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Top House Bed & Breakfast

11 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

This luxury 4 Star bed and breakfast provides accommodation in a quiet location in Ladybrand. The building is one of the oldest houses in...
This luxury 4 Star bed and breakfast provides accommodation in a quiet location in Ladybrand. The building is one of the oldest houses in town with a long and interesting history. Top House Bed & Breakfast offers the business person and tourist a comfortable room to rest and relax in. We boast five double rooms, all en-suite, with DStv and Internet access. Enjoy our farm breakfast in the dining room where you can practically hear and sense the gramophone playing and the old family chatting away for hours in front of the fireplace. Secure parking is available on the property behind a remote controlled gate. We serve tasty breakfasts, and many good restaurants are in close proximity. We are only 18 km from the Lesotho border, offering The Mountain Kingdom with its majestic mountains, the impressive Katze Dam and water scheme project, water-skiing, abseilling, pony trekking, 4x4 drives and more. We are only a three-minute walk from the golf club and gym. Ladybrand also offers local artists, walking trails and historical sites in the area. Our local tourism office is always willing to share lots of interesting information about our area and Lesotho.
from R800
15 % Off
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17 On Beeton

5 Reviews
Sleeps 25 in 9 rooms

Weekend specials   17 On Beeton is a beautiful Victorian sandstone guest house, situated in Ladybrand, a quiet valley surrounded by large trees. There are...
17 On Beeton is a beautiful Victorian sandstone guest house, situated in Ladybrand, a quiet valley surrounded by large trees. There are nine guest rooms available, including two are self-catering rooms, which are cool in summer and cosy in winter. All the rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities, and TVs with DStv channels. Some rooms opens onto the garden and Koi pond, or the swimming pool area. Guests can enjoy delicious meals in Isabella’s, our in-house restaurant, managed by an award-winning chef. The restaurant is developing a reputation for evening fine dining and excellent daytime meals. Activities in the area include angling, boating on the Newbury Dam, swimming, running and cycling, 4x4 trails, quad biking and off-road motor bike trails. Ancient rock paintings can also be seen just outside of town. Our rates include an excellent breakfast. Kaye at 17 on Beeton is offering during June, July and August a Snow Gourmet Family Weekends where families can book at competitive rates a weekend at 17 on Beeton. From the guest house families can go on daily excursions into Lesotho (roughly 3 hours drive to the best snow), please remember to bring your passports. 17 on Beeton will provide picnic hampers with hot drinks and meals for the trip. Upon returning to the guest house guests will be treated to gluwein and gourmet meals prepared by Kaye who is a qualified Chef and has received many compliments from both national and international guests. Please contact Kaye through SafariNow for bookings.
from R750

Birches Cottage

35 Reviews
Sleeps 5 in 2 rooms

In a quiet corner of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park, with the cascading Umzimkulu river bounding one side and blue mountain...
In a quiet corner of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park, with the cascading Umzimkulu river bounding one side and blue mountain sky the other, lie Birches and Willows cottages. Designed to satisfy the needs of the most discerning traveller, Birches and Willows are luxuriously appointed and serviced daily to international standards. Set in a private garden on the six-hectare riverfront estate, the Birches and Willows combine luxurious country living with a host of outdoor adventures, self-drive activities and cultural pursuits. The most memorable aspect of your visit will be the superlative service, attention to detail and the sincere interest of the Birches and Willows team in your personal comfort. There are a host of outdoor facilities available in Underberg and its surrounds. If a visit the highest pub in Africa is on your schedule, you will require a valid passport. Besides a visit to the pub, local tour operators offer day excursions to San painting sites, horse trails, biking, quad bike excursions, 4X4 excursions, hiking, birdwatching, trout fishing, white water rafting, tubing, rock climbing, abseiling, golf and lots more.
from R700

