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Cavern Resort & Spa

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The Cavern Resort & Spa welcomes you to the adventures of mountain holidays. The Cavern, named after the “Cannibal Cavern”, is situated on 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve adjacent to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre World Heritage Site.This holiday offers you daily guided hikes to bushman paintings and rock carvings. For the more energetic, walks are organised to the Tugela Gorge, the second highest waterfall in the world, and to the top of the Amphitheatre (3100m). An extensive range of recreational facilities, from a forest spa, horse trails, trout fishing and mountain bike trails are available. This stunning resort has won numerous accolades. Honeymoon suites, superior suites and standard accommodation are available with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, indigenous forests and mountains. Honeymoon suites are complete with four-poster beds and fireplaces for cool evenings. The superior accommodation is set away from the resort, in tranquil gardens, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The reserve is home to abundant wildlife including leopard, baboon and eland and over 200 species of birds and 150 species of trees.The Forest Spa, set high up in the indigenous forest, is a relaxing space to unwind in whilst being treated by our therapists. Afterwards the unique Cave Bar is the ideal place to meet for a sundowner while looking over the valley below. Just over three hours from Gauteng and Durban it is the ideal area to spend some time in the mountains.
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Free Parking
Free Internet
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Laundry Service
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Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Public Wifi
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Accessible rooms
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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End Of D 119 Road 3350 Amphitheatre, Northern Drakensberg, Bergville 3350 South Africa
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Moshoeshoe Intl Airport99 mi
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If you ever get the chance a visit to the Drakensberg a must is the Cavern. Great food and hospitality. Wonderfull staff and accommodation. Take the walking gear as the trails are numerous ranging from casual to climbing up steep gradients. A must for couples and families alike.
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Every time one of my friends living abroad asks where to visit in South Africa I always say The Cavern Berg Resort as I’ve only heard good things about it. Well this past weekend I had the privilege of being a guest at The Cavern and I can safely recommend this establishment as
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Response from hiltondavid, Owner at Cavern Resort & Spa
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Alleycat Fabulous that you have eventually visited us to check up on the recommendation you keep making! And best is that you enjoyed your time! Thank you for the wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you once more.... you do still need to visit our special Forest Retreat Spa! Til next time, our best wishes, Megan & Hilton
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The place is at the end of a road leading through the Drakensberge. We were met by a very friendly security guy at the gate and check in was a breeze. The rooms was very well appointed and clean and spacious. We were travelling with our 2 children and staying here was a good
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Excellent food,attentive staff and lovely walking. There was the added luxury of choosing the wine yourself from their cave!! The staff taking you on walks were knowledgable. Worth getting up early to an hour of birding. We were lucky enough to be there for a birding weekend.
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Visited with friends having always loved our family stays at The Cavern. Unfortunately disappointed to see day visitors are no longer welcome for lunch. Especially after a special trip from Harrismith. Turned away at the gate. Headed to Tower of Pizza instead and had a great
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Response from hiltondavid, Owner at Cavern Resort & Spa
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Cape Town Yes, unfortunately we have had to close our gate to day visitors. This was after very careful consideration and after just one-too-many problems. What is interesting is that our regular guests have supported this move entirely. So, why would we seem to be so unaccommodating and so inhospitable? After all, a potential day visitor could be a potential guest. Well, to begin with, to try and control the number of visitors each day we implemented a R50 charge per car and we limited the number of vehicles to 5 at any one time. But sadly even with this measure in place, the day visitors didn’t really play a fair game. On arrival at our gate day visitors are informed that facilities are for in-house guests only. But, this didn’t stop families from taking their picnics and setting up camp at the swimming pool. Or having large children jumping and breaking the playground equipment. Or packing their rods and enjoying a bit of trout fishing! While this seems so arbitrary, when it happens time and time again, and impinges on our own guests’ experiences, then something does have to change. Consider too that many day visitors come into the resort, log into the free Wi-Fi, take over the lounges and aren’t really even aware of their infringement on someone else’s stay. We also ran a Snack Menu for some time. During our peak periods we are feeding well over 180 people 3 meals per day. Approximately 140 adult eaters, about 25 under 6’s and about 50 staff. Our kitchen is incredibly busy and when day visitors didn’t get their snack menu order in 20 minutes many would huff and puff and disappear without paying the bill. So, it is important to really focus on what you do and do that well. We aren’t in the fast food business and we needed to stop complicating systems and ensure our own guests were well fed and watered. But, the final straw came when a day visitor family arrived at The Cavern and to start their merry day, they had a short walk through the Forest. They then proceeded to the dining room and helped themselves to the lunch buffet. When the Head Waiter spoke to them about payment, they brushed him off saying they were staying in Room 65. A very nice looking family, well-dressed, with grandparents and parents and children. They then shopped at our small curio store and it was only after I challenged them on the lawn did they finally admit that they were actually not in-house guests and that they would pay for the meal they’d just taken. Who does this? In a resort where we run an inclusive tariff, it’s tricky keeping track of those masquerading as guests. So, after considering the facts and actually remembering that our guests have paid for their special getaway, we closed our gate. I'm sure you will understand - our guests do. P.S You are correct the Tower is a lovely place for a meal - we go there all the time. Kind regards Hilton and Megan
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Trout for sure.
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Soory, don't know. Paul.
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Yes tea and coffee making facilities (kettle, coffee, teas, sugar and milk) are in all the rooms. These are replaced daily.
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"Superior suites are very private"
"Take your bicycles with, there are lots of places to cycle, even for the kiddies."
"The rooms vary. Not all have views, but all have beautiful decor. The superior rooms are worth the extra price."
"Upstairs for better views."
"The superior suites are a must.."
US$186 - US$210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
the cavern drakensberg hotel bergville
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionBergville
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