The Lion

TIME: 3 hours.
DISTANCE: 6 km return.
TERRAIN: Undulating with steep sections.

This walk is outside the RNNP and not signposted. The starting point is The Gorge car park. Cross the Tugela River and join the path going round to the right of the ridge. This path zigzags through the proteas until reaching an outpost. Continue up the fence line until reaching the sandstone cliffs. Cross the fence and you will note a large cave. To the left of the cave is a steep grassy gully that brings you onto the ridge. There are remarkable views of the Amphitheatre, Tugela Falls and Sentinel. From here there is a steady climb upwards to the foot of the Eastern Buttress. Further progress is not recommended. Return the same way.

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