Woodcliffe Country House

7 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 3 rooms

Woodcliffe Country House is a scenically magnificent farm located 22 km from Maclear. Woodcliffe is the last inhabited farm before the...
Woodcliffe Country House is a scenically magnificent farm located 22 km from Maclear. Woodcliffe is the last inhabited farm before the high Drakensberg and is a destination for nature-lovers who enjoy a sense of space and mountain wilderness. The Country House is a beautiful double-storey unit sleeping up to 10 guests in five bedrooms. The kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering and the dining room and lounge are open plan. A fireplace and plenty of wood will keep the winter chills away. The County House also features a well-established garden with big shade trees. Woodcliffe Cottage is a thatched three-bedroom unit with one bathroom and an an open-plan kitchen and lounge area with a Jetmaster fireplace. The Garden Flat is an open-planned flat with twin beds an an en-suite bathroom, lovely north facing view of the mountain and a small kitchenette ideal for people staying overnight and wanting to have their main meals at the Country House. Woodcliffe is graded 3 Stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and is a Quality Assured establishment with the AA and they are also listed with Greenwood Guide. Spend a few days to relax, hike, trout fish and see dinosaur footprints. In addition, qualified nature guides can be arranged to take guests to world-famous rock art and rare Drakensberg orchids in the summer months. Please note that the rates are subject to the number of guests staying, hence we advise guests to request the appropriate tariffs.
from R950

Maclear Manor

5 Reviews
Sleeps 13 in 6 rooms

Maclear Manor offers the ideal retreat destination for anyone seeking a breakaway to the countryside. Situated in the beautiful town of...
Maclear Manor offers the ideal retreat destination for anyone seeking a breakaway to the countryside. Situated in the beautiful town of Maclear in the North Eastern Cape, the stunning scenery and mountains offer the ideal backdrop for any moment. With our affordable rates and luxury accommodation facilities, we offer the perfect stop for anyone visiting or travelling through the area. Located in a quiet cul-de sac, Maclear Manor offers its guests tranquility away from the bustle of town. All our rooms have private bathrooms with either a shower or a shower and bath. For guests' comfort, electric blankets and a heater are provided in winter and a fan in summer. All rooms are equipped with a fridge-freezer, microwave oven, electric kettle, and tea and coffee . Most rooms have a desk with a desk lamp, and DStv is provided in each room. Under cover parking is also available.
from R800

Lavender Cottage Ladybrand

2 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Lavender Cottage is a charming sandstone guest house situated in the quaint, historical town of...
Lavender Cottage is a charming sandstone guest house situated in the quaint, historical town of Ladybrand in the Free State. Ladybrand is just 15 km from the bustling commercial town of Maseru in Lesotho and 135 km from Bloemfontein. At Lavender Cottage, our motto is Luxury you can afford. Accommodation is offered in three rooms, namely Lavender Suite, Rose Room and White Daisy, each with its own special cottage character. All of the en-suite rooms feature wooden floors, electric blankets, top quality linen, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a TV with selected DStv channels, with hair-dryers available on request. A delicious home-cooked breakfast is offered as a bed and breakfast option, and each room also has a fully equipped beautifully decorated kitchenette for self-catering if required. In addition, laundry and barbecue facilities are available for guests' convenience. Dinner can be arranged at an optional extra at R95.00 including refreshment.
from R750
The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the northern Drakensberg. Its...
The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the northern Drakensberg. Its spectacular views, wildness, freshness and beauty will captivate you while its deep silence, which can be startling at first, will soon calm you. It has a spectacular setting, high on a ridge overlooking the northern Drakensberg, the Maluti mountains and most of the central Drakensberg. Many have said that the views we have of the Drakensberg are unsurpassed. A comfortable, cosy haven for those who like old fashioned holidays, with peace and quiet, excellent home cooked food, superb walks and hikes, reading near the fireplace, playing board games and pleasant company. A wonderful base from which to experience what this part of the Drakensberg has in store for you. An ideal retreat for individuals and groups, a place to rest, reflect and take stock of life.
from R700

