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  • Charming countryside escape with glorious vistas of the mountainous region
  • Simple but elegant rooms offer great value
  • Nature lover's paradise with much to explore

Peacehaven Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

14km from Kokstad

 

-30.5185, 29.4884

About

Peacehaven Guesthouse is the perfect place to stay for travellers looking for cosy, value-for-money accommodation in the historical town of Kokstad. Its spectacular setting on the tip of the Drakensberg Mountains provides plenty of peace and quiet and vistas to satisfy the most ardent of nature-lovers, while modern comforts such as internet and DSTV give a convenient avenue for those looking to stay in touch with the outside world.

Featuring views stretching over shapely English gardens and onwards to the Mount Currie Nature Reserve, Kargs Post Wetland and Drakensberg Mountains, the thatched guesthouse’s semi-enclosed verandah is certainly the best spot to recline.

Breakfast is served here on warm mornings, a time when guests can enjoy the beautiful light that falls over the natural surrounds while tucking into some filling country fare. The sides of the verandah are dropped down on cold mornings to protect against bracing breezes and contain the heat from the large patio heaters.

Accommodation is provided in three simple country-style rooms located under thatch on the first floor of the guesthouse, and two small cottages. The en-suite guesthouse rooms each sleep two people in double beds, and are conveniently close to the lounge, dining room and verandah.

The largest of these rooms has space for a mattress sleeping an extra child, while all the rooms have a small fridge, tea and coffee facilities, Wi-Fi access and a television with selected satellite channels. Heaters and electric blankets should keep you warm and toasty during the cold Drakensberg winter.

The two cottages, which have a corrugated iron and thatched roof respectively, offer a little more privacy, but are also double rooms featuring the same facilities as the guest house rooms. Guests at the thatch-roofed Lavender Cottage can bring their pets along to frolic in the fenced yard and sleep in the comfy pet beds. 

During cold snaps, meals are served in the dining room, and the guest lounge is a haven of comfort, featuring ample seating on soft couches, a small LED flat-screen television with the full range of satellite channels, a Blu Ray player and a roaring double-sided fireplace.

Outdoors, Peacehaven’s spectacular natural surrounds beg to be explored. Right on the guesthouse’s doorstep, the Mount Currie Nature Reserve is filled with an abundance of both history and natural beauty and is an idyllic setting for a picnic, while the Kargs Post Wetland is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The mountains can be explored on horseback or by hiking, and hide some wonderful trout-fishing waters.

In the town of Kokstad, various fascinating historical attractions and National Heritage Sites will keep you thoroughly engrossed, before you return to the guest house to enjoy a cosy night’s sleep.

Rates & Summary


3 Upstairs Rooms

Located on the first floor of the main house
Each sleeps 2 in a double bed
En-suite bath or shower
One room can accommodate an extra child

2 Cottages

Each sleeps 2 in double or twin beds
En-suite shower
One room is pet-friendly, with its own yard

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Guests to Peacehaven are invited to experience a cosy getaway in the lush Kargs Post Valley just outside Kokstad, with majestic mountains providing a scenic background for your Drakensberg stay. Offering homely and intimate value-for-money accommodation, Peacehaven has beautiful views overlooking wetlands and mountains and has a variety of outdoor and historical activities on its doorstep. A friendly atmosphere and warm hospitality ensure a very cosy stay in the countryside.

Summary

  • Charming countryside escape with glorious vistas of the mountainous region
  • Simple but elegant rooms offer great value
  • Nature lover's paradise with much to explore

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The good gravel roads leading to the guest house are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

Nearby: Mount Currie Nature reserve, Kargs Post wetlands,  hiking, horse trails, trout fishing, historical sites. 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • No air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • No hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • No swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Very child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • No security guard

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uKhahlamba Drakensberg

KwaZulu Natal

About

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.

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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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