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 THE DRAKENSBERG ROUTE

     

 
 

Tour the Drakensberg

Pick up your rental car at Johannesburg or Durban International Airport and in few hours you will find yourself in the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. The roads are in excellent condition so driving the Drakensberg is safe and easy.

You will be inspired by the beauty of the Mountains and surrounding landscapes. Choose your own route & hotels from the menu below.

Vehicle rental starts from US$ 30 per day and includes unlimited Km.

 

 

1.  Umzolozolo Safari Lodge   *****  40 minutes from the Drakensberg  Ladysmith
2.  Alpine Heath Resort   ****  25 km from Royal Natal National Park  Jagersrust
3.  Cathederal Peak   ****  45.4 km from central Winterton  Cathederal Peak
4.  Gwahumbe Game and Spa   ****  60.4 km from the Umbogavango Nature Reserve  Mid Illovo
5.  Letsatsi Game Lodge   ****  Off the R701, Xhariep Region, Free State  Smithfield
6.  Spion Kop Lodge   ****  15 km north of Winterton  Winterton
7.  Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge   ****  Northern Drakensburg Mountains  Bergville
8.  Harrismith Inn   ***  Between Johannesburg and Durban  Harrismith
9.  The Antbear Lodge ***  Towards Giants Castle in the Central Drakensberg  Estcourt
10. The Cavern  ***  27 km from the Amphitheatre cliff wall in Royal Natal National Park  Bergville
 

 

 
   
 

1. Umzolozolo Safari Lodge   *****

 
     
 

5 luxurious suites with panoramic views, freestanding, constructed with local materials and thatch. The air conditioned rooms are spacious and secluded with private viewing decks where guests can relax and observe the herds of zebra, wildebeest and impala as they graze below. The suites have been designed to allow maximum game viewing from every room with large picture windows looking out onto the valley. In addition, each suite has an outdoor shower so that even while showering, our guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Nambiti.
 
This malaria-free area provides an unrivalled safari experience with the opportunity to view Africa's Big Five as well as cheetah and the critically endangered African wild dog. Our Suites are private, both with their own Jacuzzi's situated on a deck overlooking the valley below.

 
     
 

 

 

2. Alpine Heath Resort   ****

 

 
     
 

Alpine Heath Resort offers 100 superb North-facing, Chalets with breathtaking views of the mountains. Each chalet is equipped with a telephone, good cellular reception, satellite TV, a comfortable lounge, patio, fireplace, self-catering kitchen and dining area. Situated midway between Durban and Johannesburg and 45km from Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal.

There are a variety of activities to keep all adventure seekers occupied, from hiking, mountain biking, to horse riding. We are one of South Africa’s premier family holiday and conference venues. With the opening of the new and improved R74 in 2015, access to Alpine Heath has become that much easier and convenient for all guests travelling to the resort from Gauteng as well as all other Northern Provinces, thus making the journey to Alpine Heath that much easier and more enjoyable.

 
     
 

 

 

3. Cathedral Peak   ****

 

 
     
 

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. 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.

 
     
 

 

 

4. Gwahumbe Game and Spa   ****

     
  Web www.gwahumbe.co.za E mail :  info@gwahumbe.co.za
  Tel:   +27 (0) 87 150 3475 Fax:      +27 (0) 31 781 1083
  Address: Mid Way, Mid Illovo  

 
     
 

Gwahumbe Game and Spa offers guests the ultimate intimate, relaxing bush experience. Located in a Malaria free environment and easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg. A wide variety of catered and self catered accommodation ranging from ultimate luxury to a rustic bush camp, together with excellent cuisine and a history of renowned good service and satisfaction, makes Gwahumbe Game & Spa a superb location to breakaway and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the bushveld.
 
Gwahumbe boasts an exclusive Spa containing massage rooms, steam, hydro and wet room which are all enclosed in a tranquil setting where meals can also be had. Qualified therapists offer a variety of treatments. Conferencing, weddings, game walks, game drives and teambuilding are our forte.

 
     
 

 

 

 5. Letsatsi Game Lodge     **** 

  Web www.letsatsigamelodge.com E mail :  info@letsatsigamelodge.com
  Tel:   +27 (0) 72 610 9390 Fax:      +27 (0) 82 311 2201
  Address: R701, 26KM from Smithfield  

 
     
 

Letsatsi Private Game Reserve is an ecological refuge that consists of a game reserve, a main lodge, a secluded bush camp, a conference centre, luxury thatched chalets and a teambuilding venue. All buildings are made of natural stone and thatched roofs. The main lodge is complemented with 28 luxury African styled, thatched roof chalets each with a private sundeck that offers a spectacular view of nature at its best.


