Our stay at Thendele Camp was at the end of September. When we arrived, it was hot with more than 30°C, the next morning it had snowed heavily. Just to get an idea of the fast changeable weather.
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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Photo by Gerhard Jordaan, follow him on Instagram
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.