Casa Romana Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 34 in 16 rooms

Casa Romana Bed and Breakfast is situated in the beautiful eastern Free State town of Ladybrand and...
Casa Romana Bed and Breakfast is situated in the beautiful eastern Free State town of Ladybrand and offers upmarket accommodation and facilities. This area is renowned for its natural beauty, and with views of sandstone cliffs and the Maluti Mountains, guests can escape to our passionately-run Italian-style bed and breakfast. Accommodation is offered in individually decorated en-suite bedrooms with private entrances; and a self-catering two-bedroom flat with a lounge and kitchen. Under-cover secure parking inside the premises is provided. Guests are welcome to make use of the large swimming pool and the guest braai. The outdoor covered patio is ideal for functions and conferencing, and there is also a small chapel for weddings. There are numerous attractions and activities in the surrounding area including Bushman paintings, St Augustine’s Chapel, Ladybrand Country Club, horse riding, mountain bike routes, lion and game farms, golf, and historical buildings and museums. Ladybrand is also only 15 km from Maseru, Lesotho and is part of the Maloti Tourist Route.
from R1240

Villa on Joubert

7 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Situated in the small border town of Ladybrand, Villa on Joubert is a spacious sandstone family home built in 1925. A cozy retreat for...
Situated in the small border town of Ladybrand, Villa on Joubert is a spacious sandstone family home built in 1925. A cozy retreat for friends, family and guests on the main road of this sleepy little Eastern Free State town. Ladybrand is the gateway to Lesotho and is a mere 5-minute drive from the Maseru border post. It is surrounded by beautiful sandstone mountains and offers tourists all the modern facilities for a weekend break or an overnight stop on a business journey. Villa on Joubert offers visitors five luxurious rooms, each with its own individual atmosphere and design. Each room has an on-suite bathroom and choices of single, double or queen and king size beds are available. Every room is equipped with a remote controlled TV and DSTV. All rooms also have ample storage space for long-term visitors as well as a laundry service. We also offer braai facilities, secure parking and every room has an external door opening up on to one of our spacious porches where guests can mingle, watch the sunset or simply enjoy a drink after a busy day. All rooms are also air-conditioned for those cooler winter nights. Our dining room offers visitors the best breakfast in town. It is a warm inviting space where freshly brewed coffee can be enjoyed while the sunlight seeps into the room from over the Maluti Mountains to the east. It is the perfect spot to start your day as school kids and other locals pass by...the perfect introduction to small town life. Our Villa is decorated in the French distressed style and features handmade soft furnishings, furniture and original artworks. To fully experience the look and feel of our rooms - please take the time to browse each room on the navigation panel at the top of this page. We are looking forward to your visit.
from R850

Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes

11 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 5 rooms

Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes is a fully licensed, pet friendly, spacious home-from-home with six en-suite bedrooms located in the historic...
Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes is a fully licensed, pet friendly, spacious home-from-home with six en-suite bedrooms located in the historic village of Rhodes in the Barkly East district of the Eastern Cape Highlands. We pride ourselves on home-cooked meals – “kook-kos” using as far as possible, locally produced meat, vegetables and herbs. The Highlands are an outdoor paradise with access to more than 200km of fly-fishing within an hour’s drive of the village as well as guided rock are tours, 4x4 routes, Alpine flowers in summer, snow, skiing in winter, horse-riding, mountain biking and much more.
from R1390

The Drakensberg Terrace

11 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

The Drakensberg Terrace offers comfortable accommodation in a relaxed environment, situated in Bergville. There are three en-suite guest...
The Drakensberg Terrace offers comfortable accommodation in a relaxed environment, situated in Bergville. There are three en-suite guest rooms available. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TVs with DStv and Wi-Fi connection. Breakfast is included in the rates. Take a dip in the lovely swimming pool on a hot summer’s day or just relax in the garden with beautiful views of the Drakensberg. The guest house is conveniently situated on the R74, between Bergville and Winterton, with easy access to all tourist attractions.
from R840

