Take on the 5-mile (8-km) Amphitheatre Cliff hike in South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains on this adventurous tour from Bergville. With a guide, you'll hike to the source of Tugela Falls, considered to be the world's second-tallest waterfall, marveling at the dramatic peaks of Royal Natal National Park. Hike through a gully and along a mountaintop plateau, and then descend the steep cliff face using chain ladders. Lunch is included.
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.