Royal Natal National Park
Royal Natal National Park has some of the best mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheater, a rock wall approximately that is approximately five km in length and approximately 500m high. On top of the amphitheater is the Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange river begins its long journey to the Atlantic ocean and Tugela river cascades down the face of the amphitheater, in the second highest waterfall in the world, on its way to the Indian ocean.
Hiking is by far the most popular activity at Royal Natal National Park. Comprehensive hiking guides are available for purchase at the Visitor Centre, Thendele camp office and at the main entrance gate. The brochure shows a map of the park and the network of hiking trails which visit every part of the park from the leisurely walk to Fairy Glen to the challenging hike up the Crack and down the Mudslide.
Trout fishing at Royal Natal National Park can be done in a dam in the park and in the Mahai and Thukela rivers. Picnicking and swimming in the fresh mountain streams are a popular summer pastime.
The award-winning Thendele camp is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in South Africa, with views of the Amphitheater from every chalet.
Horse riding is another popular activity at the Royal Natal National Park and the stables are situated at Rugged Glen which is a short drive from the main entrance gate to the Royal Natal National Park.
Thendele camp is situated in one of the most stunning settings in South Africa and all chalets have a view of the world famous amphitheater.
The camp is situated below the sandstone cliffs of Dooley among yellow-wood forests and protea savannah. Visitors can often hear the rumble of boulders in the Tugela river below after a summer thunderstorm.
Thendele Camp is the closest camp to the main Drakensberg escarpment. Thendele Camp is dominated by the amphitheater which changes its mood with weather and season. Often covered in snow in winter with up to eighteen waterfalls cascading down the vertical cliffs after a storm, Thendele is a very special place to visit.
Thendele Camp is split into an upper and lower section, comprising of 26 self-catering chalets.
The following types of self-catering chalets are available at Thendele Camp
2 Bed Self Catering Chalets with kitchen
4 Bed Self Catering Chalets with kitchen
2 X 6 Bed Self Catering Chalets with kitchen
1 x 6 Self Catering luxurious Thendele Lodge
All chalets have satellite TV.
Thendele Camp has a well-stocked shop that has curios, basic groceries, and supplies.
Policies of Thendele Royal Natal National Park
Amenities of Thendele Royal Natal National Park
- Bird Watching
- Conservation area
- Free Parking
- Hiking-Self Guided
- Mountain views
- Pets not allowed
- Walks self guided
- WiFi (limited)
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Thendele - Frequently Asked Questions
Room keys can be found outside reception on the guest notice board which will reflect your family name and room number.
Only the 6-bed lodge has the services of a personal chef. This means that all 6, 4 and 2-bed chalets are self-catered and guests must prepare their own food. Fortunately, there is a number of decent restaurants outside the park for those who wish to not cook their own meals.
Approximately a 90-minute drive from Thendele. R 30.00 per person (subject to change)entrance fee and a 45-minute walk from Sentinel Car Park to the Chain Ladder.
All chalets have fully equipped kitchens and all linen. bedding and towels are provided.
No, but there are a number of fine restaurants outside the park and as you have 24 access it is no problem to have a dinner and arrive back at camp whatever time you wish.
No. Guests are welcome to swim in the rock pools which can be found in the nearby streams and river.
Thendele is situated on a slope and the Upper Camp is above the Lower Camp
Both camps have breathtaking views.
Because they are more spacious and have more modern architecture and interiors.
Not great as you are surrounded by mountains. The best signal will be at the reception.
The nearest towns are Bergville and Harrismith. Bergville is 45 km from the resort.
No, Pets are not permitted in the reserve.
No, as there is no guarantee that you will arrive.
Thendele is a parastatal (partly funded by the state) and all accommodation is exempt from VAT.
No, guests must either buy firewood from the gift shop or en-route to Didima Camp.
No, guests need to supply their own coffee, sugar, milk, and tea.
No, if guests require double beds, they need to request a double bed when making their online reservation.
Room numbers can be requested, but not guaranteed.
The entrance gate is open 24 hours 365 days per year of guests staying at Thendele.
An early check-in is only possible if housekeeping has finished cleaning your room by the time you arrive.
The signal is poor and is best at the reception desk area.
No, Thendele does its best to offer uninterrupted views.
No, guests will have to arrange their own transport.
08h00 - 16h30 (daily)
Things to Do
Royal Natal National Park Hikes
SHORT WALKS Starting from the main campground or the picnic site: I. Cascades and McKinlay’s Pool: Take the campsite road to the casual car park.(Only vehicles of campsite residents are allowed beyond this point). Walk along the road past the campsite. Fifteen minutes’ walk brings you to the Queen’s Causeway and the Cascades. From thereMORE