Thendele Camp Directions
Royal Natal Park – uKahlamba Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
October to March 05h00 – 22h00
April to September 06h00 – 22h00
Office Hours at the Visitor's Center Reception :
The office is open from 08h00 to 16h30
Distance and Time from Gate to Thendele Camp:
3 kms to Mahai campsite and 6 kms to Thendele Camp
Check In Time: 14h00
Check Out Time: 10h00
Tendele Lodge - 6 , 4 and 2 bed Chalets.
All the chalets units are equipped with satellite TV. Limited channels
Self-guided hiking trails
Day pic-nic site
Dam and river fly fishing
The shop is stocked with curios and Basic food and drink supplies.
The nearest town, which has a full range of services, is Bergville, which is 45 kms away.
How to get to Thendele:
- 28°56'04.04"E 28°42'37.06"S
- There are two routes from the north depending on weather and road conditions.
- The first one is to turn off the N3 just past Ladysmith on to the N11 and proceed to Bergville. The reserve is well signposted from here. Follow Signs for Royal Natal National Park and Tendele.
- The alternative is to turn off the N3 at Harrismith and take the N5 to Kestell.
- 2 kms down this road turn left on to the R74 to Qwa Qwa and follow the signs to Bergville going over the Olivier`s Hoek Pass and turning right to Royal Natal National Park at the bottom of the pass at the area tourism sign.
- This route is considerably shorter than the following more conventional route and saves an additional toll fee. This road is under repair and can have long stop go delays and poor surface.
- From the south turn off the N3 at the Winterton/Berg Resorts off-ramp and proceed to Bergville then on to the Royal Natal Park and Thendele, the route is well sign-posted.
The most popular activity in the Royal Natal Park and from Thendele is undoubtedly hiking.
A comprehensive hiking guide is available for purchase from the Visitor Centre, at Thendele Camp office as well as at the main entrance gate. The brochure shows a map of the park and the network of hiking paths, which visit every part of the park. From the gentle walk to Fairy Glen, to the challenging hike up the Crack and down the Mudslide.
Trout fishing at Royal Natal Park - Tendele is available in a dam and in the Mahai and Thukela Rivers. P icnicking and swimming in the clear mountain streams are popular.
Special Precautions in the Drakensberg:
The weather is subject to change at short notice and hikers should be well equipped, It is important for hikers to fill in their details in the Mountain Rescue Register.