The rate is for 1-8 persons max. Tucked into the mountain, in the shadow of Cathkin Peak & Champagne Castle, deep in a Unesco world heritage site sits a stone chalet with 4 bedrooms, included is the attached apartment. Furnished and decorated in a beautiful cottage style, we have a fully equipped "home from home" kitchen. Cable/satellite TV available.
Johannesburg 3hours / Durban 2-2.5hrs. Our self-catering cottage, Drakensberg House, lies on a half acre of uniquely private and immaculate gardens in a secure environment. Local activities include: canopy tours, hiking, golf, swimming, boating, trout fishing, horse riding & hot air ballooning or just relax and read a book! Our property is only 10 minutes away from the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir.
The Drakensberg borders Lesotho and runs down to the Eastern and Southern Cape. The peaks reach over 3000m in height. "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 & forming the “Tugela Falls”. Okhahlamba is the Zulu word for “Barrier of Spears”, once home to ancient KhoiSan hunter-gatherers.
HIKING AND WALKS IN THE CHAMPAGNE VALLEY AND FURTHER.
LOCAL FROM DRAKENSBERG HOUSE
The Monk's Cowl is 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
• The Cathedral Peak area is defined by a freestanding set of peaks extending from the escarpment, and is a 45 minute drive from Inkosana Lodge. 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!
• Giant's Castle is another great site for Bushman rock art, with the caves only a 1.5 km walk from the entrance gate. Here you'll also find a museum which recreates Bush men life. Serious hikers can reach the top of the Drakensberg escarpment via Langalibalele Pass.
Prices are per unit - 50 % Deposit with balance 60 days from arrival , or 100% if booked 60 days prior to arrival- R750 refundable security deposit
The Champagne Valley is deep into the Drakensberg range, a world heritage site and surrounded by some of South Africa's premier sport resort hotels, for all sorts of activities , hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, white water rafting, golf, trout fishing, hiking. Choice of restaurants, pubs, or barbecueing . Drakensberg house has its own entertainment area and barbecue / braai, completely private and surrounded by 100 year old oak trees.
The cottage and apartment sleeps 8 maximum, is security patrolled and secure. Wildlife is prolific ,small buck and monkey with larger game higher up the mountain. Unmistakeable Cathkin Peak is the most recognizable landmark in the Drakensberg area, named by an early Scottish settler after a town near his native Glasgow. There is a profusion of San paintings in the Cathkin Peak area with the Ndedema Gorge in the north the richest with 17 shelters and 4,000 paintings. Bushmen were thought to have all been killed by farmers and bounty hunters in the last century, but a cave was discovered in 1926 containing a bow and quiver with a freshly laid grass bed. Perhaps these diminutive people still remain in the mountain. Scenic walks include Intunja (the eye of the needle), a small mountain with a hole in it. Champagne Castle was so named because the bottle of bubbly carried up by the first people to ascend was broken - inadvertently christening the mountain Cathedral Peak is renowned for its beauty and all within the UNESCO world heritage site. From its cosy setting in a quiet valley, visitors look out onto a jagged ridge of mountains known as the Cathedral Spur; the escarpment looms above the hotel to the south and west. The lure of the great outdoors combined as well as access to the hotel facilities brings families back for holidays, every year. The exclusive residence offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation boasting , a fire place, televisions and wood burning stove.