Atop the Drakensberg Amphitheatre the Tugela River plummets into the second tallest waterfall in the world. Tugela Falls is argued by some to, in fact, be the tallest waterfall in the world, but its contest with Angel Falls over a few meters is neither here nor there when you stand above it.

Take a look at this blog from Wanderlust Movement, who visited the Tugela:

They had an amazing time and were stunned by the beauty of the Drakensberg. We agree when they say that the hike is very manageable, especially if done via the famous Chain Ladders. Best bet is to drive to the Sentinel Car Park – only 25 minutes from Witsieshoek – and then hike the rest. The Chain Ladders are safe, but if you really would prefer a hiking detour, you can – although that adds a few hours.

If you’re looking for a more detailed, systematic explanation of the hike, take a look at Night Jar Travel:

For some footage, we like “A Stray Life’s” Youtube video. He caught the Tugela at full force, which is an exceptional sight. (Skip to 1 minute for his footage of Tugela Falls)

Finally, maybe you want a bit of a preview of the hike. Google seem quite interested in Tugela; they sent a “Street View” camera up there. We’ve noted a few checkpoints for you. Click below and go explore the view yourself!

Leaving the Sentinel Peak Carpark

Chain ladders begin

Chain ladders end

First view of the Tugela River

Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls, alternate angle 

The Tugela hike is an experience worth investing in. For the most convenient – and comfortable – option, Witsieshoek is clearly the best bet.