Falls in love with Tugela
The Amphitheatre is the most famous geographic feature of the Okhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on Earth. It's basalt wall is over 5km in length and the Tugela River - which plunges almost 1 km down its facade - is the 2nd highest waterfall on the planet, and the highest in Africa. The Amphitheatre has precipitous cliffs, rising approximately 1,220 meters along its entire length. Royal Natal National Park, in the lower valley, is over 1,830 meters below the highest point - Mont-Aux-Sources. The escarpment wall is flanked by two magnificent peaks – the Sentinel and Eastern Buttress. It usually takes 2 - 3 days to hike from the base to the summit and back. We offer this longer version for those of you wishing to do Overnight hikes.
We offer a condensed version of the multi-day hike, achieved in ONE DAY by beginning at a higher altitude. This is a hike that can be done by anyone who has an average fitness level.
- The group departs from Amphitheatre Backpackers at 07h30.
- The guide drives the group to the beginning of the hike, 2500m in altitude.
- The summit is reached via a beautiful gully filled with wild flowers.
- Lunch is enjoyed on the escarpment with breath-taking views into Royal Natal right at the point where the Tugela Waterfall spills over the 1 km basalt drop.
- It is not uncommon to spot the endangered bearded vulture at this point.
- After lunch the guide navigates across to a second, smaller waterfall - the Eland Falls - where baboon and dassies often sunbathe.
- We descend using two sets of chain ladders and ropes if requested.
- During our return hike we enjoy stunning views over Qwa Qwa National Parkand Fika Patso Dam.
- We arrive back at the lodge between 18h00 and 19h00 at night.