Royal Natal Nature Reserve | Camping | Mountain Hiking | Bird Watching | Trout Fishing | Cave Dwelling

Injisuthi to Royal Natal

Distance about 147 km.

We were truly sorry we had to leave Injisuthi. It is a real good camp and the atmosphere was also good. We will someday come back to Injisuthi.

Using the smaller roads in the Drakensberg area, one gets the feeling that you never really leave the mountains. This makes driving there part of the fun of visiting the 'Berg". One crosses rivers and roads and drive through and near small villages, which keeps one's attention and adds to the magic of the place..

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Posted on 6 March 2008 by Linx



Linx Trip Reports: From Pretoria to Bald Ibis | Highmoor | Injisuthi | Royal Natal | Biddulphsberg | Back to Drakensberg

Injisuthi to Royal Natal

Royal Natal has some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Africa. The world famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately five km in length, and 500m high dominates the views. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where both the Gariep and the Thukela rivers start their respective journeys to the oceans. The Thukela river cascades down the face of the amphitheatre in the fourth highest waterfall in the world.

Accommodation The award-winning Thendele camp is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in the country, with views of the Amphitheatre from every bungalow. Camping is available at Mahai Campground, catering for 400 campers and caravanners, and at Rugged Glen Campground which accommodates 45 visitors.

Activities The most popular activity at Royal Natal is undoubtedly hiking. A comprehensive hiking guide is for sale at the Visitor Centre, at Thendele camp office and at the main entrance gate. The network of hiking paths which visit every part of the park from the gentle walk to Fairy Glen to the challenging hike up the Crack and down the Mudslide.Trout fishing at Royal Natal is available in a dam in the park and in the Mahai and Thukela rivers, and picnicking and swimming in the clear mountain streams are popular pastimes. The stables at Rugged Glen provide opportunities to ride into the mountains for unique views and sightings of mountain reedbuck and grey rhebuck that seem to have no fear of people on horse back.

Read our first hand experience of the reserve at the top left corner of this page.

Reservations: - Tel: 033 8451000 or e-mail or