Activities,  South Africa

Tugela Falls: guide to the most beautiful hike in South Africa

Climb up Tugela Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in the world, located in Royal Natal National Park. This hike, which for us is the most epic in South Africa, is a must if you visit the Drakensbergs. It is part of the plateau of the Amphitheater which in itself is grand.

What you need to know for the hike from Tugela Falls to the Drakensberg in South Africa

At the top of Tugela Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in the world located in the Royal Natal National Park of the Drakensberg range in South Africa.

Enter the Royal Natal National Park to reach the top of the fall of Tugela Falls. The hike starts at the Sentinel Peak car park, 2h / 2h30 drive from Mont aux sources and lasts between 4 and 5h for moderate difficulty. It is THE most beautiful hike in South Africa and we have never been so impressed by a cliff in our life. The lodge tried to convince us to take a guide because apparently the hike is dangerous when we do not know. Don't be fooled as we can confirm that the trail is well marked and safe. You just need to plan a K-way and water because the weather can change very quickly in the Drakensberg. If you are not convinced, take a guide! It would be silly to miss the 2nd highest waterfall in the world (947m high).

The river leading to Tugela Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in the world located in the Royal Natal National Park of the Drakensberg range in South Africa.

Once at the top, the gigantic plateau of the Amphitheater stretches endlessly and the view is incredible. Under your feet, the water flows into almost 1km of vacuum and you are perched at an altitude of 3121m. The effort is worth it just to see it with your own eyes ... To come back down, make a loop and take the ladders. If you are afraid of heights, do not worry: there is an almost parallel path that avoids them.

Information on other hikes in Royal Natal Park in South Africa

Explore the many hikes in Royal Natal Park in the Drakensberg in South Africa

If 4 hours of walking seems too long (think twice because it's really worth the detour), you can always do one of the many other routes offered at the entrance of the Royal Natal National Park. There is something for all levels, one of which, almost flat, brings you to the foot of the Tugela Falls waterfall. This national park is known to have the best hikes in South Africa. Do not deprive yourself of it!

Stay in a beautiful B&B at Mont aux Sources near Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg

Stay in a lovely B&B farmhouse at Mont aux Sources near Tugela Falls in the Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa

The closest accommodations to the Royal Natal National Park are in the Mont aux Sources Valley in South Africa. We advise you to sleep at Dalmore Farm Guest House, a very nice, inexpensive B&B with a pool to relax your legs after a day of hiking in the Drakensbergs. This is the best tip in the region but also our favorite near Tugela Falls so don't hesitate to book!

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For more options, read our article on the other accommodation in Mont aux sources that we recommend.

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