Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa, KwaZulu-Natal
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Hotel Type:
Spa, Family, Conference, Leisure
Address:
Bergville 3350
Drakensberg
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Single Rate for Today: R1250.00 Book Now

Overview

With so much to see and do, the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa situated near to Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal is a popular Drakensberg hideaway that has established a firm following since it was opened in the mid forties. Aside from a dramatic mountain location, the resort is renowned for wonderful accommodation, tasty country cooking and an abundance of outdoor activities and attractions onsite and nearby.

Accommodation

Accommodation at The Cavern is set in a lush, indigenous garden filled with the sound of birdsong.  The resort is nestled in a beautiful, wooded valley and so each of the rooms has a wonderful view of the surrounding scenery. The rooms are categorised as either Standard or Superior and each one is tastefully furnished.  The Suites offer added privacy, having been situated away from the main building to take maximum advantage of the beautiful landscape and vegetation.

Standard Room features include:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Heater
  • Balcony
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Bar fridge
  • Safe
  • Television.

Superior Room features include:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Heater
  • Balcony
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Bar fridge
  • Safe
  • Satellite Television
  • Fireplace
  • Private patio
  • Mountain & forest views.

Facilities

Great indoor and outdoor facilities are available for guests of all ages to enjoy during their holiday.  These include a swimming pool, a games room, a playground, a tennis court as well as hiking trails and a bowling green.

Facilities:

  • Reception
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Library and curio shop
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fireplace
  • Onsite parking
  • Bowling green and game room
  • Hiking trails and horse riding
  • Playground and tennis court.

Services

Families are well taken care off in spacious family rooms while babysitting services as well as baby cots can be requested.  Amongst other conveniences, WiFi is available to guests as well as laundry services.

Services include:

  • Reception services for booking activities
  • In-room dining
  • Babysitting
  • Baby cots are available on request
  • Laundry service and ironing
  • Wi-Fi.

Spa Treatments 

The Forest Retreat Health and Beauty Spa at The Cavern is set amid the mature trees in the beautiful Fern Forest.  Qualified therapists are on hand to restore your energy and vitality with a selection of wellness and beauty treatments tailored to relieve you of any last vestige of stress.


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: R1250.00

Double Room: R1670.00

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: R1520.00

Double Room: R2020.00

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: R1740.00

Double Room: R2320.00

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.
Please check again soon.

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.

Reviews

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Accreditations

Star Rating

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Memberships

  • AA Quality Assured Associate
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