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cavern logoThe Cavern Resort & Spa has been introducing overseas and South African visitors to the joys of mountain holidays for many years. The Cavern, named after the “Cannibal Cavern”, is situated on a private mountain reserve adjacent to the Amphitheatre World Heritage Site.

This stunning resort has won numerous accolades over the years. Honeymoon suites, superior suites and standard accommodation are available with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, indigenous forests and mountains. Honeymoon suites are complete with four-poster beds and fireplaces for cool evenings. The Forest Spa, set high up in the indigenous forest, is a relaxing space to unwind in whilst being treated by our therapists.

The Cavern is home to numerous Bushman paintings, over 200 species of birds, 150 species of trees and wildlife including leopard and eland. The resort offers daily guided hikes to bushman paintings and rock carvings. For the more energetic, walks are organised to the Tugela Gorge and to the top of the Amphitheatre. An extensive range of recreational facilities, from guided walks, horse rides and trout fishing are available on the reserve while mountain bike trails are at the nearby adventure centre.

 

Rooms

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Dining

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Address & Contact Details

 Physical Address:

District Road D119
Bergville, 3350

Postal Address:

Private Bag X1626
Bergville
3350

 

 

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Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is situated on a plateau in the Northern Drakensberg, overlooking the majestic Amphitheatre and with a clear view from the Central Berg area to the Malutis in the distance. Many have said that these spectacular views are unsurpassed.

This is a place to relax, unwind and take stock.

A place to rejuvenate. A place to regain peace.

Home-style cooking, hiking trails, crystal clear mountain pools, and “San” rock art, wild horses on the ridge, snow in the winter, cosy fireplaces and pleasant company is what makes it an ideal retreat for all.

“Vergezient”, is a charming lodge, gracefully furnished with cosy corners, numerous fireplaces, comfortable bedrooms and sunny flower filled conservatories, lounges and an indoor pool. This venue can accommodate 25 guests.

“Zonderntwyfel”, the original barnhouse converted to great-value-for-money self-catering accommodation has facilities which include a wing of en-suite bedrooms, four additional dormitory style rooms, lounge with a large open fireplace, an open plan kitchen and spacious dining room with a wood burning stove, an indoor pool and a large functions room ideal for small group activities, family functions, weddings, workshops and retreat groups. This facility can also accommodate 25 guests.

Just a mere three and a half hours and equidistant away from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein, but a million years from the Rat Race.

Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offers comfortable and affordable Country Style hospitality.

 

Rooms

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Dining

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Address & Contact Details

 Physical Address:

Scheepershoek Farm
Retief Pass Road
Bergville
Kwa-Zulu Natal
3350

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 853
Harrismith 9880 

 

 

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Offers a range of accommodation options, adventure activities, leisure facilities, as well as a restaurant, take-away outlet, coffee and gift shop. ATKV Drakensville, with its breathtaking views, is surrounded by many historical sites and offers access to many tourist attractions in the area.

Phone: +27 36 438 6287

drakensville@atkv.org.za

GPS: 28º36’38.6”S 29º07’38.6”E

www.drakensville.co.za

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Nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) lies Cathedral Peak Hotel, one of South Africa's premier resort hotels.

Just 250 kilometers from Durban and 400 km from Johannesburg, the famous Cathedral Peak Hotel is easily accessible to its many visitors from all over South Africa and abroad.

Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the van der Riet family has succeeded in offering warm hospitality, combined with exceptional service and value for money.

In addition the hotel offers a unique conference centre, seating up to 200 delegates, a quaint stone-and-thatch chapel, reception venues and honeymoon suites ideal for that country style wedding and/or honeymoon.

