Drakensberg Amphitheater Hike – 2 Days
The massive basalt formation of the Drakensberg Amphitheater is considered as the most famous landmark in the Drakensberg mountain range. The area has been crowned as a World Heritage site in 2000 due to its incredible biodiversity and cultural importance. When you do the Drakensberg Amphitheater Hike you will see the massive cliff walls rise nearly 1000m from the valley below in what is truly a magnificent sight. The entire width of the Amphitheater spans nearly 5km/3.1 miles from the Sentinel in the East to the Eastern Buttress South of that.
Our camp site on this hike is situated right next to the second highest waterfall in the world-The Tugela Falls. The waterfall which is best seen in the rainy summer months cascade over the edge of the escarpment into the valley of the Royal Natal National Park some 947m/3100ft below.
The hike is for hikers of a moderate fitness level who want to not only take in the incredible views but also get to experience a night of camping in the mountains. The hike up is relatively easy and is the quickest route up to the escarpment. All of the other routes to the escarpment of the Drakensberg entail a minimum of 2 days to summit. Access to the summit is via two options depending on your level of adventure and ability to handle heights.
The first option is summiting via two chain-ladders bolted to the cliff face. The first ladder is 40m/131 ft. high while the second one is 20m/65 ft high. Our guides will bring rope and set up a safety line for your safety. If heights are not your thing then we access the summit by hiking up The Gully. A steep scramble up a 150m/492 ft gully which although a lot more challenging physically does offer some rewarding views from the top.
Complete the Drakensberg Amphitheatre Hike with South Africa Adventures!
The 2-day Drakensberg Amphitheater hike requires a hiker with moderate hiking skills and the ability to use both upper body strength and moderate fitness levels. The qualified guides provided by South Africa Adventures will be with you all the way.