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Winterton 3340
South Africa
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The Nest Hotel is the oldest and most well-known of all the Drakensberg resorts in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensberg, offering award-winning leisure accommodation and world-class conference facilities. This hotel is a unique place of comfort, wonder, and natural beauty.

The Nest is a delightful country hotel, which nestles amidst the scenic Drakensberg Mountains. Charming Thatched Rondavels and hotel rooms are on 25 acres of tranquil, park-like gardens.

The resort is a popular getaway destination for families, honeymooners and business delegates alike. An excellent combination of traditional South African country food, spectacular gardens, superb facilities, comfortable accommodation and stunning views over the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site, together with the availability of just about all leisure and sporting facilities imaginable, can be experienced at this unique Drakensberg resort. 

The hotel offers a broad range of activities and recreational facilities, such as swimming pool, tennis courts, mountain bikes, croquet lawn, horse riding, river walks and guided hikes into the mountains and championship bowling greens with professional coaching offered. Guests staying here may visit the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir, the Spioenkop Game Reserve and the old Bushman Paintings. Nearby golf, adventure activities and team building activities are also available.

Room types:

  • Executive Suites
  • Mountain-Facing - (Rooms 60-63)
  • Premier Garden Rooms
  • Garden Rondavels

Leisure, Hikes and Sporting

The hotel is renowned as a leading family resort and has numerous recreational activities aimed at making everyone's stay a relaxed and fun experience. Whether guests prefer to spend the day relaxing in the sun on the front lawn of the hotel, playing golf, fishing, shopping for curios, white river rafting, or even taking a scenic helicopter flip in the Drakensberg Mountains, the hotel offers a lot of different activities. 


The Resort offers guests cuisine à la Table d'Hotel all included in the tariff. Three carefully selected meals of traditional South African tasty country cooking are served daily. 

These include; breakfast, light lunches, and six-course dinners, as well as morning and afternoon tea and coffee on the hotel's veranda overlooking the dramatic Drakensberg, are available to guests. This particular region of South Africa is rich in produce, and therefore the best ingredients are used. Many fresh vegetables come from the hotel's garden.

Activities and entertainment


  • Three championship bowling greens
  • Resident coach in attendance
  • Can be played all year round
  • Bowls tournaments, coaching clinics and greenkeeper seminars

Other Activities/Entertainment include:

  • Tennis courts
  • Croquet lawn
  • Horse riding for both beginners and advanced riders
  • Beautiful walks along the river with pools and waterfalls
  • Guided hikes into the mountains
  • Scenic Drives
  • Bushmen paintings
  • Historic Anglo-Boer War sites
  • Drakensberg Boys Choir
  • The Alaska Rug Factory
  • The Kwa-Zulu Shoe factory
  • Meadow Sweet Herb Farm
  • Golf course
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Billiards
  • Pool
  • Darts
  • Satellite TV lounge
  • Library
  • Indoor games
  • Romantic candlelit dinner dances

Awards and Accolades

This hotel in the Drakensberg is one of the leading resort hotels in South Africa and offers excellent value for money. This resort prides itself on providing outstanding accommodation, facilities, and service at attractive rates. The Hotel and Conference Center has been awarded the following titles:

  • BEST SOUTH AFRICAN LEISURE HOTEL the AA Travel Guides American Express Accommodation Awards.
  • The Nest Hotel was Runner-Up and Highly Commended AA Accommodation Awards

Below detailed information about the The Nest Hotel is available.
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  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Heated towel rails
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Underfloor Heating



The Resort offers guests cuisine à la Table d'Hotel all included in the tariff. Three carefully selected meals of traditional South African tasty country cooking are served daily. These include; breakfast, light lunches, and six course dinners, as well as morning and afternoon tea and coffee on the hotel's veranda overlooking the impressive Drakensberg, are available to guests. This particular region of South Africa is rich in produce and therefore the best ingredients are used. Many fresh vegetables come from the hotel's own garden.

