Drakensberg Amphitheater: Chain Ladders Full Day Hike

Drakensberg Amphitheater: Chain Ladders Full Day Hike

From $86.73 per person

Climb the famous steel chain ladders onto the Drakensberg Amphitheater and witness breathtaking views. Visit the 950-meter Tugela Falls, the world's second-highest waterfall in the Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

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Duration 7 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Climb the famous Northern Drakensberg chain ladders
  • Explore the Drakensberg Amphitheater Plateau with its 1,000-meter rock faces
  • View the breathtaking 950-meter drop of the world's second largest waterfall Tugela
  • Experience a full-body workout while marveling at a beautiful World Heritage Site
Full description
Upon exiting the Sentinel car park, follow the path past the towering Sentinel Peak. Standing at 3,165 meters, it is the highest free-standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg. The windy path will lead you to the base of the famous steel chain ladders. Once arriving, you will climb the ladders 50 meters up the Amphitheater, overlooking its impressive valley. Once you get to the Mont-Aux-Sources Plateau, you can marvel at the direct source of many of South Africa’s rivers. This includes the world's second-highest waterfall Tugela, which winds 502 kilometers on its way down to the Indian Ocean near Durban. The escarpment is roughly 3,000 meters above sea level with 1,000-meter steep walls and breathtaking valleys and pinnacles, and the Lesotho Highlands filling the western horizon. From the edge of the Drakensberg, you will see unforgettable views of the Amphitheater, the Sentinel Peak, and the 950-meter Tugela falls fusing into the valleys below. If you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of the endangered bearded vulture, jackal buzzards, mountain reedbuck, and maybe even some baboons. This highly diverse wildlife is an absolute must-see.
  • National park fees
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Please announce yourself at the Lodge reception You will be asked your dietary requirements and will need wait 15 minutes for the lunch to be made.

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    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Sun hat
    • Hiking shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack

    Not allowed

    • Littering
    • Touching plants

    Know before you go

    • You will hike a total of 16 kilometers for 8 hours.
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    Product ID: 391501