Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls Hike (2 Days)

Maximum Number of Hikers

12

Intermediate Drakensberg Hike

The Drakensberg Amphitheater and Tugela Falls 2 Day Hike

  • Intermediate Drakensberg Hike

  • Overnight Drakensberg Hike

The Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela falls 2 day hike is perfect to do as a getaway from the city. Or a group outing with a difference with your friends. Or even to get the kids out and about.

For nature lovers, it is a fantastic opportunity to get to the top of the Drakensberg in just a 2 day getaway!

What do I need to know about the Guided Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls 2 day Hike?

This is a great 2-day hike for people with busy lives, who want to experience the beautiful Drakensberg. The Drakensberg Amphitheatre is the second most photographed mountain in South Africa and is absolutely magnificent. When you get on top of the Amphitheater you will see for yourself why people take so many photographs of it.

For this hike, we will meet at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge at 10 am. You can also spend the night before and or after the hike to make it a relaxing long weekend away from home. Witsieshoek is a 4-hour drive from either Johannesburg or Durban, making it conveniently close. If you would like us to arrange transport for you to the start of the hike. Please select this option in the form below and we will come back to you with pricing.

The distance of the Guided Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls Hike

The Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls 2 day hike covers about 6km each day, ascending from 2500m to just under 3000m. On average this hike will take us 4 hours per day.  That includes stopping for incredible views. The next morning we will return to where we left our cars and depart for home. Check here to see how to prepare for your hike with us.

The route is mostly circular starting at the Sentinal car park and walking up the zigzags for a stop above the 3 Witches. After this, we stroll along the contour path to the world famous chain ladders. A bit of a head for heights comes in handy here. After climbing the Chain Ladders we’ll be on top of the Amphitheatre for a gentle stroll to our campsite. The way back down had 2 options. We can climb back down the ladders or down the gully.

Camping on top of the Amphitheatre
Amphitheatre overnight hike report

Who is this hike best suited for?

Families with children over the age of 12, couples, single hikers, weekend getaways from it all in the Drakensberg with friends.

What will we see on the Guided Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls Hike?

In addition to the world-renowned Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the Tugela Falls which are the second highest waterfall in the world, we will also see the following. Devils Tooth, the 3 Witches, and Mont-Aux-Sources Peak which is the source of the Tugela River.

Mount-Aux-Sources is the source of the Tugela which flows into the Indian Ocean. It is also the source of water that ends up in the Orange River finishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

After a wonderful pasta supper in the fresh air of the Drakensberg, we camp right near the Tugela Falls plummeting down the Amphitheatre wall for almost 1000m. As a result, you can imagine the views are stunning as we watch the sun rise behind the Devils’ Tooth.  Because we are camping so close to the Tugela Falls, we don’t even need to leave our tents. We can watch the sun-rise in our sleeping bags with a cup of morning coffee! What a way to wake up.

After a leisurely start to the morning, enjoying one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world, we wander up to Beacon Buttress, seeing more amazing views along the way. After this, we’ll walk down The Gully to join the contour path past the zigzags to our cars. The Guided Drakensberg Amphitheatre and Tugela falls 2-day hike should be on every person’s «MUST DO» hiking list.

Duration of the Hike

2 days/1 night (with the possibility of extension in Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge);

Amphitheatre hike report

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

GOLD

Fully Portered Drakensberg Hike

 

You carry only a day-pack containing your own with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.

Includes 3 meals a day!

You will not be carrying a standard hiking backpack at all, instead we will supply you with a 35l drybag into which you will put all your personal gear for our porters to carry.

The day pack you will carry weighs approximately 4kg.

Sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried our porters who also put your tent up!

Our amazing DrakensbergHiker Porters

SILVER

Partially Portered Drakensberg Hike

 

You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.

Includes 3 meals a day!

The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.

Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.

Magnificent Cathedral Peak

BRONZE

Non-portered Drakensberg Hike

 

You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent, and your share of the food.

Includes 3 meals a day!

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

You will put up your own tent and take it down again each day.

Easter cave 4 day hike

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

GOLD

Fully Portered Drakensberg Hike

 

You carry only a day-pack containing your own with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.

Includes 3 meals a day!

You will not be carrying a standard hiking backpack at all, instead we will supply you with a 35l drybag into which you will put all your personal gear for our porters to carry.

The day pack you will carry weighs approximately 4kg.

Sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried our porters who also put your tent up!

Our amazing DrakensbergHiker Porters

SILVER

Partially Portered Drakensberg Hike

 

You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.

Includes 3 meals a day!

The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.

Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.

Magnificent Cathedral Peak

BRONZE

Non-portered Drakensberg Hike

 

You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent, and your share of the food.

Includes 3 meals a day!

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

You will put up your own tent and take it down again each day.

Easter cave 4 day hike

DrakensbergHiker Souvenir Packages

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle … in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come 🙂

All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R700.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1250.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1600):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

DrakensbergHiker Souvenir Packages

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle … in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come 🙂

All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!!

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R700.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1250.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1600):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

Use the form below to contact us about this hike, if you would like to join us!