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One of the ten best hikes in the world for a reason

I once read that this is one of the ten best hikes in the world. Agreed! Admittedly this was my 4th... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2018
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Bring your (older) children

The trek to the plateau using the chain ladder route is both exhillarating and a little bit scary... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Aarhus, Denmark
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Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

I once read that this is one of the ten best hikes in the world. Agreed! Admittedly this was my 4th time up. The previous times, it terrified me so much that I either couldn’t complete it or wanted to get back down as soon...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The trek to the plateau using the chain ladder route is both exhillarating and a little bit scary. We walked up the ravine and down the chain ladder, and our children of 12 and 14 did well - proud of them - but I was...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

I'm scarred of heights. Just look forward and keep stepping and it's fine. Very safe you just need to control your fear, no one let's go and don't get drunk. Coming down is harder but take the same tactic and repeat I am 2 rungs...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Emily H
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Not for the faint hearted. Ensure that the weather is checked well in advance as the time of year for climbing can be severely dented by mist, rain and severe afternoon thunderstorms but definitely something to do on the bucket list.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jon F
Reviewed 22 January 2018

The walk to the chain ladders is fairly strenuous and certain areas are a little treacherous but there are invariably ways around these sections. The climb is definitely worth it. One of South Africa's Jewels. Guides are available if help is needed.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Tony K
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

This chain ladder was quite the challenge but so worth the effort! The scenery at the top is breathtakingly beautiful. A lot of families with small kids also used the ladder although I will not recommend it😕Overnight on the mountain is must☺

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank altaa2016
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

The chain ladder represents a quick way to reach the plateau. It deserves some respect but is in fact very safe and robust.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank ensam971
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Amphitheatre Chain Ladder hike was in my top to do list the moment we were began to plan our trip to South Africa. We stayed @ Witsieshoek Lodge the previous night and started our hike in the morning. It was a clear day and perfect...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Sonielsony
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We did the hike from the Sentinel car park, up the gully and then across to Tugela falls and finally down the chain ladders. I definitely recommend this route as it is a nice loop so that you don't have to come up and down...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gabrielle_Pitman
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

This is a part of the hiking trail. You can take another route, but you do have to find it. We were advised not to take to other route, because of snow.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Response from Jon F | Reviewed this property |
You will need to take your own equipment. We left the lodge around 9am and returned around 3pm after hiking to the falls.