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The Mt Aux Sources - Amphitheatre - Tugela thread
Regarding sleeping on top, you could definitely push a bit further and sleep on higher ground, there are ample sleeping spots as you go past the eastern buttress. Also, Ifidi cave is awesome and not much further south from this point - maybe 5km max and definitely worth the extra walk. The early morning views from the top of the Ifidi ridge is spectacular, and you could then also walk over to Icidi and peer down the cliff face where the guys do parachute jumps from - really spectacular. I've taken newbies on this exact route and they've found it easy enough. The return leg is mostly downhill (except the climbing sections up to Tugela falls, or up to Beacon buttress if you want to go down the gully) so you should make good time getting home.
We have the whole Saturday to explore. Thanks again everyone for your advice.
The Bilanjil stream is on the other side of the ridge from Tugela Falls and it doesn't take long to get there. The Bilanjil campsite is a little in from the escarpment edge and can easily be spotted from the ridge that you cross over. If you are thinking about security, then I would encourage you to walk past the Bilanjil, further along the Amphitheatre, as far as you can get. Ribbon Falls is a good spot and the terrain to get there from the Bilanjil is as flat as you can get it for the escarpment. You can also climb over the next ridge at Ribbon Falls into a smaller, bowl-shaped valley near Mt Amery.
Dispholidus wrote: Hey guys, we are a group of 4 planning on sleeping next to Bilanjil falls/river. It will be my third time on the mountain and I always slept next to the Tugela falls but for security reasons I will not be camping there anymore.
We will only get to Sentinel car park around 17:00 so will be sleeping the first night at the car park (tent) if allowed. The next day we will spend some time at Tugela falls and will camp at Bilanjil for the night.
Is this map correct as to where Bilanjil falls are and can someone please give me an indication of how far from Tugela falls it is.
The Bilanjil campsite is better than camping at the Tugela Falls, but the perpetrators are well aware of that spot too and it isn't that far out of the way from the Falls. Without a lot more effort, you can camp even further away and lessen the chances of having any issues.
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My mate and I are thinking of doing a night walk from Sentinel Car Park this friday evening and popping over the hill to bilanjil falls area
Any idea what time the gate at the car park closes? Where do we have to pay these days, can we pay on the way down and is there still a mountain register at the Sentinel car park?
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I am hoping to do a trip up to the Sentinel/Tugela Falls in early 2021. The idea is to use the opportunity to get some awesome 'Berg images and this would ideally mean a 3 day/2 night stay (to have 2 mornings and 2 nights on site)
- Is the hikers hut available to anyone ? is it first come/first serve or is there a booking system ? and cost ?
- Considering that it would be great to have strong flow over the falls, what would the suggested time to go (between mid Jan and mid March) ?
- Considering the expensive camera equipment , should any additional safety precautions be taken?
Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated