Royal Natal National Park

Royal Natal National Park

Tucked away along the border of KwaZulu Natal and the Orange Free State lies the Royal Natal National Park and the adjoining Rugged Glen Nature Reserve. This region is one of the most beautiful sections of the Northern Drakensberg.

The Amphitheatre is an imposing wall of rock 5 km across and towering nearly 1,000 m above the Tendele Valley below. This well-known landmark creates a majestic backdrop to the park.

South of the Amphitheatre lies the Mont-aux-Sources. At 3,282 m it is one one the highest peaks in Southern Africa, and forms the watershed between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. As it's name suggests, Mont-aux-Sources is the source of several major river systems, including the Vaal River, which flows to the west, and Tugela River, that flows eastward into Kwazulu Natal. The Tugela Falls, which is the 2nd highest waterfall on Earth, drops nearly 950 m over a series of 5 spectacular cascades through the Tugela Gorge.

Dozens of beautiful trails await the adventurous hiker, not least of which is the challenging 45 km circular hike to the Sentinel, which climbs up to the top of the Amphitheatre by way of chain ladders - not for the feint-hearted.

There are also a number of horse trails that criss-cross through the less vertical regions of the park. Rides can be arranged at the stables at Rugged Glen. The avid angler will enjoy fishing along the banks of the mountain streams or in the dam that provide excellent trout fishing.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK:
- hiking
- trout fishing
- horse trails
- Amphitheatre
- Rugged Glen
- Mont-aux-Sources
- Thukela River

SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Mammals: mountain reedbuck, grey rhebuck
Fishing: trout

DIRECTIONS TO ROYAL NATAL:
- 50 km west of Bergville

Accommodation Near Royal Natal National Park:
Bergville Accommodation

Accommodation Near Royal Natal National Park

Graded:
Sleeps: 108 in 44 units/rooms
From R 1 200,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mont-aux-Sources

7.6km North of Royal Natal National Park

The Cavern is set in a secluded valley beneath the massive sandstone cliffs of the Northern Drakensberg. The thatch accommodation and facilities blend beautifully with the natural surroundings of the area. The Cavern is home to numerous Bushman paintings,

Sleeps: 38 in 11 units/rooms
From R 320,00
Per unit, per night.

Sungubala Eco Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mont-aux-Sources

8.9km North of Royal Natal National Park

Sungubala is a Mountain Lodge situated in the Northern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal. This unique Lodge of 3 self catering cottages and a Bush Camp, is situated on 500ha of pristine wilderness.

Sleeps: 20 in 6 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Toplodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mont-aux-Sources

9.6km North of Royal Natal National Park

Tucked away high in the Mont-Aux-Sources district of the Northern Drakensberg Mountains, above and between "the Cavern" and "Alpine Heath" resorts

Sleeps: 20 in 7 units/rooms
From R 430,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Tower of Pizza

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mont-aux-Sources

12.7km North East of Royal Natal National Park

All the cottages are individual standing units with en-suite bathrooms. Two thatched cottages with shower and one bedroom (one double bed and two singles) - maximum 4 guests. Two thatched cottages with shower and one bedroom (one double bed and ...

Sleeps: 6
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Ingwe Cabin

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Little Switzerland

14.6km North of Royal Natal National Park

Only one self catering cabin high up in the mountains on an easy 4x4 track. You are assured privacy in an unspoiled part of the berg. Indigenous forests, cape vulture nesting site, fly fishing, crystal clear streams, rock pools, unsurpassed views

From R 1 560,00
Per unit, per night.

Little Switzerland

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Little Switzerland

17.4km North of Royal Natal National Park

For a little bit of heaven in a very special land visit Little Switzerland on the slopes of the mighty Drakensberg. A jewel set in a 2000 hectare private reserve of rolling hills, indigenous forest, mountain streams and breathtaking views.

Seletwane Drakensberg Getaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oliviershoek Pass

19.4km North of Royal Natal National Park

Accommodation is in two comfortable rooms in the cabin which is environmentally friendly. Power and hot water are derived from a solar generating system and cooking is on clean gas stoves. There are lovely outside lapa's for braai's, one at the ...

From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Dumbe No. 1

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oliviershoek Pass

19.9km North of Royal Natal National Park

The living and dining area leading out onto the sundeck offers breathtaking views on the whole valley. The kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery and crockery with a scullery, gas stove and gas fridge. The bath room is equipped with a gas geyser. ...

From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Dumbe No. 2, 3, 4 and 5

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oliviershoek Pass

19.9km North of Royal Natal National Park

Dumbe- where the Voortrekkers entered Natal on their trek to the Drakensberg - an escarpment of history. This stone and thatch 2-sleeper lodge offers accommodation with breathtaking views of times gone by. (One double bed.) Eskom Power is provided...

Sleeps: 249 in 18 units/rooms
From R 560,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bergville

24.8km North East of Royal Natal National Park

The Guesthouse, with its numerous lounges and fireplaces, is comfortably furnished and has an elegant, old-fashioned feel, while maintaining that rustic farm house charm. The guesthouse has tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms.