Today, we wanted to get a bit closer to the Drakensberg, in particular the magnificent Amphitheatre. We entered the Royal Natal National Park and followed the Tugela Gorge hiking path.
As expected, it was completely different compared to yesterday’s trails, which were pretty much 100% rideable.
Today, it was like in some of my previous trips to the Alps where you push or carry your muni all the way up and then are happy if you can ride maybe 50% of the downhill – hike’n’muni
at its best!
The narrow trail followed the Tugela river and led us into a steep canyon. After climbing up a chain ladder, we had a brief view of the Amphitheatre before it was shrouded in clouds.
Downhill time! Some really nice lines there, some of which you can see in the video below. Logs every 5-10 meters against erosion made it a very exhausting descent, too.
One national park was not enough, so we drove to the Golden Gate Highlands national park. The light of the sunset made the stunning rock formations even more appealing.
Finally, we arrived in Clarens, where we had delicious Pot Pie to refill our batteries.