Nearby activities & attractions
  • Drakensberg Boys Choir
  • Anglo-Boer War Battle Sites
  • Bushman Paintings
  • Winterton Museum
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Tree-top Canopy Tours
  • Four Rivers Rafting and Adventures
  • Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Hiking trails at Mnweni
  • Icidi Pass
  • Ifidi Pass / Ifidi Valley, Mnweni
  • Mbundini and Fangs Passes
  • Mnweni via Rockeries and Mnweni Passes
  • nTonyelana Pass
Hiking trails in Royal Natal National Park
  • Amphitheatre to Cathedral
  • Devil’s Hoek Valley
  • Mckinley’s Pool, Gudu Falls, The Grotto
  • Mont-Aux-Sources via Basutho Gate and The Chain Ladder
  • Otto’s Walk & Bushman Paintings
  • Rugged Glen to Mahai
  • Sigubudu Ridge and Valley
  • Tugela Gorge
  • Vemaan Valley
Hiking trails at Cathedral Peak
  • Blue Pool and Nyosi Grotto
  • Cathedral Peak Hike
  • Contour Path – Cathedral Peak to Ndedema
  • Contour Path- Ndedema to Monk’s Cowl
  • Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock
  • Mlambonja Pass to Twins Cave
  • Mlambonja Valley (3)
  • Mushroom Rock
  • Old Furrow Trail
  • Oqalweni Forest Walk
  • Oqalweni Valley
  • Rainbow Gorge
  • Tarn and Tryme Hills
  • Tseketseke Camp Site
  • Two Passes and Cleft Peak Escarpment Hike
Hiking trails in Giants Castle Game Reserve and Injasuthi
  • Bannerman Hut
  • Berg view
  • Centenary Hut
  • Champagne Pools
  • Giant’s Castle Pass
  • Giant’s Hut via Oribi Ridge
  • Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley
  • Grysbok Bush
  • Langalibalele Pass
  • Main Caves
  • Marble Baths
  • Meander Hut
  • Old Kraal and Yellowwood Forest
  • River Walk
  • Spare Rib Cave
  • Van Heyningen’s Pass to View Point
  • Wildebeest Plateau
Hiking trails at Monks Cowl and Champagne Castle
  • Champagne Castle Via Gray’s Pass
  • Contour Path- Monk’s Cowl to Injasuti
  • Crystal Falls and Sphinx
  • Fern Forest
  • Mhlwazini Valley Trail
  • Stable Cave Trail
  • Sterkspruit Falls and Gorge

Conference Venues
  • Billiard Room
  • Breakaway 1
  • Breakaway 2
  • Breakaway 3
  • Cane Lounge
  • Ukhahlamba Hall

  • Conference venue
  • Hotel Bar
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Luggage storage

Available Rooms

Mountain View

# Rooms:

Wake up each morning to the glorious view of the stunning Drakensberg Mountains from these well appointed rooms. These rooms each have a flat screen TV offering the M-Net hotel bouquet of channels, as well as the SABC channels and e-TV. Comprised of the 50’s and 60’s in terms of room numbers there are two different room types:

Room features:

  • Fully serviced
  • Under floor heating
  • En-suite bathrooms with heated towel racks
  • Ample cupboard space
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Radio
Single Room R1370
Double Room R2380

Garden Rondavel

The beautiful Garden Rondavels at The Nest Resort accommodate up to six guests but primarily have double or twin bed configurations suitable for a single person or couples.

Room features:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Radio
  • Dressing table
  • Tea/coffee making equipment
  • Situated in the tranquil gardens of the resort.
Single Room R1150
Double Room R1930

Premier Garden Room

Single Room R1200
Double Room R2050

Executive Suite

# Rooms:

Set amidst acres of beautiful and well kept park-like gardens, the rooms at The Nest Resort offer a peaceful escape from the hustle of city life. The Nest Drakensberg Resort offers two luxurious suites each of which measures more than 150m² in size. The Executive Suites are ideal for guests who are looking for a luxurious and elegant holiday living space at a popular resort hotel in the heart of the Central Drakensberg.

Room features:

  • King size bed
  • Under floor heating
  • Dimming lights
  • Dressing room
  • Telephone
  • Shower
  • Spa bath
  • Heated towel racks
  • Under floor heating
  • Large balcony
  • 72cm Television
  • DSTV
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Custom made gas fireplace

Honeymoon Suite

Single Room R1620
Double Room R2700

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Latitude: -28.973819

Longitude: 29.489868

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