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Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bergville
Certificate of Excellence
Sandton
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Best family resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

For a break with our small the kids (2, 4 and nephew of 7), we've found no better resort than the Cavern. Trained and pro-active nannies available over adults mealtimes so you can enjoy the excellent menu. Daily guided short (1-2 hour slow) walks and morning walks (6-8kms/2.5 hours) cater for little kids and the guides are friendly and accomodating. Supervised afternoon activities, pony rides. Many rooms have 3 or 5 beds to cater for the families that arent the standard 2+2.

Our room was newly refurbished, spacious and very comfortable.

My compliments to the managers and staff who are keeping this gorgeous hotel to such a high standard. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had the most memorable and amazing time @ the Cavern for our honeymoon.
The staff from reception to the lady that cleans the rooms was awesome. Abel our waiter was on top form. The food was delicious and ample :D the self guided hikes were wonderful. The vibe and the atmosphere is one of total relaxation. We enjoyed every single second. The Forest Retreat was divine on every level ! The ladies there were professional and a pleasure to deal with. All in all a 10/10 stay, no complaints whatsoever ! We cannot wait to plan our next trip there, this time with our 4 children :D Thank you for everything !!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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hiltondavid, Owner at Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear Shannon

Thank you for your kind reply and we hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards

Hilton & Megan Bedingham
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Beware of all the food. Very easy to eat oneself to a standstill with 3 very good meals a day included in your stay. Lots to do and keep the whole family happy. Good staff and a well run establishment.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the mountains, possibly upstairs. Also next to the spa.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

My wife and I stayed here on honeymoon last summer.

We had a great time - the food was sensational (nice that the portions weren't too big) and we particularly enjoyed eating out on the terrace.

The chef also cooked us a personalised meal one night - a friend of ours had stayed at the Cavern the week before. He had caught a trout from one of the lakes, and left it with the chef, who had agreed to cook it for us! We were the envy of the restaurant when it arrived on a huge platter with all the garnishings. A very special touch.

We enjoyed the walks, and also messing around by the waterfall. And a great base for further adventures. We enjoyed a couple of massages too. Very enjoyable. And we played some table tennis and pool too in the main block.

Great view from our room - beautiful sunsets and sunrises...

Not cheap, but we felt it was good value for money. A real treat.

Room Tip: Superior rooms do have great views. Not cheap, but worth it...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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hiltondavid, Owner at Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear jdjukebox

So glad you had a fantastic time at The Cavern and that you enjoyed your mates trout!!

Kind regards

Hilton & Megan Bedingham
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Anchorage
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

We laid over here for several days to catch our breath and relax. The place was groomed and landscaped perfectly, yet fit right into its surroundings. At first I thought I was in Yorkshire, with the hills and low clouds, but you soon see this is a special place all it's own.
Food was outstanding and service was prompt.
Choices of recreation for all ages were good. It is a very family oriented place with gourmet food.
Excellent trails for horseback riding and hiking.
Lectures by local experts were available before dinner. The primary focus seems to be birding. Lots of avid birders were there and were more than willing to show a novice like me what was to be seen and share their knowledge.
Very well done and very nice people. I hope to back some day and take advantage of more of the activities.

Stayed January 2014
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Johannesburg South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Clearly the formula works, with many Drakensberg Hotels struggling to survive and despite the shameful state of the Sterkfontein Dam road, the Cavern remains full and very popular. Its all still there, the lovely organised walks every day, the very conservative wine pricing and the generally nice facilities and accomodation. I do feel a little bit of complacency is setting in. Some dinners dry and uninspiring, some common rooms looking really tired and in need of attention. A maitre D' in the dining room who could just reflect 2 nights in a row just how much of a problem it was to find a table for 4 friends to dine together.(Amazingly the problem vanished after one visit to reception). So still a wonderful family resort, with great value and many reasons to commend it, maybe just needing a little bit of a refresh in service, look & feel and attitude...

Room Tip: The gatehouse exclusive rooms fill up fast and are significantly more expensive, but the views, fire...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Cavern is a family-oriented resort nestled in the Northern Drakensberg. It is perfectly geared towards families with young children. It is also a lovely retreat for couples. The Spa is stunning! The resort itself was fully booked when we visited, but at times we felt like the only people there. It's very cleverly laid-out that way. The gardens are beautiful. The kiddies playgrounds lovely. We stayed in a family-interleading room which we found spacious and perfectly comfortable for the five of us. The underfloor heating kept us warm. Lunch is a buffet and dinner a sit-down 5 course affair. The food was great. Not sensational; but enjoyable. The drinks were very reasonably priced. The staff were amazing. All in all, a very charming getaway and fully recommended.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa
Address: End Of D 119 Road 3350 | Amphitheatre, Northern Drakensberg, Bergville 3350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Bergville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bergville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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