- 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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On the 29th of March the column of relief advanced from the Tugela.Our Soldiers
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
You will pass the plain of Endondakusuka, will you not, and cross the Tugela by the drift?Child of Storm
H. Rider Haggard