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The Nest Resort and Hotel is in the Central Drakensberg in South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal province. 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 the most special place of comfort, wonder, and natural beauty.
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, great 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 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 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.
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
- Table tennis
- Satellite TV lounge
- Indoor games
- Romantic candlelit dinner dances
Set in acres of beautiful gardens, the hotel rooms offer a peaceful escape from the hustle of city life, which by choice have no televisions in the rooms.
- 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 Central Drakensberg in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province is one of the top vacation hotspots, and as a result, there are some activities and attractions for guests.
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.
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 great accommodation, facilities, and service at excellent rates. The Hotel and Conference Center has been awarded the following titles:
- BEST SOUTH AFRICAN LEISURE HOTEL in 2008 at the AA Travel Guides American Express Accommodation Awards.
- The Nest Hotel was Runner-Up and Highly Commended in the 2005 and 2006 AA Accommodation Awards
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Heated towel rails
- Mini bar
- 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
- Billiard Room
- Breakaway 1
- Breakaway 2
- Breakaway 3
- Cane Lounge
- Ukhahlamba Hall
- Conference venue
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Concierge services
- Housekeeping service
- Luggage storage
- # 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:
- Fully serviced
- Under floor heating
- En-suite bathrooms with heated towel racks
- Ample cupboard space
- Tea/coffee making facilities
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.
- En-suite bathrooms
- Dressing table
- Tea/coffee making equipment
- Situated in the tranquil gardens of the resort.
Premier Garden Room
- # 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.
- King size bed
- Under floor heating
- Dimming lights
- Dressing room
- Spa bath
- Heated towel racks
- Under floor heating
- Large balcony
- 72cm Television
- Mini bar
- Tea/coffee facilities
- Custom made gas fireplace
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