The Amphitheatre is one of the geographical features of the Northern Drakensberg and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth. It is over 5km in length and has cliff faces rising approximately 1220m along its face.
This majestic range has iconic photographic features such as the well-known Tooth and Tugela falls.
The PLAYGROUND of GIANTS
This series explores the breath-taking Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa. Kyle Goetsch visits these mountains at least once a year and is constantly updating this series with new content so keep an eye out for new works.
On top of the WORLD
The hike to the top of the Amphitheatre is the easiest route up the Drakensberg escarpment, due to a rough 4x4 tracking you high up into the mountains, as well as a chain ladder, allowing you to ascend quickly into the mountains. Once on top of the escarpment you truly feel like you are on top of the world, as you stand next to the edge of the tallest waterfall in the world, Tugela falls.
Due to the vastness of the landscape it is highly recommended that you spend several days camping in the area to best take advantage of all the photographic opportunities on offer.
"One of my favourite locations in South Africa as a landscape photographer. The views and potential of this mountain range are immense. I always forget how tough the hiking can be and vow every trip to train harder for the next one."
- Kyle Goetsch
The Drakensberg weather is constantly shifting, with golden light illuminating the peaks, to intense rain storms and cloud inversions. The colour palette also completely changes from winter to summer, with brown tones dominating the winter months to lush green and golds in the wet summer season.
LAYERS of light
The light catches the early morning haze between the peaks of the lower escarpments