Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Exterior View of the Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa
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Hotel Type:
Spa, Family, Conference, Leisure
Address:
Bergville 3350
Drakensberg
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
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Overview

The Cavern is a holiday resort located in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Named after the "Cannibal Cavern", The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa is situated on 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve adjacent to the Ampitheatre Royal Natal National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. The Cavern Hotel is situated is located in the Northern Drakensberg, 3.5 hours from Gauteng and 3 hours from Durban on excellent tarred roads.

The Cavern Drakensberg resort has won numerous accolades and awards. Superior suites, Superior rooms and standard accommodation are available to guests, all offering spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, forests and mountainside. The Superior accommodation is set away from The Cavern resort, in tranquil gardens, giving you magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

The thatch accommodation and facilities found at The Cavern Hotel blend nicely 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 resort offers guests daily guided hikes to magnificent sights such as the Thonsela Cave, the Cannibal Cavern, the Echo Cave and Sungubala. 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.

Forest Retreat Health and Beauty Spa at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

The luxurious Forest Retreat Spa nestles in the canopy of The Cavern's indigenous Fern Forest. The qualified therapists offer relaxation massages, manicures & pedicures. Dermalogica skincare treatments are available with the Head therapist.

Unwind in magnificent surroundings. Enjoy our relaxing treatments by qualified body care therapists. We observe the strictest sterilisation and hygiene procedures and conform to a strong code of ethical conduct.

Children

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa is a child friendly family resort. The Hotel provides a separate children 's dining room for children under 7 years where parents are encouraged to join their kids during their mealtime.

The children's dining room is also set up for entertaining kids during adult meals. There are suitable DVDs, toys, and an outside play area, which is fenced off so that kids can get fresh air without the danger of running off unaccompanied by adult supervision. Other activities include face painting, play dough, finger painting and many crafts. Our staff are trained to interact with your children and they are kept amused with songs, dancing and group play.

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. Families do join the morning guided hikes and the shorter walks are not too strenuous. There are backpacks for carrying kids. The kiddies can assist the guide when he collects firewood to brew tea at the river or dam. Packed lunches can be ordered for those who'd like a family picnic in the mountains.

Activities at the Cavern Resort, KwaZulu-Natal

Two guided walks per day are offered to guests staying at The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa. On each hike tea, coffee, juice and Cavern Crunchies are provided at a Scenic Spot, Bushman Paintings or Rock Carving. Longer full day hikes are organised with walking excursions to the Tugela Gorge and to the top of the Amphitheatre.

Horse trails and trout fishing in five dams are available on the property. Tennis, volleyball, bowls, trampoline and a swimming pool with slide are also on offer. A swimming pool, darts and table tennis are available inside with Evening Entertainment provided each night. Once week we have a magnificent Slide Show of the Drakensberg and on Saturdays we have a Dance.

A nine hole Golf Course is available 10km away from The Cavern Hotel.

Dining at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

The Cavern Hotel offers full service meals which include healthy meals for all ages with no limits on the number of courses.

The hotel provides buffet meals during the week, weather permitting, as an alternative. The many decks, indigenous gardens, prolific bird life and warm sunny weather provide opportunities for fine outside dining. Boma Breakfasts and Sundowners are organised weekly.

A separate Children's Dining Room is available for children under 7 with a separate Children's Menu and nanny supervision while parents enjoy their meals.

Our Cave Bar is a unique feature of the Cavern and the only one in South Africa – it is a reminder of Bushman Art and their lifestyles.

Directions from Johannesburg:

Take the N3 South towards Durban, until Harrismith. From there take the N5 West towards Bethlehem for 4 km only. Turn left onto the R712 / R74 (Signposted towards Qwa-Qwa & Alternative Route to Durban) Travel for a further 8km only. Turn left following the R74 towards Bergville, and down the Oliviershoek pass. After 38km, the road levels out. Turn right towards the Northern 'Berg Resorts. After 6 km turn right again towards The Cavern, Alpine Heath and Hlalanathi. The Cavern is at the end of this 10km tarred road.

