Champagne Sports Resort Champagne Sports Resort - Accommodation and Conferences in the Drakensberg Description Situated in the tranquility of the Central Drakensberg, boasting the most spectacular view of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, lies Champagne Sports Resort. This cosy hideaway's unique combination of convenient location, country club atmosphere, luxury accommodation and friendly staff makes packing your bags to leave this eternal place a challenge. Champagne Sports Resort is more than a hotel in the mountains, it is an experience. From the 18-hole championship golf course to the roaming herds of Blesbok and the rare birdlife that inhabit the estate, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And, with five dams stocked with either bass or trout, as well as outstanding sporting facilities and cultural activities, this enduring resort provides a balance between recreation for sports enthusiasts and tranquility for those seeking relaxation. From the moment you arrive at our front door you will feel the stress of the city has been left far behind. Self-contained, free standing thatched cottages provide the finest accommodation, and delectable fare and sumptuous banquets coupled with every possible creature comfort makes Champagne Sports Resort the ultimate 'berg experience. Only a four-and-a-half hours drive from Johannesburg and 2-hours from Durban, the resort is ideally situated for both relaxing leisure weekends and for corporate conferences. The resort offers a variety of superb, fully serviced accommodation. The 122 hotel bedrooms are made up of twin rooms, family rooms, and various suites, all with well-appointed bedrooms and either mountain views or garden views. A further 81 Timeshare Units on the estate are used for hotel accommodation subject to availability. The hotel has wheelchair access throughout and all bedrooms are linked to the main hotel buildings by way of thatch covered walkways. Room facilities include: ˇ Telephones (Direct Dialing) ˇ Television (SABC 1,2,3, M-Net, Movie Magic, Disney Channel, DMX & SuperSport) ˇ Tea / Coffee making facilities ˇ Hairdryer ˇ Overhead Ceiling Fans ˇ Bureau and writing lamp with Information Folder and Stationery ˇ En-Suite Bathroom Check in - 14h00 Check out - Strictly 10h00 Contact Details Champagne Sports Resort +27 (0)36 468 8000 +27 (0)36 468 1072 Enquire now View Rates View Directions Attractions HORSE RIDING Horses kept at nearby stables. Enquire at our Reception for details. MOUNTAIN WALKS The Drakensberg is renowned for its spectacular walks and a walk guide is available from the sports co-coordinator. For the less energetic who enjoy a shorter stroll the resort offers some superb walks and game viewing. Enquire at the Sports co-coordinators desk for best routes to follow. SUNSET CRUISE Sunset cruises are available on Bell Park dam. Contact reception for details. ARDMORE ART STUDIO The studio specialises in ceramic art and offers the unique opportunity of seeing the artists at work. With sociological interests, the process is interesting, and the work produced, fascinating. The studio exhibits their work in galleries both nationally and internationally and has collectors all over the world. It is open daily from 09h00 to 14h30 including Sundays and Public Holidays. Light refreshments are served in the tea garden. BELL PARK DAM Seasonal sailing, boating and swimming in a majestic setting. Picnic sites are available but visitors must take their own food and drinks as no facilities are available at the dam. DRAKENSBERG BOYS' CHOIR Possibly the most famous attraction of Champagne Valley is the Drakensberg Boys' Choir. Having sung to audience throughout the world the choir performs most Wednesdays, excluding School holiday periods. Performances are held from 15h30 to 17h30 and refreshments are available. Booking is recommended and can be made by telephone - 036 468 1012. FALCON RIDGE A unique experience where visitors can witness these mighty hunters of the sky swoop for the catch. Shows are held daily at 10h30 but are dependent on the weather. Call 082 774 6398 to confirm that a show is to be held. FISHING Dragon Peaks offers fishing for a rod fee of R11.00. Your catch (maximum three fish) can be purchased. Telephone: 036 468 1031. MIKE'S PASS AND DIDIMA ROCK ART INTERPRETATION CENTRE Mike's Pass on the Cathedral Peak road takes you to the crest of the Little 'Berg from where there are spectacular views of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. A state of the art rock art interpretation centre is situated at the Didima camp at the foot of Mike's Pass. WINTERTON MUSEUM The Winterton Museum is open Monday to Saturday 09h00 to 13h00 and boasts a very informative San Gallery with many articles of interest. Telephone: 036 488 1885 THE MIDLANDS MEANDER The route meanders through the Kwazulu Natal Midlands from Mooi River through to Howick and is an enjoyable day's tour of galleries, studios, restaurants, hydro's and arts & craft markets. BATTLEFIELDS The battles of Spionkop, the most famous in 1900, Colenso, Vaalkrans, Elandslaagte, Talana, Rorkes Drift and Blood River, to name a few can be explored. The rich historic and cultural background to these sites provides fascinating interest. GLAMOSA GLASS Situated just outside Estcourt visitors can watch the glass manufacturing process for a small fee and can purchase glass articles from the factory shop. Telephone: 036 352 3144. KWAZULU SHOE FACTORY The factory is situated on the Loskop Road and produces a variety of inexpensive canvas and sports shoes for adults and children. The factory shop is open Monday to Saturday from 08h00 to 13h00. Facilities Conferences Conferences are an extremely important sector of Champagne Sports business profile and every effort is made to ensure the smooth running of such events, no matter the size. With five conference rooms and various indoor and outdoor breakaway areas, Champagne Sports Resort is an ideal venue for your conference. Our largest venue, Sentinel, can seat up to 1000 delegates in cinema style with our smallest, the Injasuti comfortably seating 18 in a U configuration. We are proud of the fact that we offer the most up-to-date conference equipment available in South Africa. Included in our equipment is a CrestronŽ Equipment Management System in the Sentinel, Monks Cowl and Ondini Venues, Proxima Data Projectors and anti-feedback microphones. This is over and above the standard equipment that is also available and includes: ˇ Overhead Projectors & Screens ˇ White Boards ˇ Flip Charts ˇ Television and VCR Playback machines ˇ 35mm Projector and Screens Golf Put your skills to the test on our 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Hugh Baiocchi to provide an exciting challenge whatever your handicap. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Champagne and Cathkin Peaks, this course offers the golfer not only a superb challenge of golf on a perfectly manicured layout but also a scenic experience that is reward enough. The clubhouse is easily accessible from the resort and you have access to motorized golf carts and a well-stocked Pro-Shop. The clubhouse is also equipped with both ladies and gentleman's locker room and a bar, and light meals are served in the golf lounge and on the magnificent verandah which overlooks the golf course and the mountains beyond.