Royal Natal

The Royal Natal National Park was proclaimed in 1916, and contains some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa. The main feature of Royal Natal is the Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5km in length, and approximately 1000m in height between the Sentinel (3 165m) and Eastern Buttress (3 047m), with a number of domes rising from its relatively flat summit plateau. In 1836, the French missionaries Arbousset and Daumas named the largest of these domes Mont-aux-Sources - a literal description of this source of five rivers.
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Amphingati Peak

Amphingati Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Amphingati Peak is located in the Royal Natal National Park. The peak is not listed on the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife map for Royal Natal. The peak name is that given by Chris Murch in his list of Khulu's (peaks greater than 3000m) in South Africa in 1994.
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Amphitheatre

Amphitheatre

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Amphitheatre is one of the geographical features of the Northern Drakensberg, South Africa, and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth. The cliff face of the Amphitheatre is roughly three times the size of the total combined area of all the cliff faces in Yosemite's famous El Capitan, ...
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Barricade Pass

Barricade Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Barricade Pass was nicknamed Fallen Boot Pass by Neil Margetts. One of his companion hikers dislodged his boot and it fell down a steeper part of the pass. If you begin your route from Fika dam, on the true right of the river is a well-used path as far as the base of Namahadi Pass. If you begin on true left, you will ...
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Beacon Buttress

Beacon Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Beacon Buttress in the middle and Sentinal on the right.
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Beacon Buttress Gully

Beacon Buttress Gully

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Beacon Buttress Gully used to be the only path accessing the escarpment. This short and steep gully is a fun alternative to the Chain Ladder Route. After the steep climb beautiful view rewards you near the summit.
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Bilanjil Bump

Bilanjil Bump

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The actual summit is on the Mont-Aux-Sources ridge.
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Cannibal Cave

Cannibal Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cannibal Cave is in the Royal Natal area of the Drakensberg. Cannibal Cave in the past was occupied by Bushmen and more recently by refugees of Shaka Zulu wars.
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Cascades Path Rock

Cascades Path Rock

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in the Royal Natal National Park along the Mahai river, a short walk of about 800m from the Mahai campsite. This is the only rock art site accessible to people in wheel chairs. Cascades path rock contains mainly rhebuck but also people. The images are not clear because of mineral leaching present on the rock f ...
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A circular day hike starting at Sentinal Car Park and up to the Chain Ladder which is one of the easiest passes. The final 30m of the cliff face is ascended by means of a two-section chain ladder. Once at top you make your way to the Amphitheatre / Tugela Falls for stunning views and the return is down the short and s ...
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Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Crows Nest is located within the Royal Natal area. The chain ladders is the closest pass.
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Crow's Nest Cave

Crow's Nest Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Crows Nest Cave is found on Crows Nest Peak near Mont-Aux-Sources in the Drakensberg.
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Devil's Tooth

Devil's Tooth

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Left to right: Eastern Buttress, Devil's Tooth, Inner Tower and the Escarpment.
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Dooley Peak

Dooley Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Dooley Peak is in Royal Natal above Thendele Camp.
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Eastern Buttress

Eastern Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Left to right: Eastern Buttress, Devil's Tooth, Inner Tower and the Escarpment.
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Eastman's Peak

Eastman's Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

There are several possible routes but all will require a scramble. The start is from the contour path.
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Fairy Glen Hike

Fairy Glen Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy 2.2km in total hike from the day parking area in Royal Natal. The path is uphill and then through the bush to the waterfall.
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A 6.1km circular hike heading uphill to start and then through Gudu Bush where a small stream and pool will can be seen. An option is to turn right up the hill here which takes you to the top of Gudu Falls (this is a steep path about 700m long and 230m in elevation - Gudu falls is shown on the left), else continue stra ...
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Gudu Pass

Gudu Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gudu Falls Pass is a relatively easy hike worth doing. If you venture towards the falls you will find some lovely rock pools to swim in.
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Inner Tower

Inner Tower

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Inner Tower is found in the Royal Natal area. It lies next to the famous devils tooth.
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Inner Tower Gully

Inner Tower Gully

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Two very distinct gullies lead up towards the Inner Tower. Both gullies are extremely challenging scrambles. The gully has many obstacles but the struggle may be well worth it. The Inner Tower Gully is located in the Royal Natal region.
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Lion Buttress Hike

Lion Buttress Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Starting at the Gorge car park in Royal Natal head roughly South up the hill. This is a steep hike of 558m elevation gain over 3.3km. The views at the top of the Amphitheatre, Tugela Falls and the Sentinel are magnificent.
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Mahai Cave

Mahai Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mahai Cave is in the Royal Natal area about 500m below Mahai falls.
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Mudslide Pass

Mudslide Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The climb to the Crack and The Mudslide Pass is steep but a chain ladder will help you over the more difficult sections. The descent is steep, loose and slippery after rainfall.
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Namahadi Pass

Namahadi Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Namahadi is the highest peak in the Free State and it is one of the highest in the Drakensberg. It is an easy pass with very limited exposure.
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