Having ridden down the Sani Pass, we headed to Khotso Farm backpackers – owned by Steve Black. You may not have heard of him, but he’s one seriously crazy tough-ass guy who take ultra-distance running to the extreme. Recently he ran from Cape Town to Durban in a race against his surf-skiing friend, essentially running double-marathons every day for a month — Inspiring? Insane? Yeah, I know! Later this year, he’s planning on running from northern Mozambique to Durban in a rematch. Not only an amazing athlete, he’s a really nice guy too. Did I mention he’s only 59!

We took some time out to relax at the farm, found a fantastic little cafe at Pucketty’s Farm i Underberg that made possibly the best cream teas in Africa and some lovely quiches too.

Best Cream Teas in Africa?
Best Cream Teas in Africa?

And then we packed up our rucksacks, got a lift back to the border post and began hiking back up the Sani Pass.

Sani Top
Sani Top

From there we followed the Drakensberg escarpment south towards Bushman’s Nek for three days before dropping back down into South Africa. Finally we got more opportunities to wild camp and the only people we saw were some blanket-clad shepherds.

Drakensberg Escarpment
Drakensberg Escarpment

After collecting our bikes from Khotso again, we rode north to the Royal Natal National Park for a bit more hiking at the Amphitheatre.

The Amphitheatre
The Amphitheatre

And then we rode eastwards through Kwa-Zulu Natal visiting various battlefield sites along the way – this whole region has a bloody history.

Isandlwana Battlefield
Graves at Isandlwana Battlefield

You can see the rest of the photos here:
Drakensberg and Battlefields