Thendele Hutted Camp in the Northern Drakensberg offers the most breathtaking view of the Amphitheater, which is in my opinion is the most beautiful view of the mountains of all the places I have visited in the Drakensberg, these include Alpine Heath, Didima, Cathedral Peak, Giants Castle, Mont-Aux-Sources, The Nest, Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg Sun and Little Switzerland to name but a few.
The reason for such a magnificent view is the fact that you cannot get any closer to the actual mountains as the Thendele Hutted Camp is part of the Royal Natal National Park and aptly graded a World Heritage Site. The accommodation is humble and well run by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Parks Board. Braai facilities and fire places in each chalet make it ideal as a great hiking base both during winter and summer months. You are provided with a Map of a vast number of hikes ranging from day trips to overnight proper hikes but be sure to remember to sign the hike register when setting off on longer trips.
We did the Cascades Walk with my wife, my nine month old and four year old sons which is a leisurely but very picturesque walk to the clear rock pools and cascading waterfalls. I highly recommend it as an easy hike with small children. Tougher hikes that are worthwhile, if you are fit, include Policeman's Helmet, The Gorge, The Chain Ladder, The Sunday Falls and The Tiger Falls.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful and a well stocked shop is available at the reception. Thendele Hutted Camp is a family favorite that we will return to again and again. If you are looking for luxury try the Cathedral Peak which has a restaurant, swimming pool etc.
Note: The R74 road from Harrismith to Thendele is awful and or should I say non-existent with car devouring potholes and never-ending roadworks for +-20KM. Unless you travel in a 4x4, rather carry on the N3 past Harrismith and take the Winterton off ramp. You have about 6km of smooth sand road and then a fantastic section of tarred road from Winterton to the Northern Drakensberg turn-off.
P.S. There is also a fantastic butcher in Winterton
- Also Known As:
- Thendele Hutted Camp Hotel Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park