Directions from Durban:

Travel north on the N3 towards Johannesburg. After passing Estcourt Shell Ultra City, take the Ladysmith, Bergville and Northern 'Berg Resorts Offramp (R74). Turn left towards Winterton and Bergville. Travel through Winterton and 30km past Bergville. There, turn left towards Northern 'Berg Resorts. After 6 km turn right towards The Cavern, Alpine Heath and Hlalanathi. The Cavern is at the end of this 10km tarred road.

Distances to the Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa:

  • Gauteng: 350 km (3.5 hours) via Oliviershoek Pass
  • Durban: 300 km (3 hours)

Services

Check In and Check Out Times

  • Check In: 14:00
  • Check Out: 10:00

Business Services

  • WIFI

General Services

  • 24 hour reception service
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Room Types

Standard: 39 rooms

cavern drakensberg resort & spa standard

The Cavern Resort is a Drakensberg holiday destination offering two types of accommodation (Standard and Superior) which have been rated as "Superior" by the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa.

Standard Rooms

The Standard accommodation at the Cavern Drakensberg resort is set in lush garden landscapes with a vibrant mix of indigenous planting, filled with the sounds of birdlife.   Each Standard room features a patio to soak up the sun and enjoy the mountain splendour.

Today's Rate

Single Room: R1450.00

Double Room: R1930.00

Superior: 6 rooms

cavern drakensberg resort & spa superior

Superior Rooms

The finely appointed Superior accommodation at The Cavern Drakensberg resort in KwaZulu-Natal provides magnificent views of the surrounding mountains with private patios to soak up the sun, listen to the sounds of forest streams and relax in the mountain wilderness. The Superior rooms provide a TV and bar fridge.

 

Today's Rate

Single Room: R1750.00

Double Room: R2340.00

Superior Suite: 10 rooms

cavern drakensberg resort & spa superior suite

Superior Suites

With superior finishings and fittings, the Superior Suites at The Cavern resort are nests of tranquillity, each with its own private fireplace, patio, TV and barfridge.

The Superior suites feature magnificent views of the surrounding mountains with the sounds of waterfalls and streams rushing through indigenous forests.

 

Today's Rate

Single Room: R2010.00

Double Room: R2680.00

Room Amenities

Room Amenities

  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In room safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Underfloor Heating

Hotel Restaurants

Dining Deck & Cave Bar - Cavern Hotel

Weekly functions at The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa include lunches in the sun, boma breakfasts and potjie buffets. A range of beers and a selection of South African wines are available.  The popular Emaweni Cave bar at The Cavern is fully licenced, and operates between noon and late evenings.

Address: Bergville 3350, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Hotel Spa

The Spa

The Forest Spa Retreat at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort

Guests at the Cavern are invited to unwind in magnificent surroundings while enjoying the relaxing spa treatments by qualified body care therapists.

The luxurious 'Forest Retreat' nestles happily on the edge of the Cavern’s beautiful Fern Forest, an ecosystem steeped in history. About 200 000 years ago, during a warm wet period, Afro-montane forest stretched all the way from the equatorial East African highlands to the Cape, covering most of the eastern half of South Africa.

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Activities / Sports and Leisure

Spa treatments

The Forest Spa Retreat at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort

Guests at the Cavern are invited to unwind in magnificent surroundings while enjoying the relaxing spa treatments by qualified body care therapists.

The luxurious 'Forest Retreat' nestles happily on the edge of the Cavern’s beautiful Fern Forest, an ecosystem steeped in history. About 200 000 years ago, during a warm wet period, Afro-montane forest stretched all the way from the equatorial East African highlands to the Cape, coveringmost of the eastern half of South Africa.

Walking & Hiking

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa is surrounded by many beautiful trails which invite for great outdoor times ranging from gentle walks to challenging hikes.
 
Every day local guides are on hand to accompany guests on short or more challenging hikes. Numerous beauty spots are visited where a brew of tea and crunchies are enjoyed.
 
