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THENDELE RESORT INTRODUCTION
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park was found to have exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the area. The area's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants.
Royal Natal National Park offers some of the most splendid mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately five km in length, and 500 m high.
Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where, as its name implies, the Orange River starts its long journey to the Atlantic Ocean and the Thukela River cascades down the face of the amphitheatre, in one of the highest waterfalls in the world, on its way to the Indian Ocean.
The most popular activity at Royal Natal is undoubtedly hiking. A comprehensive hiking guide is available for purchase at the Visitor’s Centre and at Thendele Curio Shop. 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 to the top of the Amphitheatre.
The award-winning Thendele Resort is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in the country, with views of the Amphitheatre from every chalet. Camping is available at Mahai Campsite catering for 400 campers and caravanners and at the Rugged Glen Campsite which accommodates 45 visitors.
Rugged Glen provides the opportunity to ride on horse back into the mountains for spectacular views and sightings of mountain reedbuck, grey rhebuck and other fauna and flora in the area.
Trout fishing at Royal Natal is available in a dam in the Park and in the Mahai and Thukela rivers, and picnicking and swimming in the clear mountain streams are popular pastimes.