South Africa Trek for Marie Curie in Scotland 2019

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21-29 September 2019

On this stunning trek, you'll see the grasslands, woodland and valleys of the Royal Natal National Park. You'll pass stunning waterfalls, gorges woodland, and learn about Bushmen art. Finally, you'll climb to 2,950m at the top of the Drakensberg Mountains. Challenge yourself on once-in-a-lifetime adventure and raise vital funds for Marie Curie services in Scotland.


Day 1

 London – Johannesburg

We leave the UK on an overnight flight to Johannesburg.


Day 2

Johannesburg – Royal Natal National Park in Northern Drakensberg

We arrive in Johannesburg. From there, we have a four hour transfer to the Royal Natal National Park in Northern Drakensberg. We stay in a beautiful campsite with excellent facilities and in the evening enjoy a traditional South African Braai – or barbeque.

Day 3

Tiger Falls and Bushmen Art site

5 hours walking

We begin with a reasonably relaxed circular walk, starting out from the campsite. We will follow the path up the ridge, through grasslands and Protea trees into the indigenous yellowwood trees to lookout rock, giving us amazing views over the Royal Natal Park. In early afternoon we will walk mainly along the main road to the Bushmen Rock art painting site. We will be led around by a local guide and have a short talk on Bushmen art before walking back to the campsite.

Day 4

Tugela Gorge walk

5-8 hours walking

Today we walk along the Tugela Gorge, one of the most spectacular walks in the area. We follow the Tugela River, making our way closer to the dramatic amphitheatre. At the bottom of the gorge we see the Tugela waterfall, the highest in South Africa.

Day 5

Protea and Yellowwood forests and Cannibal cave

5-6 hours walking

We will enjoy another full day walking in the Royal Natal National Park. From the campsite we walk towards the Grotto, ‘Camel Humps’ and on to Surprise Ridge. The path takes us through Protea and Yellowwood forests and the views from the ridge show the entire Sunqubala valley. The majority of the walk will be on an uphill gradient with a few short steep sections. Tonight is the last night of camping. On day 6, we transfer to bungalows in the Witsieshoek Mountain Resort.

Day 6

Witsieshoek Mountain Resort

5-7 hours walking

We set off from Mahai to begin our walk up the mountain. The first ascent takes us through the Mahai Valley, maintaining a fairly easy gradient towards Witsieshoek Mountain Resort, past the Mahai falls and through the Basuto gate.

Day 7

Amphitheatre Summit – Johannesburg – London

5-7 hours walking

After breakfast we will gradually ascend the Great Escarpment before reaching the top of the Drakensberg Mountains and the highest point of our trek, at 2950m. From here we walk to the lip of Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world. We will take some time to enjoy the fantastic scenery before returning to Witsieshoek Mountain Resort to celebrate our achievements.

Day 8

Johannesburg – London

After a leisurely start, we pack up camp and then transfer directly back to the airport for our overnight flight home.

Day 9

Johannesburg – London

We arrive back in the UK.


What's included?

  • Return flights
  • Local transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Medic
  • All meals

Event details

  • Distance

    Around 5-7 hours walking per day

  • Date

    21-29 September 2019

  • Location

    Royal Natal National Park, South Africa

  • Minimum fundraising

    £3,450 – we'll help you with your fundraising every step of the way

  • Registration fee


  • Minimum age

    You must be 18 years or older to register for this event

  • Fitness

    To take on this challenge you'll need to be fit and do some training.

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0845 052 4184

How the money you raise helps

£180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness overnight in their own home

£350 pays for five people to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice. They'll have access to emotional support and many different activities.

£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can recieve the care they need.

"I could not have asked for a better group of people to trek with. At different points on the trek you would have a chance to discover what inspired everyone else to get involved.

"The Marie Curie reps and tour leaders could always tell when people needed a wee bit of help and encouragement."

Brenda Potter, Marie Curie Trekker

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who can take part?

    Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for a challenge is able to take part. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

  • How fit do I need to be?

    This is a strenuous challenge and you will need to train hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure.

  • Will I need specialist kit?

    We'll send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.

  • What’s not included?

    - Registration fee
    - Recommended vaccinations
    - Tips and gratuities
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal spending money

  • What will we eat and drink?

    Clean water is provided throughout the trip. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes, along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance about any special dietary requirements.

  • What about vaccinations?

    Diptheria and Hepatitis A are advisable and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP before you travel.

  • How will I be supported?

    Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge. 

    During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s accommodation.

  • Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

    We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,450. After tour operating costs, a minimum of  2,000* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the tour operating costs yourself please contact us on 0845 052 4184 for further information.

    *Based on minimum participant numbers.

  • What will the weather be like?

    In September, the weather in South Africa will be warm during the day - around 20-25 degrees, with chances of cold spells and rain in the evenings. Mountain weather is unpredictable and we would advise participants to come prepared for all conditions.

  • Passports and visas

    Participant’s passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to the UK. British passport holders visiting South Africa for tourism for a period of up to 90 days do not require a visa.

  • Can I extend my stay?

    Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so by contacting World Expeditions. Extension of your stay is subject to additional costs and dependent on availability.

  • How can I help limit the environmental impact of this trek?

    Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, who will provide guidelines on responsible tourism.