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Cathedral Peak Hotel

Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg, South Africa


Discover a paradise of fresh mountain air and exquisite surroundings. Cathedral Peak is renowned for its natural beauty and the award-winning hotel is one of South Africa's firm favourites.

From its cosy setting in a quiet valley, visitors look out onto a jagged ridge of mountains known as the Cathedral Spur; the escarpment looms above the hotel to the south and west.

For three generations, the van der Riet family have offered guests hospitality, quality and value for money. The lure of the great outdoors combined with the hotel's many facilities brings families back for holidays, time and again.

Accommodation ranges from spacious, interleading family rooms to private honeymoon rooms. The exclusive Presidential suite offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation boasting electric curtains, a fire place, FULL DSTV, two televisions, spa bath, steam shower and airconditioning.

An exclusive conference favility offers multi-variable seating for up to 200 delegates in a choice of 5 venues. The charming stone-and-thatch chapel with its magnificent view is the perfect setting for a memorable wedding.

When the mountain peaks bask in the last rays of late afternoon sunshine, enjoy sundowners in the comfort of Albert's Cocktail Bar, a friendly meeting place; or relax with the family and watch evening descend on the valley from the hotel patio. The elegant dining-room offers an extensive buffet and superb cuisine, personally supervised by the hotel's top class chef. After dinner, enjoy a game of darts or pool or watch sport on the big screen at the well-known late night Harry's Bar, where friends gather around a roaring log fire.

Hotel guests can enjoy a host of sports activities, including swimming, tennis, squash, horse and pony rides, trout fishing, bowls, floodlit mini-golf, volleyball, gym with steam room and a leisurely game of golf on our scenic nine-hole golf course. Helicopter sight seeing tours and transfers are available by arrangement. The climbing tower is a great alternative for corporate team building challenges as well as family fun. New additions are archery, quad bikes and mountain bike trails (bikes for hire).

The history of the San people lives on in the well-preserved Bushman paintings found in the nearby foothills. Doreen Falls is picturesque in its natural beauty, while the Rainbow Gorge features a spectacular mist of water droplets which creates a colourful rainbow effect - and offers cooling refreshment to passers-by!

Just 250 kilometers from Durban and 400 km from Johannesburg, the famous Cathedral Peak Hotel is easily accessible to its many visitors from all over South African and abroad.

Whether your aim is a relaxed family holiday or a romantic mountain getaway, the hospitable staff and management look forward to welcoming all guests to an unforgettable Drakensberg experience.


Cathedral Peak Hotel offers a wide variety of accommodation. All hotel rooms provide tea/coffee making facilities, heaters, fans, telephones, televisions and en-suite bathrooms with both bath and shower.

Deluxe family thatched room

The comfortable en-suite family thatch rooms are ideally situated in the beautiful hotel gardens and can accommodate between 2 & 4 guests. These nowly refurbished rooms have a sleeper couch and in the en-suite bathroom, a shower overhead the bath.  Two of the rooms have bathrooms specifically decisedn to accommodate disabled guests.

Deluxe family interleading room

 Very spacious deluxe suites have a private verandah and garden and the Interleading family deluxe rooms are able to accommodate up to 4 guests in either twin or double beds.

 Deluxe room

These comfortable and spacious rooms have either a double or twin beds and a semi-private veranda or balcony.

 Superior room

Recently re-built, these rooms offer fabulous value in an elegant style, with underfloor heating and either a double or twin beds. The rooms featuer a flat-screen TV and mini bar fridge which can be stocked on request.

Honeymoon / Executive Room

The well-appointed executive/honeymoon rooms are set in secluded gardens. Recently refurbished, these thatched rooms offer breathtaking mountain views from a private veranda.  The rooms all boast a king-size bed, LCD television, telephone, mini bar fridge, electric fireplace, underfloor heating and spa bath.

Presidential Suite

The Mponjwane Presidential Suite boasts a fireplace, spa bath, steam bath, underfloor heating, two televisions with full DSTV, air-conditioning, electric curtains opening onto a private verandah with spectacular mountain views. The suite is decorated in warm textured hues with high quality finishes and sophisticated lighting. The natural surroundings are introduced into the décor and the guests will have the use of a private golf cart for the duration of their stay.

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Contact Details

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Tel:+27 (0)86 127 6237
fax051 924 0585
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Indoor Activities

The Hotel's many indoor facilities include table tennis, a games room, fully equipped gym with steam room and a beauty therapist where you are encouraged to relax and be pampered with one of the many treatments available from Peak Performance Vitality Centre.

The elegant hotel dining room offers an extensive buffet of superb culinary creations at both breakfast and dinner.  All meals are personally overseen by the hotel's team of top-class chefs.  A separate children's dining room provides younger children with nutritious meals, toys and entertainment and the opportunity of meeting new friends (babysitters are available on request).

