Royal Natal And Drakensberg Amphitheatre Slack Packing Hike (3 Days)Ian Shooter2019-07-28T14:26:28+02:00
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Royal Natal & Amphitheatre Slack Packing Hike, 3 Days
Royal Natal and Amphitheatre slack packing hike
The Royal Natal & Amphitheatre Slack Packing Hike is a lovely way to see the well known Drakensberg Ampitheatre up close, but with some comfort thrown in. We stay at Sungubala eco camp in soft beds and have a huge South African bbq (braai).
The next day we stroll through the Cavern hotel grounds on our way through Sugar Loaf Gap to the ridge above. As a result you can expect great views of the Drakensberg. Once on top it is only a short couple hours to our overnight stay at Witsieshoek. Furthermore, we will also have soft comfortable beds, and a cool restaurant where we have supper.
The following day is the one we have really been waiting for on the Royal Natal & Amphitheatre Slack Packing Hike. We get driven the 8km of dirt road to the Sentinal Peak car park, where we start today’s walk. Here we are 2500m above sea level but on top of the chain ladders we get to 2950m. On the way we walk up the Zigzags for our first views along the Ampitheatre wall, just above The Witches.
Then we have an easy walk along the contour path to the famous Drakensberg Chain Ladders. Once up the ladders we are on top of the Ampitheatre with a nice walk to the Tugela Falls for lunch. The Tugela Falls are the 2nd highest in the world, and the highest in Africa, so this is a great spot for lunch.
After filling our stomachs and checking out the views we head up the Beacon Buttress and back down the Gully. Once back at the car park we get driven back to Witsieshoek for a visit to the bar.
After another good night we walk back down through Royal Natal park via the Mahai valley to finish our Royal Natal & Amphitheatre Slack Packing Hike.
The Royal Natal & Amphitheatre Slack Packing Hike is an Easy to Intermediate Level Hike.