Thendele Camp Royal Natal Park Northern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal
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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 – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Self Catering Accommodation

Thendele Camp, located in the northern Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal is part of the uKahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage site. Thendele Camp has a Lower Camp and an Upper Camp about 250m apart. In addition there is the Thendele Lodge (6 Sleeper) and two Cottages (both 6 Sleeper), located slightly away from the lower camp chalets. All beds are single 3/4 beds, there are no doubles available.

   
Thendele Camp is at a glance
  • Maximum Guests - 94
  • Number of Self Catering Units
    • Upper Camp – 6 x 2 sleeper (1 bedroom) Chalets
    • Upper Camp – 7 x 4 sleeper (2 bedrooms) Chalets
    • Upper Camp - 2 x 4 Sleeper and 1 x 2 Sleeper not available to book due to reroofing work.
    • Lower Camp – 8 x 2 sleeper (1 bedroom) Chalets
    • Lower Camp – 5 x 4 sleeper (2 bedrooms) Chalets
    • 2 x 6 sleeper (3 bedrooms) Cottages - (Currently Closed - Reroofing)
    • 1 x 6 sleeper (3 bedrooms ensuite) Lodge
  • Children allowed – Yes 
  • See falls from bottom at a distance via The Gorge - 5.5 hour round trip walk
  • Top of falls is approximately 130 km : 2 hours 15 minutes by car to Sentinel car park. Recommend staying at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge this we are able to book for you.
  • Room Fans – Yes
  • Airconditioning  – No
  • Electric heater – Yes
  • Indoor Wood Fireplace – Lower Camp Yes
  • Indoor Wood Fireplace – Upper Camp Can only book units with working Fireplaces
  • Hairdryer – No 
  • Camp fenced – No
  • Swimming Pool – No
  • Restaurant – No
  • TV – DSTV limited channels - Not guaranteed
  • Self-guided hiking trails – Yes
  • WiFi – No
  • Telephone – Mobile phone reception only - Very limited
  • Power – 220v 24 hours (No backup power)
Thendele Camp map Thendele Camp map
Between upper and lower camps it is 250m between the closest units and 500m between the farthest 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 fireplaces for those cold winter nights No wood may be brought into the Park due to possible Polyphagous shot hole borer beetle

2 sleeper chalet – Lower Camp: This is a fully equipped chalet with an open plan bedroom and living area, separate kitchen and bathroom.
2 sleeper chalet – Upper Camp: This is a fully equipped chalet with an separate bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom.
4 sleeper chalet – Lower Camp: This is a fully equipped with an open plan living area, separate kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
4 sleeper chalet – Upper Camp: This is a fully equipped with an open plan living area / kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom, walk in shower.
6 sleeper cottage – Lower Camp: This cottage is fully equipped with an open plan living area, separate kitchen, three bedrooms sharing a single bathroom. (Currently Closed)
6 sleeper Thendele Lodge: This Lodge is a secluded, fully equipped, self-catering lodge that comprises of a lounge, dining room, kitchen and three en-suite bedrooms.

Thendele Camp has panoramic views of the spectacular Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains which overlooks the Thukela Waterfall. With a drop of 950m, it is the second highest waterfall in the world after Angel Falls. Possibly the highest if they were measured with the same criterion. Also known as the Tugela Waterfall. 'Thukela' in Zulu means 'startling'.

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 level. We would suggest a very early departure from Thendele Camp. Access to the Sentinel car park is by 4X4 only. Witsieshoek Mountain Resort offer scheduled transfers. 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. Should you wish to summit the Amphitheatre, we strongly recommend staying at the Witsieshoek Mountain Resort, they offer accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

There is another trail to the foot of the Tugela Falls which starts from Thendele Camp. This is a relatively easy 7km climb along the Tugela Gorge. The trail winds through 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, with a view of the falls plunging down the Amphitheatre in a series of five cascades, which is breathtaking after Summer rains.

The Royal Natal Park and Thendele Camp are not only about the Amphitheatre, Mont-aux-sources and the Tugela Falls. There are numerous trails to hike and 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 at Rugged Glen, in the Royal Natal Park.

There is no restaurant at Thendele as all the accommodation is self-catering. Alternatively there are nearby restaurants and hotels where one could dine.
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.

Thendele Camp has been undergoing roof maintenance for the past 2 years and this is not as yet completed. Lower camp is done, except for the 6 bed cottages, with work still to be done on some of the chalets at upper camp. A very small number, the fireplace don't work and waiting repair. Talking noise the only complaint.

Valid From 1 November 2023 to 31 October 2024
These are subject to change and are a guide.
Extra Child 3 to 12 years old is 50% of the Extra Adult.
0 to 2 years old, No charge / not counted as extra person, bring own cot.

2024 RATES    
  Low Season High Season
  Base
Min Pax
Max Pax
Extra Adult   Base
Min Pax
Max Pax
Extra Adult  
Thendele Lodge R3950
5
6
R790   R4700
5
6
R965  
6 sleeper cottage R3100
4
6
R775   R3620
4
6
R905  
Lower Camp  
     
   
2 sleeper chalet R975
1
2
R325   R1200
1
2
R400  
4 sleeper chalet R1950
3
4
R650   R2400
3
4
R800  
Upper Camp  
     
   
2 sleeper chalet R1155
1
2
R385   R1350
1
2
R450  
4 sleeper chalet R2310
3
5
R770   R2700
3
5
R900  

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Read about our visits to Thendele Camp      Aug 2015     Feb 2016     Dec 2019
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