Tugela Falls, Namahadi Falls, Cascades, Tiger Falls and Gudu Falls hikes! Lets start by chasing waterfalls in 2023 on some of the top 10 hikes in South Africa.
The most photographed mountain peaks are in this area. It boasts the icon Amphitheatre, The Tugela falls (the world’s second tallest falls if not the highest), The Sentinel peak (highest free standing peak in the Berg), The Devil’s tooth, Mont-Aux-Sources peak and the Eastern Buttress to mention but a few. Most post cards of the Drakensberg have the picture of this part of the Drakensberg. On our First Day on arrival we will do the moderately challenging Gudu Falls hike which will start at Mahai Campsite carpark and will take us through the Cascades, Tiger Falls before getting to Gudu Falls and then back to the start.
The next day we drive to Sentinel car park for the Amphitheatre hike. We start our hike at the car park going south towards the Sentinel peak, through the zig-zags(of course), traversing along the base of Sentinel, following the contour path up to the Chain Ladders (An hour to an hour and a half for average walker).We climb over the chain ladders which takes us up to the Amphitheatre, but first, we check out the Namahadi Falls and then the majestic Tugela falls where we will have time to explore, run around, enjoy the views and picnic if the weather gods are on our side. After we’ve had enough, which wont happen, we start our return trip either through the gully or the chain ladders.
We leave Joburg early by 5:00am for Royal Natal National Park where we will go straight to do the Gudu Falls hike before checking in at our accommodation space. So please leave JHB/PTA fully dressed up to hike. Check in at accommodation space, Amphitheater Backpackers, is after this hike.
The next morning we leave at 6:00am for our second hike – The Tugela Falls Hike. Its a1hr30mins drive to our destination, Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, where we will catch the Shuttle to the trailhead at Sentinel Carpark to start our hike. After the hike we drive back the 1hr30mins to our lodge, Amphitheater Backpackers.
We leave back to JHB/PTA after checking out at 10am.
COST – PACKAGE 1: (R3100). EXCLUDES – Transport.
* A Hike Guide.* 2 x Guided Hikes.* 2 x Nights Dorm accommodation. ** 2 x Nights Dinner, * Shuttle to the start of 2nd Day Hike.* First Aid Kit.* Park Fees and Hiking Permits.* Deposit of 50% secures your booking.
COST -PACKAGE 2: (R3950) – INCLUDES – Transport.
* A Hike Guide.* 2 x Guided hikes.* 2 x Nights Dorm accommodation. * 2 x Nights Dinner, * Shuttle to the start of 2nd Day Hike.* First Aid Kit.* Park Fees and Hiking Permits.* Transport from JHB and back.* Deposit of 50% secures your booking. Please NOTE that transport is only LIMITED to seven spots!
Dinner is included for your entire weekend’s adventure. Excludes breakfast.
Tugela Falls hike 14km & Gudu Falls about 11km. They are both IN & OUT hikes.
Moderate to Intermediate.
We all stay at Amphitheatre Backpackers. Private rooms can be arranged at the same Lodge. We also have other accommodation recommendations in the area upon request.
Warm clothing, water, comfortable hiking shoes, cameras, hiking sticks, wet jackets, extra pair of socks, extra pair of hiking shoes in case it rains on our first hike..etc.
DRIVING DISTANCE FROM JOBURG:
330km about 3 -4hrs drive.
These are never to be missed hikes. They are worth everything!
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