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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. Trust you are doing well,

    We would like to get a quotation on your resort for +-8 to 10 couples sharing chalet/normal standard rooms? We planning around 24-26 April 2015 or 29-31 May 2015 for 2 nights.

  2. Hi Josiah

    Many thanks for the enquiry. We are quite booked up over the April long weekend but could assist as follows:

    IN: Friday 24 April
    OUT: Monday 27 April
    Minimum stay: 3 nights
    5 standard double rooms at R1040pp sharing per night
    2 Superior rooms at R1260 pp sharing per night
    1 superior suite at R1440pp sharing per night

    Our daily rate includes all meals, guided morning hikes and teas.

    Over the weekend, 29-31 May, we can assist with 10 standard double rooms.

    To book, please email Reservations info@cavern.co.za

    Many thanks


  3. Hi just need to know if you have an opening form the 28 march till the 30 march 2adults and 2 children ages 7 and 10

    • Many thanks, Yolandi
      We do have a standard interleading family unit available at R3536 per night for the family. This includes all meals, teas and guided morning hikes.
      Please email Reservations to book: info@cavern.co.za
      Kind regards,

    • Dear Ansie

      Hope this email finds you well.

      The weekend has Christmas theme. The main building will have Christmas decoration.

      We generally follow this program:

      – Long and short guided walk on Saturday morning

      – Morning guided horse ride.

      – Kids activity in the afternoon.

      – Christmas tea

      – Christmas Dinner

      – Saturday night dance.

      Kind regards,


    • Dear Adaleen

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We can assist you with a Superior room from 27-29 March as required.

      The rate is R1260 per person per night sharing.

      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 to book.

      Kind regards


    • Dear Nela

      Thank you for your website enquiry. I can assist you with two comfortable standard double bedded rooms 27-02 March 2015 at a rate of R1040 per person per night sharing.

      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 find our standard information and rates below. Please contact us by return if you would like to make a reservation.

      Kind regards,


      Reservations Team

  4. Hi, please can i have rate for 4 adults and 2 kids 7 yrs for the 24 July to leave on the 27 July.

    Thank you

  5. Dear Melissa

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    We can assist with a Standard interleading unit and a Standard double from 24-27 July as required.

    The rate is R1040 per person per night sharing and the 7 year olds will each pay 70% of the adult rate. This works out R3536 per night for the Standard interleading unit with kids and R2080 per night for 2 adults sharing a double room.

    Please email info@cavern.co.za to book.

    Kind regards

  6. Hi I’m trying to find self catering accommodation for 3 adults and 1child from the 2April to the 6April for 4nights. The one adult is 78 years old therefore I require a unit that does not have stairs as it’s difficult for her to climb. If possible the unit should have braai facilities as well. Please assist if you can accommodate me.

    Many thanks
    Nirvana Basdeo

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