About Mangeni Falls

This rather beautiful and remote waterfall deserves greater regard. Surrounded by open grassland and rural settlements it is seldom visited, unless as part of an organised tour of the Battlefields, or the Southern KwaZulu-Natal birding route.

It was here that Lord Chelmsford set up camp after the Battle of Isandlwana, during which he lost half his men.

Did you know? Reaching the waterfall is not easy. Don't try it in an ordinary sedan as the gravel road can take serious strain after the rains, which is also the time you will want to head there as the falls are at their best.

Whilst the setting may be rather pastoral and the roads leading to the fall unsophisticated, the falls themselves are incredibly beautiful. During the rainy season the water falls from both sides of the gorge, tumbling over the eroded sandstone lip of the impressive drop into an implausibly small pool below.

The waterfall's backdrop is one of mountains, and more often than not blue skies, against which this tributary of the White Umfolozi River heads west of Babanango through the Mangeni River Valley. Down in the gorge below are various wooded areas. This is one of the tallest waterfalls you will see in the area; the Tugela Falls excluded.

The bald ibis roosts near the falls, whilst Verreaux's eagle breeds on the cliffs just below the falls, along with the common kestrel, and lanner falcon. During summer the black swifts move in to breed and their calls fill the gorge. Scan the surrounding grasslands and you may well see a secretary bird, white storks or the long-tailed widow bird.

The Southern KwaZulu-Natal birding route suggest that from Babanango you take the R68 between Melmoth and Dundee (passing Isandlwana Lodge) and turn left at the sign marked 'Qudeni'. After 15 km on this gravel road, turn right at a sign for 'Mangeni'. After 6.5 km take a left and head towards a few buildings in the distance. Cross a concrete bridge, and turn right onto a track (it's immediately after the bridge). Park and pop into the local police station to let them know you're visiting the falls. They will point you in the right direction.

But it is probably a better idea to join a tour of the area and see it as part of a group. Dundee tour guides sometimes offer 'free outings' that include the falls.

Need to Know

WhereMangeni Falls, West of Babanago, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours

OvernightStay in Rorkes Drift Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal


Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.


If this is your attraction, you can let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies, by email. We regret, we do not have any other information, please contact the provider if you have questions.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options in Rorkes Drift

Things to do in the area

Accommodation convenient to Mangeni Falls

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Battlefields Accommodation / Rorkes Drift Accommodation

Rorkes Drift as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Rorkes Drift property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay

SA-Venues.com® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

Never miss a deal

Subscribe for the latest special offers and travel inspiration.

And, we'll send you a R200 voucher to use on your next booking.