For this post, I thought I would share some of my favourite spots to capture the famous Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre wall that stretches for around 5km makes a huge impact and is also home to Sentinel Peak (highest peak in the Northern Drakensberg) and the Tugela Falls (Second highest waterfall in the world).
A few days ago I posted a photo of the Amphitheatre to my Instagram account, the image was taken from the Tugela river that runs through Royal Natal National Park and getting to that location is pretty easy. Yes, the image is a bit of a cliche, but I know that the next time I spend a night in Royal Natal I would most likely end up giving the same shot another go. If you have never been there you would be pleasantly surprised by how big everything is.
Royal Natal is also a really nice place to camp and do day hikes. If you want to explore the Drakensberg area, I would say this is a pretty cool spot to start doing it.
My personal favourite spot to photograph the Amphitheatre from is a short 5 min walk away from your room at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge. On a clear morning, you can make out Cathedral Peak. The sun rises to your left and you have a beautiful panoramic view of the northern Berg in front of you with the soft sunrise lighting.
A bumpy 15 min drive from the lodge is the Sentinel car park. This is where one sets off to summit the mountain. A beautiful day hike. The car park is roughly 300 meters (unless I don’t know how to use Google Earth) above Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge but the view is nothing short of spectacular. One of the things that I love the most is the unpredictable weather. It makes for some really dramatic shots and constantly reminds you that you are in the hands of mother nature.
I offer photography tours to all of these locations. Please click on the workshop link in the main menu. If you missed my short tutorial on using multiple exposures you can go and read it here.
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