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- Royal Natal was proclaimed in 1916 and contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Africa.
- It forms part of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.
What To Do On Arrival
- An entrance fee is payable at the park’s entrance gate.
- Visitors to the campsites must arrive before sunset.
- Overnight visitors must check in at the Visitor Centre on arrival.
- Late arrivals must please check-in the following morning. Office hours: 08:00 - 16:30 daily. Visitors to Thendele must check in directly with reception at Thendele.
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.
- No pets of any kind are permitted. No insect traps are permitted into the park.
- 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 a day.
- 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 Centre.
- No portable generators are permitted.
- Laundry facilities are available in the campsite. Laundry may be hung only on wash 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.
- NB: Tariffs are subject to alterations without prior notice.
- Rugged Glen Campsite - 28d59'38.15"E 28d40'07.65"S