This Drakensberg hiking adventure is brought to you by GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures, a proudly South African adventure company with an ethos squarely rooted in their passion for nature and the thrills she provides. Sign up now and join us for a white knuckle exploration of the renowned Amphitheatre region in the Drakensberg Mountains. Here we will hike up, clamber over and abseil down some of the most awe-inspiring natural formations the untouched Northern Drakensberg has to offer.
Today your GoVertical Mountaineering Adventure guide meets you at the Sentinel car park in the Northern Drakensberg, where we will proceed to sign the mountain register and sort out your gear. We endeavour to leave the car park before 12h00.
THE AMPHITHEATRE ESCARPMENT
Next we begin our Drakensberg hiking excursion by scaling the escarpment, up and past the majestic Sentinel Peak, making our way to the base of the chain ladders that will afford us access to the Mont-Aux-Sources Plateau. Here, at a whopping 3000m above sea level, we set up camp along the Elands River, do some exploring and revel in the beautiful sight of the sun setting over the Maluti Mountains in the distance.
The next morning we dig into breakfast, pack up our gear and proceed towards the apex of Mont-Aux-Sources, which, incidentally, is the Northern Drakensberg’s highest peak at 3282m above sea level. From here participants should be able to see as far as the town of Harrismith, on a clear day. We descend from the peak and continue towards Mt Amery where we pitch camp for the evening. From here you will be able to admire the Sentinel, Beacon buttress and Tugela Falls.
Today we up the ante as soon as we have you fed and watered. Adrenaline will be the name of the game as we go vertical on a scramble that stretches from the main escarpment up onto the Inner Tower. Here we set up a 40m abseil that is guaranteed to get your pulse racing while you enjoy great views. No need to fret, we will give you proper instruction and will have all the gear on hand. Afterwards we venture back to camp for a leisurely lunch, after which we pack up shop and move the party to Tugela Falls on the Mont-Aux-Sources Plateau, where we will spend the night.
Today we hit the decks at first light to prepare for what is considered the highlight of this Drakensberg adventure - climbing Sentinel Peak. At a proud 3165m above sea level, this free standing peak presents quite a challenge! The climb is broken down as follows:
We scramble up the initial grass covered scree slopes.
When we reach the base of the first rock pitch we conduct a refresher course/training session with regard to relevant rope work and safety techniques.
We ascend towards the summit.
We triumphantly reach the top, from where we enjoy unparalleled views over the Northern Drakensberg escarpment.
We abseil back down, stopping briefly for a packed lunch before venturing back to the car park.
From here we proceed to a mountain lodge where we dig into a celebratory dinner and spend the night in comfortable Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
We bid the mountain a fond farewell and participants depart at their leisure.
Our rates include:
All meals taken for the duration of this Drakensberg hiking excursion.
The last evening’s accommodation at the mountain resort.
A scrumptious celebratory dinner.
Relevant Park fees.
The services of trained GoVertical mountaineering guides.
All abseiling gear that will be required for the course of the trip.
All climbing gear that will be required for the course of the trip.
Stoves and general camping equipment to be used when setting up camp for the night.
The rates do not include
Your transport to the meeting point.
Alcoholic beverages and/or beverages enjoyed at mountain lodge on the last night of this Drakensberg adventure.
Personal camping gear and other items suggested on the kit list.
Booking for 1 person: R 3900-00
Bookings for 2 or 3 people: R 2870-00 per participant
Bookings for 4 or more people: R 2200-00 per participant
You may choose to have us arrange your transportation to and from the Drakensberg at an extra cost.
Please note: This Drakensberg Amphitheatre adventure is suitable for individuals who are fit, adventurous and have a head for heights. Also, due to the fact that we will be exploring an area that has been named a World Heritage Site, wilderness camping will be the norm.