- Cathedral Peak
- Van Reenen
- Monks Cowl
- Champagne Valley
- Giants Castle
- Mooi River
- Sani Pass
- Bushmans Nek
- Drakensberg Gardens
- Nottingham Road
- Currys Post
- Lions River
- Fort Nottingham
- Bushman Rock
- Hiking Trails
- Hot air
- Horse trails
- Helicopter & Microlight
- Arts & Crafts
- Canopy Tours
- Midlands Meander
- Fly Fishing
- Game Viewing
- White Water rafting
- 4x4 Offroad trails
- Battlefield Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Bicycle tours
- Wellness & Spas
Royal Natal National Park - Northern
Royal Natal National Park is renowned for its spectacular scenery and fabulous
mountain trails which explore the heart of this KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve
in South Africa.
Royal Natal National Park is a leading KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve that
offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains and waterfalls in a prime
location within the uKhahlamba
Drakensberg Park. Royal Natal is situated in the Northern Drakensberg.
Royal Natal National Park offers many trails to explore on foot
and on horseback. Walkers
and hikers can enjoy short journeys which take about an hour, or longer excursions
over a half or full day. The Mont-aux-Sources hike takes two days to complete.
The main feature of Royal Natal National Park is
the world famous Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall 5km
(3 miles) long and 500 metres (546 yards) high. Standing above the rock face
is Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange River starts its incredible journey
west across South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean.The Tugela Falls cascades down
the face of the Amphitheatre, forming one of the highest waterfalls in the
world as it travels east to the Indian Ocean.
Royal Natal National Park attractions
- Tugela Falls
- The top of the Drakensberg Escarpment
- All Out Adventures for Flying / trapeze / Foofy slide
/ Bungee Bounce and the Gorge Swing (036 4386242).
- DIDIMA Rock Art Centre
- Cape Vulture restaurant
- Bushman Rock Art It takes about 30-40 minutes to walk up to the Bushman
paintings in Sigubudu Valley, a round trip of an hour or a little over
without counting the time taken to look at the paintings (6km). Royal Natal
has trained people from the local village who act as guides and can explain
the origin of the paintings and also point out some fossils embedded in
the rock. There are paintings of eland, and many people, as well as hand
prints - all very interesting, and reasonably well preserved.
Royal Natal National Park hiking trails
Amphitheatre to Cathedral
4 to 5 days (62kms) The route passes parts of the Drakensberg including
the Amphitheatre, Mbundini, Mnweni and The Rockeries, The Saddle and
The Cathedral range.
Devil's Hoek Valley
A fairly easy hike of 1hr(3km) The path gets progressively steeper and
the views more spectacular. Royal Natal National Park. The route takes
you from the Tugela River Carpark along the the Tugela Valley and then
up the Devil's Hoek tributary
Mckinley's Pool, Gudu Falls, The Grotto
Moderate distances, the route is well marked and fairly easy to hike
and explore. There are many clear rock pools where you could enjoy a
swim. Royal Natal National Park, numerous trails leading off from the
Mahai Campsite up the river valley to Mckinley's Pool.
Mont-Aux-Sources via Basutho Gate and The Chain Ladder
10hrs (20kms) The hike starts from the Mahai River Campsite, follows
the Mahai River Valley, passes the Witsieshoek Mountain Resort, to the
Sentinel carpark and up the Chain Ladder to the escarpment.
Otto's Walk & Bushman Paintings
An easy walk of 1hr (2kms) The path leads up the Sigubudu Valley to some
fine examples San rock paintings. Royal Natal National Park, begin at
the visitor's centre and takes you along the Tugela River and continues
towards the park gate.
Rugged Glen to Mahai
5-6hrs (14kms) Rugged Glen is a nature reserve connected by road to the
Sigubudu Ridge and Valley
A moderate hike of 4-5 hrs (12km) The path takes you through Protea Veld,
past Sunday Falls to Fairy Glen. Royal Natal National Park. This is a
round trip from Mahai Campsite via Sigubudu Valley.
A moderate hike of + 2 hrs (7km) The route goes through alternative stretches
of protea veld and forest, and the scenery beyond the gorge is rivaled
only by the view from the top of the Tugela Falls.
A fairly easy hike of 1hr. 45mins (4.3km) A rare species of protea, known
as protea nubigena has been found here. Royal Natal National Park. Follow
the same route as for Devil's Hoek Valley, but 1 km after turning right
at the junction leading up to Devil's Hoek, the Vemaan Path leads off
to the left over the Devil's Hoek River.
Restaurants and Coffee Sops near to Royal Natal
- Coyote Café
- Tower of Pizza
- Catapillar Catfish Cookhouse
- Little Switzerland
Accommodation in Royal Natal National Park
The Royal Natal National Park offers accommodation
at Thendele Lodge and cottage or chalets at Thendele Camp. Camping
and caravanning can be enjoyed at two popular sites, one has a riverside
setting and the other has stables for horse riding activities. From horse
back, visitors can cover plenty of ground and travel into the mountains
for stirring views and sightings of resident wildlife. Another popular
activity at Royal Natal National park in is hiking in the
Northern Drakensberg Mountains.
How To Get to Royal Natal National Park
From the north, turn off just south
of Ladysmith and follow the Bergville road for 55km. The road from Bergville
is clearly signposted, and the park is 46km further along the Bergville/Harrismith
road. From the south, turn off the main national road (N3) at the Winterton/Berg
Resorts turn-off, and pass through Winterton and Bergville. Turn left at
the Drakensberg North signboard. It is approximately 16km from there to the
Royal Natal National Park entrance gate. Both these routes are tarred. The
park is also accessible from Harrismith (72km) via the Oliviershoek Pass.
From Harrismith take the Bethlehem Road for 6km, and turn onto the Witsieshoek
/ QwaQwa road. Follow the signs to Oliviershoek Pass, Royal Natal National
Park and Bergville. The road is tarred all the way.