The Central Drakensberg offers a wide range of interesting and exciting activities - there is something for everyone, from enjoying a concert or music festival at the world renowned Drakensberg Boys' Choir to riding the high wire at the Drakensberg Canopy Tour and then a relaxing treatment at one of the spa centres.

Your cottage folder contains details and contacts for all the activities listed below.

Hiking and Trails

There is nothing to beat the thrills of experiencing the true nature of our mountains from the majestic peaks to the crystal clear streams.

Various grades of hikes and walks available from the Monks Cowl Station of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

Monks Cowl Ukhalhlamba Drakensberg Park.
Contact No: 036-4681103

Buffalo Thorn Community Guides
Sibusiso 0822169974

There are several local walks available from the Drakensberg Sun Hotel, notably, the Grotto which is a lovely waterfall into a swimmable pool, accessed via a couple of hours hike through an indigenous forest area – ideal for that hot day.

Cathkin Trails – MTB and Trail running.

Bird Watching

Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Centre hold shows daily. Not to be missed!

Contact: Greg & Alison McBey on 082 774 6398
Hlatikulu Crane & Wetland Sanctuary.

Drakensberg Boys Choir School

Concerts on Wednesday afternoons during term. May – Music in the Mountains December – Christmas in the Mountains
Bookings: 036-4681012

Horse-Riding and Trailing

uShaka Horse Trails Carl 072 664 2993

Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort Lyn Tungay 082 575 9213

Cathkin Equestrian Centre Johannes Russouw 083 989 1507


On site trout fishing in a ‘stocked’ dam. (catch n release)

Helicopter scenic tours

Westline Aviation – available from Dragon Peaks Park and Cathedral Peak Hotel.

Restaurants & Coffee Shops

There is a wide variety of places to eat out from a delicious tea and cakes at the local bakery through 'pub grub' at the Monks Cowl Golf Course to the splendid buffets at the several well-known hotels in the area.

Valley Bakery( daytime only), Adys Queen of Tarts (daytime only), The Waffle Hut & Pizzeria, Scrumpy Jacks (daytime only), The Bistro (daytime only), The Brew Shack, The Griller (steakhouse).

Thokozisa (Restaurant) , Gooderson Monks Cowl Restaurant, Dragons Rest (Restaurant), Lihongs Chinese Takeaway (daytime only), The purple Giraffe (daytime only), The Chocolate Bar (daytime only), Drakensberg Sun Hotel, Champagne Castle Hotel, Champagne Sports Resort, Bridge Hotel Winterton, Bingelela Lodge.

Spas and Beauty Centres

Champagne Castle Hotel
Champagne Sports Resort
The Nest Hotel
Drakensberg Sun Hotel
Acacia Day Spa
Sibahle Day Spa


Drakensberg Brewery/Restaurant. Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only.
Access point to Cathkin MTB trails.