a river in E South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg where it forms the Tugela Falls, 856 m (2810 ft) high (highest waterfall in Africa), before flowing east to the Indian Ocean: scene of battles during the Zulu War (1879) and the Boer War (1899–1902). Length: about 500 km (312 miles)

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Historical Examples of tugela

  • On the 29th of March the column of relief advanced from the Tugela.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • At this time an army of 20,000 Zulus was lying in wait between Ekowe and the Tugela.

  • The Tugela river and the indecision of the Zulu king saved the colony.

  • Now this land, which lay between the Tugela and the Umzimvubu, they desired to treat for.

    The Induna's Wife

    Bertram Mitford

  • You will pass the plain of Endondakusuka, will you not, and cross the Tugela by the drift?

    Child of Storm

    H. Rider Haggard