The Mt Aux Sources - Amphitheatre - Tugela thread

29 Jun 2023 19:50 #78557 by tonymarshall
Witsieshoek resort were talking about fixing the old police/border point up about a year ago, and there was someone who was interested in using it as a base for some climate research project. That doesn't answer what the shiny items in the photos are, but they could be some of the research equipment, or other related things. 
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30 Jul 2023 16:59 #78608 by Smurfatefrog

Witsieshoek resort were talking about fixing the old police/border point up about a year ago, and there was someone who was interested in using it as a base for some climate research project. That doesn't answer what the shiny items in the photos are, but they could be some of the research equipment, or other related things. 

Apparently its an Afromontane research unit, which is studying the impact global warming has on certain plants moving to higher altitudes.
There are permanent security guards there now.

This link is likely related to it: www.jstor.org/stable/48618310?seq=1
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07 Sep 2023 07:45 #78718 by BergAttie
I have picked up that the Amphiteatre area is very dry at the moment - Tugela and Elands falls not flowing at all. Does anyone have recent information on the state of the Tugela & Elands and Ribbon falls area wrt. the availability of water? I am taking a group up over the longweekend and having no access in these streams to water will force me to trek inland to the Kubedu valley for water or select an alternative venue.

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13 Sep 2023 11:24 #78743 by BergAttie

I have picked up that the Amphiteatre area is very dry at the moment - Tugela and Elands falls not flowing at all. Does anyone have recent information on the state of the Tugela & Elands and Ribbon falls area wrt. the availability of water? I am taking a group up over the longweekend and having no access in these streams to water will force me to trek inland to the Kubedu valley for water or select an alternative venue.
Please assist with above if you have recent information  - especially on Kubedu valley. Also, I believe the Amphi escrapment area was burnt recently - would like to know how far and wide this has spread - Ribbon Falls/Elands Valley area also burnt?

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18 Sep 2023 08:28 #78751 by BigJay
Morning all

So, I'm trying to finalize plans/route for this coming weekend. Just wanted to run it by the pros and get some feedback.

Day one: Up from Sentinel Car Park, to Tugela "Falls" along the escarpment to Ribbon falls for camp.
Day two: Ribbon Falls to Mont-Aux Sources summit and then to Crow's Nest Cave for camp.
Day three: Back to Sentinel Car Park
 

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18 Sep 2023 08:44 #78752 by BergAttie
Sounds Ok. DOn't bank on Crows nest cave being available - especially if you get there after 12h00. There is an overhang with small rock wall about 10m south of the cave that can take a small tent if needed. You will have to fill with water in the upper Tugeal when coming down from Mount Aux. I went up on Saturday to check the water - it is just flowing so will be Ok. I see rain predicted for Tuesday which will help as well.

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18 Sep 2023 11:39 #78754 by BigJay
Thanks Attie!

Valuable feedback as always.

Assuming Crow's nest is occupied, along with the overhang you've mentioned, is there enough place in that area specifically, to pitch tents?

Very relieved to hear that there is some water at Upper Tugela (with hopefully more on the way.)

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18 Sep 2023 15:52 #78755 by BergAttie
Big Jay. If you cannot make it work at Crows Nest I would suggest rather tenting at the falls which is a kilometer away.
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21 Sep 2023 16:59 #78756 by BigJay
Looks like my plans have gone bust. My hiking partner is terribly concerned about the predicted rainfall. So we’re postponing the hike. Pity, it’s my birthday weekend and was looking so forward to it. Oh well, next time I guess. 

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25 Apr 2024 10:08 #79054 by Ralph
Hi All,

I will be heading up to Ifidi cave for 2 nights from the chain ladders on the 2nd and 3rd of May.

If Ifidi cave is full where are some other good sleeping spots close by ?

What are some of the best spots to go see in this area within 20km from chain ladders ?

I've done hikes to Tugela falls before so looking for attractions other than the main falls.

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