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Amphitheatre - Drakensberg - South Africa | by Leoa's  Photography
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Amphitheatre - Drakensberg - South Africa

The Amphitheatre is one of the geographical features of the Northern Drakensberg, South Africa, and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth. The cliff face of the Amphitheatre is roughly three times the size of the total combined area of all the cliff faces in Yosemite's famous El Capitan, and more than 10 times the size of El Capitan's most famous (South Western) face. It is part of the Royal Natal National Park.

The Amphitheatre is over 5 km (3.107 mi) in length and has precipitous cliffs rising approximately 1220 m (4000 ft) along its entire length [1]. The bottom of the valley floor, from where many photographs of the mountain structure are taken, is over 1830 m (6000 ft) below the highest point of the amphitheatre (the summit being over 3050 m (10000 ft) above sea level - with Mont Aux Sources just over 3254 m (10678 ft) above sea level). The Tugela Falls, the world's second tallest falls, plunge over 948 m (3110 ft) [1] from the Amphitheatre's cliff tops.



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Taken on August 29, 2011