If you are looking for the best accommodation in Drakensberg then look no further than this article. The Drakensberg region is on of South Africa’s treasures of natural beauty and a popular vacation destination for locals and tourists alike.
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List of Best Accommodation In Drakensberg
In our list of accommodation in Drakensberg we have compiled a list with variety to meet different needs. Whether you want a homely cottage getaway or a boutique hotel experience, you can find what you are looking for in Drakensberg.
Champagne Castle Hotel
Champagne Castle is considered by many to be the best hotel in the Southtern Drakensberg and a case can be made for that argument. The hotel is well-located, right be Champagne Castle, the jewel of the Drakensberg mountains and third highest peak in South Africa. There is a diversity of plant and animal life in the area. As far as accommodation goes, you have a choice between hotel rooms or self-catering accommodation. Our pick of the bunch is the deluxe rooms with mountain views. The rooms are spacious, with a private patio and spectacular views of the mountain range.
The restaurant is well appointed with mountain views and seating for 140 people. Meals are served buffet style with an extensive menu. Additionally, there is a bar with an open fireplace and mountain views which is open until late. You can engage in some of the activities that the hotel offers on-site. There is horse-riding and pony rides for rider of all levels.
At the animal farm, children can touch billy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other critters. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at fishing, the property has three well-stocked dams for trout fishing. The wellness Centre on-site offers a selection of spa treatments to help you unwind and feel refreshed on your stay at the hotel.
The Cathedral Peak Hotel has all of the features that you will expect from a premier accommodation in Drakensberg. It is situated among lush green fields, with the mountain range as a backdrop for your stay there. The hotel is designed in a classical style that exudes old world charm that blends well with the country setting. The staff at the hotel give great service with a welcoming smile to make you feel right at home.
You have a choice between standard rooms to suites which are set apart from the rest of the hotel and give you a tranquil and luxurious retreat. The rooms have views of the surrounding mountains that you can luxuriate in from that patio or over some tea.
The hotel offers good value for money and breakfast, dinner, as well as mid morning and afternoon tea are all included in your tariff. Amenities that come with all rooms include free Wi-Fi, a patio, bar fridge and daily housekeeping to name a few. If you are traveling with kids, there is a recreation centre with games, a playground and trampoline to keep kids of all ages busy for hours. The hotel is also the departure point for helicopter rides with Westline. We highly recommend taking one of the helicopter rides to get the best views of the Drakensberg possible.
The Nest Hotel
The Nest is a country style hotel with views of the Drakensberg mountains. The hotel is situated in the Champagne valley, amid the green fields of the Umkahlaba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. The accommodation comprises cottages that can accommodate between 2 and 4 people, each with en-suite bathrooms and underfloor heating for when it gets a bit chilly.
You can choose between units with a garden view or mountain views. The garden and lawns are well maintained and picturesque if you are inclined to take some photos. All of these buildings are wheel-chair friendly and can be accessed via wheelchair ramps.
The menu is centered on country style food, including a South African cuisine 6 course dinner meal. A great thing about the menu here is that it is Table D’Hote, which means that you can buy one of their “full board packages” which includes all of your meals. The package is charged at a fixed price so you can order the whole package upfront. This means that you get very good value for money and can enjoy your meals at the restaurant to the fullest without worrying about price surprises.
There are tons of activities to get up to in the region and the nest is a great base from which to explore them. The main building has a range of facilities that you can use for recreation in your free time. There is a bar with a lounge area where you can catch a game of billiards. There is also an outdoor pool and a playground where the kids can play.
Premier Resort Sani Pass
The Drakensberg Mountains comprise the Northern and Southern region, and if you are visiting the Southern Drakensberg, Premier Resort Sani Pass is hands down out pick for the best accommodation in the Drakensberg. It is located in the Mkhomazana Valley and offers both hotel and cottage resort accommodation. The hotel is popular with visitors who plan to visit the Sani Pass. There are daily travels by 4×4 vehicle to the Sani Pass. Of the hotels in the hotels in the Drakensberg, this is the most luxurious, and is a change from the classical decoration style, with its contemporary interior décor. The hotel also has a modern restaurant that serves a decadent selection of local and continental foods.
When it comes to facilities, you won’t be left wanting. Premier Sani pass has a 9-hole golf course, and a fully equipped spa to name but a few of the amenities that you can enjoy. The outdoor pool is surrounded by lush greenery and decked out with loungers that make it perfect for an afternoon laze in the sun.
The service is of the highest order and everything is kept spotless by the efficient staff. In terms of location, Premier Sani is hard to top. There are 360 degree views of green plains or the mountain range. Rooms are available in a Twin and King bed setup, and each room has an in-room safe and free WiFi.
Sani Valley Lodges
Sani Valley Lodge is in a private lodge within the mountain range. The lodges sit on the banks of a private lake that is there for the enjoyment of guests. An abundance of wildlife can be found in the area. The lake also attracts a wide variety of bird species, making this a sanctuary that’s perfect for birdwatching. The luxury lodges are tailored to accommodate couples, families and small groups.
Each lodge is equipped with an open plan lounge with a fully equipped kitchen area. Large sliding does open out onto the wooden deck areas, blurring the boundary between outside and inside. The lodges offer both full catering and self-catering depending on your needs. Professional service is on hand if you opt for the semi- or full catered accommodation, and daily housekeeping is included in the daily rates.
Because the lodges are few, you can enjoy a sense of privacy and relaxation, amid the tranquility of the natural environment. What makes Sani Pass Unique is the variety in the views that you have. Most places have mountain views but Sani Valley has the picturesque lake setting and the grass fields that are inhabited by the diverse animal life.
The reserve is one of the few animal reserves in the Drakensberg region, making this an exclusive experience. Sani Valley is the closest lodge to Sani Pass, with easy access for guests who want to go there. From the lodge you can take in views of the snow covered mountains.