Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa

The Natal Drakensberg

The Central Drakensberg: Cathkin Peak

Unmistakeable Cathkin Peak is the most recognizable landmark of this area, named after a town near Glasgow.

The Central Drakensberg: Cathkin Peak

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The Champagne Castle area has become well developed. There is a small settlement in Champagne Valley as well as several hotels, a golf resort and handicrafts shops. It is also the location of the Drakensberg Boys Choir and a well equipped camping resort.

  • Thokosiza crafts centre
  • Zulu Weavers shop
  • Champagne Valley Sports resort
  • Profusion of Bushman paintings - 17 sites and 4,000 paintings
  • Drakensberg Boys Choir
  • Champagne Castle and Drakensberg Sun hotels
  • Raptor displays

Bushmen were thought to have all been killed by farmers and bounty hunters in the last century, but a cave was discovered in 1926 containing a bow and quiver with a freshly laid grass bed. Perhaps these diminutive people still remain in their mountain fastness.

Scenic walks include Intunja (the eye of the needle), a small mountain with a hole in it. Champagne Castle was so named because the bottle of bubbly carried up by the first people to ascend was broken - inadvertently christening the mountain.

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Natal Accommodation Guide
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