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Thukela Gorge Trail is a 7.7 mile out and back trail located near Bonjaneni, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 1,804 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking River Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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This trail takes you to one of the greatest wonders of Drakensberg Park, the Amphitheater, which is a rock cliff three times larger than El Capitan in Yosemite.

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Bilal Randeree
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Awesome hike - brings back memories of doing this hike as a kid.

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Jane Kratz
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Long hike but well worth it.

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Asaël Suprin
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Trevor Hodge
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One of the most rewarding hikes that includes Boulder hoping and if you are brave enough to have a dip in a pothole pool of clear cool waters...

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laure seror
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c' est la randonnée des gorges. possibilité de se baigner à la fin !

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Jakob Lüker
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THIS IS THE GORGE HIKE. Some reviews have this hike confused with the sentinel hike, leading to the top of tugela falls. This hike leads you almost (!) to the bottom of tugela falls. But I don't think it's possible to get there. To get to the start, enter "Thendele Camp" into Google maps. Waze also knows the "gorge car park" which is where you need to go. You have to pay a conservation fee of about 120 ZAR at the gate and a tip for the guard at the car park is expected. The Natal Visitor Centre is unknown to Google maps but Waze will know it. It's on the way to the car park and they have maps and food/drinks if you need them. Great hike with exposure for about 50% of the way. Keep going after this recordings ends. It's well worth it to see the actual Gorge. It has rock pools to swim/dip in. Depending on rainfall/season you will get wet feet when entering the gorge but should be fine on the way there.

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Antoine Josnin
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Beautiful landscapes, we went a little further than the original record. At the end you can go in the river and there is two small trails. Had to remove our shoes to cross the river (end of April)

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John Pao
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Thoroughly enjoyed this trail last month. It was our last stop in South Africa and well worth the effort getting there. It is not a difficult trail -- quite shorter than the 8 miles stated -- and you do need a good head for exposure while on the ladders. I recommend bringing scree gloves that provide some degree of grip on the metal rungs. There's a gully option you can choose in lieu of the ladders. To me it looked much more difficult. Our guide said it can quickly turn dangerous during a rain. We went during the dry season and we expected Tugela Falls to be be dry. However, anyone wishing to see the falls should remember it is seasonal!

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Nhlanhla Nyide
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Amazing views all round, slept at the top for a night and it was incredible. Mornings are to die for when the clouds come in.

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Greg O'Connor
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This is a great day hike to do from Thendele. Well marked and not steep. The first few miles is typical Berg hiking up the valley, through open country and a few forests. The hike should really be called the Gorge hike (as its marked in the reserve’s signs), and hiking up the gorge at the end is a must. You pass through the steep-sided gorge, with spectacular views up to Amphitheatre, and can swim in the pools carved in the rock. Watch out of flash floods and speak to the rangers before hiking up the gorge though.

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Monyathuhi Mokgantsho
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We summited the Mount Aux Sources on the 28 January 2018. Its breathtaking to walk until the Ampithetre and the view from the Top its amazing.

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Nicholas Baxter
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Great walk gives you a good feel for the area

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Tammy Venter
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Mirilene Swanepoel
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Khanya Mnyanda
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Gerhard Scheepers
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Brett Weir
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Pierre Dep's
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Louis Painchaud
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Renier Janse Van Rensburg
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Valentin Rupli
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Gottfried Schiele
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Anton Krone
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Jiri Wldhsr
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Brandon Roux
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