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 2021

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

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 (R3200pp 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.
Dates: 29 – 31 January | 5 – 7 March | 7 – 9 May | 10 – 12 September | 5 – 7 November


Yoga Retreat (R4080pp sharing)
Meet us for a Yoga Retreat in the berg with two yoga sessions daily and a complimentary 30 minute Spa Treatment. Helen Garner, 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: 19 – 21 February | 28 – 31 May | 3 – 6 September | 12 – 15 November

botanical art

Botanical Art (R10750pp 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 sourced from the gardens and nearby 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: 8 – 14 March


Autumn Painting Week (R6400pp 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 from the area.
Dates: 9 – 14 May


Big 5 Hike #walking4education (Raise R7500per hiker and stay free)
Challenge yourself and hike the Cavern’s Big Five – Hlolela, Battleship, Sugar Loaf, Cold Hill, Camels Hump. All proceeds go to the Royal Drakensberg Education Trust.

Dates: 21 – 23 May


Ride the Berg 2021 (R3200pp sharing)
Two days of awesome cycling on the exclusive Drakensberg Trails network with 100kms of spectacular Single Track. Event entry not included.
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Dates: 30 April – 02 May


Stargazing (R3200pp sharing)

An informative tour of the night sky with Tim Cooper, including seeing galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn through a large telescope.
Dates: 30 July – 01 August


Runtheberg 2020 (R3200pp sharing)
South Africa’s top 2-day, 2-stage trail running weekend. The format for the weekend will include two races – a +/-15km Intermediate and a +/-25km Extreme event per day. Base yourself at The Cavern for this great event. Event entry not included.
Dates: 01 – 03 October
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Nature Journaling in the Berg (R6500pp 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 Gillian Condy and Elsa Pooley.
Dates: 15 – 19 November


Wildflower Weekend (R3200pp sharing)
Your specialist guide for the weekend is Elsa Pooley, 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 to get to know our mountain plants.
Dates: 19 – 21 November


Cavern Activity Calendar 2021

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

4 thoughts on “Activities Calendar

  1. I would love to join a couple of the courses – I am however a single – do I share with someone I do not know? How does this work?

  2. 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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