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Royal Natal National Park - Drakensberg & Surroundings, KwaZulu Natal  © Ben Haeringer, Copyright

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

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Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa
Sleeps 108 in 44 units
From R 1600
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 5 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mont-aux-Sources

0km from Mont-aux-Sources

7.6 Km from 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,

Sungubala Eco Camp
Sleeps 38 in 11 units
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Sungubala Eco Camp

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

0km from Mont-aux-Sources

8.9 Km from 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.

Tower of Pizza
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 20 in 7 units
From R 520
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Tower of Pizza

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mont-aux-Sources

0km from Mont-aux-Sources

12.7 Km from 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 ...

Ingwe Cabin
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Ingwe Cabin

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Little Switzerland

0km from Little Switzerland

14.6 Km from 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

Little Switzerland
Guest Rating: 9.4
Sleeps 22 in 9 units
From R 1730
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Little Switzerland

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Little Switzerland

0km from Little Switzerland

17.4 Km from Royal Natal National Park

Little Switzerland really is something special, from the beautifully manicured grounds, to the main building with authentic thatched roofing and local wood framings and furnishings, each with stories of their own.

Seletwane Drakensberg Getaway
Guest Rating: 9.6
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 600
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Seletwane Drakensberg Getaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oliviershoek Pass

0km from Northern Drakensberg

19.4 Km from 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 ...

Farm Yard Self Catering Guest House
Guest Rating: 9

Farm Yard Self Catering Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Harrismith

0km from Harrismith

33.5 Km from Royal Natal National Park

Come and experience the tranquil atmosphere of the Eastern Free State on the Farm with its superb Sandstone house. A real farming experience.

Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 5000
Per site, per night
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Butha-Buthe Test Page

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Butha Buthe

0km from Butha Buthe

40.7 Km from Royal Natal National Park

Butha-Buthe Test Page offers no-existent self catering accommodation in Butha-Butha in the mountainous region of Butha-Butha in Lesotho. This experimental self catering accommodation caters for up to 200000 people as long as they very very small. This is

The Loft Room @ Craigrossie
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 2 in 1 unit
From R 380
Per person, per night sharing
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The Loft Room @ Craigrossie

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

0km from Clarens

48.7 Km from Royal Natal National Park

The Loft Room @ Craigrossie is a newly renovated space for two people on Craigrossie Game Farm, 8 km outside of Clarens en route to Golden Gate.

Sediba Lodge
Guest Rating: 10
From R 550
Per person, per night sharing
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Sediba Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

0km from Clarens

51.5 Km from Royal Natal National Park

The Lodges are spacious, well appointed, fully serviced and offer home from home comfort. The view from all the windows and doors is stunning and both Lodges are within a few metres of a well stocked trout dam. The 'Rooiberge' mountain range and ...

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