From the Ocean to the Mountains

 OCEAN CHILD Drakensberg Yoga Hiking and 4X4 adventure 26-28 August.

Presented by John McCarthy and Jennifer Chapman.

The weekend

Based in and around the Sani Pass area of the Southern Drakensberg, this yoga, hiking and 4X4 adventure is for the yogi who loves drinking from and swimming in mountain streams, breathing beautiful fresh air and reveling in the magnificence of the great out doors.

It is designed to combine adventure and exercise, with the practice of yoga and meditation in the beauty and tranquility of the Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

We stay in a cabin at the foot of the Little Berg which overlooks a beautiful lake and the magnificent Drakensberg escarpment.

We depart The Astanga Studio in Kloof at 2pm on Friday afternoon.

We arrive at our cabin at 4:30pm.

From 5-6pm on Friday evening, there is a yoga workshop focusing on the importance of breathwork and the activation of bandahas. This is followed by an early dinner and bed.

On Saturday we wake up with the birds and flow through a Vinyasa practice to get our bodies ready for our hike.
After breakfast we set off to do the first day of the Giant’s Cup hiking trail. This is a mild to moderate 13km hike from the Sani Pass Road to Cobham. The trail runs along the contour path of the lower Drakensberg via Ngwena Pool on the Gxalingenwa stream. The hike concludes at Pholela Hut. From there transport will be waiting to ferry us back to our chalet.

The late afternoon can be spent relaxing around the lake.

We have an early dinner then bed.

On Sunday we wake early to a gentle warriors vinyasa to heat up the body and ready us for our great adventure up Sani Pass
After breakfast we set off to drive to the top of Sani Pass in 4X4’s. This is an extreme drive and a magnificent adventure all on it’s own. It is one of the few places you can drive up onto the escarpment and into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

We park at the Lesotho border post and set off to hike along the escarpment to the famous Hodgsons peaks. These are the twin peaks that make up the breathtaking Giant’s Cup View. We will summit the southern peak from the Lesotho side. This is the higher of the two and stands at 3256m above sea level. This is a round trip hike of between 12-14km. The majority of this hike is moderate, but there is one section near the top that involves a scramble up a 20m gully. Though it is short it should be considered severe. The view from the top is a 275 degree view of the Drakensberg escarpment and KZN. Depending on the weather we may spend some time in quiet meditation in what must surely be one of the most magnificent wilderness settings on this planet. We return via the border post and an obligatory stop at the highest pub in Africa. Thereafter we descend Sani Pass back into South Africa and head for home.

Weather Caveat
We may switch the days around to give us the best shot of hiking in the high berg and sumitting the southern Hodgson Peak. We may also change the hike if weather conditions are too dangerous to hike safely along the top of the berg. In that case we’ll hike up Sani Pass instead. This is an extreme 8km hike to the top.

Plentiful, delicious and healthy vegetarian. All food and snacks included in the price.

Dorm style, four people to an ensuit room. Everyone has their own bed.

Cost is R1910 pp
This includes all food accommodation, transport from Kloof, hiking drop off’s and collections, 4X4 usage, yoga and guiding.

There are only six slots available. First come first served. Full payment confirms your slot. See banking details below.

What you need to bring
Your yoga gear.
Comfortable hiking gear, with good walking shoes. Expect temperatures on the escarpment to be below zero.
Wind/weatherproof jacket.
A valid passport and most importantly a sense of adventure!

Enquiries to or

Standard Bank
Cheque: 402086007
Code: 051001

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