Mahai - Campsite
Mahai - Campsite View
Mahai - Camping
Mahai - Campsite

About Royal Natal - Mahai


  • Royal Natal National Park was proclaimed in 1916 and contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Africa.
  • It forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site.

What To Do On Arrival

  • An entrance fee is payable at the park’s entrance gate.
  • Overnight visitors must check in at the Visitor Centre on arrival.
  • Visitors to the campsites must arrive before sunset.
  • Late arrivals must please check-in the following morning. Reception office hours: 08:00 - 16:30 daily.

How To Get There

  • From Ladysmith, turn off just south of Ladysmith and follow the Bergville road for 55 km.
  • From Bergville travel 30 km towards Olivershoek Pass/Harrismith and then turn left at the Drakensberg North sign.
  • It is approximately 16 km from there to the Royal Natal entrance gate.
  • From the south, turn off the N3 at the Winterton/Northern Berg Resorts turn off and pass through Winterton and Bergville.
  • Turn left at the Drakensberg North signboard.
  • It is approximately 16 km from there to the Royal Natal entrance gate.
  • From Harrismith, turn right and travel 5 km on the Bethlehem road where you turn left onto the R74/R712 at the Phuthaditijaba sign.
  • Turn left again 8 km along this road at the Bergville/Oliviershoek Pass/R74 sign.
  • Turn right at the Drakensberg North sign.
  • The Park is approximately 16 km from this turn off.
  • Please follow signage to Mont-aux-Sources.
  • All routes are tarred.


  • Mahai Campsite - 28d56'55.16"E 28d41'24.44"S
  • Rugged Glen Campsite - 28d59'38.15"E 28d40'07.65"S


  • No pets of any kind are permitted.
  • Visitors are requested to use demarcated footpaths only when walking in the park.
  • This helps prevent soil erosion.
  • Entrance gates to the park are open 24 hours.
  • Campsites must be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure and may only be taken up after 12:00 on the day of arrival.
  • Camping is only allowed in the official campsite grounds and above the escarpment on the Mont-aux-Sources plateau of the Amphitheatre for overnight hikers.
  • Campers must provide their own camping equipment, food and drinks.
  • The nearest towns are Bergville, ± 50 km away and Harrismith, ± 70 km away.
  • Basic food and drinks are obtainable from the Visitor
  • No portable generators are permitted.
  • Laundry facilities are available in the campsite.
  • Laundry may be hung only on washing lines provided.
  • No trenches may be dug around campsites.
  • Visitors are requested not to play radios loudly or to engage in behaviour that will impact on other campers.
  • No fireworks are allowed at any time within Royal Natal or Rugged Glen.
  • Tariffs are subject to alterations without prior notice.

Royal Natal - Mahai Gallery