Duration

5 Days 4 Nights

Country

South Africa

Maximum Traveller

12

Min Pax

Mnweni 3 day hike

Amphitheatre to Mnweni Hike (31 Mar-4 Apr 2025)

Number of Hikers already booked for this Hike

0/12

Bronze Pricing

R6,875 per person*

Silver Pricing

R8,875 per person*

Gold Pricing

R11,125 per person*

*Please note that these base hike prices are subject to change; and private hike prices will differ from our scheduled hike prices. Your quote for this hike may differ, depending on equipment you may need to hire from us, or additional services you request such as accommodation before / after your hike and transport to and from the hike organised by DrakensbergHiker.

 

The Amphitheatre to Mnweni 5 Day Hike

The Amphitheatre to Mnweni 5 day Hike traverses the Northern Drakensberg. Starting at the Sentinel Peak to finish at Mnweni via Rockeries Pass.  This hike covers the area linking the Amphitheatre with the Mnweni Valley. This is a slightly shorter version of the famous Drakensberg Northern Traverse.

Perfect if you still want to really enjoy and explore the magnificent Drakensberg mountains but a bit short on time.

Amphitheatre overnight hike
The world famous chain ladders we use to get on top of the Amphitheatre with Drakensberghiker.

We start the hike at the Sentinel Peak car park and walk to the top of the Amphitheatre using the famous Chain Ladders.

At the top of the Amphitheatre we camp near the 2nd highest waterfall in the world. The mighty Tugela River starts near here, and the Tugela Falls plummet almost 1000m down the Amphitheatre cliff face, so you can imagine the views.

Click here to see how to prepare for your Sentinel Peak to Mnweni Hike. For the next 3 days we hike along the Drakensberg Escarpment edge to enjoy stunning views. The foothills way down in South Africa on our left and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho on our right.

Despite the length of this hike, it is relatively easy walking along the Escarpment for most of the time.

Sentinel Peak to Mnweni, along the Escarpment
Sentinel Peak to Mnweni, along the Escarpment

The last 2 days are a relaxed descent of Rockeries Pass with a lovely camp near some beautiful Protea trees followed by an easy walk to Mnweni Cultural Center.

On Day 3 we arrive at an amazing place. Here we camp near a huge Cape Vulture Colony  and you can read more about Cape Vultures here . Waking up here you can see fantastic views over the beautiful Mnweni Valley.

This is where my porters live and they love to show their home off to visitors.

Rockeries Pass is only 3km long but over these 2 days we will descend about 700,:  from 2950m to 2200m above sea level.

On our way to check out the Mnweni Pinnacles
On our way to check out the Mnweni Pinnacles

The mighty Orange/Senqu river is nearby waiting for a visit, and a dip if it is warm enough, or if you are able to brave the cold in winter.Despite the length of this hike, it is an Intermediate to Challenging Hike and a good introduction to multi-day hiking.

Intermediate-Challenging Drakensberg Hike

The Amphitheatre to Mnweni 5 Day Hike is an intermediate to challenging Drakensberg 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 (R770.00):

  • 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 (R1375.00):

  • 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 (R1760):

  • 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 (R770.00):

  • 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 (R1375.00):

  • 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 (R1760):

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

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