Some of the many treks, hikes and walks starting at The Cavern Hotel
 
THE WATERFALL
 
TIME: 1 hour return
DISTANCE: 1 km return
TERRAIN: Easy path

THE CAVERN GROTTO
 
TIME: 1 hour, return or round trip
DISTANCE: 1.5 km
TERRAIN: Undulating well-marked path. The circular return leg has a bit of a climb up reinforced steps

THE FERN FOREST
 
TIME: 2 hours round trip
DISTANCE: 3 km
TERRAIN: Undulating, with easy stream crossings

BUSHBUCK RIDGE AND NATURAL POOL
 
TIME: 2 hours round trip
DISTANCE: 3 km
TERRAIN: Undulating, with a short, steep but safe section

CANNIBAL CAVERN
 
TIME: 4-5 hours
DISTANCE: 6 km return, or 7 km round trip
TERRAIN: Undulating with a few steep sections
 
SUGAR LOAF
 
TIME: 4 hours
DISTANCE: 7 km
TERRAIN: Undulating path with a few steep slopes and fairly easy scrambles
 
LITTLE HUT AND MILLS GAP
 
TIME: 4 hours
DISTANCE: 8 km
TERRAIN: Undulating path with steep slopes and scrambles

METSI MATSI RIVER
 
TIME: 8 hours
DISTANCE: 13 km
TERRAIN: Undulating path with steep slopes and some scrambles. Hotel guide required
 
THE DIAMOND
 
TIME: 8 hours
DISTANCE: 13 km
TERRAIN: Undulating path with steep slopes and some scrambles
 
THE SILENT WOMAN VIA JACKAL HILL
 
TIME: 4 hours
DISTANCE: 8 km
TERRAIN: Undulating path with moderate slopes and gradients. The descent to the Silent Woman is steep but not difficult
 
CAMEL'S HUMP
 
TIME: 4½ hours
DISTANCE: 7 km round trip
TERRAIN: Undulating path with a few steepish sections. The short-cut route has some scrambles

Swimming

Guests staying at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa are welcome to swim in the rivers or in the large crystal clear swimming pool.

Trout fishing

Guests may fish for trout in the resort's five well stocked dams.

Children activities

Activities for children at The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

1. Shorter Morning Walks

Many of the shorter walks are ideal for families. Backpacks for carrying younger children are available for hire from the Entertainment’s desk. The most child-friendly walks include: The Grotto, Fan Falls, Natural Pool, Mays Falls and Top Dam. There are always a few short climbs but taking it slowly with a few rewards makes it possible for most children. Guides carry along crunchies and juice and brew tea at the destination. Children can help collect firewood and enjoy playing in the streams while everyone has a good rest. The route home is normally relatively quick.

2. Pony Rides

Pony Rides are available each morning and afternoon, Monday to Saturday and on Sunday mornings. Please book at the Entertainment’s Desk at least an hour before so that the pony is not let out to pasture. Parents should collect tickets and then wait at the Jungle Gym just below the front lawn. A helmet is provided by the groom and the led ride goes from the Jungle Gym towards the tennis courts and back.

3. Croquet, Putting, a Jungle Gym & Trampoline at the Tennis Courts

Croquet or Putting can be arranged on the top bowling green. And, a new play area has been established next to the tennis court. This shady spot is ideal for little ones. There is a slide, see-saw, mini roundabout and the small trampoline is a real hit!

4. Kiddies’ Nail Treatment

A special something for little girls – visit the Spa Reception and have nails painted a pretty colour.

5. Picnic at the Natural Pool

Children love exploring. This short walk down the road to the Natural Pool is ideal for a family. Order packed lunches the night before. Collect them from the Entertainment’s desk before departing. Spend time splashing in the river, looking for crabs or racing wooden “boats” down the stream. Enjoy sandwiches, fruit, cheese & biscuits and juice in the shade before returning home.

6. Canoeing on Darter Dam

Oars and life jackets are available at the Entertainment’s Desk. Walk down to the dam via the swimming pool and race across Darter Dam. Look out for the trout swimming below. If you’re quiet you may see the kingfisher.

7. Fishing at Charleswood Dam

Charleswood Dam is next to the tennis courts. Hire rods from the Entertainment’s desk.

8. Afternoon Activity at 3pm

Watch the notice board daily. The Supervisors will meet you at the playroom for an hour of great fun!
Your children will be kept amused by creating their own pet rock, building Jelly-tot structures or racing around about on the scavenger hunt.