The luxury tented camp is designed for family- and group getaways. The Bush Camp can accommodate up to 44 guests in tents, which all have thatched coverings and are furnished with twin beds, wardrobes, electricity, tea / coffee making facilities, electric blankets and turndown goodies.

 
     
 

 

 

6. Spion Kop Lodge     ****

 

 
     
 

Relax by the pool Situated on an expansive 700 hectare game farm, Spion Kop Lodge is the perfect base from which you are able to explore battlefields, berg, bush and birds of this region of Kwazulu Natal. The lodge offers visitors an awesome sense of space and beauty, supreme comfort and warm hospitality. The turn of the century farmhouse has been beautifully restored in Natal colonial style.
 
 
Guests are offered the choice of full board or self-catering facilities. There is also the majesty of the nearby Drakensberg mountains. Our well equipped conference venue near the Drakensberg offers exceptional packages and team building activities to suit all guests and ensure a successful conference in South Africa.

 
     
 

 

 

 7. Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge    ****

     
  Web:   www.witsieshoek.co.za E mail :  info@witsieshoek.co.za
  Tel:    +27 (0) 58 713 6361/2 Cell:      +27 (0) 73 228 7391 
  Address:  Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Park, KZN

 
     
 

Situated in the Northern Drakensberg at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak and looking across to the Drakensberg’s Mont-Aux-Sources and Amphitheater, this beautiful mountainous area is home to a variety of landscapes, rich flora and fauna, with Witsieshoek's incredible Drakensberg accommodation at the heart of it all. Whatever your fancy, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy the real great outdoors.

There are three kinds of accommodation available at the lodge: cozy and rustic rondavel bungalows; newly-renovated, exclusive chalets that look out onto the majestic Sentinel Peak, with its ever-changing colours and contours; and a Hikers' Cabin located just below the main reception area of the lodge that is perfect for backpackers on a tight budget. All accommodation is sold on a bed and breakfast basis, with a substantial buffet breakfast provided at the picturesque lodge restaurant.

 
     
 
 

 

 

 

 

 8. Harrismith Inn   *** 

  Web: www.choicegetaways.co.za/venues/free-state/harrismith-inn
  E mail : harrismith@africanskyhotels.com
  Tel:    +27 (0) 58 622 1011            Fax:     +27 (0) 58 622 2770
  Address: 64 Mckechnie St, Harrismith

 
     
 

The Harrismith Inn is located on the N3, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. The hotel in the Free State has superb views of the Platberg Mountains. We have 119 modern furnished rooms, set around a large swimming pool, in addition to a restaurant which is open for breakfast and dinner 7 days a week.

Harrismith Inn is your ultimate country venue for luxury accommodation, conference and banqueting facilities, with some 115 rooms, venues for hundreds of people, Sir Harry's Bar, Buffet and a la Carte Restaurant, modern facilities and amenities.

The atmosphere and social elegance of the Harrismith Inn makes this a sought after venue and major tourist destination. Come and see for yourself.

 
     
 

 

 

9. The Antbear Lodge   ***

     
  Web antbear.co.za E mail : reservations@antbear.co.za
  Tel:  +27 (0) 31 813 5995 Cell    +27 (0) 76 4412362
  Address: Fernhurst Farm, Estcourt  

 
     
 

The Antbear Lodge is situated in the Drakensberg Mountains and is a perfect base to explore the very best of what this region offers. The Drakensberg Mountains are renowned for their dramatic natural beauty spectacular mountain scapes, waterfalls and sunsets. The Antbear Lodge offers various Drakensberg accommodation options in en suite double rooms, luxury suites, family units and also boasts a luxury cave too.

Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is one of those smaller intimate kind places which has been lovingly put together. Stunning natural setting accommodation and we have managed to encase all this beauty with an atmosphere of comfort and ease. Each of the accommodation units are different and are decorated with uniquely eccentric and artistic wooden furniture. All our rooms are comfortable and have the standard features you expect.

 
     
 

 

 

10. The Cavern   ***

 

 
     
 

High in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg, surrounded by towering mountains, forests and streams is a unique family resort – The Cavern. This is a World Heritage site and should be included in your itinerary when planning holidays in the South African Drakensberg. It is named after the ‘Cannibal Cavern‘, a 200 metre wide and 60 metre deep overhang, situated above the hotel, which was home to ancestors of the Amazizi tribe.
 
 The resort offers daily guided hikes and horse rides. For the more energetic, walks are organised to the Tugela Gorge and to the top of the Amphitheatre. The Cavern is home to an extensive range of recreational facilities, from trout fishing to mountain bike trails. With a 9-hole golf course and Adventure Centre down the road, this is the perfect holiday destination in the Northern Drakensberg.

 
     
 

 

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