The Cavern Hotel




₤ 77 (Pps)


  • Stunning setting with walks direct from the hotel
  • Wide range of sporting activities
  • Family resort with loads of kid-friendly facilities
  • Daily guided walks with hotel guides

The Cavern Hotel is situated in a secluded valley in the northern Drakensberg mountains beneath the towering slopes of Hlolela and Sugarloaf Peaks. It is a natural paradise of indigenous forests and mountains, making this the ideal setting for an enjoyable few days. It lies adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park with its famous Amphiteatre view and the Tugela Gorge walk.

As with a similar hotel, Cathedral Peak Hotel, the Cavern Hotel is a little old-fashioned and very much a mountain resort hotel, but if a stunning location in the Drakensberg mountains is what you are looking for, the Cavern is a perfect choice.


The Cavern Hotel offers standard, superior or suite accommodation and we recommend paying the little extra to take the superior rooms which have a better setting and also TV and minibar. All accommodation at The Cavern is in attractive thatched buildings with en suite bathrooms and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. Private patios let you soak up the sun, listen to the sounds of forest streams and relax in this mountain wilderness.

The Cavern Hotel is an ideal walking hotel. After breakfast, you can join the hotel guide on one of the morning guided hikes into the hills. Study bushman paintings, view the unspoilt splendour or swim in a 'berg stream before returning with good appetite for a tasty lunch.

Activities at The Cavern

The Cavern Hotel also offers a wide range of sporting activities. There's horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, tennis, bowls, volley ball, swimming or trout fishing on offer. Relax and enjoy the view from the front lawn on a summer's evening, or enjoy the cozy log fire in winter.

Similarly the Cavern is perfect for family holidays with loads on offer for children, including pony rides, a jungle gym, trampoline, kiddies pool and play area, children's dining room. (Note that traditional family resort hotels in South Africa usually ask younger kids to either eat in the kids’ dining room or for families to eat early.) Family accommodation can be either in one of the family units with children’s rooms or inter-leading rooms. Younger children eat separately in the children's dining room. At adult meal times a nanny is provided, free of charge, in the playroom to look after the children while parents are enjoying their meal.

The Cavern Hotel on the map

Incredible scenery and walks

"The Cavern has the most welcoming accommodation but Cathedral Peak has the most impressive scenery and walks. On balance I would return again to the Cavern. The talks and walks with Elsa Pooley, an activity at the Cavern on wild flowers was great "


Full Board, tea served at 11:00 and 16:00, guided morning hikes into the wilderness

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages