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  • Nestled right in the spectacular Cathedral Peak range of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg
  • Great variety of activities on offer for all ages
  • Great service and friendly atmosphere at this beautiful mountain resort

Cathedral Peak Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

43km from Winterton


-28.9479, 29.2065


Just 250km from Durban and 400km from Johannesburg, the famous Cathedral Peak Hotel, surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the country, is easily accessible to its many visitors from all over South Africa and abroad. Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the van der Riet family has succeeded in offering warm hospitality combined with exceptional service and value for money, resulting in a luxury resort of the highest standard with exceptionally comfortable rooms and suites set in beautiful gardens with two pools, one of which is heated.

The elegant hotel dining room offers an extensive buffet of superb culinary creations at both breakfast and dinner, personally overseen by top-class chefs. After dinner, enjoy a game of pool, darts or sport on the big screen in the well-known Harry's Bar, or relax in the comfort of Albert's Cocktail Bar with the ambience of a roaring log fire complete with separate smokers' lounge. The stylish Hotel Lounge offers a quiet refuge from the day's activities.

There is an abundance of activities at Cathedral Peak Hotel to suit both young and old. Guests enjoy free daily guided hikes, including walks to historic San rock art,  and beautiful waterfalls. Bird-spotting enthusiasts can tick off some of the 121 resident species recorded. The Drakensberg provides the perfect setting for the spectacular, manicured 9-hole golf course. In winter, the peaks may be draped in snow, but fireplaces and heaters in both the rooms and the communal areas are wonderful places to cosy up and comfortably admire the views.

The hotel  offers a unique conference centre seating up to 200 delegates, a quaint stone-and-thatch chapel, reception venues and honeymoon suites ideal for a country style wedding or honeymoon. A comprehensive environmental (geysers are powered by low energy consuming heat pumps) and social programme means that the hotel is fully focused on uplifting the local communities while preserving the wonders of the Drakensberg.

Whether your aim is a relaxed family holiday, conference or a romantic mountain getaway, the hospitable staff and management look forward to welcoming all guests to an unforgettable Drakensberg experience.

Rates & Summary

Standard Thatched Room

Each sleeps 3 - King bed & sleeper couch
En-suite with shower over bath
Fan, heater, TV

Standard Room

Each sleeps 2 - King/twin bed
Fan, heater, TV, private veranda
Interleading rooms available

Superior Room

Each sleeps 2 - Double/twin beds 
Underfloor heating, TV, private veranda 
Interleading rooms available

Executive/Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 adults - King bed
En-suite with spa bath
Electric fireplace, TV
Underfloor heating, private veranda

Presidential Suite

Sleeps 2 adults - King bed
En-suite spa bath and steam bath
2 TVs, full DSTV, gas fireplace 
Underfloor heating, A/C, private veranda
Golf cart for exclusive use


Standard Room DB&B

  • R 1 240 pp sharing / R 1 860 single

Superior Room DB&B

  • R 1 335 pp sharing / R 1 995 single

Executive/Honeymoon Suite DB&B

  • R 1 650 pp sharing / R 2 475 single

Presidential Suite DB&B

  • R 2 545 pp sharing / R 3 815 single

For December holidays increased rates apply and there is a minimum 3-night stay.


Buffet breakfast and dinner included
Morning and afternoon tea included


Children are very welcome and enjoy the playground, jumping castle, heated paddling pool, trampoline, pony rides, and games room. The children's dining room provides nutritious meals, toys and entertainment. Babysitting on request.
Rates vary from sharing adults' room to sharing interleading standard room.

  • 0 - 2: stay for free
  • 3 - 6: R 450 - R 495 DB&B
  • 7 - 12yrs: R 730 - R 815 DB&B


Why Stay Here?

Situated on 400ha of pristine mountain grassland, the Cathedral Peak Hotel lies right up against the spectacular Cathedral Peak range. Whether your aim is a relaxed family holiday or a romantic mountain getaway, the hospitable staff and management look forward to welcoming you to an unforgettable Drakensberg experience. The hotel offers a feast of activities for the entire family, and features luxury rooms and top-class facilities, together with the fantastic natural attractions of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.


  • Nestled right in the spectacular Cathedral Peak range of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg
  • Great variety of activities on offer for all ages
  • Great service and friendly atmosphere at this beautiful mountain resort


The Honeymoon and executive rooms are set apart from the rest of the hotel in secluded gardens.

Things to consider Bringing

Hiking boots, golf clubs, mountain bike, fly fishing gear, thermal clothes for winter, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The 20km approach road is tarred, but a slower speed is recommended for the many twists and turns.

