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Things to See in South Africa: Tugela Falls Travel Attractions 30 APR 2015

If you ever find yourself in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa and you have a thing for waterfalls, then it is definitely worth your while to make the hike up to see the magnificent Tugela Falls.

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The Tugela Falls is a complex of seasonal waterfalls located in the Drakensberg mountain range, and is one of the many natural attractions in the Royal Natal National Park. It is generally accepted as the world’s second-tallest waterfall following Venezuela’s Angel Falls (though there are a number of compelling arguments that it may in fact actually be taller).

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The combined total drop of its five distinct free-leaping falls is 948 m (3,110 ft). At the right time of year, they are easily visible from the main road into the park, especially after a heavy rain. The source of the Tugela River (Zulu for ‘sudden’) is the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau which extends several kilometers beyond The Amphitheatre escarpment (itself a natural wonder of the area) from which the falls drop.

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There are two trails to Tugela Falls. The most spectacular trail is to the top of Mont-Aux-Sources, which starts at “The Sentinel” car park (through Phuthaditjhaba on the R57, approximately two hours drive from Royal Natal National Park via the R74, 90 minutes from Harrismith via the R712, or 80 minutes from Golden Gate Highlands National Park). From here it is a relatively easy climb to the top of the Amphitheatre, however it does take about 4.5 to 8 hours round-trip depending on fitness level. Access to the summit is via two chain ladders. This is the only day hiking trail which leads to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment.

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Another trail to the foot of the Tugela Falls starts at Royal Natal National Park. The easy 7 km (4.3 mi) gradient up the Tugela Gorge winds though indigenous forests. The last part of the hike to Tugela Falls is a boulder hop. A little chain ladder leads over the final stretch for a view of the falls rushing down the amphitheater in a series of five cascades.

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Related Link: Wikipedia

Photo Gallery: Falcon Ridge (2010-05-10) My Life | Photo Gallery 10 MAY 2010

The Drakensberg is a spectacular part of our country, and one of the spots well worth a visit if you are ever in the area (like when Chantelle surprised me to a weekend away at the stunning Inkungu lodge for my 30th birthday!) is Falcon Ridge, a birds of prey sanctuary that is in the business of rehabilitating our feathery predators.

With a spectacular view down into the valley, knowledgeable handlers and an awe-inspiring collection of rescued and rehabilitated birds of prey, Falcon Ridge is definitely on my list of places to return to! :)

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Photo Gallery: Weekend at Inkungu Lodge (2010-05-07) My Life | Photo Gallery 07 MAY 2010

Chantelle caught me for a complete sucker and surprised me for my 30th birthday by whisking me off to the picturesque Drakensberg, for a stay in the luxurious Inkungu Lodge.

Seriously, what a fabulous getaway, and one that I certainly wouldn’t mind doing again on the next big milestone birthday! :)