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. Hello Thank you so much for an amazing 4 days spent at your resort. without doubt one of the best resorts in South Africa.
    The Staff are brilliant had the most awesome fun in the evenings with Nicky and The Cavern Choir and daytime hikes were very special.. Will recommend this place to everyone especially visitors from Overseas. Thanks again I will be back. Love Heather Neave.

    1. Dear Heather

      Thank you for your message. We are glad that you had a special and memorable time with us. We have passed this on to the rest of The Cavern Staff.

      We hope it will not be too long before we welcome you back.
      Here’s is to many happy returns!

      Kind regards

  2. Good day,

    I want to know if you have any openings for 10 May till 17 May or any after that in the winter time.

    1. Dear Charlotte,

      Thanks for the mail, we do have availability over this period, but please contact us by email to info@cavern.co.za and we will be able to provide you with all the details.

      Warm regards


  3. Any chance of a cancellation for a last minute booking for December time? Looking from any time between 14 Dec til 21st December. For 2 adults, a toddler and an infant.
    Kind regards

    1. Dear Ali,

      Thanks for your comment here, the only date I have available is 20-23 Dec 2015 (3 nights) in a standard family room at the rate of R1100 per person sharing per night and your little ones will pay a percentage of that depending ion the toddlers age.

      Please do an online enquiry to find out more information.

      Warm regards

      1. Many thanks Rheinhardt,

        We would definitely like to take the room for those 3 days. If you have any further cancellations prior to the 20th, please let me know. Please send me details for deposit or payment.

        Many thanks

      2. Dear Ali,

        Please could you provide me with all your details necessary for this booking by sending me an e-mail. I will make the booking once I have all your details.

        Please send your e-mail to info@cavern.co.za and put it to my attention.

        Best Regards


  4. Hi. May u let me know your rates per night for an adult couple and 2 children aged 4 and 8. Considering coming from 18 to 26 Dec or around that time

    1. Dear Itai

      Thank you for valued enquiry.

      I can assist you with accommodation 19-23 December 2015 ( 4 Nights) in a comfortable Superior family suite at a rate of R4464 per night for all of you 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,


  5. Hi I got you nr from Michelle Kilmartin and we have stayed with u before. I would like to know if u have any accommodation available for the 26 to the 29th Dec 2015 for 6 people. Thank you

    1. Dear Zelna

      Thank you for your valued enquiry.

      Regret, we are fully booked over that period.

      However you can email us at info@cavern.co.za for accommodation enquiries .

      Kind Regards,


  6. Hi. I am just taking a chance that you might have any accomodation available for any 3 or 4 nights between 28 Dec and 4 Jan.
    We are 2 or possibly 3 families
    1. Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids, 4 and 6 yrs).
    2. Family of 5 (3 adults, 2 kids, 12 and 8)
    3. Couple 2 adults
    If you have anything available or even at Montusi, please let me know.
    Thank you!

    1. Dear Jenny

      Hope you are keeping well.

      Unfortunately we are fully booked 28-04 January 2016.

      Please contact Montusi on this number 036 438 6243.

      Kind regards,


  7. Good day,

    I would please like a quotation for a family of 4. Two adults, 1 semi-adult : 19 and 14 year old for preferably between the 28th of April until the 2nd of May.

    Kind regards,

    1. Dear Charis

      Many thanks for your valued enquiry.

      I can assist you with accommoation 30-02 May 2016 (2 Nights) in a comfortable Superior family suite at a rate of R5360 per night for all of you 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 email us at info@cavern.co.za for more information or to book.

      Kind Regards,


    1. Dear Gina

      Many thanks for your valued enquiry.

      Regret, we are not pet friendly.

      Kind Regrads,


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