ABOUT US

Drakenzicht self-catering private mountain cottage

What our abode has to offer is a view unsurpassed – Drakenzicht mountain cottage is situated on 50 acres of breathtaking Drakensberg beauty. The uKhahlamba – Drakensberg Mountains is a World Heritage Site and our farm house has been nestling peacefully at the foot of the Central Berg for more than five decades.

The accommodation at Drakenzicht has a modest country atmosphere – close to Champagne Sports Resort and the Drakensberg Sun Hotel and about 10km away from Champagne Castle Hotel.

Come tread more than 3km of the cleared trails through our meadows. Benches dot the landscape overlooking a gorge and the valley below, with Giants Castle, Injasuthi, Champagne Castle and Cleft Peak all in plain view. The garden is lush and bird life abundant. Vervet monkeys, birds of prey, bushbuck and even the endangered ground hornbill might surprise you on your lazy afternoon stroll.

Drakenzicht self-catering retreat is 27km from Winterton on the R600 – a well-maintained tarred road – and approximately 2km from Champagne Sports Resort. The house is perfectly positioned to explore the numerous hiking and mountain bike routes of the Central Drakensberg, as well as its various golf courses and horse riding opportunities.

Inhale and immerse yourself in the quiet tranquility of the Central Berg.

The Central Drakensberg has many activities on offer. Take a short drive to some of these attractions. 

ACTIVITIES

What to do in Central Drakensberg
  • There are numerous hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Follow the R600 to Monk’s Cowl Campsite in the Giant’s Castle Reserve for shorter and longer day and overnight hikes to various waterfalls. Mountain biking trails in Champagne Valley are clearly indicated along the road.
  • The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir performs every Wednesday at 15:30 (during school terms) in the Drakensberg Auditorium at the Choir School in the Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg
  • Game viewing on horseback at Spionkop Nature Reserve
  • Horse riding at Dragons Peak: 036 4681031 or dpp@dragonpeaks.com
  • Championship Golf Course at Champagne Sports Resort
  • 9 hole Golf course at Monks Cowl
  • Monks Cowl Country Club offers excellent, affordable meals throughout the day with ‘Local is Lekker’ specials every Monday.
  • 9 hole Golf course at nearby Cathedral Peak
  • On Air Helicopters based at Cathedral Peak offers a 15min or 30min scenic flight over the Drakensberg.
  • A wonderful ballooning experience in the beautiful Champagne Valley.
  • A rock art interpretation centre and the only San Museum in the world is situated at Didima Camp at Cathedral Peak Hotel. Mike’s Pass on the Cathedral Peak road takes you to the crest of the Little ‘Berg from where there are spectacular views of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range.

  • The Winterton Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00 and boasts a very informative San Gallery with many articles of interest. Telephone: 036 488 1885
  • Rock Art sites: The Main Caves Museum at Giant’s Castle is an easy half hour’s walk from the Giant’s Castle main camp and the Battle Cave is relatively close to the Injisuthi camp.
  • River rafting and quad biking can be arranged by Four Rivers Rafting and Adventures.
  • At Falcon Ridge visitors can witness birds of prey swoop through the sky for the catch. Shows are held daily at 10:30 (weather dependent). Call 082 774 6398 to confirm.
  • Boating on the lake and entertainment at the nearby Drakensberg Sun Hotel.
  • Thokozisa Life Style Centre host quaint shops with local flavour
  • Ardmore Ceramics Studio offers unique ceramic objects created by local Zulu artists. Promising artists are provided with materials and studio space. Their work is purchased by Ardmore Ceramics and sold to the public.
  • Tree-top canopy expeditions.
  • The valley boast with various eateries that will cater for every taste: The Valley Bakery, The Waffle Hut, The Pizza Hut, Thokozisa restaurant and deli, Cathedrak Peak Wine Estate, Scrumpy Jacks and many more.

RATES

Drakenzicht has undergone recent renovations, including a spacious new living/lounge area, wrap around stoep, new modern kitchen and scullery, new main bedroom with a view of the mountains and three new bathrooms as well as a lovely loft area that can serve as a games room or additional sleep area.

Drakenzicht is rented as a unit at R8625 per night, for a minimum of 2 nights. Drakenzicht can accommodate 9 people, in 4 bedrooms.

Backpackers are accommodated for 1 night at R2750 for the first 6 people, thereafter at R460 per person per night. Bedrooms are unavailable to backpackers, the loft area and two bathrooms are made available and we provide loose matrasses but hikers bring their own bedding.

ACCOMMODATION

The Accommodation

The farm house can accommodate 9 people in 4 bedrooms:

The main bedroom is the Hoep-hoep room, with a king size bed, mountain views, a private balcony and walk in shower en suite bathroom.

The Suikerbekkie room is a double room with the option of a king size bed or 2 single beds, garden views, private balcony and en suite bathroom with shower and bath.

The Piet-my-Vrou room is a double room with the option of a king size bed or 2 single beds, garden views, and a en suite bathroom with shower.

The Kwikstertjie room is a room with 3 single beds, garden views and a bathroom with shower and bath next door.

All bedrooms have sliding doors to the garden and air conditioning.

The loft area serves as a games room or additional sleeping facilities for back packers. It has its own bathroom with walk in shower.

The modern fully equipped kitchen is fitted with an oven, gas stove, microwave oven, 2 fridges, air fryer, coffee filter machine. The kitchen is open plan to the spacious living area.

The lounge-dining room is spacious making use of the beautiful mountain views. The huge sliding doors invite the mountain air and garden inside. The lounge provide satellite TV on request, a fire place, air conditioning, a piano and under floor heating. The wide warp around stoep temps guests to sit outside around a 6-seater table and gas braai.

The Garden

Take a closer look at the various natural landscapes and outdoor scenery from benches scattered in the sunny garden. Or take a picnic blanket and watch the children play on the trampoline and the swing. Huge trees provide a lovely canopy for lazy afternoons, and the garden supply a variety of flower and bird life during the year.

The Scenery

View the breathtaking natural landscapes and features of the uKhahlamba – Drakensberg Mountains.

CONTACT US

Telephone: +27 11 646 3991 / +27 72 296 6494

Email: willemienv@wol.co.za

Location

Situated in the Champagne valley, 20km from Winterton and 2.5km from the Champagne Sports Resort. Overlooking the valley with the Drakensberg Sun Hotel and Dragon’s Peak in the distance.

Directions provided on confirmation of booking.