Amphitheatre - Northern Drakensberg
The Amphitheatre is situated in Royal Natal National Park in the Northern
The Amphitheatre of the Northern Drakensberg is particularly well known
as a tourist attraction and accommodation area. The Amphitheatre,
for the length of 5 kms raises straight up to the sky, to a height of over
3000 feet. It is here that the brave can climb up a chain ladder and view
the escarpment from the top. For a person of average fitness this must be
the easiest way to access the top of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre – other
than a helicopter. It takes just 3 hours to reach the summit along well maintained
paths – and there is even an alternative route if one is afraid of
heights and does not intend to tackle the chain ladders.
Hiking in the Amphitheatre area demands some preparation. Always wear sound
shoes or boots. Be aware that this area is subject to rapid changes of weather
in all seasons. Always take waterproof clothing and something warm even if
you are roasting in the car park below. It has been known to hail and snow
in summer at the high altitude. At this height pay heed to the fact that
exercise is more tiring – the air is much thinner – and that
one dehydrates much quicker.
A further feature of the Amphitheatre is the
Tugela Falls cascading down 5 drops forming the second highest waterfall
in the world.
Below The Amphitheatre in the 8000 ha of the Royal Natal National
Park is situated the Cannibal Cave, where tribal people had to resort to
cannibalism whilst hiding from the wrath of Shaka Zulu as he purged the Drakensberg
area of his enemies.
This area below the Amphitheater has numerous walks and hikes to challenge
the tourist, from easy to day long treks.
The Amphitheatre region also has a wide selection
of accommodation to choose from ranging from modest B&Bs
to Self-catering, guest houses and splendid Drakensberg Hotels and Resorts
covering prices to suit every pocket.