About the Drakenberg
Reaching 3000 metres above sea level the awe inspiring Drakensberg Mountains and the 243 000 hectare mountain park, that it’s a part of, requires no second invitation to visitors. With seasonally snow-capped peaks, sheer cliffs and deep gorges the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a world heritage site, offers memorable experiences and activities to suit everyone, from the adrenalin rush of tubing down the mighty Thukela to sipping a sundowner on a balmy summer evening as the sun sets over a spectacular mountain scene.
The Drakensberg is divided into three regions, southern, central and northern Drakensberg, and all three regions are easily accessible by road which makes the transportation of delegates uncomplicated. Visitors to each of these regions will be spoilt for choice when it comes to venue selection with choices ranging from luxury boutique hotels ideal for executive breaks, hotels catering larger groups with onsite teambuilding facilities to picturesque ‘camps’ with chalets set in the mountains. Incentive planners will be spoilt for choice with any number of options available when planning a ‘must-do’ memorable event.
The southern Drakensberg offers visitors a wealth of outdoor activities; from trout fishing, and hiking to 4x4 excursions. This route takes visitors along theupper Mkomazana River up Sani Pass to the border with Lesotho (2874 metres above sea-level). Or experience the awesome Drakensberg on horseback.From hour-long rides in the foothills to a three-day expedition into Lesotho in the safe hands of a local guide and a sure-footed Basotho pony.
The Champagne Sports Resort, located in the central Drakensberg, has the capacity to seat up to 2400 delegates in two of its largest meeting rooms, making it the largest conference venue in the region. For smaller conferences and teambuilding options that have a community aspect to them the Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort is ideal. Set within the grounds of the resort is the Drakensberg Canopy Tour which is also great for teambuilding and corporate events. This region is a mecca for the adventurous and offers a number of teambuilding options... take the challenge of one on the many rock-climbing routes in the central Drakensberg or feel the adrenalin rush provided by abseiling, kloofing and white water rafting or take a helicopter ride to view the majestic peaks from above.
The Didima Camp, with its blend of ancient cultural heritage and modern facilities, offers a conference centre with spectacular mountain views. In addition to this its close proximity to the Cathedral Peak Hotel, which also has conference facilities, ensures that delegates can be accommodated between the two venues. Seek out ancient Bushman rock art, evidence of the San people who lived in the area long time ago.These paintings are one of the Drakensberg’s greatest cultural treasures, with some 20 000 individual rock paintings having been recorded at 500 different cave and overhang sites between Royal National Park in the north and Bushman’s Nek in the south.
The northern Drakensberg is home to the the spectacular Amphitheatre, which is possibly the most photographed feature of the northern Drakensberg, as well as the source of the Thukela River which plunges some 950 metres over the edge of the Mont-aux- Sources Plateau in spectacular fashion. This region has a number of options catering for smaller conferences. The Mweni Cultural Centre offers a glimpse into local culture and the option to purchase hand crafted goods and medicinal plants. The centre also provides accommodation and a range of activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing, horse riding, and bird watching.