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Drakensberg North


... is located in the Drakensberg area of the Natal region in South Africa.

This northern section of the Drakensberg is centred on the Royal Natal National Park. The scenery here is exceptional and the mountain hiking is second to none. The most famous feature is the Amphitheatre, a massive encircling escarpment cut by the Tugela Falls.

The hike up to Mont Aux Sources is a strenuous and dramatic 20km day, but there are plenty of easier but still fabulous half and full day trails.

This section of the mountains is the most accessible from Johannesburg and accommodation is focussed on weekend trippers coming down from Gauteng. The area is dominated by large and relatively low cost resorts which are of limited appeal for the majority of international visitors. But there are exceptions ...

Montusi Mountain Lodge ... is probably the best higher quality option, a relatively small place in a nice remote location, although mainly aimed at the domestic market.

Thendele Camp ... is an unusually good parks authority facility in a lovely remote location at the foot of the mountains.
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