Chillin’ at Mahai in the Royal Natal Park with family & close friends


Mahai Campsite is situated in the Royal Natal National Park in the Northern Drakensberg of Kwazulu Natal. A pretty central location for both  Durban and Jozi campers alike!

Quick Review

The campsite is situated right against the notorious Amphitheatre of the Northern Drakensberg, Like most KZN Parksboard campsites, Mahai is also well maintained. The facilities are top notch and clean, making our experience that much more enjoyable.  It’s child-friendly, sporting a huge area for children and the more energetic adults to kick a ball around.  The grassed campsite is surrounded by tall trees and bordered on one side by a mountain stream.  Apparently the campsite can get quite full, however we did not experience that during the time we visited. Our intention was to have a chill weekend with family and friends and we most definitely got what we were looking for. 

Things we did


We walked to the Cascades which is about 2km from the campsite. The Cascades offers a great pool for swimming.

Other things to do


The Royal Natal National Park offers the highest waterfall in Africa and the planet’s second highest waterfall, the Tugela Falls.

A drop of 947 meters down the rock-face of the Amphitheatre in three free-leaping falls. The source of the Tugela River is at Mont-Aux-Sources, several kilometres from where the falls cascade down.

The falls are easily seen after heavy rains from the main road into the park. The best time for viewing is during the summer rainfall season.

There are two hiking trails that lead to the Tugela Falls. The most spectacular trail is a full day walk to the summit of Mount-Aux-Sources and to the top of the falls.

The other trail leads to the foot of the falls up the Tugela Gorge though indigenous forest. A climb up a small chain ladder takes you to a stunning view of the falls rushing down the Amphitheatre in a series of spectacular cascades.


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Campsite Details

Province, Region: KwaZulu-Natal, uKhahlamba
GPS Coordinates: -28.688254, 28.947515
No. of campsites:44
No. of plug points:40
Camp Type: Tents, Caravans
Max persons permitted per site:6
Nearest Town: Bergville (+-50km)
Facilities: All vehicle access, Braais at campsites, Campsites, Caravan sites, Day visitors’ area, Food prep/sculler area in camp, Fresh water at campsites, Hot water ablutions, Kids’ entertainment, Non-powered campsites, Powered campsites, Restaurant, River for swimming, Shop, Wheelchair access
Turf: Flat/level sites, Grass
Activities in the area: Bird watching, Day trips to local attractions, Guided walks, Heritage sites, Hiking, Horse riding, Rock art, Trail running, Walking, Cycling
For Kids: Open area, Place to ride bikes, Playground
Telephone:033 845 1000/71/75

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