High in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg, surrounded by towering mountains, forests and streams is a unique family resort – The Cavern.

  • drakensberg accommodation
  • swimming pool
  • spa reception

The Cavern is adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park and the Amphitheatre. This is a World Heritage site and should be included in your itinerary when planning holidays in the South African Drakensberg. 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 Cavern is set in a secluded valley beneath the massive sandstone cliffs of the Northern Drakensberg. The thatch accommodation and facilities blend beautifully with the natural surroundings of the area. The Cavern is home to numerous Bushman paintings, 213 species of birds, 73 species of trees and numerous wild animals. As a nature lover, this would be your ideal location.

This fabulous resort has won numerous accolades over the years. Superior suites and standard accommodation are available with views of the surrounding valleys. The Forest Spa, set high up in the indigenous forest, is a relaxing space to unwind in whilst being treated by our therapists.

The resort offers daily guided hikes and horse rides. For the more energetic, walks are organised to the Tugela Gorge and to the top of the Amphitheatre. The Cavern is home to an extensive range of recreational facilities, from trout fishing to mountain bike trails. With a 9-hole golf course and Adventure Centre down the road, this is the perfect holiday destination in the Northern Drakensberg.

The Carte family has owned the Cavern for over seventy years and from the outset have given guests memorable family holidays – not just a stay at a good Hotel. At The Cavern we appreciate that it is people who make your holiday – people with whom to laugh or share a drink. It’s a time to spend with family and to enjoy many happy interactions with your children which make it a special getaway in the berg.

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  1. Good Day,

    Thank you for your email.

    We can assist you with a comfortable standard family interleading room 7th Dec onwards (not sure how many days you are requesting) at a rate of R1040.00 pp per night sharing.

    Standard Family Interleading Unit
    Our standard family interleading units consists of two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom has 3 single for the children. The rooms are comfortable with ensuite bath and shower, tea and coffee making facilities and outside patio.

    Our daily rate includes accommodation in attractive thatched lodgings, three meals daily, teas and access to our exceptional wilderness through guided walks & packed lunches when requested.

    Please contact us by return should you wish to book.

  2. Dear Sir/Madam

    Thank you for your website enquiry. We regret we are fully booked . We trust you will be able to make alternative arrangements.

    We recommend the following alternative ‘berg destinations:
    Montusi Mountain Lodge – Luxury Lodge with expansive ‘berg views
    – Tel 036 438 6243 – E-mail info@montusi.co.za
    Sungubala Eco Camp – Self catering camp for groups or families
    – Tel 082 456 5845 – E-mail info@sungubala.co.za

    Visit the Drakensberg Tourism website for details of alternate destinations in the Drakensberg.

    Kind regards,

  3. Plse advise if you have availability as well as the rates for a family of 5 (interleading rooms please) for the period 29 December 2015-3 January 2016.

    1. Dear Vanessa

      Thank you for your valued enquiry.

      Our rates from the 13th of December 2015

      Adults Daily Sharing Single
      Standard Room R1100 R1650
      Comfortable room, bathroom en suite, no TV
      Superior Room R1340 R2010
      Superior accommodation with TV and bar fridge
      Superior Suite R1530 R2295
      Spacious suite with TV, bar fridge and fireplace

      Regret, we are fully booked for that period.

      Please email us at info@cavern.co.za if you require any other dates.

      Kind Regards,


    1. Good day Helen, thank you for your mail.

      I can assist you with the following accommodation 5-8 April 2016:

      1x standard double bedded room at a rate of R1100.00 pp per night sharing
      comfortable room, tea & coffee facilities, bathroom en-suite


      1x superior room at a rate of R1340.00 pp pn sharing
      superior accommodation, tea & coffee making facilities, bathroom en-suite & bar fridge


      1x superior suite at a rate of R1530.00 pp per night sharing
      spacious suite with tea & coffee making facilities, bathroom en-suite. bar fridge & fireplace

      Our Rates include accommodation in attractive thatched lodgings, three meals daily, tea’s and most activities; access to our exceptional wildreness through guided walks, evening entertainment; & packed lunches when requested.

  4. Hi

    We are coming over for a holiday in South Africa during November and was wondering if you have any accommodation for us on the 18th?


    1. Dear Evert

      Thank you for your valued enquiry.

      Please send us an email at info@cavern.co.za,with more details about your enquiry.

      Number of people travelling with,adults or chidlren.

      The number of days you would like to stay.

      Kind Regards,


  5. Halo, have you got any accommodation for 2 adults for next weekend 9-11Oct . Could you include a Pricelist as well . Regards Johan & Astrid Bester

    1. Dear Johan & Astrid

      As disscussed earlier on, a provisonal booking will be sent to you with amended dates.

      Kind Regards,


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