Explore the beautiful Drakensberg surrounds. This is a holiday-maker paradise with so many activities to choose from.
Body Bliss Day Spa
Relax, be pampered and indulge in some beauty treatments to melt your stress away. The spa can be found onsite at Cayley Mountain Resort.
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Hot Air Ballooning
Drakensberg Ballooning offers scenic hot air balloon flights, which is arguably the best way to see the Berg. The picturesque landscape stretches before you in a stunning, seemingly endless panoramic vista. Enjoy the views from the Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg to Giant’s Castle in the south.
Another way to truly appreciate the sweeping, majestic mountain views is on a helicopter flight. The experience is guaranteed to leave you sky high as Westline Aviation flies you among the soaring peaks of the Drakensberg.
Perfect your swing while taking in the most amazing views of the Berg! These are the nearby golf courses:
- Champagne Sports Resort Golf Club
- Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf
- Estcourt Golf Club
- Cathedral Peak Golf Course
- Amphitheatre Golf Course
- Ladysmith Country Club
uShaka Horse Trails
Explore the Drakensberg on horseback, on trails that will take you up the slopes along the Bell Park Dam area, crossing crystal clear streams. uShaka Horse Trails has horses suited for all riding levels, from first timers to experienced riders.
Roll 4.5 km downhill on a monster mountain scooter. This is a genuine mountain activity imported from Switzerland’s Alps! A game drive vehicle takes you and your scooter to the top of the mountain. You might spot game such as Impala, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck and, if you’re very lucky, Caracal or Genet.
White Water Tubing or Geckoing
The Sterkspruit is a low volume creek and has a small catchment area, however in summer during heavy rainfall it has plenty of water to make for some fun white water tubing. Tube down a 450m stretch of Grade 1-2 rapids twice – almost a kilometre of fun and something that the whole family can enjoy.
Central Drakensberg Paintball
The fee includes all your gear and 100 balls. The arena is on a hill, with a defending team at the top and an attacking team at the bottom. The course is designed to ensure both challenging yet fun games.
White Water Rafting
The daily trip takes 45 minutes on Grade 1 rapids. This will give everyone a chance to learn how to control and steer the boats. Then it’s on to bigger rapids. The day trip is to Tugela River. There are experienced guides and a safety talk is given before the trip. There is a braai at the end of an exciting, action-packed day.
Kloofing or Canyoning
Kloofing in the Central Drakensberg is an exhilirating experience. Test your grit and determination in this exciting challenge. This is quite a physical day out, so make sure you’re fit enough for it!
Mountain Boarding Trails
The hybrid mountain boards, which allow for high speeds on rough terrains, provide endless fun. Curves and jumps are made easy on these boards. You will get full instructions on how to stand and lean and then the fun begins.
There are a few trails that can compare to the rugged beauty of the Drakensberg. The Avalanche Mountain Bike Park, which starts from Scrumpy Jack’s, features 5, 15 and 30km trails which are mostly single trail and slightly technical.
Drakensberg Canopy Tour
Experience nature like never before as you slide through the forest canopy and enjoy a unique bird’s eye view of the world around you. Set within the magnificent Blue Grotto Forest, the Drakensberg Canopy Tour is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Drakensberg Boys’ Choir
The Drakensberg Boys Choir has created a new trend in the international choral scene that transcends the conventional and have a unique style which covers diverse genres. Whatever they present, this world-famous choir performs it with excellence and aplomb.
Didima Rock Art Centre
Didima Resort’s San Rock Art Centre, which is about an hour’s drive from Cayley Lodge, is a celebration of one of South Africa’s richest cultural heritages – the rock art of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Visitors learn about who the uKhahlamba San people were and how they once lived.
It is a small museum but well worth a visit for its insight into Zulu history, San rock art and the Spioenkop Battle. One of the highlights is a Zulu beehive kraal replica, built by Ngwane people. There is also an excellent Anglo Boer war library, and a history of local farming that includes implements, reproduction of San art and more.
Dragons Cave Farm Stall
Situated between Winterton and Bergville, this popular farm stall is a good place to stock up on homemade or farm produced cheese, biltong, cakes and preserves as well as trout. Stop for a light lunch or a drink.
Cathedral Peak Wine Estate
Situated within the Winterton Valley, the wine estate is flanked by game farms to the North and cereal farming to the East. To the west are the magnificent mountains. The lifestyle in this area is wine, wildlife and nature.
