Waterfalls are beautiful and unique. Some of them are even more photogenic with the perfect sunlight or need a heavy rainfall to unfold its beauty.
any season except early Spring, crossing stream could be difficult ( read: fun )
Tugela Falls also known as Thukela Falls, is the second highest waterfall in the world. It has its origins at the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a 5 km long rock wall in the Royal Natal National Park. The Falls are usually at its peak during the summer month from November to February in the rainy season. At this time of the year, the water level in the gorge can be high, and crossing will be more challenging. The best time to visit the Tugela Falls is after the summer rainfall in March and April. For hiking with fewer crowds and lower prices, spring and autumn are the best seasons. Climbing to the top gives you a view down to an epic landscape like sitting on a throne above the entire world.
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Weather and Hiking Conditions
- Summer; November until February can be challenging. Expect hot daytime temperatures, high humidity, high chances of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can spoil the whole trip.
- Autumn is perfect; weather remains warm and dry from March until April and nights are colder.
- Winter; you might get snow with cold night temperatures but often a clear blue sky. Less daylight and depending on the length of the trail an early start is necessary. It may happen that the falls are a trickle only or even disappeared.
- Spring; from September to October weather can variable with sunny and warm days, but there is the possibility of snow and rain like we experienced. The temperatures are often pleasant for hiking and nights are cold.
More crowded during summer especially in December and January. It's advisable to book your accommodation in advance. It's less busy in the winter.
Summer & Fall, a climb down is required, must be comfortable with heights. Also be aware that the water level can change rapidly.
The waterfall looks best in the morning with sunlight on the water spray. The flow of the waterfall is at its best after heavy rainfall which occurs more often during the summer.
Most rainfall during summer from November to February. Winter months are drier and sunnier. The precipitation at the Blue Mountains is similar to Sydney. In summer day temperatures can increase up to 35 degrees and even higher but are mostly bearable. Nights can be chilly due to the high elevation of the mountains. However, each season is great for hiking in the Blue Mountains.
In the afternoon and depending on the season different waterlevel.
In the afternoon the falls shine in a wonderful bright warm light in contrast to the morning where you are faced with backlight and a glaring sunlight. The best time of the year is depending on what you expect to see. The highest flow is from February to May/July . Most of the viewpoints are too misty for a good picture and view but most impressive if viewed from the air. Low water level occurs from August until January. The rainy season last from November to March and it gets quite hot. Therefore our favorite months are August and September usually sunny and dry days. The level of the Zambesi river is still high enough for the falls but not too misty or even dry.
From afternoon onwards is the best light for the waterfall and tour buses already left the park. In the morning the waterfall is in shade. The flow of the waterfall is best after heavy rainfall.
The Fitz Roy Falls are close to the B73 and a two hours' drive only from Sydney. The falls lookouts are easily accessible with a short walk. More crowded in summer and at weekends. In the afternoon most of the tour buses already left the National Park. This is the best time of the day to enjoy bush walking and the falls.
More rainfall from November to February with the peak in Nov. and Feb. In summer day temperatures are often around 25 degrees and higher. Nights are pretty cool. Winter months are drier and sunnier and frost is not common. Nevertheless, spring, summer, and autumn are great seasons for hiking. The Visitor Center is open daily except for Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.