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Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort

Dragon Peaks Resort

Description

Lynn, Brett and Glenn welcome you to Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort, a family owned, 1000 acre wilderness estate set in the shadow of Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle, part of the rugged Drakensberg mountains of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Purchased in 1955 by the Tungay family and developed over three generations, the resort retains its country charm and unspoilt views of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, bordering the prestigeous Drakensberg Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, renown for both its geographic and cultural significance.

Forty-five years on, Dragon Peaks has developed to offer a wide range of accomodation from four star Caravan and Camping sites to well appointed Self Catering thatch cottages and numerous activities which make the most of our stunning natural environment.

Accommodation

Cottage Number Three - 8 Sleeper

A spacious 160sqm double story Thatched Cottage with three and half bedrooms and two bathrooms (master en suite). There is one double bed and six singles, a Kitchen and lounge/dinette. The cottage is situated near the duck dam and has a view onto the Drakensberg mountains.

Cottage Number Four - 2 Sleeper

 A 45sqm Thatched Cottage with Loft, bedroom/lounge, three single beds, kitchen/dinette and bathroom with shower over the bath. The cottage is situated near the Duck Dam with a view onto the Drakensberg mountains.

Cottage Number Five - 2 Sleeper

 A 45sqm Thatched Cottage with bedroom/lounge, one double bed, kitchen/dinette and bathroom with shower over the bath. The cottage is situated near the Duck Dam with a mountain view.

Cottage Number Six - 6 Sleeper

A 91sqm Thatched Cottage with two bedrooms and a loft, six single beds, kitchen/dinette/lounge and a bathroom with shower over the bath. Situated near the Duck Dam with a mountain view.

Thatch Cottages Numbers 7, 8 and 9 - Luxury 6 Sleepers

Three luxury thatched cottages overlook the tranquil Plettenberg Dam and the bubbling Sterkspruit River, with clear mountain views to their left. Each unit has three individual en-suite bedrooms with a lounge, fireplace, dry bar and kitchenette. The lounges are equipped with under-floor heating and air-conditioning. Each 45sqm bedroom has its own air-con, veranda and both a bath and shower. There are two twin suites and one double per cottage. Coffee/tea sachets are provided on arrival.

Maluti Log Cabins - 4 Sleepers

Luxury Log Cabins with veranda, two bedrooms with double beds and two singles. Kitchen/dinette/lounge, air-con, heater, bathroom with toilet, bath and separate shower.

Drakensbergs - 4 & 5 sleeper

These 40sqm Park Homes with built on verandas each have two bedrooms of one double bed and two singles. They have a kitchen/dinette/lounge with air-con and heater, and a bathroom with bath/hand shower and toilet. Three of the chalets have both a bunk bed and a single bed in the second bedroom. There are seventeen units in total on three terraces located towards the back of the park, in walking distance of the pool and restaurant.

Plettenbergs - 4 Sleeper

These 30sqm Park Homes each have two bedrooms of one double bed and two singles. They have a central kitchen/dinette/lounge and one bathroom with shower and toilet. Several units overlook the Plett Dam, and a further three are situated within the Caravan Park near to the Tennis Courts.

Luxury Thatch Cottage No 2

A large luxury 5 bedroom thatch cottage, this unit sleeps 12 people. Three double beds, three bathrooms, lounge kitchen and dining room. This cottage has a car port.

Mountain Base

The Mountain Base is ideal for special interest groups, situated over the Sterkspruit River, within walking distance of the Resort and its facilities yet far enough away to have a sense of privacy. The base contains twenty, two bed Cabins and three Dormitories sleeping up to 123 people. Bedding and towels are not provided and the cabins are not serviced. Communal ablutions consist of 14 toilets, 14 showers and one bath - the ablutions are serviced daily. The kitchen is equipped with cutlery, crockery, pots and pans and has one standard fridge, one double door display fridge, one chest deep freezer, ice machine, six gas and three electric plates, microwave and baine marie. The kitchen is not serviced.

The Base hosts the SAAF's 87Helicopter Flying School Squadron four times a year when they run mountain flying training camps for their student pilots. It is also commonly used by school groups who come to the Drakensberg to enjoy the scenery and broad range of activities on offer in the area.

