun Vorster have created a Slack-Packing trail that will enable the moderate-fit hiker / adventurer the opportunity to take part in exploring this almost undiscovered wilderness, as well as visiting one of the only two Vulture Colonies in the Drakensberg! The Cape and Bearded Vultures have made the Little Drakensberg cliff faces, their home. It is a sight to behold.
 
Trails on each day cover between 15 - 18 km of contoured trails with some steep climbs, as well as a few fairly steep descending sections (a way to conquer one’s fear for heights and get the adrenaline flowing).
 
This trail offers the adventure traveller a chance to break away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to a world of peace and tranquillity, big sky country and beautiful fauna and flora. 
 
A trail that will put one’s busy mind at ease and soothe one’s soul.

 
Why Slack with Us:
  • Undiscovered Little Drakensberg views
  • 360-degree views of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Freestate
  • Views of the Amphitheatre and surrounding Northern Drakensberg Mountains 
  • Wildlife such as: Eland, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Baboons, endemic bird species, as well as over 100 other species of birds
  • Natural flora such as, Ancient Yellowwood forests
  • Enormous sandstone cliff faces and boulders
  • An adventurer and photographers dream!
 
Packages & itinerary
 
2-Day 2 Night
Check-in at The Berghouse and Cottages (optional 3rd night, to be pre-booked at an additional rate).
 
Guests can arrive any time after 2 pm at The Berghouse and Cottages. Here they will spend one of two nights. A short briefing will be done from 5:00 - 5:30 pm at The Berghouse and Cottages View Point, guests are welcome to bring "sundowner beverages" to the briefing and enjoy a breakdown of the itinerary while enjoying the sunset.
 
Dinner will then be served to guests’ rooms between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. Guests will leave their vehicles in secure parking and collect them upon their return from their hike on day 2 from Greenfire Lodge.
 
Day 1:
  • 6 am:
    • Guests will depart The Berghouse and Cottages and be transported to the first leg of the trail, upon drop off the hike will commence and luggage will be transported to Greenfire Lodge. Hikers will be supplied light breakfast and lunch packs which they will need to carry in their day-pack backpacks. 
  • 8:30 am:
    • A good breakfast stop will be chosen for guests.
  • 12:00 -1:30 pm:
    • Approximate ETA at the Vulture Colony, guests will have a picnic lunch and spend time with the vultures.
  • 2:00 pm:
    • Guests will descend off the skyline of the Little Drakensberg and have the option of going off trail slightly to view, Khoi-San Rock Art. 
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm:
    • Arrive at Greenfire Lodge for the evening.
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm:
    • Guests will be asked to join in on the briefing for the following day.
  • 7:00 pm:
    • Dinner will be served, and guests will be able to enjoy their evening.
 
Day 2:
Guests will pack their luggage and load it into the vehicle which will transport their luggage back to The Berghouse and Cottages.
  • 7:30 am:
    • Guests will all have breakfast together at the lodge.
  • 8:30 am:
    • Guests will start the hiking trail back To the Berghouse and Cottages.
  • 10:00 am:
    • A tea/coffee break will be taken at a great view point.
  • 1:00 pm:
    • Lunch will be taken on a beautiful tributary to the Mighty Tugela River.
  • 3:00 pm:
    • Arrival at The Berghouse and Cottages, end of the 2 DAY 2 NIGHT package. Guests that have pre-arranged accommodation at The Berghouse and Cottages will stay on, alternative accommodation venues in the area could also be suggested.
 
4-Day 3 Night:
Check-in at The Berghouse and Cottages.  Guests can arrive any time after 2 pm at The Berghouse and Cottages. Here they will spend one of two nights. A short briefing will be done from 5:00 - 5:30 pm at The Berghouse and Cottages View Point, guests are welcome to bring "sundowner beverages" to the briefing and enjoy a breakdown of the itinerary while enjoying the sunset.
 
Dinner will then be served to guests rooms between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. Guests will leave their vehicles in secure parking and collect them upon their return from their hike on day 2 from Greenfire Lodge.
 
