Hiking Tugela Falls: Africa’s Highest Waterfall

The Drakensberg Mountains feature one of the most impressive cliffs faces on earth. Its amphitheatre forms a natural border between Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho which features the area’s most incredible natural feature. Standing at 948 meters, Tugela Falls plunges 1 km down its facade in five leaps. It is the highest waterfall in Africa, and there is even some debate that it might be the tallest in the world rather than Venezuela’s Angel Falls.

I have been trying to do this hike since January and finally succeed this April. Both my failed attempts were the cause of bad weather, but luckily for me, this time, the odds were finally in my favour.

Important Information for hiking Tugela Falls

  • Distance: 13 km
  • Duration: 4 hours+ round-trip
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate to difficult depending on fitness level.
  • Costs: R 75 pp fee payable at Sentinel Car Park and R 45 pp at the entrance to the Royal Natal National Park.
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