Caravan & Camping Sites - 8 per site

Ideal for camping and caravaning, we have grass, slab and shade sites to suit every taste.
Many sites enjoy a commanding mountain view. Our facilities include a brick braai, TV connection (1,2,3,e & video channel) and electrical points on all sites. Our 140 sites are serviced by three modern ablutions that are heated in winter. The sites have a mix of the standard 15amp and new 16amp electrical connections. Both the 16amp connection and television coaxe cables are available for hire or purchase. Caravaners have the added benefit of being able to store their caravans in our on-site storage facility at a reasonable monthly rate.
 

Additional Information

  • Unless otherwise stated, all self catering accommodation is fully equipped with pillows, linen, bath towels, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, stove, microwave, television, braai, toilet paper, starter pack coffee/tea and serviced daily.  Only breakfast dishes are washed by our staff.
  • The exception is The Mountain Base, where only the ablutions are serviced. The base does not have bath towels, bedding or towels, nor are complimentary coffee/tea starter packs provided.
  • In all circumstances swimming towels are NOT provided.
  • The on-site shop has every essential for casual catering, while our restaurant provides three daily meals or take-out snacks as required

 

Paddock House, luxury unitDrakensberg ParkhomeChampagne and Cathkin Peaks

Contact Details:
Reservations
Tel: 086 127 6237
Int. Tel: +27 51 924 0585

Attractions

Drakensberg Boys Choir School within walking distance, hold Concerts most Wednesdays during school term +27(0)36 4681012 for details

Falcon Ridge currently situated near the Drakensberg Sun Hotel, hold bird flying displays daily, weather permitting

Glamosa Glass Factory in Estcourt, tour the factory

Go Carting & Quad Bikes on the R600 to Winterton

Golf 9 hole at Monks Cowl Country Club and 18 hole at Champagne Sports Resort both on the R600 to Winterton

Helicopter Berg Flips from Champagne Sports Resort, a must for the non hiker

KwaZulu Shoe Factory on the Estcourt road, for shoes at bargain prices

KwaZulu Weavers Carpet & Candle Factory on the R600 to Winterton, a must if looking for that special African gift

Mountain Hiking access the High Berg region of the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site through Monks Cowl Reserve, Guides available

River Rafting tackle various rivers including the Tugela, for a day of fun in the sun

Spionkop Game Reserve and Battlefield Site on the R600 to Ladysmith, game include Rhino, Giraffe and Wildebeest. Qualified Guides are available to take you through the famous Anglo/Boer Battlefield

Trout Fishing within walking distance at Mount Champagne Timeshare Resort

Tugela/Vaal Hydroelectric System below Oliviershoek Pass Northern Berg, tours conducted most days

Weenen Game Reserve on the Colenso/Weenen road, offeres various game species together with an interesting mix of thorn veld and african savannah

Trout dams surrounding the Dragon Peaks main buildings.BirdsThe View from Dragon Peaks

Facilities

  • Unless otherwise stated, all self catering accommodation is fully equipped with pillows, linen, bath towels, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, stove, microwave, television, braai, toilet paper, starter pack coffee/tea and serviced daily.

  • The exception is The Mountain Base, where only the ablutions are serviced. The base does not have bath towels, bedding or towels, nor are complimentary coffee/tea starter packs provided.

  • In all circumstances swimming towels are NOT provided.

  • The on-site shop has every essential for casual catering, while our restaurant provides three daily meals or take-out snacks as required

Conference

Our Conference facility can host groups of up to 100 delegates and is equipped with overhead projector, VCR, large TV, White Board, Flipchart, wall to wall Carpets, padded Chairs and Air-conditioning.

