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Private Bag X1626
Bergville, KZN, 3350
South Africa

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+27 36 438 6270
+27 83 701 5724

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28°38’6.03″S
28°57’44.62″E

Service Levels

The reservations team at The Cavern aims to respond to e-mail enquiries within 4 hours, and to answer all telephone calls in 5 rings.

However due to the unreliable nature of e-mail and phone lines please try an alternate contact method if you do not receive an e-mail reply in 4 hours, or if the phone is not answered promptly.

This is Africa. Very occasionally we have no means of communication (no cellphone, internet or phone lines). The problem will be sorted out but it can take a couple of days!!

Driving Directions

Route A – Johannesburg: Note: Quickest and most direct route but does include a rough section on the R74; approx 16kms
Travel to Harrismith on the N3.
At Harrismith take the N5 route towards Bethlehem for 4 km.
Turn left towards Qwa-Qwa, (R74 & R712)
Travel 8km
Turn left, following the R74 towards Bergville and the Oliviershoek Pass.
Travel for 38km past Little Switzerland.
As the Pass levels out turn right at the Northern Drakensberg sign.
Travel towards Royal Natal National Park for 6km only.
Just after the Tower of Pizza, turn right at the sign to The Cavern, Alpine Heath and Hlalanathi.
The Cavern is at the end of this 10km tarred road. 360 km JHB to the Cavern.


Route B – Durban:

Take the N3 beyond Estcourt.
6km after the Shell Ultra City, Exit 194, take the left glide off towards the Northern Drakensberg, Bergville and Winterton (R74).
Travel through the towns of Winterton and Bergville, and on towards Harrismith.
29km beyond Bergville turn left towards the Northern Drakensberg (at the base of the Oliviershoek Pass).
Travel towards Royal Natal National Park for 6km only.
Just after the Tower of Pizza, turn right at the sign to The Cavern, Alpine Heath and Hlalanathi.
The Cavern is at the end of this 10km tarred road.
280km from Durban


Route C – Alternate route from Johannesburg – Alternate to the R74 – Note: No rough section. Good tarred roads
Travel to Harrismith on the N3
Continue on the N3 and down van Reenen’s Pass
Travel through the Tugela Toll Plaza
Take Exit 230 for R616 towards Bergville
Travel 33km to Bergville.
At the town of Bergville turn right onto the R74 and travel towards Harrismith
29km beyond Bergville turn left towards the Northern Drakensberg (at the base of the Oliviershoek Pass).
Travel towards Royal Natal National Park for 6km only.
Just after the Tower of Pizza, turn right at the sign to The Cavern, Alpine Heath and Hlalanathi.
The Cavern is at the end of this 10km tarred road.
440km from Johannesburg

ABOUT THE CAVERN

Drakensberg Resort and Spa. The Cavern Resort was founded by Ruth and Bill Carte in 1941 and is celebrating its 79th year! The Cavern is currently run by Megan, her husband Hilton and her sister Lesley. They are the third generation of Carte’s to take over the helm and are passionate not only about the Resort but also about uplifting and improving the education and livelihood of the Amazizi community. This beautiful family style resort is situated beneath the massive sandstone cliffs at the foot of the Drakensburg and one of the few resorts where you can step out of your room and be 2,000m above sea level on one of the highest peaks within 2hrs.

NOT ABLE TO JOIN US?

Sponsor the Canine Hikers

The Big5Hike is always well attended and we are proud of the number of people who return year on year. However, our most loyal and dedicated hiker is by far is Moya the bullmastiff. Each year she undertakes the hike with great gusto and, to date, having to be harnessed and hoisted up steep sections has not deterred her.

This year the legacy expands on to our other four legged friends who carry on the tradition. We have decided to ensure that the canine pack are fully committed to participate. To this end they have started their very own sponsorship drive and have managed to continue Moya's good work to raise a good amount for the school.

Should you wish to assist the Canine Pack with sponsorship please make a payment by clicking the link below or emailing Megan at info@cavern.co.za

This year, for EVERY R250 donated, your name will be entered into a draw to win a three night stay for 2 sharing a superior suite including all meals, teas, two bottles of wine and two 60minute massages! Prize is valued at R14,500!

LUCY - The Big 5 Canine Hiker

MOYA -The Little 5 Canine Hiker