Royal Natal National Park
Travel to Royal Natal National Park – The Roof of South Africa
Royal Natal National Park constitutes the towering green-clad Drakensberg mountains offering picturesque views overlooking the amazing Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg. Vertical rockwalls, roaring waterfalls, grass-covered mountain slopes, savannahs and roaring torrents present a unique natural landscape. Visitors to the park will certainly have a thrilling and memorable experience.
The Royal Natal National Park is located in the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal, covering an area of 8,094 hectares and incorporating the lofty Drakensberg mountains, the famous Amphitheatre, and the extraordinary Tugela Falls.
Because of the different climate zones, great differences in altitude and a copious supply of water, one finds in the Royal Natal National Park an extreme diversity of plants. So far, more than 2,000 species have been recorded in the park.
The main feature of Royal Natal is the Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5 kilometre in length and approximately 1000 metres in height between the Sentinel (3,165 metres) and Eastern Buttress (3,047 metres), with a number of domes rising from its relatively flat summit plateau. Also here you can see one of the highest waterfalls in the world from where the Thukela river cascades down the Amphitheatre, an impressive and beautiful natural feature.
Hiking, mountain climbing, walking, birdwatching and picnics are some of the activities you will enjoy while visiting the park. There are also stables at Rugged Glen so that you can ride into the mountains which allows you to get closer to the wildlife as they have less fear of horses. Also trout fishing at Royal Natal is available in the two dams in the park and in the Mahai and Thukela rivers.
One of the most popular ways to relax at the Royal Natal National Park is to swim in the beautiful and crystal clear mountain streams. Or you can stay at one of the accommodation options in the park which range from luxury hotels to self catering chalets, this provides you with the unforgettable opportunity of staying within the park amidst spectacular mountainous surroundings.
Get around by foot or horseback for an unforgettable experience and the chance to get closer to nature than you would in a car.
- Horse ride through the mountains to get up close to the wildlife.
- Swim in gorgeous crystal clear mountain streams.
- See the world famous Amphitheatre and one of the highest waterfalls in the world.