Photo taken 19 April 2006 from the Tendele Chalets in Tugela Valley below the Amphitheatre Wall in view. Mont-aux-Sources is a high point in Northern Drakensberg or Ukhahlamba to give its now official and Zulu name, just a short distance beyond the wall on the left. The Tugela Falls drop nearly 3000 ft off this precipice. The high point on right is the Sentinel. This mountain was the backdrop during filming in 1963 of the movie ZULU starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker.
Mont Aux Sources - 27 July 2002. 1st Morningside Scouts - Top of the uppermost set of chain ladders, approx 75m below summit (?). Middle of picture is Alastair Robert Gilmore who, at age10y 62 days, may be the youngest person to do this hike unassisted. Other names unknown. Track from here leads to the top of the Amphitheatre for a view of the Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world It falls about 3000m in 5 seperate cascades with staggering views.
We pitched camp at the top of the waterfall - a little disappointing as it was foggy and the river was only an iced up stream trickling over the edge at this point. The two precarious chain ladders are the most "interesting" part of the hike, being fairly treacherous. The second one (on the way up) is easier. The first, however, is much longer and at one point curves over a rocky outcrop so that you are hanging out over a drop of what seems to be hundreds of metres, but is probably less. Either way, it's high enough!
Access is via the Basutho Gate & the Chain Ladders. The hike (about 10hrs)starts from the Mahai Camp site and follows the Mahai River Valley and passes the WITSIESHOEK Mountain Resort. There is a road to the SENTINEL carpark which will shorten the hike by about 5 hrs via a 100KM drive.
The top is flat but the exposure (especially in the windy conditions) is rather scary - hence our position when admiring the views haha
That peak in the background is Thabana Ntlenyana (the highest in Drakensberg)