Whether your aim is a relaxed family holiday, conference or a romantic mountain getaway, the hospitable staff and management look forward to welcoming all guests to an unforgettable Drakensberg experience.

the nest logo 250 blueThe Nest Hotel is a delightful family run country hotel situated in the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Since opening our doors in 1933, we have built up a loyal following of guests who return year after year to this special place steeped in history and adventure. Come and stay with us and experience our delicious country style food, spectacular gardens, wonderful facilities, relaxing accommodation, friendly staff and exquisite views over the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

Rooms

mountain view room  garden cottage room  rondavel

Dining

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Address & Contact Details

Postal Address:

The Nest Hotel, 
Private Bag X 14, 
Winterton, 3340, 

Kwa-Zulu Natal 
 

 

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berghouse final smallThe Berghouse and Cottages are located high up in the Northern Drakensberg, South Africa. Amphitheatre and Mountain Views are enjoyed from the windows of the cottages. Panoramic views of the Northern Drakensberg Mountain Peaks surround this unique and special venue, offering the most spectacular views of the mountains. Self-catering as well as dinner, bed & breakfast is offered.

Log fireplaces can be found in each cottage with firewood supplied at a small fee. Situated at the “Gateway” to the Northern Drakensberg, on 1650 acres of private estate. If you are searching for somewhere with beautiful mountain views, tranquil and serene, look no further.

Conveniently situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban – approx. 3 hours drive. At 3000m above sea level, these majestic mountains tower above. We invite you to visit us so that you too may enjoy this venue, “kick back and relax”, feet up, wine glass in hand, toasting the colourful sunset and mountain silhouette that “kiss your eyes”. You will be suspended in moments of magic, ”like a balm to your troubled soul”.

“it’s as though time stands still and one’s worldly concerns just melt away or perhaps get carried off on the gentlest of breezes or on the wing of one of the many beautiful birds that inhabit this estate, you will be left unencumbered to experience an exquisite lightness of being”.

All the cottages are well appointed with fully-equipped kitchens, kitchenettes, log fireplaces and an abundance of firewood on site. Spend a lazy morning in your cottage with the breakfast option, all meals are sent to your cottage, at no additional service charge. Alternatively, enjoy a guided horse ride or enjoy a trip on a mountain bike on some of the challenging single tracks provided on the property. Fly fishing on dams and river on site. Numerous activities within easy reach including the Royal Natal National Park only 16 kilometres away.

 

Rooms

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Address & Contacts

Physical Address:

Berghouse Cottages
Northern Drakensberg
Kwa-Zulu Natal

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 327

Bergville 3350

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montusi logoMontusi Mountain Lodge offers a different “berg getaway”. It is smaller and more intimate than the standard Berg Resort. It offers that rare combination of Space, Comfort and Peace with a breath-taking view over the foothills and plains of the Little Berg up to the spectacular cliffs of the 3000-meter high escarpment. It is owner-run by the third generation of the Carte family who settled in this valley in the 1940s. Generational experience has evolved into a fierce passion for the area for sharing of the beauty of this natural environment with all who visit.

Situated on a 1000 hectare conservation estate, the lodge offers unlimited space for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and horse riding.

The lodge complex is spacious and the suites are free-standing units within carefully designed indigenous gardens. Right from the private patio of every suite, guests can enjoy bird watching, while soaking in the magnificence of the ever-changing light and shadow playing on the face of the Amphitheatre wall. A relaxation massage is also a great way to unwind for those looking to simply relax and revel in “doing nothing”.

The suites all have one or two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and a lounge with private patio. They are specifically orientated to take full advantage of the mountain views while giving guests the privacy of their own space. All the little details to make for a proper pampering are covered: umbrellas, ceiling fans, heated bathrooms, excellent coffee, a fridge for fresh milk, a comprehensive information booklet about the area, a gas fireplace with real flames, fresh flowers, arrival treats and of course, gloriously soft dressing gowns.
The kitchen provides imaginative cuisine for all tastes. The dinner menu includes 5 courses of deliciousness that are just big enough to sate the appetite without feeling over full. The unusual flavour combinations accompanied by the extremely reasonably priced wines make dinners a highlight of the Montusi Experience.
Alfresco breakfasts on the Phumleni make the start to a day of adventure or relaxation unbeatable: the bird-song, views and delicious food on offer are the perfect breakfast combination. On chilly days, the crackling fire in the dining room makes for a cosy breakfast experience.
The Carte Family looks forward to welcoming all to Montusi Mountain Lodge!

