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The Tugela Gorge Hiking route passes through alternative stretches of protea veld and forest and the scenery beyond the Tugela Gorge and is rivalled only by the view from the top of the Tugela Falls. The Tugela Gorge Hike starts at the Royal Natal car park and follows the course of the Tugela river for some 11 km. The last few km can be difficult as the path is along the river and a certain amount of bolder hopping should be expected. Unfortunately without going right to the end there is no view of the waterfall.
Sensible walking shoes are required for this walk and it may be useful to take along a lighter pair of shoes/sandals to walk through the river to get to the Gorge. In summer make sure you take a costume for a lovely swim in the rock pools. Drink plenty of liquids and take along a hat.
This walk from the Tugela car park is a wonderful experience of ‘climbing’ into the Drakensberg mountains. Although it may seem a flat walk do not let this distract you from the magnificent scenery. For the first 4 km there is a very good path and no special directions are needed, the path winds along, above and parallel to the Tugela river. Not long after crossing the intersecting stream from Devil’s Hoek look out for Policeman’s Helmet on the high ground to the right overlooking Vermaan Valley.