Dangerous Hikes: Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa
This dangerous hike can take 5-6 days and covers a huge amount of land! The 65 km trek offers superb views from the vast cliffs that form the edge of the high plateau of Lesotho and across. There are tons of vegetation, animals and birds, but its no easy trek! You'll have to rely on these remote mountains. Be! Prepared!
Why is it dangerous? Because it is some of the most extreme, exposed alpine hiking area in the world. The hardest, scariest part might be in the first stages of the climb, where two rickety ladders bring you to trails that are made up of a mish-mash of hiking trails, animal trails, and rock piles.
The best time to go here is mid mark to June, or during September/October. Summer (November - February) is hot, and frequently wet and cloudy but is best for wild flowers. July through August is simply too cold, unless you're looking for a chillier hike.
For detailed weather information, have a look at: www.worldweather.org or www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/country-guides
To get there, you will want to go to one of the nearest significant airports are Johannesburg (4.5 hours) or Durban (3.5 hours).
Even though this hike takes a few lives every year, it is doable! Be smart in choosing the time and trail, and you'll have a great time!