High in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg, surrounded by towering mountains, forests and streams is a unique family resort - The Cavern.
Named after the "Cannibal Cavern", it is situated on a private mountain reserve adjacent to the Amphitheatre Royal Natal National Park - a World Heritage Site.
This stunning full board Drakensberg resort has won numerous accolades. Superior suites, superior rooms and standard accommodation are available with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, forests and mountainside.
The Superior accommodation is set away from the resort, in tranquil gardens, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
The Cavern is set in a secluded valley beneath the massive sandstone cliffs of the Northern Drakensberg. The thatch accommodation and facilities blend beautifully with the natural surroundings of the area.
The Cavern is home to numerous Bushman paintings, 213 species of birds, 150 species of trees and numerous wild animals.
The Cavern is a child friendly family resort and has a separate children`s dining room for children under 7 years. The children`s dining room is also set up for entertaining kids during adult meals.
Children`s entertainment is organised in the afternoons on a daily basis and Nannies are available for hire outside of meal and organised children`s entertainment times.
During the day children are kept busy on the trampoline and jungle gym and there are pony rides twice a day. Canoes are available for hire on the dam and they can even try and fish. There is a small separate kiddies pool and an exciting kiddies slide into the large pool.
The Cavern Dining Room offers a Table d` hoté menu. This is a set menu which includes a wide variety of meal choices, and always includes a vegetarian entrée. Vegetarians are advised to let our Reservations office know prior to arrival. Regrettably, the Cavern does not have an a-la-carte Restaurant and we are unable to cater for other special dietary requirements.
A range of beers and a selection of South African wines are available. The Emaweni Cave bar is fully licenced, and operates between 12h00 & 23h00.
The Cavern offers two types of accommodation (Standard and Superior) which have been rated as a "Superior" family resort by the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa.
Our Standard accommodation is set in lush garden landscapes with a vibrant mix of indigenous planting, filled with the sounds of birdlife.
Each room has a patio to soak up the sun and enjoy the mountain splendour.
Our finely appointed Superior accommodation has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains with private patios to soak up the sun, listen to the sounds of forest streams and relax in our mountain wilderness.
All Superior accommodation has a TV and bar fridge.
The Cavern Drakensberg Resort Activities:
This Drakensberg resort offers daily guided hikes to such wonderful destinations as Thonsela Cave, Cannibal Cavern, Echo Cave and Sungubala amongst others.
For the more energetic, walks are organized to the Tugela Gorge and to the top of the Amphitheatre.
The Cavern offers an extensive range of sport and recreational facilities, from guided walks to horse trails through splendid scenery, jeep trips and trout fishing in five well stocked dams.
Swim in the rivers or in our large crystal clear swimming pool or choose from a variety of leisure activities, including tennis, bowls, volleyball, jogging, and mountain biking.
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Clothing & Accessories:
Bring clothing suitable for all weather.
Health & Climate:
Summers are hot with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winter days are warm, and the nights cold.
The Cavern Drakensberg Resort Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 7
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Friendly, efficient staff. The setting is absolutely beautiful very relaxing and quiet. Life made simple - all you do is eat, relax, drink wine & sleep. Perfect weekend away location. Can't wait to go back .... well done to the Cavern staff for making our weekend perfect!
Rating: Reviewed by Pam du Plessis over a year ago
Room was good; meals were good
Rating: Reviewed by Terry Meyer over a year ago
The Cavern Drakensburg Resort more than lives up to its advertising. Anyone visiting the resort will not be disappointed. We booked two nights, so were only there for about three days, as part of our trip to SA required that we had to be in Johannesburg by a certain date. Had it not been for that we would have stayed longer. There was so much to see and do that unfortunately we were only able to scratch the surface. Our accommodation was excellent, well maintained and comfortable. The restaurant food was very good, with a great variety...and the promise that if there wasn't enough on your plate, you could ask for more. There was always a buffet available and the breakfast one was especially nice. I would recommend The Cavern Drakensburg to anyone, single, Married or with Children if any age - you'd love it. But, book a week at least, it's well worth the time and effort to get there...and certainly value for money.
Rating: Reviewed by Philip Woolley over a year ago
The room was excellent, the food always good, the staff very friendly, the service great, all in all a hotel I would definitely go to again!
Rating: Reviewed by Sharon Pratt over a year ago
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