Dragon's Mist

4 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Dragon’s Mist is a luxurious three-bedroom house with stunning panoramic views of the Drakensberg, located on an exclusive eco-estate...
Dragon’s Mist is a luxurious three-bedroom house with stunning panoramic views of the Drakensberg, located on an exclusive eco-estate teaming with wildlife. The 1000-hectare private Cathkin Estate is ideal for nature enthusiasts and offers walking and hiking trails, as well as mountain bike trails, and fishing dams on the doorstep. This fully equipped, self-catering home contains three bedrooms, decorated for ultimate comfort with superior bedding and all with en-suite bathrooms. The spacious living and dining room is well furnished including a 43-inch plasma, DStv and Jotul fireplace. It leads to a large patio with a covered built-in braai area and on to a private garden. The kitchen is fully equipped including dishwasher, washing machine, tumble-dryer, microwave and fridge. The Cathkin Estate is abundant with wildlife including blesbuck, reedbuck, eland, black wildebeest, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest and zebra as well as a variety of birds.
from R1800
25 % Off
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Drakensberg House

10 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

4 nights pay for 3(R6000)   Drakensberg House offers a unit rate for one to eight guests maximum for a minimum three night stay and is situated in the Drakensberg...
Drakensberg House offers a unit rate for one to eight guests maximum for a minimum three night stay and is situated in the Drakensberg Unesco World Heritage Site; a security-patrolled estate where all kinds of African wildlife abound. Wildebeest roam freely, and uniquely, there is a “vulture restaurant” where at feeding time, invitations extend to the rare and endangered Cape vulture. Drakensberg House is a stone cottage with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is also a separate apartment which sleeps two guests. We would not rent the property to more than one family or group at any given time. The cottage has a traditional wood-burning stove and a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, dishwasher, microwave, hob and gas plates. There is an open-plan dining room with a four-seater dining table and a comfortable lounge. There is just under an acre of manicured gardens with an outdoor braai and a seating area, and there is adequate covered parking. A maximum of eight people, children and adults, is allowed. Taking a walk in the garden or the surrounding area; you may stumble across blue wildebeests, duikers, blesboks, Egyptian geese, servals, porcupines, jackals, baboons, vervet monkeys and several species of mongooses, as well as Cape clawless otters. We are just a stone’s throw from international hotels with swimming pools, a lake, boating, fishing, canopy tours, hot-air ballooning, helicopter rides, hiking, tennis, squash, bowls, pub and golf. Hiking trails and walks in the Champagne valley and further; local from the Drakensberg House include: The Monk's Cowl; the starting point to the spectacular peaks. If you're looking for a good, easy walk, try the Hlathikulu forest trail as it winds through indigenous forests and the spectrum of Drakensberg wild flowers. Rest in the mist at the base of the magnificent Nandi's Falls and explore the pools along the Mpofane river. Another great day hike takes you up past the sandstone rock faces of the valley to the grasslands at the base of Cathkin peak where Rhebuck, Eland and bird life flourish. For fit hikers, two mountain peaks can be reached on day hikes. Rock scrambling at the end of a four hour ascent will put you on the top of Sterkhorn (2970 m) - a stone's throw from mighty Catkhin peak and perched over the Mwhlazini river valley. The views are fantastic and you'll be able to see the Devil's Tooth at the Amphitheatre in the north and Giant's Castle in the south. Toughing it, is the 10 hour round trip that will take you up to the plateau of Champagne Castle (3337 m), one of the highest mountains in the Drakensberg. Here you can rest at the top of a 1000 m drop and watch rare bearded vultures circle before heading back down Gray's Pass. A drive away includes; The Cathedral Peak area is defined by a freestanding set of peaks extending from the escarpment, and is a 45 minute drive from Inkosana Lodge. Try the day walk to Rainbow Gorge where the spray from waterfalls form beautiful rainbows. Hard-core hikers can try the day hike to the top of Cathedral Peak (3007 m), one of the best day walks in the Drakensberg. The Injasuthi area holds the highest peak in the Drakensberg and is especially notable as having one of the best sites of Bush men rock art in the area. This art can be explored with a guided walk to Battle Cave, which displays a battle scene between two Bushmen tribes. Injasuthi is only 45 minutes by car. Royal Natal National Park is 90 minutes north and lies at the northern end of the Drakensberg range, at the base of the Amphitheatre. Day hike up the beautiful Tugela river gorge, or drive an additional hour and walk up to and along the top of the escarpment to the Tugela falls, second highest waterfall in Africa. Giant's Castle is another great site for Bushman rock art, with the caves only a 1.5 km walk from the entrance gate. Here you'll also find a museum which recreates Bush men life. Serious hikers can reach the top of the Drakensberg escarpment via Langalibalele Pass.
from R2000

