Tugela Gorge and Amphitheatre feature on 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. Our first hike will we will go for the less climbing but more of boulder hopping; The Tugela Gorge which presents the bottom-up views of the sheer rock face of the Amphitheatre.
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 and to the Tugela falls where we will have time to explore, run around, enjoy the views and picnic if the 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 on a Friday on the week end of the hike and go straight to do the Tugela Gorge hike. The following morning we leave at 6:00am we go for our second hike at the Amphitheatre.
COST -PACKAGE 1: (R2100)
* A Hike Guide.* 2 x Guided Hikes.* 2 x Nights Dorm Accommodation at a Lodge.* 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: (R2950)
* A Hike Guide.* 2 x Guided hikes.* 2 x Nights Dorm accommodation.* 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.
Self-catering or can buy from the restaurant at the lodge which works out expensive. We eat dinner at the restaurant on our first evening (R170 –R180). We braai the next day evening after our second hike.
Tugela Falls hike 14km & Tugela Gorge 16km. They are both IN & OUT hikes.
Beginner to Moderate.
We all stay at Amphitheatre Backpackers. Private rooms can be arranged at the same Lodge. We also have other recommendations in the area upon request.
Masks, sanitizers, warm clothing, water, comfortable hiking shoes, cameras, hiking sticks, wet jackets, binoculars 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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