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   “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” 

– John Muir
   
OVERNIGHT HIKES
Looking to spend a longer time in the Dragons Realm, sleeping under the stars and next to crystal clear mountain streams? Amphitheatre Backpackers can offer you overnight experiences from one to thirteen nights. We tailor-make experiences to suit your fitness, time, and budget. From simple one night hikes where you sleep in the little Berg to major treks like the "GRAND TRAVERSE!” Guides are chosen if they have that little bit “more” as we believe in ensuring hikers are not only safe and achieving their athletic goal but ALSO that you are having an exciting and fun experience. Days are filled with interesting commentary and the client's enjoyment is seen as top priority. This is why we are your best choice for professionally guided overnight trips.   

Clients can choose from many overnight excursions; ranging from loops in specific areas incorporating nights on the escarpment at an average of 3000m, to traverses across the high berg in Lesotho. The Mini Traverse (5 Days), or the Grand Traverse (14 Days), are some of the more famous options available. Mafadi Peak, the highest peak in South Africa (3450m), is also one of the more popular routes (4 days). Cathedral Peak or Injasuti, in the Central Drakensberg, offer amazing round trips where we sleep in ancient caves with world class views of free-standing peaks that dominate the area.

We overnight in remote wilderness areas where we sleep in tents or in caves.  Clients on a budget are required to carry all relevant equipment to survive the Dragon’s Wrath should it awaken! Porters are available for those that like that extra bit of comfort  at an additional cost. Catering and shuttles to entry and exit points are optional. Distances covered each day depend on the client’s fitness and capability. 12 to 15 km per day would be the average distance walked each day. Terrain is extremely wild and often over steep grass ridges, across wild plains crossing rivers, and occasionally through exposed breath taking sections. 

Shuttles and equipment hire can be arranged through the lodge directly.

CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO SEE TWO POPULAR  EXAMPLES OF  OVERNIGHT HIKES.  OF COURSE WE CAN DESIGN ANY OTHER HIKES THAT YOU MIGHT PREFER IN ANY PART OF THE DRAKENSBERG AND IN FACT SOUTH AFRICA.

2 POPULAR OVERNIGHT HIKES

GUIDE = (maximum of 3 people) R2000 per day
GUIDE = (MORE than 3 people ) = R500 per person per day 


CATERING (includes fuel & pots) 
3 mountain meals per day = R150 per person 

PERMIT = R55 per person per night
PORTER = R400 per person per day (maximum 15kg)
   
SHUTTLES FOR OVERNIGHT HIKES

Amphitheatre Backpackers offers shuttle services for those doing overnight hikes, these are only available through prior arrangement. 

These shuttles are for the customers and although we will give guides free transport on your group shuttle, we do not:

  1. Provide private transport for the guide - either getting to or from the hostel. Customers need to communicate with the guide privately, and tell him/her that the meeting/return point is at Amphitheatre Backpacker's Lodge.
  2. Take anyone shopping.  The shuttle is a direct transport from point A to point B.

SHUTTLES FOR AMPHITHEATRE CUSTOMERS

SENTINEL CAR PARK
R2000 FOR THE BUS - 15 SEATS (drops to R690 PER PERSON if we have customers)

CATHEDRAL PEAK
R2000 FOR THE BUS- 15 SEATS (drops to R690 PER PERSON if we have customers)

MONK'S COWL
R2000 FOR THE BUS- 15 SEATS

GIANT'S CASTLE
R4000 FOR THE BUS -15 SEATS


ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK
R200 PER PERSON

             
SHUTTLES FOR OUTSIDE CUSTOMERS

SENTINEL CAR PARK
R2850 FOR THE BUS (drops to R750 PER PERSON if we have customers)

CATHEDRAL PEAK
R2850 FOR THE BUS (drops to R750 PER PERSON if we have customers)

MONK'S COWL
R2850 FOR THE BUS

GIANT'S CASTLE
R4850 FOR THE BUS

ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK
R400 PER PERSON