Day 1:
  • 6 am:
    • Guests will depart The Berghouse and Cottages and be transported to the first leg of the trail, upon drop off the hike will commence, and luggage will be transported to Greenfire Lodge. Hikers will be supplied light breakfast and lunch packs which they will need to carry in their day-pack backpacks.
  • 8:30 am:
    • A good breakfast stop will be chosen for guests.
  • 12 -1:30 pm:
    • Approximate ETA at the Vulture Colony, guests will have a picnic lunch and spend time with the vultures.
  • 2:00 pm:
    • Guests will descend off the skyline of the Little Drakensberg and have the option of going off trail slightly to view, Khoi-San Rock Art.
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm:
    • Arrive at Greenfire Lodge for the evening.
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm:
    • Guests will be asked to join in on the briefing for the following day.
  • 7:00 pm:
    • Dinner will be served, and guests will be able to enjoy their evening.
 
Day 2:
Day 2 will be a day that guests will have the option of taking part in either of the following:
 
8am:
  • Option 1:
  • Relax and unwind at Greenfire lodge, take a slow short walk to the Trout dam and try out your fly fishing skills. Take a horsehide and let your legs rest.
  • (These activities will come at an additional cost)
 
  • Option 2:
  • Take the day off, have breakfast and completely chill out!. Enjoy the views, go bird watching or take a short walk on the property.
 
  • Option 3:
  • For the avid hiker, enjoy a hike back onto the summit of the Little Drakensberg for a hike of between 12-15km, which will end back at Greenfire Lodge in time for afternoon tea/sundowners.
 
  • 6:30 -7:00 pm:
    • Guests will be asked to join in on the briefing for the following day.
  • 7:00 pm:
    • Dinner will be served at the Lodge and guests will be able to enjoy the rest of their evening.
 
Day 3:
Guests will have breakfast and pack their luggage which will then be Transported back to The Berghouse and Cottages where they will spend their 4th and final night.
 
  • 7:30 am:
    • Guests will all have breakfast together at the lodge.
  • 8:30 am:
    • Guests will start the hiking trail back to The Berghouse and Cottages.
  • 10:00 am:
    • A tea/coffee break will be taken at a great view point.
  • 1:00pm:
    • Lunch will be taken on a beautiful tributary to the mighty Tugela River.
  • 3:00 pm:
    • Arrive back at The Berghouse and Cottages for the afternoon, guests are able to unwind and enjoy their cottages, a hot shower or a cool off in their wonderful Rock-pool.
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm:
    • Guests may then retire to their cottages where they will then have their dinner brought to them.
 
Day 4:
Guests will be asked to checkout by 10:00 am and this will be the end of their 4 DAY 3 NIGHT package.
 
 
*All Inclusive!
  • The Vulture Trails offer a 2-day 2 night and a 3-day 4-night hiking package that includes overnight stays at The Berghouse and Cottages and at Greenfire Lodge.
  • All luggage and other belongings will be transported to and from each lodge between hikes. This allows our guests the pleasure of a hot shower, warm meal and comfy bed at the end of each day
  • Guests will be accompanied by experienced trail guides who are locally trained and have great knowledge of the area
  • Transport to the start of Day 1
  • All meals as well as trail snacks, fruit juices and water
 
What to Bring:

All guests will need to carry is a small day pack with their lunch and other personal items as well as their own energy supplements, sun creams, insect repellent, painkillers etc.
  • Small day pack backpack
  • Ankle protective hiking books / shoes​
  • Preferred drinks and snacks for trail (some will be provided in lunch packs)
  • Preferred walking sticks and water bottle
  • Camera equipment 
  • Warm clothing (season dependant)
  • Windbreaker/raincoat 
  • Peak / hat / cap
  • Birdbook 
  • Binoculars 
 
What is Excluded:

Alcoholic beverages.
There is a bar at Greenfire Lodge, where beverages can be purchased, and guests are encouraged to bring their own drinks on their first night at The Berghouse and Cottages. 
3rd and 5th night accommodation will be at an extra cost.  Please arrange in advance.


Rates:
  • 2 Day 2 Night
    • R3850.00 pp
  • 3 Day 4 Night
    • R5880.00 pp

Admin Fee:
  • R55.00 once off per reservation

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