Various activities are available at The Cathedral Peak Hotel by prior arrangements:
DIDIMA ROCK ART CENTRE
"The San have been our forgotten people in the past but now I welcome them into the light, into their rightful place in our society." uKhahlamba Drakensberg was inscribed into the World Heritage Site list on 29 November 2000. It was declared worthy of World Heritage Site status both for its cultural and natural significance. Its cultural significance is on rock art.The park contains more than 600 known rock art sites.
Minister Valli Moosa officially opened Didima Rock Art Centre in 2003, through the generosity, vision and support of many contributors whose participation is gratefully acknowledged. San descendants from the uKhahlamba Drakensberg, WIMSA and SASI representatives, Mr. Valbooi and Mr. Chennels, amongst other guests, graced the opening of the centre.
A visit to the San Art centre leads a visitor along the journey of discovery using the significance of the eland in San culture as a theme that threads its way through the experience. The theme of the eland is first introduced in the innovative display hall. After the introduction to the fascinating culture and lifestyle of the San, the visitor is led into a small cave like room for a time of traditional fireside story telling, before moving on to the cultural auditorium for a screening of the inspiring and provocative audiovisual presentation.
The uniquely styled Didima cultural auditorium seats almost hundred visitors before a near life size replica of the Clarens sandstone overhang. The valley of the eland multimedia show, which plays for quarter of an hour, explores the truth, myth and legend surrounding the rock art imagery of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg. As the house lights fade in at the end of the show, an exact scale production of the well-known panel of Botha’s shelter in the Didima Gorge emerges. In the quite afterglow of this presentation visitors can take some time to view the overhang at leisure before exiting into the lower display area where they are introduced to the Ndumeni Craft Centre and Coffee Shop.Visitors have an opportunity to purchase hand-made crafts made by local people. Overlooking a clear mountain stream is the thatched Ndumeni Coffee Shop, which has an ideal setting to enjoy a refreshing drink and a light lunch while soaking up the spectacular Drakensberg view. The menu includes teatime treats as well as light lunches and desserts and is a great way to finish the show and reflect on the fascinating history that surrounds us in this World Heritage Site.
All in all, the camp offers a fantastic luxurious escape in the best location in the Drakensberg mountains, with all the best creature comforts of home. The architecture used and carried throughout the camp is a mix of modern architecture with influences from San art and culture, and the camp therefore has a character all of its own, without sacrificing any of the comfort or scenic settings that one has come to expect from the KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife parks accommodation.
DirectionsFROM DURBAN A) Along the N3, pass Shell Ultra City and take the Exit 194, 'Winterton/Bergville/Colenso/R74' glide off. Turn left and proceed for 20kms to Winterton. Opposite the Engen garage, turn left onto the R600 CENTRAL BERG road.Go over the railway line and river bridge. Go past the shops on the right and turn right at first road to the right, (100m past shops): Travel for about 11kms, at a 't-junction stop', turn right and 500m turn first left, sign 'Cathedral Peak Hotel /Emmaus'. Didima is about 20 minutest 30km at the end of this road.You have arrived! B) Alternatively, from the N3, take EXIT 179, the 'Estcourt North/Giant`s Castle/Loskop/Central Drakensberg' for about 30 kms. (Don't take this road at night, as it passes through a rural area). You will pass the KwaZulu Shoe factory on your left. After the R600 intersection, the road becomes dirt (for about 10kms), then resumes as tar. After about 3kms (on tar), turn left at sign 'Cathedral Peak Hotel/EmmaUS'. Didima is about 20 minutest/30kms at the end of this road. You have arrived! FROM JOHANNESBURG Scenic Route: CAUTION: Do not follow this route in wet or freezing conditions Johannesburg to Harrismith on N3. At Harrismith turn right(Exit 29) onto N5 towards BETHLEHEM/BLOEMFONTEINt/Alternative Route to Durban. Proceed forapproximately 5kms, turn left onto the 'R712 QWA-QWA/BERGVILLE' road. Proceed for approximately 10kms. Turn left again on the 'R74 BERGVILLE/OLIVIERSHOEK PASS'road. Continue past Sterkfontein dam, down Oliviershoek Pass, straight past Bergville.As you leave Bergville, Cross the Tugela River Bridge, then turn right onto a tar road, signposted 'Cathedral Peak Hotel'. Travel about 20 minutes/17kms then turn right at sign post 'Cathedral Peak Hotel/ Emmaus'. Didima is about 20 minutes/30km at the end of this road. You have arrIved! FREEWAY ROUTE Johannesburg to Van Reenen's Pass on the N3. Take the first glide off after the Tugela Toll Plaza, which is at the bottom of Van Reenen`s Pass.Turn right over the Freeway and proceed for 38km to R74 junction. Turn left to Bergville and As you leave Bergville, cross the Tugela River bridge then turn right onto the tar road, signposted 'Cathedral Peak Hotel'. Travel about 20 minutes/17kms then turn right at signpost Cathedral Peak Hotel/ Emmaus'. Didima is about 20 minutes/30km at the end of this road. You have arrived! Pets are not permitted into the reserve. "No entry fees will be charged for visits by KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Primary and Secondary School groups, from KZN Schools to KZN Protected Areas and St Lucia Crocodile Centre provided that such visits: 1. are authorised by the Head of the school 2. are booked in advance with the Officer in Charge of the Protected Area or Crocodile Centre 3. do not take place over weekends, during KZN Provincial school holidays or Public Holidays".