Where to stay
The village of Val is reputedly the smallest in SA with a population of just 28. Founded by Joseph Smith in 1896, it consists of a hotel, restaurant, pub, museum, a day spa, the tiny Church of St Francis of Assisi, a defunct railway station and post office, police station, and sports club. Come to this unspoilt little hamlet for real platteland hospitality, to explore historical sites including Anglo-Boer War memorials, Mahatma Gandhi’s link to the village, geology, flora and fauna. And just to relax and drink in the peace and endless quiet.
Twenty-three kilometres from the De Hoek Toll Plaza. Home of the Joyful Jersey Stud, where a variety of cheeses are hand-crafted from quality Jersey milk. Trail rides on the well-trained Morning Star Stables Horses. Stunning views; healthy happy animals; peace, harmony and tranquility. Visits by prior appointment only.
Self-catering farmhouse set on 40 hectares of farmland touching the Vaal River. Outside Deneysville an hour from Johannesburg, the farmhouse sleeps eight and has 100 metres of river frontage. Camping is also available when booking the farmhouse. Horseriding, fishing and canoeing.
Nine kilometres south of the town of Van Reenen and in the middle of the pass just 1.8km off the highway, Wyford Farm offers five secluded self-catering cottages sleeping from three to eight people. All cottages are comfortable and well equipped, each with its own fireplace, electric blankets and fully-equipped kitchen. Pet friendly.
Spion Kop Lodge
Ideal place to explore the Battlefields, Berg & Bush. Warm hospitality, surrounded by the foothills of the Drakensberg .Eco-working farm in KwaZulu-Natal. Colonial style lodge in tranquil, indigenous, secure grounds with superb views plus 2 self-catering cottages, in an out-of-Africa setting.
Library – collection of historical books, dining room, cozy pub & swimming pool. Raymond Heron, (F.R.G.S) and Alastair guide guests to Battlefield sites. Mount Alice, Buller’s headquarters during the Ladysmith campaign, is on the farm.
Activities ,Battlefield Tours, Sunset cruises, Game viewing, Birding, Hiking, and Fishing, Cycling.
Treks, Trips & Trails
Two separate self-catering accommodation establishments within walking distance of each other.
Bahati Tree Lodge is a four-sleeper with two en-suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living area, large deck, braai area and amazing views. Bergvlei Cottage is also fully equipped, a six-sleeper with a ground-floor en-suite double bedroom and a four-bed mezzanine floor. Situated in a large garden with magnificent views of the Central Drakensberg Cathkin range
Discounted luxury accommodation in the Midlands
in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Beacon Vlei Guest Farm offers luxurious B&B and self-catering accommodation with a touch of history. Our 23 Hectare private dam, and the surrounding wetland area, is home to hundreds of beautiful bird species, wildlife such as Duiker, Reed buck, Bush buck, Serval, Rooikat, porcupine and wild pigs to name a few.
Beacon Vlei Guest Farm is a family-friendly establishment centrally located on the famed Midlands Meander, and only 1 km from Michaelhouse School. The Midlands Meander offers visitors an abundance of art and craft shops. There are also many fine restaurants, delicatessens and cheese farms in the Balgowan district, within 3 to 5 km of Beacon Vlei. This fabulous guest farm serves dinner and breakfasts on the property. Dinner can be taken in the cottages or a romantic candle-lit dinner can be served in the beautiful dining room.
Chez Nous, Dundee
Centrally situated in Dundee with 11 well-appointed rooms; self-catering as well as dinner and breakfast. Peaceful beautiful gardens. Battlefield tours available while golf course and bowling club are within walking distance. Owner Elisabeth is also the manager and was born in France. Nous parlons le Français.
Alpine Heath Resort
Alpine Heath Resort is a four-star village in the Northern Drakensberg. The resort is surrounded by clear streams and fresh mountain air and is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s premier conference and family holiday resorts in the mountains. Superb chalets, scrumptious onsite eateries, exciting entertainment and activities and unforgettable conferences, functions, weddings and teambuilding.
Cathkin Cottage B&B
This gem is situated in the heart of the Champagne Valley, close to all activities, amenities and hikes. Cathkin Cottage B&B boasts bespoke rooms, beautifully decorated and serviced daily. After a fabulous start to your day – breakfast on the patio – you will be spoilt for choice on what to do next. Whether you decide to laze around, go for a hike, do an activity like abseiling or horse riding, go for a chopper flip or swing from the trees enjoying the tree canopy tour – you will certainly unwind and love your stay in the Champagne Valley – Central Drakensberg.
This upmarket country-style, thatch establishment offers bed and breakfast. Tasty home style dinners are available on request, from Sunday to Thursday nights. Friendly, family atmosphere with beautiful berg views from a magnificent sun deck overlooking Ladysmith. The Ladysmith Golf Course is just 1.5km away. Comfortable single, double and family rooms, all en suite.
Champagne Sports Resort
Just three-and-a-half to four hours’ drive from Johannesburg and only two hours from Durban, Champagne Sports Resort can accommodate up to 750 conference delegates sharing in its newly-refurbished hotel.
There are 91 self-catering chalets and no fewer than 16 conference venues.
All of this against the achingly beautiful backdrop of the Drakensberg. Oh, and there’s a golf course voted the most beautiful in the country and a clubhouse ranked among the top five 19th holes in the country. Plus heaps of activities and things for the whole family to do.
Berghouse & Cottages
In the Northern Drakensberg overlooking the Amphitheatre mountain with 270-degree panoramic views of the entire Central and Northern Drakensberg, including the Maloti mountains and the Little Drakensberg. All cottages enjoy mountain views. Midway between Johannesburg and Durban, 30km from Bergville. Numerous activities including mountain bike single track, guided horse riding, fishing in dams and river, birdwatching, hiking; all activities are enjoyed on site. Royal Natal National Park16km from the Berghouse & Cottages.
Self-catering or dinner, bed and breakfast.
Hunters Lodge is centrally situated in the busy town of Ladysmith. Six Superior Rooms with Bath and Shower,seven Standard Rooms with Shower and two Single Rooms with Shower, Air-Conditioning, and Electric Blankets for, select DStv channels, Tea/Coffee making facilities and are all separate from the main building. Secure off-street parking. All rooms are extremely comfortable and are maintained to the highest standards.
Durnford’s Lodge is a “Bed & Breakfast” Guest House Style, situated at 28 Francis Road, Ladysmith – close to the central business district yet away from the drone of everyday shopping and traffic. All rooms are equipped with DStv, M-Net, wifi, airconditioning, fans and heaters.
Egerton Manor, Ladsymith
Situated in Ladysmith close to golf course, big-five game reserve and the Battlefields. Comfortable en-suite double rooms. Dinner, bed and breakfast (and self-catering) available with meals cooked by the owner, an experienced chef who specialises in KZN curries.
Dinner, bed and breakfast in en-suite rooms and self-catering as well as camping and chalets next to the Formosa Nature Reserve, outside Estcourt. Forty-five km from the central Drakensberg and 30km from the Midlands Meander. Excellent bird watching and walking/hiking.
Clean, comfortable, cosy accommodation. Close to Northern & Central Drakensberg mountains as well as historical sights. The house has a history extending over 100 years
Easby offers the most beautiful views on the Northern and Central Drakensberg A 100m2 veranda is the best place from which to enjoy the sunset and unwind. Feel the stress drain away as the last of the sun’s rays decorates the sky. Only to be covered with a perfect star lit night. The house has a history extending over 100 years. The atmosphere generated by this beautiful dwelling helps generate an experience you wont soon forget.