Recommended accommodation Royal Natal National Park - Drakensberg 

Royal Natal National Park South Africa

Recommended accommodation Royal Natal National Park - Drakensberg 

Royal Natal National Park Drakensberg South Africa Royal Natal National Park - Natal Drakensberg Park. Royal Natal was proclaimed in 1916, and contains some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. The main feature of the area is the Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5km in length, and approximately 500m in height.

How To Get to Royal Natal National Park

From the north, turn off just south of Ladysmith and follow the Bergville road for 55km. The road from Bergville is clearly signposted, and the park is 46km further along the Bergville/Harrismith road. From the south, turn off the main national road (N3) at the Winterton/Berg Resorts turn-off, and pass through Winterton and Bergville. Turn left at the Drakensberg North signboard. It is approximately 16km from there to the Royal Natal entrance gate. Both these routes are tarred.
The park is also accessible from Harrismith (72km) via the Oliviershoek Pass. From Harrismith take the Bethlehem Road for 6km, and turn onto the Witsieshoek/QwaQwa road. Follow the signs to Oliviershoek Pass, Royal Natal and Bergville. The road is tarred all the way.

What To Do On Arrival at Royal Natal

An entrance fee is payable at the parkís entrance gate. 

Royal Natal Climate 

The average rainfall varies from about 1 040 mm, to over 1 780 mm a year, 85% of which falls between October and March. Thunderstorms, usually of short duration, provide about 50% of the total rainfall.

Activities at Royal Natal

The most popular activity enjoyed by visitors is hiking. A comprehensive contour map and a brochure, describing the various hiking routes, are on sale at the Visitor Centre, Tendele office and the entrance gate. The brochure contains a map of the park and the network of paths. Visitors who go hiking must be aware of the hazards, particularly those associated with weather, such as slippery conditions when it is wet, rockfalls and cold. When it is hot, hikers are advised to wear a hat and take along plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration. Care should be exercised. It is always advisable to plan walks, so as to return in good time before sunset. 

Climbing is a pursuit which should only be attempted by experienced climbers.

Fishing in the park has limited appeal. Because of the nature of the river, fishing is better in the dam. A fishing license and a permit must be obtained before fishing. Provincial licenses and park permits are obtainable at the Visitor Centre. Only trout fishing equipment is permitted. There is trout fishing available at Rugged Glen dam as well. 

Horse riding is also available. All riding is conducted from Rugged Glen, and bookings must be made in advance at the stables.

Picnicking too is popular, and visitors are encouraged to take a pack lunch with them on their walks. The making of fires on these occasions is strictly forbidden. All refuse must be brought back to base for disposal. Swimming is perfectly safe in all the rivers, but is not allowed in the Mahai stream above the domestic water offtake, which is signposted, or in the Devilís Hoek stream above the Tendele Camp pumphouse or above the Vemvaan wier.

Visitors are urged to leave information with the camp, the hotel or with friends, as to where they are going if they intend to take any of the longer walks. Alternatively, one of the hiking registers, kept at the visitor centre and the hotel, should be filled in. In case of an emergency, notify the visitor centre or the hotel.

All persons planning to hike over the 2300m contour, or to the summit of Mont-aux-Sources, must first sign the mountain register at the office.

Recommended accommodation Royal Natal National Park - Drakensberg 

 

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