The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Tugela

Tugela town


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Tugela is a small town on the southern bank of the Thukela (Tugela) River about 10 km from where it flows into the Indian Ocean.

There are two bridges linking Tugela with Mandini which is on the north bank of the river.

The town is located near some attractions but, to the best of my knowledge, there is no accommodation available in the town. The nearest accommodation is probably at Tugela Mouth.

The remains of Fort Pearson are located on a farm not too far from Tugela. Just be advised that it is poorly signposted and I was chased off a farm by two farmers with a shotgun while trying to find the fort. I never did find the fort!

The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is situated on a hill overlooking the Thukela River. This is quite a good spot for birding. It is 104 ha in extent. One can also do some birding at the mouth of the river which can be reached by continuing along the dirt road past the nature reserve.

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References and further reading

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 142

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 227


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