Accommodation in Royal Natal National Park KZN Parks

National Park/Reserve - Self Catering
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Royal Natal KZN Wildlife

Royal Natal boasts some of the most splendid mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately 5 kilometres in length, and 500m high. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where, as its name implies, the Orange River starts its long journey to the Atlantic Ocean. It is here where the Thukela River cascades down the face of the amphitheatre, in one of the highest waterfalls in the world, on its way to the Indian Ocean.

Thendele Camp - Royal Natal

Thendele hutted camp is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in the country, with a view of the world famous amphitheatre from every chalet. The camp nestles below the brooding sandstone cliffs of Dooley among yellowwood forests and protea savannah where visitors can often hear the rumble of boulders in the Thukela River below after a fierce summer thunderstorm.

This beautiful camp has the distinction of being the closest of the KZN Wildlife Berg camps to the main Drakensberg escarpment. Dominated by the amphitheatre which changes mood with weather and season, often covered in snow in winter or with up to eighteen waterfalls cascading down the vertical cliffs after a storm, Thendele is a very special place to visit and is KZN Wildlife's most popular camp.

Home to the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeyer) and Black Eagle who often disport themselves for visitors in the thermals that rise above the Mont aux Sources plateau, the surrounding valleys and ridges offer superb walks through an ever changing landscape with many upland birds and flowers.

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Thendele Camp - Royal Natal
The camp, which is split into upper and lower sections, consists of 26 comfortable self-contained chalets that accommodate either two or four people each. There are also two delightful 6 bed cottages and the luxurious Thendele Lodge with 3 en-suite bedrooms and other facilities in keeping with 5-star accommodation in its own special space well away from the main camp.

The cottages and the lodge each have their own cook who will prepare delicious meals from the provisions supplied by the visitors. The camp shop has a wide range of curios and sells basic groceries and supplies for visitors convenience.

CAMPING: Royal Natal has two popular camping grounds which are served by the main Reception Centre which includes a large well stocked curio shop which also sells provisions and alcoholic beverages.

Royal Natal National Park boasts some of the most splendid mountain scenery in Africa. The world renowned Amphitheatre, a rock wall strung between the spectacular Eastern Buttress and Sentinel peaks. Horseback trails are available at Rugged Glen with a variety of short trails available through the mountains where riders can enjoy unique close up sightings of mountain wildlife. Mahai is a beautifully situated campsite featuring 120 large campsites nestled along the Mahai River with magnificent mountains forming the backdrop. Half the sites have electric plug points and barbecue stands, and the non-electrified section share barbecue facilities.All sites have shared coldwater taps. Mahai campsite is serviced by five, modern ablution blocks with hot baths and showers, flush toilets, laundry machines and dishwashing facilities. The more secluded Rugged Glen campsite features twenty campsites with shared coldwater taps.Ten of these campsites feature electrical plug points. The ablutions have hot baths and showers, flush toilets and dishwashing facilities. There are no laundry facilities at Rugged Glen.


Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:
Accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14%VAT.

Rates Exclude:
Optional extras and excursions


Extra information

Gate Opening and Closing Times: 
Summer (October to March) 05:00 to 22:00
Winter (April to September) 06:00 to 22:00

Office Hours: The office is open from 08:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 16:30

Distance and Time from Gate to Camp:  3km to Mahai campsite and 6km to Thendele camp

Check Out Time: 10:00  Check In Time: 14:00

Shop: The shop is well stocked with curios and supplies.

Special Precautions: The weather is subject to change at short notice and hikers should be well equipped and fill in their details in the Mountain Rescue Register.

Facilities for people with disabilities: Limited

The nearest towns are Bergville and Harrismith, both 45km away, which has a full range of services.

NO Pets are allowed in the reserve.

For your own safety, hikers must complete the mountain rescue register before and after their hike.