Chalets In The Drakensberg – Dragon Mountains
If you are planning to take a break and would like to escape to the Drakensberg, you will have a plethora of choices. Chalets in the Drakensberg is a good option when looking for accommodation in this majestical mountainous theatre.
Stretching from just north of Hoedspruit in the Northern Province all the way south to Lesotho, the Drakensberg Mountain Range offers some of the most spectacular peaks. The range is 240 kms long, forming the western border of KwaZulu Natal. The mountain was first known as uKhahlamba meaning “barrier of spears” in Zulu but was later renamed Drakensberg by the Trekkers – which means Dragon Mountains.
Some of the world’s finest art is to be found in this “open-air” gallery which showcases over 35 000 ancient images that have been painted on numerous locations by the ancient San people.
The Drakensberg is the highest range in Southern Africa, its tallest peak rising to 3 482 m and is named the Thabana Ntlenyana Peak. There are numerous other impressive peaks, including the world-famous Champagne Castle and Giant’s Castle.
Cathedral Peak is particularly popular with hikers, and there are many towns and cities in the Drakensberg area such as Ladysmith, Newcastle, Dundee, and Tzaneen to mention only a few.
Where to check in when visiting the Drakensberg:
- Champagne Cottages which consist of eight serviced and equipped self-catering cottages. All cottages have a TV, log fire, braai, patio, pool, excellent fishing, water skiing and horse trails.
- Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort is a wedding and conference venue, has self-catering chalets and offers full caravanning, camping and has a restaurant and bar.
- Lake Naverone is a place where dreams become memories that will last forever. This idyllic berg retreat offers 21 self-catering chalets that are not only fully equipped and serviced but each one has its own fireplace. The chalets are situated on a 450 ha estate adjoining Drakensberg Park Wilderness area which offers trout fishing, horse riding, tennis, hiking, biking and much more.
- If you would rather stay in a hotel, The Nest, which is situated in the central Drakensberg in Champagne Valley, is perfect. This is a mountain resort hotel and conference centre which is set in the majestic uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site, complete with awe-inspiring views, outstanding facilities, comfort food and warm hospitality.
- Wild Horse Lodge will offer a hospitable relaxing stay in the Drakensberg and is situated in the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve. Wild Horses lodge offers breathtaking views, personalised service and five star food, and is perhaps the best place for romance. Take a cruise out on the dam or go for an early morning horse ride through the mountains. The lodge offers fly-fishing guided hikes and game viewing too.
- Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is tucked away in the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range and is the perfect spot for a spontaneous getaway. All 11 rooms offer views of the mist-covered mountains and are decorated in a cosy, rustic fashion.
- If you are in the mood you can pay the nearby famous craft route of the Midlands Meander a visit – stop along the way to browse through the range of gifts, curios and local produce on offer, and if you prefer you can take a day trip to the Kamberg Nature Reserve where the historic San Rock Art caves were recently opened up to the public.
If you are looking for chalets in the Drakensberg there is so much to choose from – there is a little something for everyone, no matter what type of accommodation you prefer.