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   Seven years ago the  AMPHITHEATRE BACKPACKERS  
"New Year's Jol" began to attract more and more people from far and wide and the beast of a party asked to be named.
The uKhahlamba Drakensberg - DRAGON MOUNTAIN - which stretches across the panoramic view of the festival grounds helped to inspire the name. 
The 150 km length of basalt runs like a reptilian spine, separating the  Kingdom of Lesotho from South Africa.  

In winter the berg is brushed with a dusting of snow often foiling climber’s attempts to summit its peaks. At night local communities and hikers use fire for warmth and cooking, in the mornings mists rise to become the dragon’s smoke. Local folklore speaks of a Water Dragon that lives in Woodstock Dam, All hail Smoking Dragon!


An end of year celebration unlike any other! 

Hosted by AMPHITHEATRE BACKPACKERS LODGE 
​Situated at the foothills of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world and home to the highest waterfall in Africa. The Northern Drakensberg comes alive with a musical display 

A glorious Amphitheatre is the festival's centrepiece. 

enjoy unbelievable music, non-stop adventure and a beautiful crowd of like-minded music-lovers.​​​

Fantastic activities are available in and around the festival area.
SMOKING DRAGON warmly welcomes all South Africans (and our many foreign travellers) to join us.