Chain Ladders to the Amphitheatre: Update

By |2019-10-11T12:27:00+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

A meeting was held at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge between the Dept of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and their Implementing Agent on Wednesday 25th September.  DEA confirmed that they have allocated funds for access projects in the area, and are in the process of submitting plans to include the complete replacement of the Chain Ladders in that project.   [...]

Chain Ladders to the Amphitheatre

By |2019-09-23T09:06:39+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

On Saturday one of the shackles that bolts the bottom, right-hand chain ladder to the rocks on the Amphitheatre sheared off at the rockface, and has compromised the structure of that ladder.  The left-hand ladder has no problems. These ladders are accessed from the Sentinel Peak Car Park by hikers who are hiking to the top [...]

Tugela Falls Hike

By |2019-10-11T12:27:01+00:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Atop the Drakensberg Amphitheatre the Tugela River plummets into the second tallest waterfall in the world. Tugela Falls is argued by some to, in fact, be the tallest waterfall in the world, but its contest with Angel Falls over a few meters is neither here nor there when you stand above it. Take a look at [...]

Chain Ladders are being replaced

By |2018-04-04T12:50:47+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Witsieshoek|Tags: |

  We have good news:  The Chain Ladders that are used to access the Drakensberg's Amphitheater near Tugela Falls from Sentinel Car Park are going to be replaced with newly constructed ladders. This is happening because the engineers involved in the rehabilitation of the pathways have concerns about the safety of the current ladders. Time, weather [...]

Conquering the chain ladders

By |2019-10-11T12:27:02+00:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Sentinel Peak Chain Ladder hike in the Drakensberg is probably one of the most renowned and popular walks, but the words chain and ladder completely freaked me out. Many eons ago, I found myself on an incredible hike in the Swiss Alps that required climbing some wooden ladders on the side of a glacier. [...]

Transfrontier Parks Destinations certified by Fair Trade Tourism

By |2019-10-11T12:27:02+00:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), South Africa’s leading group focused on promoting community-based tourism, has become Fair Trade Tourism certified. The group, which is headquartered in Cape Town, launched in 2004 with a mission to manage community-owned properties in transfrontier parks and adjacent conservation areas. Since inception, responsible tourism and conservation has been at the heart of its [...]