Expert Mountain Guides and Hikes in South Africa


Peak High Mountaineering is South Africa’s leader in guided hiking and mountaineering. We conduct tours and courses in a variety of destinations in southern Africa, including the Drakensberg, Cape Town (Table Mountain), Cederberg, Magaliesberg and Free State.

Camping on Cathedral Peak Mountain - NE ridge panorama while hiking in the Drakensberg

Camping on Cathedral Peak Mountain – NE ridge panorama

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in South Africa and is a vast area of rugged mountains that are a hiking paradise. Due to its natural beauty and biodiversity value, the Drakensberg area was also declared a World Heritage Site.

Peak High Mountaineering offers Drakensberg hiking tours to all Drakensberg regions, including Mount-aux-Sources, Cathedral Peak, Champagne Castle and Sani Pass.  These tours are all guided by professional, qualified mountain guides. These hikes, can be anything from easy two-day hikes up to multi-day treks, with or without porters. We also offer rock and ice climbing trips to the most impressive peaks, where clients can feel the exhilaration of climbing large peaks, deep in a wilderness area. Snow and ice climbs are in condition between June and August each year.

Monteseel - Republic Left Break. During a Drakensberg hike.

Monteseel – Republic Left Break

The highest mountain in southern Africa is Thabana Ntlenyana (3 482m or 11 424ft) and is situated in the Kingdom of Lesotho, just west of Sani Pass. The highest peak within the borders of South Africa is Mafadi (3 450m or 11 322ft) and is located in the central Drakensberg. The entire uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which contains the Drakensberg Mountains, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserved for is natural fauna, flora and cultural heritage. It consists of an escarpment that runs for more than 240-kilometers, starting at Sentinel Peak in the north and ending at the Devil’s Knuckles in the south.

South Africa has a vast number of challenging rock-climbing venues, such as the Cederberg, Table Mountain, Swinburne and the Magaliesberg. Single or multiday climbing tours of these regions and others are available.

We also conduct climbing expeditions on request to Mt. Kenya, Spitzkop in Namibia, the European Alps, the Andes and the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda.

Peak High Mountaineering is also a certified Mountain Development Trust (MDT) service provider. We offer both certified and recreational courses in skills such as abseiling, mountain walking , rock and ice climbing.

Contact Gavin Raubenheimer to book and find out more information on Drakensberg hiking and climbing tours.

Gavin Raubenheimer, who set the first time and the course for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse, has been a guide since 1992 and holds the NQF National Mountaineering, Nature and Culture guide qualification. He is also an MDT Mountaineering Instructor and chairman of the MDT, and since 2005, has been the Convener of Search and Rescue in the Drakensberg.

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Gavin Raubenheimer

Gavin is the owner & operator of Peak High Mountaineering. He is a certified Mountaineering Instructor (M.I.A.) endorsed by the Mountain Development Trust of SA. He is a NQF National Mountaineering (level 7), Cultural and Nature Guide (level 4). Gavin is a past President of the KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of SA. He has been involved in mountain rescue since 1992 and since 2005 has been the Convener of Mountain Rescue in the province. Want Gavin and his team at Peak High to guide you on a hike? Put yourself in the hands of the certified and experienced experts in mountain hiking, guiding and climbing. See Gavin's Google + profile