Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls

Location: KwaZulu-Natal Province Map

Height: 3107 feet (947 m)

When: Jun- Sept


Description of the Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls are situated in the Dragon's Mountains in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Tugela Falls is a second largest waterfall in the World after Angel Falls in Venezuela. The best time to visit this magnificent natural wonder is between June and September. This stunning five-step cascade falls from a height of 947 meters and is only 15 meters wide. The closest settlement with developed infrastructure is Bergville, located 45 km from the park.


Tugela falls in a narrow ribbon from the eastern cliff of the Dragon Mountains, in the Royal Natal National Park, Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa. It is clearly visible after heavy rain or at the end of the day, shining from the reflection of the Sun. The source of the Tugela River is located in Mont-Aux-Sources a few kilometers from the cliff from which the waterfall falls. The water above the waterfall is clean and safe to drink. The cliff is often covered with snow in the winter months.

From Bergville it is not difficult to get to Tugela following the signs. Usually tourists are offered two routes. From the Witsieshoek car park, you will climb the mountains to the top of the waterfall (total journey time 5 hours). On two suspension bridges you can freely walk to the top. This is a one-day hiking trail that takes you to the top of the Drakensberg Cliff. The second route to the foot of the waterfall from the Natal park itself is 8 km and it takes all day to pass. The last part of the excursion to the Tugela waterfall is jumping over the boulders. A small suspension bridge leads you to the end of the journey, where you will see a stunning waterfall rushing down from the Amphitheater in a chain of five spectacular cascades. Both paths will open you breathtaking views, allow you to feed strange animals, swim in the purest waters of the Tugela, and will certainly test your dexterity, because those who want to capture the fantastic beauty of African nature in their memory forever will have to climb steep mountains using metal stairs and overcome obstacles from small boulders.