Thendele Camp Royal Natal Park Northern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal
Thendele Camp Royal Natal Park uKahlamba Drakensberg Park Amphitheatre Self-Catering Family Accommodation South Africa
Hiking Thendele Camp Amphitheatre Royal Natal Park uKahlamba Drakensberg Park Self-Catering Family Accommodation South Africa
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Thendele Camp

Royal Natal Park – uKahlamba Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Self Catering Accommodation

Thendele Camp, located in the northern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal and is part of the uKahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage site. Thendele Camp is made of two accommodation units, the older original camp – Lower Camp Thendele, and the more recently built, Upper Camp. In addition there is Thendele Lodge located slightly away from the camps. All beds are single beds, no doubles avaliable.

   
Thendele Camp is at a glance
  • Maximum Guests - 94
  • Number of Accommodation Units
    • Upper Camp – 6 x 2 bed Chalets
    • Upper Camp – 7 x 4 bed Chalets
    • Lower Camp – 8 x 2 bed Chalets
    • Lower Camp – 5 x 4 bed Chalets
    • 2 x 6 bed Cottages
    • 1 x 6 bed Lodge
  • Children allowed – Yes
  • Bathroom en suite – Yes  
  • Room Fans – Yes
  • Hairdryer – No 
  • Camp fenced – No
  • Swimming Pool – No
  • TV – DSTV limited channels
  • Self-guided hiking trails
  • Laundry Facility – No
  • Telephone – mobile phone reception only
  • Power – 220v Eskom
Thendele Camp map Thendele Camp map
Between upper and lower camps it is 250m between closest units to 500m between the furthest units.

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The Chalets are all brick under thatch with views over the Amphitheatre. There is very little difference in the view between the two camps. The upper camp chalets are slightly larger. All are cool in summer and cosy in winter, the rooms have fire places for those cold winter nights. Love it!

Thendele Camp has panoramic views of the spectacular Amphitheatre of the Drakensberg and overlooks the Thukela Gorge and waterfall. This is the second highest waterfall in the World after Angel Falls – possibly the highest, if the same measuring criteria were to be applied to both falls.

There is a most spectacular hike to the top of Mount-Aux-Sources and the Tugela Falls. One would need to drive around to the Sentinel car park - through the village of Phuthaditjhaba  following the R57- this is about a 2 hour drive from Thendele, via the R74. From the car park it is a relatively easy climb to summit the Amphitheatre, the round trip to the Tugela River would take between 5 to 8 hours, depending on ones fitness levels. We would suggest a very early departure from Tendele Camp. Final access to the top of the Amphitheatre is by means of two chain ladders. One should take care with respect to the weather, clouds can come rolling in unexpectedly. There is another trail, this to the foot of the Tugela Falls which starts from Thendele Camp. This is a relatively easy 7 km climb along the Tugela Gorge, the trail winds though indigenous Yellow-wood  and Protea forests. The last section of the hike up to the Tugela Falls is a bit of a boulder hopping exercise. A chain ladder leads up the final section to a view of the falls plunging down the Amphitheatre in a series of five cascades. Spectacular in Summer after a rain fall.

The Royal Natal Park and Thendele Camp is not only about the Amphitheatre, Mont-aux-sources and the Tugela Falls, there are numerous trails to hike and there are San Rock Art shelters to visit. The fishing in the dams and river can be excellent. The Park authorities maintain a stable from where horse rides can be enjoyed.

There is no restaurant at Thendele with all the accommodation self-catering. There are nearby restaurants and hotels where one could dine should one not want to self-cater.
Note that the shops at Thendele in the Royal Natal Park have very limited supplies. The closest town for supplies is Bergville some 44 kms away.

For those who would prefer a venue in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park with a restaurant, then Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have the Didima and Giants Castle Camps. Set in the Cathedral Peak Game Reserve and Giants Castle Game Reserves respectively. These camps also offer self-catering accommodation.

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Read about our visits to Thendele Camp      Aug 2015     Feb 2016
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   Upper Camp – Thendele Camp, Northern Drakensberg
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       2 Bed Chalet – Thendele Upper Camp
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       4 Bed Chalet – Thendele Upper Camp
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   Lower Camp – Thendele Camp, Northern Drakensberg
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       2 Bed Chalet – Thendele Lower Camp
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       4 Bed Chalet – Thendele Lower Camp
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   6 Bed Cottage – Thendele Camp, Northern Drakensberg
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   Lodge – Thendele Camp, Northern Drakensberg
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Main Bedroom - Thendele Camp Bathroom - Thendele Camp
Lodge front lawn - Thendele Camp Lounge, dinning, bar area - Thendele Camp
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