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Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge

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Situated between the Royal Natal National Park and Cathedral Peak, and closest to the Amphitheatre Mountain, Ampitheatre Backpackers Lodge is a five-star African lodge offering the great outdoors at backpackers prices.

Crafted from stone and thatch and an eclectic mix of recycled glass, mosaics, interesting sculptures and carvings, the lodge flows from the cosy bar and restaurant to the mountain-jammed panorama outside next to the rock pool.

So swallow in the awesome view whilst you suck on a psychedelic cocktail or stroll down to the river and power yourself on sun-kissed rocks among otters, birdlife and wild flowers.

Dorms are cunningly converted grain silos, campers sleep under paperbark thorn trees and those who prefer peace and privacy can choose private rooms or en suite chalets with their own kitchenettes.

This is an excellent base for the Drakensberg as it offers easy access to different parts of the awe-inspiring world heritage site. Their day trips are brilliant (see next page) and their travel help desk provides great hiking advice and maps.

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Adventure with Amphitheatre Backpackers

• Visit the highest waterfall in Africa (the 2nd highest in the world) on their day trip to the awe-inspiring Amphitheatre Summit and Tugela Falls. This is rated as one of the top 10 hikes in the world!
• Explore Lesotho, home to the highest mountains in Southern Africa - see page XX.
• Get to grips with rock climbing and abseiling. Beginner and experienced climbers welcome.
• Ascend 1 500 meters to the magnificent Cathedral Peak Summit.
• Tailor-made overnight trips in the high Berg are available with experienced guides and all equipment.

But wait! There are more amazing self-guided trails in Royal Natal and Monks Cowl to be had, plus mountain biking, fishing and horse riding… So hey, you’d better plan to stay 5 days.

Do all 4 main trips and save R500.

Features


  • Wi-fi.
  • Skype.
  • DSTV.
  • Laundry.
  • Free jacuzzi, sauna and bouldering cave.
  • Their new restaurant, Coral Tree Café, serves health breakfasts and lunches and a set 3-course meal in the evening. They cater for vegans, vegetarians and, of course, meat eaters.
  • Only Baz Bus stop in the Drakensberg.
  • Shuttles from Harrismith, Bergville and Phutaditjaba.
  • BEE certified.

Location & directions


Cell: 082 855 9767 for reservations

Cell: 076 822 7508 for group bookings and inquiries

Directions: 21km North of Bergville on the R74.

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customer reviews

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25 May 2019

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‘Peaceful’

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Shereen Walker, 'Durban'

15 October 2014


I always stay here when im in the Drakensberg. Great bar area with Jazuzzi, fire place, sauna and pool table. Staff always friendly, great hiking trails. Awesome authentic SA decor on the walls. Great place!!

‘What a pity’

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Carmine , 'Germany'

26 February 2014


We a family of 3 persons stayed 2 nights a few weeks ago. The main reason was that we expected “Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge” to be close to the Amphitheatre mountains and because it is a Bazbus Station. The Amphitheatre Mountain is absolutely great and it was one of the highlights of our SA trip.

The hostel itself is located directly at a main road surrounded by huge farmland. The distance to the Mountains (entrance Royal Natal Park) and the next shop (in Drakensville) is around   20-30 min. by car. The hostel provides a lot of space (probably a former farm) and everything looks to be prepared for big groups (big outdoor kitchen, many BBQ possibilities). The hostel invested a lot to provide a typical African lodge feeling (buildings, decoration). Everything is clean and well maintained. The hostel offers different organized daytrips and shuttle services to the Park. Drinking water is only available in bottles and has to be bought from the hostel. No other shopping possibilities in the hostel. Wi-Fi is only available via expensive satellite connection.

The location of the hostel is ideal for guests with an own car (enough parking places) who plan to go hiking in the mountains while guests arriving with the Bazbus are fully depended on the hostel. We experienced the hostel as a noisy place since the traffic from the road is very loud (echo effect of the mountains). The direct environment is not really inviting for walking or hiking (farmland, fences, bushland). Guests without a car have to consider that a longer stay at the hostel is very expensive since you have to pay for everything.

After a long travel it took us more than one hour to get the key from the Manager. This was mainly due to the fact that it took some time to find our reservation in a “big book” and especially because the Manager insisted to sell the day trips to every new arrival separately.  Our impression was that the Manager is mainly interested in selling the own daytrips. She was not interested at all in our own plans (hiking ourselves in the mountain). The Manager is a very pushy, self-opinionated person without any understanding of how to treat guests. To understand her personality please read all her remarks on Tripadvisor. Most of the other staff is friendly especially a young girl at the reception who was very professional and supportive.

Recommendation for the hostel:
Due their location the hostel should offer at least one transport the day to and from the park free of charge. We are sure that this would attract a lot of hiking guests to stay longer. The hostel should offer drinking water at reasonable prices. Instead of a souvenir shop they should offer some basic food articles for self-catering guests. The Manager should really rethink if she is the right person having personal contacts to guests. In especially she should rethink her behavior to justify constructive criticism getting from guests. Justifications on Tripadvisor or other portals should only be done if they can announce improvements or if a statement is totally wrong or unfair.

We would have loved to stay longer in one of SA nicest areas and would have spent more in the hostel but the behavior of the Manager caused us to leave the hostel early than planned.

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