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This day hike provides you with some of the Drakensberg’s most impressive and accessible scenery in Royal Natal National Park. The park’s crown jewel is the Amphitheatre, a 5-mile wall of cliffs and canyons, best viewed from both below and up on top. Here, Africa's tallest waterfall—Tugela Falls—drops a whopping 3,100 feet (947 meters) in five stages. Other notable peaks in the area are Devil’s Tooth, the Eastern Buttress, and the Sentinel. After hotel pickup in Bergville, you'll travel to trailhead at the Sentinel parking lot, which sits at an altitude of 8,333 feet (2,540 meters). Start hiking the route up the gully, which emerges at Beacon Buttress. Your reward for the steep ascent is a panoramic view of the mountain scenery, including the highest peak of the escarpment, Mont-aux-Sources at 10,768 feet (3,282 meters). Refuel with lunch at the top of the Drakensberg plateau, at an average elevation of 10,170 feet (3,100 meters), and then start your descent by using the two sets of chain ladders that run down over the sheer rocks. When you reach the bottom, you'll be returned to Bergville.
Itinerary: Day 1: Umhlanga Rocks (Durban) Arrive in Durban and make your way to the joining hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, a holiday resort village on the coast. Your welcome meeting will be at 18:00. Meals: N/A Day 2: Umhlanga Rocks (Durban) to Golden Gate Highlands National Park Your tour will depart after breakfast. The journey takes you past Pietermaritzburg and Bergville before reaching the Drakensberg mountain range and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the early afternoon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3: Golden Gate National Park to Lesotho (Malealea Lodge)Travel to Lesotho, a small landlocked country in South Africa and home to the friendly Basotho people. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Day 4: Malealea Lodge Sleep in or wake up early to enjoy most of the fresh mountain air and one of the many optional activities. Meals: Breakfast Day 5: Malealea Lodge to Graaff-ReinetJourney to Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. It’s a long drive but a comfortable bed awaits. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Day 6: Graaff-Reinet to Addo Elephant National ParkFrom Graaff-Reinet you head south, travelling through the open semi-desert Karoo landscapes with its distinctive flat-topped hills or “koppies” and picturesque wind pumps in the distance. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Day 7: Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma National ParkAfter an early morning game drive, you will head to Tsitsikamma. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Day 8: Tsitsikamma National ParkYou have the day free to enjoy some optional activities. Meals: Breakfast Day 9: Tsitsikamma National Park to Mossel BayToday you take a short drive along the Garden Route, so named for the ecologically diverse vegetation found in the numerous lagoons and lakes along the coast. Meals: Breakfast Day 10: Mossel Bay to Stellenbosch This morning we continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. Meals: Breakfast Day 11: Stellenbosch to Cape TownCelebrate a great holiday with a wine tasting at one of the numerous wine farms that Stellenbosch is known for. Meals: Breakfast Day 12: Cape TownAfter breakfast, we depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Meals: Breakfast Day 13: Cape Town Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Meals: Breakfast
Day 1 - Bergville to SpioenkopArrive at Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, to meet with your experienced guide (and historian) at 10am. Depart on a morning tour of Spioenkop Battlefield, followed by a delectably prepared lunch and drinks on the Kop (hill). Take a leisurely drive to Fugitive’s Drift (122kms), and arrive at your lovely Guest accommodation for the night, on a full board basis. Share a glass of wine and some interesting stories and information with your very knowledgeable Battlefields guide. Stay overnight at the Sandford Park Country Hotel. Day 2 - Isandlwana BattlefieldAfter a scrumptious breakfast, depart at 9am for Isandlwana Battlefield, for a captivating morning tour of the site. Lunch and drinks will be enjoyed at Mangeni Falls. Then we hike the 9km Fugitiv's trail from which the survivors fled the battle scene, visiting many historic sites on the way. Our guide talks about interesting things that happened at each point. Depending on the level of water in the river, we cross the Buffalo (uMzinyathi) River and head for the luxurious Fugitive's Drift Lodge and Game Reserve on the opposite bank. Day 3 - Rorke's Drift - DepartureEnjoy a hearty breakfast, and at 9am leave for the Rorke’s Drift Battlefield site, for an informative morning tour. Thereafter we return to the guesthouse for a welcome refreshing lunch, after which this tour concludes.Transport ex Johannesburg or ex Durban can be arranged.