Ardmore Guest Farm

21 Reviews
Sleeps 58 in 15 rooms

Ardmore Guest farm is situated in the Champagne valley of the central Drakensberg, just below the majestic Champagne Castle (2nd highest...
Ardmore Guest farm is situated in the Champagne valley of the central Drakensberg, just below the majestic Champagne Castle (2nd highest peak in South Africa at 3377m) and Cathkin Peak Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ardmore has 16 beautiful units to choose from and we cater for groups of all sizes. We have 1, 2 or 3 bedroom units either in our renovated garden facing studios or our lovely cottages that face South Africa’s highest peaks. All of our units have en-suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi spa baths, tea/coffee making facilities, and wood-burning fireplaces with a complimentary bundle of wood provided. You can choose to book your accommodation on either a bed and breakfast basis, or to include a 4 course lantern lit dinner. Of course, every morning is kicked off with a sumptuous breakfast to set you up for a day of exploring. The guesthouse has a guest lounge with log fire place and stunning views of the mountains, a lovely dining room, TV. room and a cozy pub. Ardmore has a Mountain View swimming pool, a large dam for fishing (bass)& bird watching; or explore our surrounding hills on foot or on our mountain bikes. (Bikes and fishing rods are available to guests at no extra charge). If you are interested in art there is the craft centre on the farm, or explore the arts and craft centres along the Drakensberg Drive. There are many activities in the valley, golf is popular and the valley boasts 2 golf courses – one 18 hole championship course and the other a 9 hole course. Also available is tennis, trout and bass fishing and for the more daring - white water rafting. Horse riders are spoilt for choice with 5 places to ride, one of them is in Spioenkop Game Park (only 1/2 hour drive from the farm) where you ride amongst the giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and rhino or alternatively just take a leisurely drive through the game park Local places of interest include Anglo/Boer war battle field sites such as Spioenkop Battlefield and Winston Churchill's capture and ambush site, bushman paintings, Drakensberg Boy's Choir, a weaving workshop and a falconry display centre, all just a short drive from Ardmore.
from R1040

Arbuckle House

Sleeps 8 in 3 rooms

Situated at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, Himeville offers a great stop over en route to Lesotho. It is also home to Arbuckle...
Situated at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, Himeville offers a great stop over en route to Lesotho. It is also home to Arbuckle House, the ideal accommodation choice when visiting this scenic part of KwaZulu-Natal. The property has two lovely cottages, both of which are ideal for couples looking for an undisturbed getaway. Start the morning off with a delicious breakfast and a dose of welcoming hospitality. End the evening off with a warm bed and a glass of sherry to savour while watching the snow fall outside. The property also has a charming cottage ideal for families. It has one bedroom, an open-plan living area with two single beds and a well-equipped kitchen for all your self-catering needs. The comfortable lounge leads out onto a private wooden deck offering stunning views of the natural beauty of this area. Guests can spend their days exploring this scenic village and can also visit the nearby Himeville Nature Reserve. After a day of discovery, return to the house to enjoy a braai before curling up next to the fireplace with a good book.
from R620

