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Tugela Gorge Hike
Any other advice on the hike will be appreciated. Thanks
Some advice, climb the chain ladder at the split in the path (check the awesome tunnel) and keep walking for about 4km after this (my brother lead the hike and he has a no-path-no-walking policy, so we turned around when it becomes a rock scramble), from what I read in David Bristow's Best Hikes of the Drakensber, the rock scramble is the best part...
I haven't stayed at Rugged Glen for ages (as in >15 yrs) but I always preferred RG to Mahai - which is much more like a 'beach' campsite with pitches next to each other, v.big, often v.crowded. RG was quieter, more rustic, in a nicer spot etc. I don't know what security is like at RG though.
plouw wrote: What is the Rugged Glen campsite like? views, facilities, etc.
Wanted to camp at Rugged Glen, but did not feel safe at all (probably due to no other people !), so booked in at Mahai, at least it was only 1/4 full. Yes, the fact that there is no view of the Amphiteatre is a bit sucky, but I guess you only have to walk a 1km or so to get a proper view.
Climb the chain ladder, and boulder hopped for 1km or so, but turned around as it seemed to much of a mission to continue. also went up to the cave (to the left at the chain ladders/tunnel), nice view of the waterfall from there.
elinda wrote: Also did the Devils Tooth gully a couple of weeks back as we were trying to get to Tooth Cave. Not for the fainthearted - plenty of boulder hopping, scrambling and steep grass banks to contend with. You definitely need abseiling gear to get down again. Anyone else done this recently?
We managed to get up to Tooth Cave without using climbing gear but couldn't avoid a fairly long abseil down the waterfall on the way back. My climbing partner was pretty tired and pulled the ropes down at the end of the abseil straight into the pool at the bottom of the waterfall - adding a few more kilos to the rope weight for the way back.
In December, be prepared for a few river crossings where wading may be necessary. Drinking water is easily accessible from the numerous side streams flowing into the Tugela.
For another possiblity for camping try: Hlalanathi
This is a little nearer than Amphitheatre Backpackers, with a similar view, but both places are outside the Drakensberg Park. Its a matter of trading closeness to the mountains with a panaromic view.
Enjoy - it is a classic day trip.
In about 2 weeks there is a trail run in mweni and some of my friends are doing that run. We are going to be camping at mahai before and after the run for an awesome get together, but myself and another friend want to go up early and do an over night (tent) hike near mahai. This is my reason for posting in this thread as I was thinking of Tugela gorge/valley. I last hiked this area when I was very young and don't remember it at all. Is there somewhere to hike to (as far up the base of the amphitheatre as possible) and camp over night and then return to Mahai the next day? I obviously do not want to summit the amphitheatre at all, I was just thinking of any of the valleys at the base of the amphitheatre.
My knowledge of this area is very limited so have no clue of the trails, so any advise would be great. Thanks.