Scrumpy Jack’s Farmstall
This famous farm stall offers trout, wines, homemade jams, preserves, cheeses, farm biltong, delicious honey brittle as well honey products and lots of other tasty goodies to treat yourself whilst on holiday. The shop stocks a large variety of exclusive and unique gifts as well as t-shirts, souvenirs and children’s toys.
Winterton Country Club
If you want to play a social game of bowls with the locals, feel free to book a game at the Winterton Country Club. Facilities on offer include a pool, tennis courts, squash, bowling greens and a lovely huge ground for jogging.
The shop employs master weavers, wool spinners, colour and dye house staff to carding operators. The pure wool and cotton rugs are hand woven on traditional wooden looms. There is also an extensive collection of aromatherapy candles and soaps, as well as many curio and décor items.
The Drakensberg Chocolate Bar
This is the ultimate must visit for chocoholics! This range of artisan chocolates is made with care in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. The shop, located in Cedarwood Shopping Centre, features chocolate tasting, chocolate appreciation, chocolate dipping and coffee pairing.
Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre
Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre is a collection of charming shops on the R600 not far from Winterton.
Central Drakensberg Information Centre
Located in the Thokozisa Centre, this information centre is a treasure trove of knowledge and information not only on the Central Drakensberg but also on the Underberg and Northern Drakensberg. First time visitors to the area will find them especially helpful.
4×4 Off-Road Trails
Chris from Treks, Trips and Trails offers guided 4×4 trips, either in your own vehicle or in his. A maximum of 3 adults per booking. Make sure you call two to three days before you want to go on a 4×4 adventure to avoid disappointment.
The KwaZulu-Natal region has had its fair-share of conflicts over the past two centuries. Tours to the various battlefields are conducted by professional guides who have a broad knowledge of how, where and why these conflicts happened. Tours can be arranged with two local historical guides for personal tours to all or some specific areas of interest.
Ardmore Ceramic Art Museum
Ardmore ceramic art was started in a cottage on Ardmore Farm in 1985. Although the main studio has moved to the Natal midlands, guests may still view many of the artists’ early works. There are over 200 pieces for you to admire and learn about this now famous studio.
Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve
The reserve boasts a rich selection of wildlife including White Rhinoceros, Giraffe and other plains game. The dam offers opportunities for a variety of water sports such as swimming and fishing. Horeseriding is also on offer.
Visitors to Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Centre can view birds found in South Africa. The show includes a short presentation by Falconers who will tell the history of how Falconry began and demonstrate the power and speed of these birds.
Monks Cowl Hiking
The Monk’s Cowl Nature Reserve boasts beautiful hiking trails and some routes are suitable for families with smaller children. The easiest route leads to the Sterkspruit Falls.
Cathedral Peak Reserve
This is an hour’s drive from Cayley Lodge. In the shadow of the ramparts of Cathedral Peak, this reserve backs up against a colossal escarpment of peaks between Royal Natal National Park and Giant’s Castle, west of Winterton.
Keeping Kids Busy
Children will be enthralled with the beekeeping tour to learn about how we actually get our honey! Kids under 5 get in free. Delicious brittles, honey products and more are also for sale.
While mum and dad enjoy a light meal and coffee or browse through the farm stall at Scrumpy Jack’s, the little ones can enjoy a pony ride or ride bikes around the park.
Dragon Rock Reptile and Nature Park
Visit the park for an exciting tour and meet anything and everything from snakes to hedgehogs. Children have the opportunity to touch some of the friendlier scaly residents while learning about them at the same time.
Paintball for Kids
Toddlers and pre-schoolers can go on adventures too! Adventure Centre offers various child-friendly fun such as paintball target shooting and tree climbing.
Guide Trails and Tracks
The guide leads you on an enjoyable ride, with natural obstacles. Trails range from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The quad tracks are for everyone of all ages and there are tracks ideal for families with small kids.
The bows are easy to get used to and it will be fun to compete with friends and family! Left and right handed bows are provided, as well as arm guards, arrows and targets. Children’s bows are available too!
Bell & Whistle
Lihongs Chinese Restaurant
Chinese, Asian Fusion
The Pig and Plough
The Waffle Hut Restaurant
Ady’s The Queen of Tarts
Light meals, café
The Purple Giraffe
Canaan Cellars & Coffee Shop
Fast food, Deli
Monks Cowl Country Club
Buffet, Pub Grub
Black Scabbard Portuguese
South African, Modern
Cabbage Tree Cafe
Café, lights meals
Cathedral Peak Wine Estate
Winterton Country Club