9. Swimming Pool & Slippery Slide

Don’t miss the slippery slide in the summer. There is also a separate kiddies’ pool for the tiny tots

10. Paddling in the Putterill’s Stream

Walk down the drive-way to the petrol bowser and behind the 201-203 block towards the Fern Forest. After 5 minutes you will come across a bridge crossing the Putterill’s Stream. Don’t cross the bridge, but walk to the river where children can paddle and play for ages.

Parent information

1. Dining at The Cavern

Children under the age of 7 are catered for in the children’s dining room. The food is better suited to them and there is space for everyone. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun.

Nannies are available during all the adult meal times to look after little ones while parents enjoy some quality adult time together.

Should your older children (7-10yrs) prefer to eat in this dining room, please pop into Reception so that the kitchen can ensure that there is enough food prepared.

2. The Playroom

Nannies are trained to look after little ones during all the adult meal times. Please assist our staff by checking children in and out of the playroom. Please introduce your child to the nanny before leaving the playroom.

The activities that are available include colouring, puzzle-making, play-dough fun and construction activities on the carpet. Out of doors there is a chalk-board, a sandpit and a few swings. DVDs can also be played but we do encourage children to eat before putting on the movies.

3. The Studio Family Dining Room

The resort is aware that there are families that would prefer to be together and so they have the small studio dining room between the children’s and the main dining room. Please chat to the Head Waiter who will arrange a table for you and your little ones.

4. Meal Times

  • Children’s Meal Times:

Breakfast 07:30 – 08:00 Lunch 12:30 – 13:00 Dinner 17:30 – 18:00

  • Adult Meal Times: Breakfast 07:30 – 09:00 Lunch 12:30 – 14:00 Dinner 18:30 – 20:00

5. Puréed food

There is a selection of puréed vegetables in the freezer in the playroom. If your baby requires them, please don’t hesitate to help yourself or ask a nanny for assistance. 

6. Sterilizing Bottles

Please ask one of the nannies for assistance. Bottles can be washed and there is a microwave sterilizer available.

7. Hiring Nannies


Nannies are available for hire outside of the meal times. Please enquire at the Entertainment’s Desk. The sessions last 2 hours and there is then a pro-rata charge thereafter. Full-time nannies (8 hours per day) can be arranged.

8. Planned Weekly Activities

  • Face Painting just outside the playroom
  • Marshmallow Braai outside the Cave Bar

Workshops and events

  • Birding and Nature weekends
  • Star gazing  
  • Photographic workshops
  • Botanical Art courses
  • Cavern Trekking week
  • Cavern bowling
  • Painting workshop
  • Bridge workshop
  • Spionkop Battlefield Tour
  • Adventure Hiking weekends
  • Festive weekend break
  • Wild Flower weekend
  • Royal Drakensberg Mountain Bike Challenge

Conferences and Events

No Conference / Event Information available

No conference facilities or event information available currently at Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa.

Facilities

Facilities Available

  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Childrens playground
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Jogging trail
  • Kid's Club
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Private guest library/ lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court
  • Terrace
  • Trout dam
  • Undercover and surface parking
  • Wellness centre

Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa Specials & Packages

No Specials Available

There are currently no specials for the Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa.
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Directions

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: -28.636324
Longitude: 28.960554

Directions

Driving directions to Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa Suggested routes 3 hours 50 mins, N3, 306 km from King Shaka Int Airport Durban

1. Head southwest toward Mdloti St 700 m
2. Turn left at Mdloti St 2.3 km
3. Keep right at the fork and merge onto N2 Rd 28.9 km
4. Take exit 165-E B Cloete for N3 toward Pietermaritzburg/Johannesburg 1.6 km
5. Turn left at N3 182 km
6. Take exit 194 for R74 toward R103/Colenso/Bergville 550 m
7. Turn left at R74 71.8 km
8. Turn left 7.4 km
9. Turn right 10.3 km

Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Parking

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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Accreditations

Star Rating

3 Star

Memberships

  • AA Quality Assured Associate
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