Thendele Camp Royal Natal Park Northern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal
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Thendele Camp Directions

Gate Opening and Closing Times:

October to March  05h00 – 22h00
April to September 
06h00 – 22h00

Office Hours at the Visitor's Center Reception :
The office is open from 08h00 to 16h30

Distance and Time from Gate to Thendele Camp:
3 kms to Mahai campsite and 6 kms to Thendele Camp

Check In Time: 14h00
Check Out Time: 10h00

Tendele Lodge & 6 , 4 and 2 bed Chalets.
All the chalets units are equipped with satellite TV. Limited channels
Self-guided hiking trails
Day pic-nic site
Dam and river fly fishing


The shop is stocked with curios and Basic food and drink supplies.
The nearest town, which has a full range of services, is Bergville, which is 45 kms away.

How to get to Thendele:

  • Turn off the N3 at the Bergville R74 (#194) off-ramp and proceed to Bergville then on to the Royal Natal Park and Thendele, the route is well sign-posted.
  • GPS: They are very good in almost all areas and main routes but we have found errors with the routing in some areas.
    Follow the road signs and our directions.

The most popular activity in the Royal Natal Park and from Thendele is undoubtedly hiking.
A comprehensive hiking guide is available for purchase from the Visitor Centre, at Thendele Camp office as well as at the main entrance gate. The brochure shows a map of the park and the network of hiking paths, which visit every part of the park. From the gentle walk to Fairy Glen, to the challenging hike up the Crack and down the Mudslide.
Trout fishing at Royal Natal Park - Tendele is available in a dam and in the Mahai and Thukela Rivers. Picnicking and swimming in the clear mountain streams are popular.

Vital Information
Special Precautions in the Drakensberg:
The weather is subject to change at short notice and hikers should be well equipped, It is important for hikers to fill in their details in the Mountain Rescue Register.

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