Rooms

Mountain Suite bedroom  Garden Suite lounge  Mountain Suite view

Garden Suite exterior  Mountain Suite bathroom  Garden Suite Bedroom

Other Facilities

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Address & Contact Details

 Physical Address:

off D119
Northern Drakensberg
Bergville District
KZN

Postal Address:

PO Box 87
Bergville
3350

 

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Ama Casa would like to introduce you to their special part of the world. These cottages are situated in the Champagne Castle area of the Drakensberg Mountains with spectacular panoramic views.

Break away from the stress of modern lifestyle and surround yourself with picture perfect panoramic views of the Central Drakensberg. Ease back and relax in your own private jaccuzi. Rejuvenate body and mind as you enjoy breathtaking views of the Champagne Valley peaks.

Ama Casa offers “Sunbird “- a three bedroom (all ensuite) cottage and two –“Kingfisher” and “Hoopoe” - loft style open plan two sleepers. Each cottage has a full kitchen with dishwasher, DSTV, Fireplace, underfloor heating and its own jaccuzi on the braai patio. The three cottages enjoy panoramic views of the Central Drakensberg peaks.

“Relax and unwind in untouched beauty”

Contact: Dave & Les Goldsworthy

Address & Contacts

 Physical Address:

R600
Cathkin Park

Postal Address:

P O Box 338
Winterton
3340

 

 

Tugela River Lodge is a self-catering bush camp, located on a private cattle and game farm on the banks of the Tugela River, near Winterton, KZN, South Africa. In the shadow of the famous Anglo-Boer Battlefield of Spionkop, the rustic and pet-friendly accommodation is the ideal place for a romantic get away for 2, or a family weekend, or a large group get together. We have a total of 32 beds in stand-alone thatch cottages, that can be booked either as the Lodge - an 18 bed set up, the Hideaway - a 6 sleeper or the Bush Camp-an 8 sleeper.

Ideally situated just 2 and half hours from Durban or 3 and half hours from JHB, the Lodge is perfect to explore the surrounding countryside. The nearby Battle of Spionkop, the Spionkop Game Reserve and the Central Berg will ensure that you have lots to do. On site you have free fishing and usage of tubes and canoes on the river, and there are numerous hiking paths, 4 x 4 tracks, and MTB trails on the game farm, all exclusively for you.

Husband and wife team, Lee and Claire Fuller, are your hosts at Tugela River Lodge. Lee is a photographic safari guide, with 15 years experience throughout Africa. He still guides a handful of trips every year into Africa, Madagascar being his favourite and most visited destination. See www.starry-starry-nights.com 

Claire is an experienced outdoorswoman, and has been a trail runner, paddler, hiker and mountain biker for many years. She owns a mobile Physio practice specialising in MTB and trail running stage races. See www.adventurephysio.co.za.

Most of their time however has them pursuing their passion of getting kids outside. They run the busy, and getting busier, Tugela River Trails - a business specialising in Outdoor Education Journeys for kids. Visit www.tugelarivertrails.co.za 

Rooms

BushcampHideaway bedroomMain lodge upstairs rooms

Lounge and Kitchen areas

Bushcamp kitchenHideaway Lounge 2Main Lodge- central unit

 

Address & Contact Details

 Physical Address:

R600
Between
Winterton & Ladysmith

Postal Address:

PO Box 188
Winterton
3340

 

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Set in the beautiful bushveld of the Natal Midlands, 10kms from Estcourt and the N3, Slievyre is a private nature reserve which provides the perfect place for family reunions, quiet holidays, romantic getaways or just an overnight stop.
The camp sits in over one hectare of fenced mature lawned gardens and consists of five traditionally built stone and thatch chalets. The camp comfortably sleeps seventeen people and extra beds can be arranged if required. Three of the chalets are twin/double, one sleeps three people with the fifth being an eight bed family chalet. All have private/en-suite bathrooms and the kitchens are equipped with all self-catering facilities. 

Phone: +27 36 352 1041 / +27 721241197

 

Rooms

Resort photo Cottage 1  Inside Blesbusk  Downstairs inside kudu chalet

Address & Contacts

 Physical Address:

Slievyre Game Farm
D416
Estcourt
3310
Kwa-Zulu Natal

Postal Address: 
Slievyre Game Farm,
Box 691
Estcourt
3310
Kwa-Zulu Natal

 

 

 

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