The Mt Aux Sources - Amphitheatre - Tugela thread

11 Apr 2013 12:57 #56662 by ghaznavid
Sentinel Carpark to the top of Tugela Falls (or the awesome lookout on the ridge just south of the falls) and back again is very easy and quick. You can do that in 4 hours with lots of "look at the view" stops on the way.

If people are scared of heights, the lookout point for Tugela Falls or looking down Beacon Buttress would be more scary than the chainladders. Its a nice variation to do both. I'd recommend going up Beacon Buttress and down the chainladders. With all the lose rock on the gully it isn't that great going down.

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
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11 Apr 2013 13:52 #56663 by vinesh
Would we be able to include the Tugela Gorge in this hike? If so, what distance and time can be added to the route.

This would mean that we start Sentinel car Park up Beacon Buttress to the Falls down the chain ladders, then to the tugela gorge and back to Sentinel Car Park.

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11 Apr 2013 14:46 #56665 by ghaznavid
No! The gorge is very far from there (well, not as the crow flies). It would require a full hike to Royal Natal and then back from there - roughly 55km extra!

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
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11 Apr 2013 18:47 #56669 by Santesh
I dont think we are prepared for 55km :ohmy:

I guess Tugela Gorge is another trip altogether.

BTW I will be accompnying Vinesh on this hike.

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11 Apr 2013 19:13 #56671 by ghaznavid

Santesh wrote: I dont think we are prepared for 55km :ohmy:


:laugh: it would be an epic day hike of note!

The problem can be summed up by the massive rock wall that is the Amphitheatre. So, as much as there is a great view of the Tugela Gorge from the top, and a great view of Tugela Falls from the gorge, its a mission to get from one to the other...

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins

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12 Apr 2013 10:38 #56679 by kliktrak
To do Tugela Gorge, drive around to RNNP and hike it, but its a long hike i think close to 15km there and back from the RNNP car park, also take alot of water with you, as you do not cross rivers/streams for most of the way.

It is a great experience to get to the top and see the tugela falls going over the high cliffs, and then also view the waterfall from the bottom at Tugela Gorge. so best is if you have 2 days to go 1 day top, 1 day bottom, you will have a fantastic experience as both expose you to spectacular scenery.

check out:
www.cavern.co.za/tugela-gorge-trail/

www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/tugela-gorge-trail

have fun :thumbsup:

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12 Apr 2013 13:22 #56681 by Sterkhorn
@Vinesh and Santesh
This subject was dealt with in two other threads previously. They may shed some more light on the subject for you too:
Best viewpoints for the Tugela Falls...
Northern Drakensberg hike ?
Enjoy - they are both fantastic hikes.

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16 May 2013 12:51 - 13 Feb 2018 22:10 #56932 by intrepid
This is the main thread for all discussion around Sentinel Car Park, the Chain Ladders, Beacon Buttress, Tugela Falls, Amphitheatre and Mt Aux Sources area.

All posts relating to the above should please be done under this thread in future. Any separate threads created in future will be merged with this one by the moderators. If there is a very specific topic which you feel deserves it's own thread, you may post it as such, though it is up to the moderators in the end.

Specific questions regarding the road to Sentinel Car Park should be discussed in this thread:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/14-drakensberg-general/2831-road-to-sentinel-car-park.html

There is a specific thread for all discussion on Witsieshoek Resort .

The following is a selection of existing threads on hiking in this area which contain useful information. Please continue all discussions on this thread though.
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/123-chain-ladders.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/55150-amphitheatre-a-surrounds.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakensberg-trips/55256-as-the-crow-flies.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/4251-sentinel-car-park-chain-ladders-ifidi-cave.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/2132-best-viewpoints-for-the-tugela-falls.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/4273-micro-adventure-amphitheatre.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/764-day-hike-to-amphitheater-avoiding-chain-ladders.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/54306-mont-aux-source-first-trip.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/11-drakensberg-passes/629-amphitheatre.html

There are some detailed write-ups on the Chain Ladders and on Beacon Buttress Gully . Specific questions related to these write-ups may be posted on the forum threads linked to those articles.

With regards to the theft problems on top of the Amphitheatre, read through the article The Amphitheatre: hotspot for theft as well as the following forum threads:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/2-drakensberg-security/4917-amphitheatre-hike-where-to-camp.html
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/2-drakensberg-security/72-drakensberg-crime-central.html

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Last edit: 13 Feb 2018 22:10 by intrepid. Reason: Fixed links

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10 Jun 2013 09:57 #57217 by Asterix
Hi

Myself and two friends are planning to hike to from the Sentinel car park to top of the Amphitheatre. We are then planning to spend two nights on the berg and explore the area during this time. We are planning this for the weekend of the 21st September 2013.
Can anyone please assist with the following questions:
1. I’ve heard that it is now unsafe to spend the night on top. Can anyone elaborate on this? Are the local really that much trouble?
2. Will there be enough water that time of the year?

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10 Jun 2013 10:04 #57218 by Smurfatefrog
Welcome Asterix

See this thread which gives links to a lot of similar questions asked www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/8-drakensberg-hiking/55303-the-mt-aux-sources-amphitheatre-tugela-thread.html
Should you have any further questions use the above thread

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