Arbutus Lodge

4 Reviews
Sleeps 34 in 17 rooms

Arbutus Lodge is a 4 Star accredited guest house located in Ladybrand that consists of a beautifully resorted Edwardian sandstone home,...
Arbutus Lodge is a 4 Star accredited guest house located in Ladybrand that consists of a beautifully resorted Edwardian sandstone home, built circa 1910, that is set in a tranquil bird-filled garden and is also a National Monument. Ladybrand is located on the R64, about 125 km east of Bloemfontein and 12 km west of Maseru. Accommodation is offered in three bedrooms in the main house, two bedrooms in a separate double-storey garden cottage as well another 12 rooms in our annex. The spacious and stylish bedrooms feature high ceilings and antiques and the beds are made up with duck-down duvets. Generous breakfasts are served in the dining room and picnic baskets can also be arranged. We have a very large garden and ample parking inside the property for guests' use. Braai facilities are available and a laundry service can be provided on request. An Internet connection is also available. Arbutus Lodge is an ideal stopover location for business guests en route to Maseru. The village is within walking distance, where shops and popular restaurants can be found.
from R650

Lihlomo Guest House

2 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 11 rooms

Lihlomo Guest House is located in the sleepy border town of Ladybrand. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and lays close to the...
Lihlomo Guest House is located in the sleepy border town of Ladybrand. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and lays close to the Lesotho border. Lihlomo Guest House provides guests with luxurious and stylish comforts of home. As soon as our guests walk through the door, they experience the warm friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We offer ADSL Internet and guests also have access to DStv bouquet in every suite. All rooms overlook a man-made pond and most enjoy lovely views of the surroundings. Needless to say that only the best fittings and furnishings are used. Plasma screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars, microwaves, DVD and CD players and work desks with PC modem points and free Internet access all come standard. Our landscaped garden is evergreen, with a variety of wild birds that frequent our tranquil garden. We are 15 km away from Lesotho Maseru border, and are confident that once you have experienced our hospitality, your first stay with us will not be the last.
from R550

Clarendon Guest House

20 Reviews
Sleeps 32 in 16 rooms

Clarendon Guest House invites you to spend your night with us in this historical building that was an orphanage for girls until 1962. We...
Clarendon Guest House invites you to spend your night with us in this historical building that was an orphanage for girls until 1962. We offer you Old World elegance with modern facilities. The orphanage was started in 1918 by Reverend MTR Smit when he took in 12 orphaned children. 120 girls were housed here until 1962. A new orphanage was built and in March 1962, they were moved to the new building complex. The guest house offers 16 comfortable rooms; some have fully equipped kitchens and others share kitchens. Meals can be provided on request and is served in the dining room that has a warm inviting fireplace for those cold winter nights. There is ample parking in front and behind the building. The area offers a variety of things to do. From skiing in the mountains in winter and hiking trails to enjoy in summer. Explore the rock art and Tractor Museum, or spend a leisurely day on the riverbed fishing.
from R400

Little Acres

39 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Little Acres B&B is centrally situated in the beautiful Champagne Valley in the heart of the Central Drakensberg and adjoining the...
Little Acres B&B is centrally situated in the beautiful Champagne Valley in the heart of the Central Drakensberg and adjoining the World Heritage Site.  We are close to the Champagne Sports Resort and Nest Hotel and easily accessed directly from the R600 (the road from Winterton to Champagne Castle and the Monks Cowl Nature Reserve). Safe parking is provided on our 1 1/2 hectare property, which is secured by an unobtrusive electric fence. All our facilities have been renovated recently and we presently have five beautiful, large, double, guest rooms four of which are furnished with king size beds. Single beds can be provided on request and three of the rooms will easily accommodate an extra single bed should a young child accompany you. Four of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and the fifth has a private, exclusive use, bathroom adjoining the room.  The rooms are all heated and the bathrooms have under floor heating. In our bedrooms, dining and lounge areas smoking is not permitted, but guests are free to smoke outside where ashtrays are provided on the patios. Full English breakfasts (price included in your package) are served, weather permitting, on the patio, which has a stunning view of the mountains, otherwise we will serve you in our dining room.  The delicious breakfasts are prepared and served exclusively by your hosts who take pride in spoiling you and setting the tone for a special day in the mountains. We are very close to all the facilities in the Central Drakensberg. One can spend a day in the World Heritage Site exploring the mountain trails, which range from easy half hour walks to more strenuous hikes, which can take several hours. Alternatively one can participate in the many activities nearby which range from white water rafting (in season), quad bike trails, fly fishing and horseback excursions to golf or bowls. Otherwise gravitate to more sedate activities like browsing at one of the many shops, which cater specifically for the needs of tourists or enjoy a cup of coffee and a meal at one of the excellent catering establishments in the vicinity. Then relax in our lovely garden, enjoy the panoramic view, which is focused on Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle and extends from Giant's Castle to Arthur's Seat, and watch the sun set behind the majestic mountains of the Drakensberg. You could also wander down to the banks of the Sterkspruit which flows through our property and enjoy a picnic or sundowner. You might even be lucky enough to see a duiker or reedbuck coming to the river for an evening drink.
from R880

