The Cavern nestles happily at the head of the valley offering grand views of faraway sandstone outcrops and spectacular sunrises. Welcome to the outdoors – there is much to do…

Activities Calendar 2019

You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis

Our work is to create beauty, to make the land more fertile, to make our living, to leave the world better than when we came into it – Bill Carte, 1941


Birding & Nature Weekend (R2800pp sharing)
Join David and Sally Johnson for a weekend of birds and birding, gentle walks and informative talks. Local endemic specials include Bush Blackcap, Drakensberg Prinia, Fairy Flycatcher and Forest Canary – a weekend for birders, beginners and twitchers alike. Trees, flowers, goggas and geology get due attention too.
Dates: 25 – 27 January | 15 – 17 March | 7 – 9 June | 30 August – 1 September | 18 – 20 October


Yoga Retreat (R3570pp sharing)
Meet us for a Yoga Retreat in the berg with two yoga sessions daily and a complimentary 30 minute Spa Treatment. Helen Weaver, a qualified Ashtanga yoga instructor, who has taught yoga worldwide for many years, challenges students to discover more about themselves. Helen is dedicated to helping people find wellness and balance through the practice of yoga.
Dates: 8 – 11 February | 31 May – 3 June | 13 – 16 September


Photographic Workshops (R2800pp sharing)
A weekend photographic workshop in the beautiful setting of The Cavern. Ranging from basic to advanced, the workshop will encompass: understanding “your” equipment; composition and adding impact to your pictures; multi-exposure and other tricks; the secrets of using light and much more.
Dates: 1 – 3 Feb | 8 – 10 Nov


Nature Journaling in the Berg (R5800pp sharing)
Creating a natural history sketchbook” – experience the wildlife, wildflowers and scenery of the Drakensberg at The Cavern by sketching and painting in the field and in the studio with Gill Condy and Elsa Pooley.
Dates: 6 – 10 March


Royal Drakensberg MTB #riding4education (R2800pp sharing)
A weekend of family fun with the best MTB trails in the Berg – all proceeds to Royal Drakensberg Primary School. Go to to register on-line.
Dates: 29 – 31 March


Ride the Berg (R2800pp sharing)
Ridetheberg @ All Out Advenutes offers two days of awesome cycling on the exclusive Drakensberg Trails network. 100kms of spectacular Single Track. Entries open 1 December.
Dates: 10 – 12 May


Big 5 Hike #walking4education (Raise R7000per hiker and stay free)
Challenge yourself and hike the Cavern’s Big Five – Hlolela, Battleship, Sugar Loaf, Cold Hill, Camels Hump. All proceeds from this hike go to the Royal Drakensberg Education Trust.
Dates: 24 – 26 May


Painting Workshop (R5600pp sharing)
Join us for an enjoyable creative holiday workshop in our beautiful mountain setting. Art enthusiast and teacher, Colleen Hamer, will facilitate sketching and painting ‘in plein air’ or in a spacious studio setting, using the inspiring reference material that abounds in the area.
Dates: 19 – 24 May


Winter Wonderland (R3570pp sharing)
A celebration of Winter in the mountains. Join us for a magical weekend getaway.
Dates: 26 – 29 July


Stargazing (R2800pp sharing)
Join us for an informative tour of the night sky with Tim Cooper.
Dates: 2 – 4 August

Bridge Drive (R4200pp sharing)
Join the Cavern Bridge Drive, socialise with like minded players, teams of 4
Dates: 16 – 20 September


Runtheberg (R2800pp sharing)
South Africa’s top 2-day, 2-stage trail running weekend. The format for the weekend will include two races – an Intermediate +/-15km and an Extreme +/-25km event per day. Base yourself at The Cavern for this great event.
Dates: 27 – 29 September

botanical art

Botanical Art (R10100pp sharing)
Gill Condy and Elsa Pooley combine their talents as botanical artists and author of field guides to provide a memorable botanical art course in the mountains. Plant material is easily sourced from the gardens and the surrounding mountains and you can enjoy guided walks with Elsa. Whether a beginner or an established botanical artist, attending this course will inform and inspire you.
Dates: 7 – 13 October


Wildflower Weekend (R2800pp sharing)
Your specialist guide for the weekend, Elsa Pooley, is author of “Mountain Flowers. A field guide to the flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho”. A great introduction to flower and tree ‘watching’ with an opportunity for the more knowledgeable to get to know mountain plants.
Dates: 22 – 24 November

PDFCavern Activity Calendar 2019

NOTE: Rates include accommodation, meals, teas and activities. MTB Races & Trail Run entry are extra.

2 thoughts on “Activities Calendar

  1. Hi. Please contact me with availability and prices for the painting course as well as the Elsa Pooley botanical art course for one person. Would like to consider it as a gift for my mom.

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