The Amphitheatre Heritage Hike
The Amphitheatre is the most recognisable and dramatically imposing feature of the entire Drakensberg range, a World Heritage Site of outstanding environmental and cultural significance. A mighty wall of basalt rises over 100 metres from the Tugela Valley to the Lesotho plateau nearly 3000 metres above sea level. Part of its aesthetic appeal arises from its near perfect symmetry, extending as a sheer wall of rock some 5 kilometres in length from the Eastern Buttress to the Sentinel Peak in the west, altogether an area of majestic and incomparable beauty providing some of the finest scenery in the world.
The Amphitheatre Slackpacking trail has been planned to enable walkers of average ability to reach these heights and be rewarded by awe inspiring, never-to-forgotten views from the top of the escarpment, a feat normally only undertaken by fit and experienced hikers who would normally have to camp overnight on the escarpment. By spending 3 days and 3 nights on route, staying at conveniently located lodges, and having the benefit of a hiking guide to make decisions on routes and weather conditions, it is possible for anyone who is reasonably fit to stand on “top of the world” and experience the same sense of accomplishment as the dedicated hiker.
The hike has been planned so that you can walk at a comfortable pace and without the burden of a heavy backpack. At the end of the day, you will have the chance to relax and recover at the lodge – providing hot showers, nourishing food and a comfortable bed.
On this trail, you'll do between 25-30 kilometres over 3 days of hiking with a total ascent of nearly 1200m. The views along the way will be worth every drop of sweat!