Beneath, Cathkin Peak 3181 m and Champagne Castle 3.337 m, lies the beautiful setting of Drakensberg House, a stone cottage in the Champagne valley of the Central Drakensberg.
Offering a unit rate for one to eight guests inside the Drakensberg Unesco World Heritage Site. A security-patrolled estate within the Drakensburg sun Resort. With all kinds of African wildlife Wildebeest roam freely on the slopes and uniquely there is a vulture restaurant where at feeding time, invitations extend to the rare and endangered Cape vulture.
Taking a walk in the garden or the surrounding area - you may stumble across blue wildebeest, duiker, blesbok, Egyptian geese, servals, porcupines, jackals, baboons, vervet monkeys and several species of mongoose, as well as Cape clawless otters. We are just a stone throw from international hotels with swimming pools, a lake, boating, fishing, canopy tours, hot-air ballooning, helicopter rides, hiking, tennis, squash, bowls, pub and golf. Johannesburg 3 hours /Durban 2 - 2.5 hrs.
Cathkin Peak 3181 m and Champagne Castle 3.337 m:
Uniquely private with immaculate gardens and secure environment. Drakensberg House is right next to the Drakensberg Sun resort. Canopy tours, hiking, swimming, boating, horse riding and hot air ballooning or just a book and enter the poolside competitions. The Drakensberg Mountains borders Lesotho and runs down to the Eastern and Southern Cape. The peak reach over 3000 m. The Mountain of Dragons is the highest peak in Southern Africa and is where the mighty Tugela River rises on the Mont-aux-Sources Plateau, cascading and forming the Tugela Falls. Okhahlamba is the Zulu word for Barrier of Spears, once home to ancient KhoiSan hunter-gatherers. Their legacy of 35 000 rock art paintings is a reminder of the fate of these small and resourceful people. Now a world heritage site in 2000 its diverse climatic conditions give rise to a flora and fauna unique to the Drakensberg region. Playing host to a large number of smaller animals including small antelope, reptiles, Lynx, serval, African wildcat, black-backed jackals, Cape fox, large spotted genets, eagles vultures and the endangered lammergeyer. Eland can be found within the reaches of some of the National Parks. Home of the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir who hold concert performances for your pleasure. Falcon Ridge - BIRDS OF PREY sanctuary.
The Drakensberg is an easy accessible plateau and the numerous passes and slopes that make for some of the best and most strenuous hiking in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Drakensberg is not only about its famous mountain peaks - Cathkin Peak, Champagne Castle, Giants Castle, Cathedral Peak, Mont-Aux-Sources - it is also graced with a number of lower peaks known as the foothills of the Drakensberg. The entire Drakensberg is riddled with incredible waterfalls, rock pools, mountain streams, caves, crisp mountain air, and special spaces that draw both visitors to South Africa and locals alike.
Accommodation at Drakensberg House:
Drakensberg House is a four bedroom and three bathroom cottage on the slopes of the berg. There is a separate apartment which sleeps two guests to a total of 8 persons of all ages.
We would not rent the property to more than one family or group at any given time. The cottage has a traditional wood-burning stove and a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, dishwasher, microwave, hob and gas plates. There is an open-plan dining room with a four-seater dining table and a comfortable lounge.
The patio includes a 8 seater table and benches. There is just under an acre of manicured gardens with an outdoor braai and a seating area. There is adequate covered parking. A maximum of eight persons of all age groups is allowed.
Minimum 3 nights stay required during any peak period - If you do not wish to stay for 3 nights you will still pay for 3 nights minimum.
Just a 4 minute walk to the pool, lake, paddle boats, trout fishing, kiddies playground, gym, restaurant and bar, horse riding quad bikes, canopy tours. It's all there for your use at the hotels discretion.
Hiking trails and walks in the Champagne valley and further; local from the Drakensberg House include:
The Monk's Cowl; the starting point to the spectacular peaks. If you're looking for a good, easy walk, try the Hlathikulu forest trail as it winds through indigenous forests and the spectrum of Drakensberg wild flowers. Rest in the mist at the base of the magnificent Nandi's Falls and explore the pools along the Mpofane river.
Another great day hike takes you up past the sandstone rock faces of the valley to the grasslands at the base of Cathkin peak where Rhebuck, Eland and bird life flourish.
For fit hikers, two mountain peaks can be reached on day hikes. Rock scrambling at the end of a four hour ascent will put you on the top of Sterkhorn (2970 m) - a stone's throw from mighty Catkhin peak and perched over the Mwhlazini river valley. The views are fantastic and you'll be able to see the Devil's Tooth at the Amphitheatre in the north and Giant's Castle in the south.
Toughing it, is the 10 hour round trip that will take you up to the plateau of Champagne Castle (3337 m), one of the highest mountains in the Drakensberg. Here you can rest at the top of a 1000 m drop and watch rare bearded vultures circle before heading back down Gray's Pass.
A drive away includes; The Cathedral Peak area is defined by a freestanding set of peaks extending from the escarpment, and a 10 minute drive from Drakensberg House. Try the day walk to Rainbow Gorge where the spray from waterfalls form beautiful rainbows. Hard-core hikers can try the day hike to the top of Cathedral Peak (3007 m), one of the best day walks in the Drakensberg.
The Injasuthi area holds the highest peak in the Drakensberg and is especially notable as having one of the best sites of Bush men rock art in the area. This art can be explored with a guided walk to Battle Cave, which displays a battle scene between two Bushmen tribes. Injasuthi is only 45 minutes by car.
Royal Natal National Park is 90 minutes north and lies at the northern end of the Drakensberg range, at the base of the Amphitheatre. Day hike up the beautiful Tugela river gorge, or drive an additional hour and walk up to and along the top of the escarpment to the Tugela falls, second highest waterfall in Africa.