Swallows Nest

2 Reviews
Sleeps 26 in 11 rooms

Swallows Nest offers comfortable accommodation in the pretty little town of Winterton, the gateway to the central Drakensberg some 14 km...
Swallows Nest offers comfortable accommodation in the pretty little town of Winterton, the gateway to the central Drakensberg some 14 km away. Swallows Nest is nestled at the foot of these majestic mountains and is one of the largest towns in this area. Accommodation is offered in twin or double suite bedrooms, as well as a family room. In-room facilities include tea and coffee-making facilities, fans and heaters. A TV lounge with DStv is also available, and a full English breakfast is served. Braai facilities are available and dinner can be provided on request. A number of museums and monuments are available for those interested in the history of farming in the area as well as playing host to a collection of San paintings. Please note: from 20th December to 5th January we will not be serving any dinners, only breakfast
from R1070

Drakensberg South Africa

Drakensberg Guest House Accommodation

The impressive bulk of the mountains the Zulus called Ukahlamba - the barrier of spears - and the Voortrekkers called the Drakensberg - the dragon mountain - is an impressive rampart of sandstone and basalt that separates the well watered Indian Ocean coast from the dryer, harsher interior. Most of the escarpment falls under the Ukahlamba-Drakensberg National Park. This beautiful montane grassland is bright green in summer after the rains and fades to a delicate blonde, often with snowy highlights, in winter.

It's a great hiking destination with a range of trails from walks of an hour or two to long epics such as the Drakensberg Traverse, which takes about three to four weeks. Fabulous rock art tells the story of the San, or Bushmen, who lived here till bigger, stronger, more aggressive peoples pushed them aside. With over 2,500 flowering plants, many of which are endemic, and game such as baboons, eland and other antelope you'll never lack for something to look at. The birding is great, too, with the rare Lammergeier, or bearded vulture, being one of the real mega-ticks of the area.

The mountain slopes offer great paragliding - particularly at Bulwer and Oliviershoek - and adventurous ice climbers tackle the frozen waterfalls in winter. Four by four enthusiasts and keen mountain bikers enjoy the challenge of Sani Pass and others, while those who prefer a less technological form of travel can enjoy pony trekking in the hills. Dams and streams are stocked with trout and some, such as the Sterkfontein Dam, harbour the even more challenging indigenous yellow fish.
Golf courses, spas, and a range of cute coffee shops, funky craft shops, art studios, breweries, cheese factories and other rural delights complete the list of attractions. There is truly, something for everyone.

UNESCO World Heritage Selection Criteria: The uKhahlamba – Drakensberg Park

The uKhahlamba – Drakensberg Park has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the site. The site's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants. This spectacular natural site also contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. The rock paintings are outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings. They represent the spiritual life of the San people who no longer live in this region.

Justification for Inscription

  • Criterion (i): The rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject.
  • Criterion (iii): The San people lived in the mountainous Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind them a corpus of outstanding rock art which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs.

Source: UNESCO

The impressive bulk of the mountains the Zulus called Ukahlamba - the barrier of spears - and the Voortrekkers called the Drakensberg - the dragon mountain - is an impressive rampart of sandstone and basalt that separates the well watered...

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