18kms and 8 hours

of true hiking across a range of habitats and terrain taking in five Drakensberg classics.

22nd MAY 2021

Join us for the weekend 21st- 23rd May 2021

Can’t join? You can still participate by sponsoring Moya and WINNING BIG with the Cavern – read below for more details


Find out all you need to know about joining the hike. If you are serious about joining then this is the most important page to read on our website. Find out how to receive your registration and sponsorship forms and then make sure to follow the steps to successfully secure your spot. We operate a strict “Payment secures booking” policy as the hike gets fully booked and numbers are limited. Each year we ask hikers to raise a target sum (children have a lower target than adults). Your entry fee/ fundraising includes two night accommodation, the event, event goodies and all food! Wow!!


Discover “the why” behind the hike and our mission to Hike for Education There is something magnificent about the vastness of The Drakensberg that lets you look inside yourself. It does something to you as a person; a kind of cleansing that leaves you feeling fresher, invigorated, lighter and yet more grounded, ready to embrace the beauty of being part of our extensive group of enthusiastic hikers all challenging themselves to complete the Big5hike in aid the many under privileged rural children from the Amazizi community. An investment in their education and the future of South Africa.


Explore the terrain, flora and flora. Learn how to prepare, what to pack… Starting on The Cavern front lawn, the Big5Hike covers 18km and takes in five Drakensberg classics. We hike along an old rusted fence which marks the boundary between KZN and The Free State, look over record holding trout dams, enjoy a collection of natural pools, magnificent views of the Amphitheatre and if lucky, catch sightings of bushbuck, eland, or Chacma baboon. All this while enjoying any number of wild flowers, grasses and ferns.


How we make the magic happen. The Big5Hike relies on donations from Corporate Sponsors to make the event possible. This is our fifth event year and we love having our annual sponsors back on board but we continue to look for sponsors who want to be a part of the event this year or annually. Our sponsors enjoy the benefit of using the Big5Hike as an opportunity to market their brand and contribute to their social responsibility and BEE ratings. We would love to have you on board and welcome any contributions, large or small!


Drakensberg Resort and Spa. The Cavern Resort was founded by Ruth and Bill Carte in 1941 and is celebrating its 76th year! The Cavern is currently run by Megan, her husband Hilton and her sister Lesley. They are the third generation of Carte’s to take over the helm and are passionate not only about the Resort but also about uplifting and improving the education and livelihood of the Amazizi community. This beautiful family style resort is situated beneath the massive sandstone cliffs at the foot of the Drakensburg and one of the few resorts where you can step out of your room and be 2,000m above sea level on one of the highest peaks within 2hrs.


Sponsor the Canine Hikers

The Big5Hike is always well attended and we are proud of the number of people who return year on year. However, our most loyal and dedicated hiker is by far is Moya the bullmastiff. Each year she undertakes the hike with great gusto and, to date, having to be harnessed and hoisted up steep sections has not deterred her.

This year the legacy expands on to our other four legged friends who carry on the tradition. We have decided to ensure that the canine pack are fully committed to participate. To this end they have started their very own sponsorship drive and have managed to continue Moya's good work to raise a good amount for the school.

Should you wish to assist the Canine Pack with sponsorship please make a payment by clicking the link below or emailing Megan at info@cavern.co.za

This year, for EVERY R250 donated, your name will be entered into a draw to win a three night stay for 2 sharing a superior suite including all meals, teas, two bottles of wine and two 60minute massages! Prize is valued at R14,500!

LUCY - The Big 5 Canine Hiker

MOYA -The Little 5 Canine Hiker