America and South Africa :Picture: Drakensberg and Tugela River at Sunset, Royal Natal National Park, South Africa
The Tugela River (also known as Thukela) is the largest river in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. The river originates in the Drakensberg Mountains, Mont-aux-Sources, (itself the source of tributaries of two other major South African rivers, the Orange River and the Vaal River) and plunges 947 metres down the Tugela Falls.
From the Drakensberg range the river meanders for 520 km through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before flowing into the Indian Ocean. The total catchment area is approximately 29,100 square km. Land uses in the catchment are mainly rural subsistence farming and commercial forestry.