Hikers Paradise in Drakensberg

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4 Kersieboom Cres, Zwartkop, Centurion, 0157, South Africa Africa Tour Guide: Hikers Paradise in Drakensberg

South Africa – Drakensburg ( 300 kms away )

The Cavern Resort and Spa

The Cavern Resort & Spa, named after the infamous Cannibal Cavern, is nestled in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg in the Amphitheatre World Heritage Site area. A place of captivating beauty, it is surrounded by majestic, lush indigenous forests and clear ‘berg streams.

Once a humble homestead, rustic and simple, today The Cavern is a comfortable home-from-home for many families who holiday in these majestic Drakensberg Mountains.

The Carte family has owned the Cavern for 75 years and from the outset have given guests memorable family holidays – not just a stay at a good hotel.

At The Cavern we appreciate that it is people who make your holiday – people with whom to laugh, share a drink, and participate in all the many fun activities.

Without obliging anyone to do anything, we encourage our guests to mix on outings and activities. Friendships form here and folk come back time and again – hence the slogan originated by our guests in 1958: “The resort of many happy returns”

It all began with a letter in 1941 from Bill Carte to Ruth; “Ruth, my darling, I plea as never before: Put your trust in me, marry me and be my mate in building up a home and a farm second-to-none in South Africa”.


Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.


  • Air tickets and airport taxes
  • Optional activities are subject to availability. Charges additional.
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips to guides / drivers etc.
  • Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monuments


Ps ROE may fluctuate depending on the seasons


The Cavern offers two types of accommodation. Our Standard Accommodation is en-suite and has no TVs. Our Superior Accommodation is more upmarket and has TV’s. and bar-fridges.  

We have a Dining room, as opposed to a Restaurant, where we have a table d'hôte menu offering a wide variety with something for vegetarians – our chef is able to meet most desires.


These rates are not available over the following block-out dates for 2020:

  • 15 Dec 2019 – 19 Jan 2020
  • 9 - 14 April 2020
  • 24 April - 3 May 2020
  • 12 - 16 June 2020
  • 7 - 10 August 2020
  • 23 - 27 September 2020

Fact Sheet

Resort Spa – Our luxurious Forest Retreat nestles in the canopy of The Cavern’s indigenous Fern Forest. Enjoy relaxing treatments with the peaceful sound of the Putterill's Stream cascading below. Our qualified therapists offer massages, pedicures and manicures and Dermalogica skincare treatments.

Private Nature Reserve in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains (KwaZulu-Natal), bordering on the Amphitheatre World Heritage Site.


Gauteng: 350 km (3.5 hours) via Oliviershoek Pass along good, tarred roads
Durban: 300 km (3 hours) along good, tarred roads.

GPS Co-ordinates

Enter these co-ordinates into your GPS / Sat-Nav:
28 Deg 38.177 minutes South
28 Deg 57.664 minutes East


Situated in a secluded valley in the Northern Drakensberg beneath the towering slopes of Hlolela and Sugarloaf Peaks, is a private mountain wilderness and wildlife reserve to explore. You will find a natural paradise of indigenous forests, fields, hills and mountains making this the ideal setting for an enjoyable mountain holiday.

The Cavern is a Site of Conservation Significance, an honour given to only those few sites in South Africa that qualify by virtue of outstanding natural features. The Cavern Nature Trail has been constructed to present most of these to visitors. The trail takes approximately 2 hours and can be done in the morning or afternoon.

Guided Walks

The two guided walks per day are the main attraction. Guests begin their guided hikes from our front lawn. On each hike tea, coffee, juice and Cavern Crunchies are provided at a Scenic Spot, view Bushman Paintings or visit the Silent Woman 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

Horse trails and trout fishing in five dams on the property. Tennis, bowls, trampoline and a swimming pool with slide are available. Pool, darts, board games and table tennis are in-doors in the event of inclement weather. And, a 9-hole Golf Course and an Adventure Centre are situated less than 10km down the road

Mountain bike trail

The valley now has 100km of permanently marked mountain bike trails, with routes for all abilities. Trails passes and trails can be accessed from the Cavern. Bikes can be hired from All Out Adventures


We are a Full Board Resort offering full-service table d’hôte meals. We offer healthy meals for all ages with no limits on the number of courses. We serve Buffet Lunches, weather permitting, as an alternative. Our many decks, indigenous gardens, prolific bird life and warm sunny weather provide opportunities for fine outside dining. Boma Breakfasts and Snack evenings 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.

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