Hikes

drakensberg maps

When going on a hike please ensure you have a map which can be purchased from most of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife regional reserves or at the head office in Pietermaritzburg.

This guide to Hiking in the Drakensberg may also be of assistance especially if your first hike. A list of the caves and phone numbers that can be booked is available here and an example of the Mountain Rescue Register can be downloaded here.

Chain Ladder Pass, Tugela Falls & Beacon Buttress Gully

Drakensberg 29 1A circular day hike starting at Sentinal Car Park and up to the Chain Ladder which is one of the easiest passes. The final 30m of the cliff face is ascended by means of a two-section chain ladder.

Once at top you make your way to the Amphitheatre / Tugela Falls for stunning views and the return is down the short and steep Beacon Buttress gully, a fun alternative to the Chain Ladder Route.

 

Location (Degrees)
28°43'38.8"S 28°53'27.2"E
Location (Decimal)
-28.727436, 28.890883
Type of Hike
Day Hike
Hike Grade
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
10.6
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
6.5
Explore
Passes, Waterfalls or Pools, Vistas
Altitude
2,539
Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 10.6 km
Overall distance (imperial) 6.6 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 552 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 2542 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 3094 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 617 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 613 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1811 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 8340 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 10151 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 2024 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 2011 ft

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