Here is the site of one of South Africa’s best known khown, the Cathedral Peak Hotel which was founded in 1938 by Albert Van Der Riet. The Hotel has always been a fishing destination with brown trout stocked in the Mlambonja River - there is a golf course available, as well. With the views and the golf, most guests don’t really have to leave the...more
The Zulu name for Cathkin Peak is Mdedelelo or ‘the Bully’ which Cathkin resembles, a big huge free-standing peak rising above all else. The peak was first climbed in 1912 along a route that is still the only semi-easy way up (‘E’ climb by South African standard; 5.0 by US). Along with the three heads of the Sterkhorn on one side and the...more
A few miles south of the Cathedral Peak Hotel is the Champagne Valley, the most developed entry point into the Drakensberg. On the way in you pass retirement communities - complete with the requisite golf courses - and all sorts of hotels and guesthouses and assorted tourist ‘stops’. The road is good until you pass all of the hotels and come into...more
Cathkin Park Po Box 335, Winterton, ZA
If staying at Inkosana Lodge, there is no need to eat out, the hosts cook fantstic food for you for around 70 rand. The food is fantastic!
There is no nightlife nearby but when the hostel sell red wine for 30 rand a bottle, you can make your own entertainment!
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good pair of hiking shoes or boots is needed. Something with ankle support would be of benefit. Weather changes drastically and thunderstorms occur frequently during summer. ALWAYS take rain gear no matter what weather is at start of your hike.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bandaids, toliet paper, sunscreen
Photo Equipment: a wide angle lense could take some amazing shots
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: tent and good sleeping bag
Miscellaneous: bring your own food, no place to buy food here.
Favorite thing: If youre into hiking, the options in the drakensberg are endless. You can do anything from a 2 hour walk to a 5 day walk. I done two 6 hour walks over 2 days. The hiking i done was around Champagne peak and Castle Peak. The hardest was up to blind mans corner at 2200metres but the views were spectacular with various freshwater waterfalls on the way to cool yourself down and have a drink.