Lying between Ladysmith and the Drakensberg escarpment is the Royal Natal, home to the famous Amphitheatre rock wall. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange River starts its journey to the Atlantic. The reserve offers it all in terms of rivers, forests, savanna and mountains.

Main attractions

  • The Amphitheatre rock wall, 5km long and 500m high
  • Dramatic mountain scenery

The landscape of Royal Natal, with its rock walls, roaring waterfalls, spectacular snow falls, ample fauna and flora, mountain top from where visitors can watch the sun and moon rising below them, must be proof God smiled when creating this ‘Roof of South Africa’.

– Ilse Bigalke, Wild 15


  • Hiking
  • Shorter self-guided nature trails
  • Horseback trails
  • Trout and fresh-water fishing
  • Swimming in mountain streams
  • Picnicking
  • Guided cultural walks

Top sightings: Bearded vulture, Verreaux’s eagle, mountain reedbuck, grey rhebuck

Accommodation: Lodge, cottages, chalet, camping

Gate times: October – March 05:00 – 19:00, April to September 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Bergville is 50km away (about 40 minutes).

Know before you go

  • The nearest fuel is available at Bergville.
  • The weather in this mountainous region can be unpredictable – hikers are requested to leave their details in the Mountain Rescue Register.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)36 438 6310

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Royal Natal National Park’s home page.