Team Building Specific activities:

Creative Group Dynamics
Choose 4 of the following: Slalom Ski; Tug O' War; Gecko Racing; Canoe Relay;   Paintball Target shooting; Rhythmic sticks
Brain Challenges
Includes 4 activities: Master Mind; Do you know your colleagues? Game show; Picture Riddles
Potjie Kos Competition
We supply everything needed for a delicious potjie. Each team makes their own potjie, the judges will decide on a bo-baas potjie. Enjoy your own and the other team's potjies afterwards.
Hiking
Various options are available, 1 - 3 hours. Overnight hiking can also be arranged.
Amazing Race
Explore the valley and surroundings by racing against your colleagues, stopping at various interesting places.
Cap Painting
We supply white caps and fabric paint, nice starting activity.

 

Dragon's Rest Pub, Restaurant and Wedding Venue

 

A place of rest, good food and tranquility
Hosted by Peter and Ady Small, Dragon's Rest, recently graded four stars by the Tourism Grading Council, is renown for its warm ambiance, excellent A La-Carte menu and international Buffet specials.

Ady, a Cordon Bleu Graduate and Executive Chef heads up the kitchen with an experienced team of local Africans assisting her; all in their own right creative and innovative cooks utilizing their rich cultural heritage.

Peter, a Hotel School Graduate heads up the front of house and the country style Pub. He is also a ready hand in the kitchen when needed.

Island Wedding Venue


Imagine your ceremony against a setting of breathtaking beauty with a backdrop of picturesque mountains in a thatched wedding venue surrounded by a quiet lake. Be intoxicated by our majestic views as you experience our fine cuisine and warm ambiance. Dragon Peaks is an ideal venue for those who enjoy the tranquility and peace of our beautiful mountains.

At Dragon Peaks, we understand that it is your day and we will gladly design a package to suit your unique requirements with fine dining and impeccable service.

There are numerous options available for your special day...Your Chapel service can be held on the island or a separate room can be converted into a Chapel, or the deck may be utilized for the service.

For your reception - the island venue is the ultimate choice, Seating 120 guests comfortably. The restaurant may be used for smaller functions - 80 guests may be comfortably hosted or in an adjoining hall for a wedding of up to 200 guests.

Directions

How to get here from Durban/Pietermaritzburg during the day: Follow the N3 north, passing Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River. Take the 2nd Estcourt turn off which is the Estcourt North/179 glide off. Turn left onto the Loskop road and travel 30kms to the R600. Turn left and continue for 15kms. Turn right through the green walled entrance and follow the road down past the Drakensberg Boys Choir for 1km, through the security gate to Reception. How to get here from Durban/Pietermaritzburg after dark: Follow the N3 north, passing Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River and Estcourt. After passing the Estcourt UltraCity Petrol Station, turn left onto the R74 to Winterton. Once in Winterton, turn left onto the R600 and travel for 28kms. Turn right through the green walled entrance and follow the road down past the Drakensberg Boys Choir for 1km, through the security gate to Reception. We recommend that you take due caution if stopping at the petrol station after dark as highjackings have occured in the area. How to get here from Johannesburg/Pretoria: Follow the N3 south to Harrismith. Turn left on the Bethlehem/Phutatatjhaba road, which will turn back under the highway, for about 5kms. Take the R712 left to Bergville/Phutatajhaba. Left again on the R74 to Bergville. Continue past Bergville, to Winterton. Turn right, once over the bridge, onto the R600. Travel for 28kms, turn right through the green walled entrance and follow the road down past the Drakensberg Boys Choir for 1km, through the security gate to Reception. How to get here from Bloemfontein/Bethlehem: Travel towards Harrismith and about 5kms before the town, turn right onto the R712 to Bergville/Phutatajhaba. Left onto the R74 to Bergville. Continue past Bergville, to Winterton. Turn right, once over the bridge, onto the R600. Travel for 28kms, turn right through the green walled entrance and follow the road down past the Drakensberg Boys Choir for 1km, through the security gate to Reception. How to get here from Newcastle/Ladysmith: Travel on the N11 to Ladysmith. Travel through Ladysmith and get onto the R103, old Durban highway, for about 2kms. Take the Bergville road right and travel for 8kms. Turn left onto the R600 to Winterton. At the T Junction turn left into Winterton. Once in the town, take the first turn right onto the R600 for 28kms. Turn right through the green walled entrance and follow the road down past the Drakensberg Boys Choir for 1km, through the security gate to Reception.

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