Activities & Attractions

  • 2 swimming pools (one heated)
  • Fully equipped gym with steam bath
  • Tennis, squash, bowls, outdoor chess 
  • Volleyball, badminton
  • 9-hole golf course
  • 10m climbing tower
  • Mountain bike trails - bikes for hire
  • Guided walks 
  • 18 different walks and hikes 
  • Jogging route
  • Horse riding
  • Fly fishing
  • Birding
  • San rock art
  • Archery
  • And more...


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




uKhahlamba Drakensberg

KwaZulu Natal


The Drakensberg mountain range begins its rise in the Eastern Cape, running along the length of KwaZulu-Natal’s western border. It also extends in fits and starts into Mpumalanga and covers a vast area stretching into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

It is generally agreed that the ‘Dragon mountains’ got their name from their ragged, irregular silhouette that looks like a dragon’s back from a distance. It was so-named by Dutch settlers. Another, albeit less popular, explanation is that early settlers were told by the locals that dragons lived in the mountains. This theory was given a bit more credence when numerous dinosaur footprints were discovered in the Eastern Free State.

The Zulu tribe has given the mountains its own, equally descriptive name – Ukhahlamba, or ‘the barrier of spears’. Whatever the language and whatever the explanation, there is no argument that the Drakensberg mountains are evocative and mysterious. It is a wild and beautiful area that can change from sunny to snowy in mere moments.

In 2001 a park was established that encompasses a huge tract of the mountains. Known as the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, it covers 13 000km² of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal. It includes the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site that by itself covers some 2 400km² and is 150km long.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a place of immense beauty and enormous spaces. It is one of the few true remaining wildernesses where hikers can walk for days without encountering other people.

It is no surprise, then, that this place is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and one must be well-prepared if tackling it on foot.

In the very north of the park is Royal Natal National Park. It is one of the jewels in the crown of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the proud guardian of the world famous ‘Amphitheatre’. This can be easily viewed from the road to the main camp of the park. A short walk along the river gives amazing photographic opportunities. The attractions of this park are many, from pleasant walks to fly-fishing and swimming in clear mountain streams. It is also home to the 850m-high Tugela Falls, the highest waterfall in Africa and the second highest in the world.

Other notable parks within the greater Drakensberg Park are Giant’s Castle, Kamberg and Loteni Nature Reserves. Each has its own attractions, capable of keeping the tourist busy for days on end.

The Drakensberg was declared a World Heritage Site for a number of reasons. It is an area of incredible natural diversity with over 2 100 plant species, more than 200 of which are endemic to the area. It is also home to over 60 species of mammal, including the threatened oribi and herds of eland and black wildebeest. It has nearly 50 species of reptile and more than 300 bird species. The naturalist will definitely find a visit to the Drakensberg incredibly rewarding.

No less interesting is the human history of the area. A prime drawcard is the San rock art. Excellent examples can be seen in Giant’s Castle. There is also a recreation of how these people prospered in the mountains until they were ruthlessly hunted out of existence by both black and white settlers.

Look out for

The Bushmen paintings are a unique art form that shrouded in mystery and deserving of at least an afternoon’s attention. The fact that they are almost always to be found in remote, beautiful caves adds to their allure. And the walk there adds to the attraction.

Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in the Drakensberg. Depending on fitness and time, hikers can choose from short but beautiful walks to multi-day hikes. On the latter one needs to be entirely self-sufficient and equipped for inclement weather - including snow - no matter what time of the year it is.

The Giants Cup Hiking Trail is the premier ‘Berg hike, totalling almost 60km and usually taking five days to complete. It runs from Sani Pass to Busman’s Nek in the south.

The Amphitheatre in the Royal Natal National Park is one of the first things that should be put on the ‘To Do’ list. You haven’t really been to the Drakensberg until you’ve viewed it from below - and then again from the top. Here you will encounter one of the most breathtaking views in South Africa.

Fly-fishing is another excellent reason to visit the Drakensberg. KZN-Ezemvelo has a collection of very good trout waters in their reserves. Other dams and rivers are privately owned, but many are accessible to fisherman for a day fee.

The Lammergeier Hide at Giant’s Castle is an amazing place from which to get incredible sightings and photographs of birds. Highlights are the bearded vulture, Verreaux’s eagle, white-necked raven, lanner falcon and Cape vulture. Many smaller species can also be spotted. Booking is essential.

Sani Pass is one of South Africa’s great drives. In winter the pass is often closed due to ice and snow and can be a very hazardous drive. Remember that a passport is necessary to get onto the pass and a 4x4 vehicle is required by law.

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