The Cavern, Drakensberg, KZN

A World Heritage Site Adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park and the Amphitheatre

The Cavern is located high in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg, surrounded by towering mountains, forests and streams, adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park and the Amphitheatre. This is a World Heritage site and the Cavern is named after the ‘Cannibal Cavern’, a 200 metre wide and 60 metre deep overhang, situated above the hotel, and which was home to ancestors of the Amazizi tribe.

The thatch accommodation and facilities blend beautifully with the natural surroundings of the area. As a nature lover, this would be your ideal location. The Cavern is nationally recognised by KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife as a Site of Conservation Significance for conserving rare, endangered and endemic species. The grasslands are rich with famous ‘berg flowers, the forests are home to 70 tree species and our bird list boasts an impressive 204 species, 24 of which are endemic. Eland patrol the hills and also feature in many ancient Bushman cave paintings. Baboons and mountain reedbuck can be spotted on the slopes while a resident leopard prowls at night.

This fabulous resort has won numerous accolades over the years. Superior suites and standard rooms and superior rooms accommodation are available with views of the surrounding valleys.

Our Standard accommodation is set in lush garden landscapes with a vibrant mix of indigenous planting, filled with the sounds of birdlife. Each room has bathroom en suite, tea & coffee making facilities and a patio to soak up the sun and enjoy the mountain splendour. There are no TV’s in the standard accommodation.

Our finely appointed Superior accommodation is set overlooking the magnificent indigenous Fern Forest with private patios to soak up the sun, listen to the sounds of forest streams and relax in our mountain wilderness. Our superior rooms are spacious and have a TV and bar fridge.

With superior finishings and fittings our Superior suites are nests of tranquility, each with its own private fireplace, patio, TV and bar-fridge. The superior suites are set overlooking the magnificent indigenous Fern Forest with private patios to soak up the sun, listen to the sounds of forest streams and relax in our mountain wilderness.

The Cavern is set on a terraced garden, as it is perched on a hill so some rooms are a bit of a steeper walk than others. We have 2 rooms currently equipped for a wheel chair. One in the Standard room section placed next to reception area on a flat ground and the second is in the Superior section which a strong person would need to assist as there is a slight decline and incline to and from the room.

The resort offers all sorts of activities. There are two daily guided hikes (bring you walking shoes along), fly-fishing (bring your fishing equipment along or hire there) and horse trails for the experienced and for the ‘not-so-sure’. If you’re keen on mountain biking, our trails will keep you busy for days. If you prefer taking it easy, our pool is the perfect place to relax. For those up for a challenge, there’s tennis, lawn bowls and a pile of board games, such as scrabble, chess or backgammon. Unwind in magnificent surroundings. Enjoy our relaxing spa treatments by qualified body care therapists. Our luxurious “Forest Retreat” nestles happily on the edge of the Cavern’s beautiful Fern Forest, an ecosystem steeped in history.

We believe that the only way to make a real contribution to our community is through education and The Cavern family has long been involved in providing aid to schools, crèches and communities in the Amazizi area.

Standard Accommodation R1 536.00 R2 304.00
Superior Room R1 938.00 R2 910.00
Superior Suite R2 196.00 R3 300.00

Valid: 10 December 2020 to 09 December 2021.

Includes: Accommodation in our well-appointed rooms; 3 meals a day, 2 tea times per day at 11am and 4pm; on site activities.   
Excludes: Beverages; Spa treatments; Activities & Transfers other than specified.
Blockout Dates: These rates are not available over the following block-out dates for 2021:
  • 15 Dec – 10 Jan 21
  • 19-22 Mar 21
  • 01-06 Apr 21
  • 23-27  Apr 21
  • 06-09 Aug 21
  • 23-26 Sep 21
Weekends: Min 2 nights stay
Peak Periods: Minimum stays & minimum rates apply to family interleading accommodation
Max no. of people: We can accommodate a maximum of 30 adults


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