Intrepid travelers with a love of the outdoors will find that a truly memorable experience awaits them on trek through the Royal National Park. An easy 7 km trail winds through this impressive gorge, past thick forests and the stunning Tugela Falls. Well-marked paths guide hikers to a bouldering wonderland and a terrifying (but safe) chain ladder over a rushing river where incredible views of the Africa’s second-largest falls will inspire.
Travelers in the know say it’s best to start the hike early to avoid the blazing hot afternoon sun, and packing plenty of water is a must. Remember, the falls run dry during winter, so while the hike still offers stunning mountain range views, the raging waters can only be found during summer and spring.
Tugela Gorge is located in the Drakensberg Mountains of the Royal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal.