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 1000 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 Hiking trail has been planned to enable walkers of average ability to reach these heights and to 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 the 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.
Sentinel Fully Catered, Guide for 2
Hike Days, Hotel Accommodation -
1 Person: R8470/pp
2-3 Persons: R6160/pp
4-5 Persons: R5830/pp
6-7 Persons: R5500/pp
8-10 Persons: R5280/pp
11 or more Persons: R5170/pp
- 3 Nights Accommodation (sharing
basis): 1 night at Cavern Hotel
(Std Room) & 2 Nights at Witsies
- nicest Sentinel Chalets
- All meals: from dinner on
arrival night to packed lunch on
final hike day (3 Breakfasts, 3
Packed Lunches, and 3 Dinners).
At Witsies - will be either a
buffet dinner or order from ala
carte menu to the value of
- Hiking Guide - for first 2
hike day (Day 3 - is an easy
self-guide down to Royal Natal)
- Hiking Permit - for Hike day 2
from Sentinel Car Park (R110/pp)
- Witsies - Sentinel Car Park -
return Transfer: Hike Day 2
- Private Return Transfer:
pick-up from Royal Natal &
transfer back to the Cavern on