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A weekend getaway to Cathedral Peak Hotel

At the end of November we as a family were lucky enough to go on a weekend getaway to Cathedral Peak Hotel in the Drakensberg. The weekend getaway was an absolute great opportunity for a digital detox and time for us to recharge as a family. What made this time extra special is that there was no cooking for mommy – the amazing restaurant supplied deliciously healthy breakfasts and suppers! We were also surprised to find some friends from manny’s school at the resort over the same weekend and we managed to ‘kuier’ our hearts out. The kids literally fell asleep at the dinner table and did not even turn in their beds. Images with permission of Ginger Ale Photography as mine was not nearly as pretty!

en route to Cathedral Peak hotel, captured by Ginger Ale Photography

This Drakensberg resort welcomed its first guests way back in 1939 and is steeped into the towering lava faces of the Drakensberg. Its remote location forms part of its splendor and while a lot more accessible today, the hotel was almost unreachable in the early days of transportation. The Cathedral Peak Mountain is a 3 004 m high free standing it is also known as Mponjwana (Little Horn) by the local Amangwane people. (Source)

Where in the Drakensberg is the Cathedral Peak Hotel situated?

The Cathedral Peak Hotel is situated just 250km from Durban and 400km from Johannesburg. We were travelling from Johannesburg and with 2 stops for the kids it took us around 5.5 hours to get there. The roads are great and even though the road to the hotel from Winterton is fine, there is maintenance being done at the moment to improve it even more. Most of the way is driven on main roads or highways with the exception of the last few kilometers where you drive through a more rural area (with tarred roads) that instantly gets you into the holiday mood.

en route to Cathedral Peak hotel, captured by Ginger Ale Photography

Cathedral Peak Hotel activities

This Drakensberg resort has no limit to what you or the kids can do. We swam in the small heated pool as the larger unheated one with a water slide was a bit crisp. They also had the perfect walk in pool for the princess and she spent the whole Saturday swimming with her new paraphernalia (a tube and water wings) that we bought from the small gift shop. We also did some quad biking that was a whole lot of fun and a small hike to a waterfall.

Other activities that the Hotel has include tennis, lawn bowls, outdoor chess, beach volleyball, badminton and a climbing tower. The 19 walks/hikes that leave from and return to the Hotel caters for all levels of fitness, skill and ability. There are also guided hike walks that you can sign up for. The crowning jewel is the resort’s very own 9-hole golf course that also has alternate tees for an 18-hole game. There is off course also a Spa for mommy and for the adventurers – you can also participate in the Cathedral Peak Challenge.

Cathedral Peak hotel chapel, captured by Ginger Ale Photography

Did you know?

The hotel boasts a lovilee chapel for weddings and there is also a reception area for your guests making this the perfect Drakensberg wedding venue including a pretty awesome view! See this wedding that Ginger Ale Photography captured at the venue.

Every evening our room was set and beds prepared when we were away having supper and each evening the lovilee staff left a small paper with interesting facts and the excerpt of a story as reading material.

Two of the interesting facts…

  • The unspoiled Drakensberg mountain range is a World Heritage Site.
  • Monkeys are not apes, apes have no tails whereas monkeys have tails.

If you are considering a Drakensberg holiday the Cathedral Peak Hotel is one of the Drakensberg hotels that are definitely worth looking at, especially if you have small children that needs to be entertained. The facility offers a child entertainment room where little ones can play and make new friends.

Cathedral Peak hotel, captured by Ginger Ale Photography

Cathedral Peak Hotel rates

There are various accommodation options available at the hotel. We stayed in one of their Standard Thatch Rooms, but there are also Standard, Superior and Standard Family Rooms. Booking options can be arranged to only include Breakfast or Breakfast as well as Suppers.

You can view all of the current Cathedral Peak Hotel specials on their website. Be sure to check the Drakensberg Weather before you make your way to Cathedral Peak Hotel!

The only thing that I could have wished for was to stay an additional day… The fresh air and fun was totally worth it!

If you haven’t booked for your December / January holiday yet or are looking at visiting the Berg in the near future, get in touch with their reservations team. You can call them on +27 (36) 488 1888 or email them at There is also the option to book directly by clicking here.

en route to Cathedral Peak hotel, captured by Ginger Ale Photography

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post according to my disclaimers and disclosures where we were given a weekend free stay at the resort to tell you more about the venue. As always, this is my own and honest opinion.

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