Tugela Falls and Gorge and the Amphitheatre

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Monday, May 29, 2006

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Up and away to the Royal Natal National Park bright and early for our start up the Tugela Gorge Trail. The view on the drive in were stupendous. There were lots of birds around for what was meant to be a 15 mile hike.

The clouds came in a bit that morning taking away some of the fantastic views but we arrived at the top of the gorge in less than 3 hours. A quick 7.5 miles.

We wandered up to a place with a nice view point down the gorge and also a place with nice views of the Amphitheatre, well at least the parts of it that were not covered in cloud. From here we could also see the Tugela Falls, at 900+m they were apparently the second tallest in the world! There was plenty of ice around the falls near to the top, but as this was winter and therefore dry season there wasn't very much water at all.

We had lunch there before returning to the head of the gorge. From here we climbed some ladders on the other side of the gorge where as luck would have it the clouds started to clear and we were rewarded with some fine views of the Devil's Tooth and the Eastern Buttress.

On the walk out the cloud cleared even more and we were rewarded with even more fine views of the whole of the amphitheatre - this place is truly spectacular.

Back at NP HQ we finally saw some dassies. I'd been told these animals were all over Table Mountain, but when I was there I'd seen none!

All in all though this is a great hike. Highly recommended.

Back to the hostel that evening and a quick drive down to Bergville so we had food for cooking that evening.

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garciae7 on

mmm carbonara
Jon forgot to mention that he made us a killer carbonara that night and that South Africa has some pretty great bacon maybe better than what you find in England?

jonclark2000 on

Re: mmm carbonara
Great carbonara maybe - but you better be careful next time you try to pass Bristish immigration with comments like those!

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