Midway between Johannesburg and Durban is a piece of land encircled by mountains with two private dams and a river running through it. It is on this idyllic spot that Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge is found. The venue takes its name from a unique part of the Northern Drakensberg that is shaped like an amphitheatre. But is not just the natural beauty that has people talking. The architecture is also fantastic. Unique dwellings are crafted from stone, thatch and wood, with stained glass, mosaics, metal and wooden carvings, surrounded by beautiful indigenous rockeries.
This is one of those places that you plan to stay at for one night and you end up staying a week. There is just so much to do here and then of course there is that spectacular view. From the lawn a picture postcard panorama takes in the entire Northern range from the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak, enticing you to explore it! The Drakensberg is the premier hiking destination in South Africa and the Northern Drakensberg is regarded by many as the most dramatic section of all, with access to the highest country in the world, the biggest indigenous forest in the berg, the largest cosolidation of rock art in the world and the 2nd highest waterfall in the world. The Amphitheatre separates South Africa from Lesotho and it is here that the world famous Tugela Falls has its source, rising at Mont Aux Sources and then plunging down the 1km basalt wall, into Royal Natal National Park.
The emphasis of your stay is on having fun and filling each day with as many experiences as possible. Use the lodge as a base for three or four FULL days. Each day you can experience a new highlight without wasting time on unnecessary travelling.
The rooms are distributed far from one another so despite all the activity you can still find a space all to yourself and actually get to relax. Single travellers will enjoy the chance to meet up with new people and large groups and families will appreciate big well-equipped kitchens and spacious entertaiment areas.
Durban and Johannesburg are just 3 hours drive away making this a perfect midway stop.
The lodge is found on 300 hectares with the Mpande River weaving through it. There are buck, small mammals and a many wild birds. Watch the sunset from our thatched loft lounge room with DSTV and a big screen and HD televisions as well as a book swop and an internet cafe. Some rooms are in converted grain silos, using solar to heat the water. A black pool is made from real Drakensberg rock and there is a barbecue area with a fire pit. The funky bar is a great meeting place for all, with a wonderful range of music, hookah pipes and a jacuzzi in the thick of the action. There is free use of the sauna and bouldering cave and a wicked array of delicious cocktails on offer so prepare yourself!
There is a range of accommodation available at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge from simple camping spaces to private en-suite rooms with their own kitchenettes.We cater for the small or large budget and small or large groups.