This area is well known for the amphitheatre shape of the range there, from Eastern Buttress and Devil’s Peak in the east the Sentinal in the west. The Tugela Falls plunges in stages from the escarpment to the valley below.

For those planning on going to the ‘top‘ of the falls please note that that part of the mountain range is actually in the Free State. (The best place to stay here is Karma Backpackers in Kestell.) Access is via Phutidijaba and  Sentinel car park. This is a serious walk and not for the unfit and inexperienced. Beware of changes in the weather.  A useful guide is “ Drakensberg, 20 best day walks in 10 regions “. The high point here is Mont aux Sources.

(Please note the falls are dry for half the year.  The top is often shrouded in mist in summer and pounded by strong winds in spring. There are better “waterfall experiences” to be had all over in the valleys of the little ‘Berg.)

The actual entrance to Royal Natal, is found on the R74 road below Oliviershoek Pass far down in the valley.  There are many lovely self-guided walks here, one is the Gorge, taking you to a point below the main Amphitheatre If you know where to look and there has been plenty of rain, you may see the Tugela Falls way up high! There are rockart shelters here as well.