After dinner, enjoy a game of pool, darts or sport on the big screen in the well-known Harry's Bar or relax in the comfort of Albert's Cocktail Bar with the ambience of a roaring log fire.

Outdoor Activities

 Free daily guided hikes (including walks to Bushman paintings and beautiful waterfalls) are offered. Bird spotting enthusiasts can obtain a list of the more than 121 resident species recorded.  In addition there are horse & pony rides, archery, mountain bike trails (bikes for hire), a marked jogging route, tennis, squash, bowls, outdoor chess, beach volleyball, badminton, floodlit mini-adventure golf, 10m climbing tower, heated & cold swimming pool, fly fishing, quad bike riding and helicopter sightseeing flights.

The 9-hole golf course situated on the hotel property offers alternate tees for an 18-hole game. The club house boasts rest rooms, a lounge area, pub (Philip's Pholy) and a terrace with spectacular mountain views - the perfect 19th hole. The length of the course is 5542m and the course is graded a par 70.  clubs and golf carts are available for hire.

Cathedral Peak Hotel is also a welcome family retreat with a host of children's facilities including pony rides, a children's playground, jumping castle, heated paddling pool and trampoline.

There is an abundance of activities at Cathedral Peak Hotel to suit both young and old.

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  Romantic Weddings
Enjoy your wedding in gracious elegance against a backdrop of the magnificent Cathedral Peak mountain range. The scenic beauty of this renowned Drakensberg hotel, its personal service and the warm hospitality extended to guests will make your special day a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Set in beautiful gardens, the quaint stone-and-thatch chapel with its expansive window behind the pulpit, boasts a magnificent view of the Drakensberg. Stone blocks and wooden beams from the original farmhouse and pews made of railway sleepers add to the unique and cozy appeal of this enchanting chapel. There is no setting more perfect for an elegant country-style wedding. Cathedral Peak Hotel offers a choice of reception venues and a selection of superb menus. The resident helicopter offers unique opportunities for your wedding photographs.

Heavenly Honeymoons

The well-appointed honeymoon suites are set in secluded gardens amidst peaceful surroundings. Each suite has been recently refurbished to enhance its appeal and to create a luxurious, intimate ambience. Every room boasts a king size bed, wall-mounted LCD television, mini-bar fridge, electric fireplace, under-floor heating and spa bath - besides panoramic views of the spectacular mountains. For the ultimate in superior accommodation, the Mponjwane Presidential Suite offers a spa bath, steam bath, gas fireplace, two televisions, under-floor heating, golf cart and electric curtains that open onto a private veranda with breathtaking views.
Memories of a honeymoon during winter beneath lofty snow-capped peaks... in autumn, when leaves turn red and gold... or when summer days bring a cloak of lush green to the mountains - every season brings its own special magic and its own special memories to Cathedral Peak Hotel


The resort boasts a unique conference centre designed to cater for either large seminars or smaller management meetings and you will find the perfect balance between business and pleasure.

Cathedral Peak Hotel can accommodate up to 266 guests in 104 rooms - varying from deluxe and family-type accommodation to the exclusive Mponjwane Presidential Suite.

Superb cuisine of an excellent standard is enjoyed. Individual catering or separate seating is available by arrangement. Various theme evenings, gala dinners, champagne breakfasts and braais can be organised by prior arrangement. The new thatched boma overlooks the immaculate golf course and valley and is ideal for evening sundowners or private functions.

Special offers

Year round Specials
Specials available for 4 midweek night bookings (executive & presidential) (get 1 night free) and 5 night midweek bookings (get 1 night free) as well as 7 night reservations (get 2 nights free) for all room types. Excluding Peak Season & Public Holidays.


Driving time from Johannesburg is about 4 hours, or about 2 hours from Durban, mainly on the N3 freeway. From the Johannesburg side: Take the N5 from Harrismith toward the Free State. Not far out of the town turn left onto the R712, and after about 8km, turn left again onto the R74. This route will take you past the Sterkfontein Dam, and down the scenic Oliviershoek Pass. Continue to Bergville. Just beyond Bergville, on the R74 to Winterton, turn right at the Cathedral Peak Hotel sign. After about 16km turn right to Emmaus/Cathedral Peak.It is approximately 31km to Cathedral Peak. From the Durban side: On the N3, about 26km beyond the Estcourt glide-off from the N3 freeway (and beyond the turnoff to the Central Berg Resorts) take the Bergville/Colenso off-ramp. Turn left onto the R74 to Winterton/ Bergville. (Ignore the apparently shorter route from Estcourt through Loskop - a section of this road is currently rough gravel. Marked with a red arrow on the map.) Turn left onto the R600 in Winterton, and turn right after approximately 1km to Cathedral Peak. After 11km there is a T-junction. Turn right and almost immediately left to Emmaus/Cathedral Peak. It is about 31km to Cathedral Peak Hotel