DRAKENSBERG- CHAMPAGNE VALLEY
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Ihophe ( "Turtle Dove") Cottage. with beautifully appointed accommodation is nestled in the peaceful spectacular Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal
.The double storey thatched cottage boasts unrestricted views of Champagne Castle, Cathkin Peak, Dragons Back and Sterkhorn,
This bedroom comfortable home lends itself to relaxation, and is ideal for persons of all ages- there is something for everyone from this base- a romantic retreat, family getaway,and friends "get together."
The 120 sq.m cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms (one has a double bed) -one upstairs and two downstairs.and has two bathrooms.
There is a TV in the Lounge (Please bring your own Smartcard for DSTV) and in the Dining Room there are maps of hikes in the area , and the Kitchen is well equipped.
Cottage is fully burglar guarded and doors are gated, the garden is 2000 sq.m!! and there is covered parking area with space for 2 vehicles.
WIFI is available in the Valley should you require it
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Durban 200 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: King Shaka international Airport 205 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Kwa Zulu Natal region
The Central Drakensberg is the main attraction of the mighty Drakensberg Mountain Range with its peaks reaching an average height of 3000m, it is an area of scenic grandeur.and consists of the following Cathedral Peak, Champagne Castle, Monks Cowl, Cathkin Peak, Injasuti and Giants Castle
Champagne Valley is situated in the central Drakensberg at Monks Cowl, and is overlooked by the Champagne peak which is one of the highest peaks in the Drakensberg Mountains, although the prominent peak from here is at Cathkin
But it is the enchantedness of the Champagne Valley that draws visitors to escape to a place of rare beauty that manages to remain almost entirely unaffected by development.
Champagne Valley in Kwa Zulu Natal's Drakensberg Mountains is towered over by two mountains, Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle, and is a popular family destination for visitors from both Gauteng and Durban.
The valley, which is easily accessible from the N3 - the major route between Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal,through the villages of Bergville and Winterton,
Champagne Valley is renowned for the number of activities available to visitors here, and to the delight of bird watchers there are over a 150 different species.
There is the Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, named after 'he who cannot be overcome' - the imposing, sheer-faced and flat-topped block known in English as Cathkin Peak. The Zulu name is not entirely accurate, but ascending Cathkin Peak does demand well-honed rock-climbing skills.
Adjacent to Cathkin Peak in the Central Drakensberg on its northern side is Mount Memory and a large cross honouring those who died in the Second World War.
Between Cathkin Peak and the escarpment, Monk's Cowl presents one of the most difficult climbs in all the Berg.
The Drakensberg area is a rich source of Bushman Rock art with some caves containing several hundred of these beautiful works of art offering a large activities and attractions for you to part take in. The Central Drakensberg mountains contain thousands of Bushman Rock Art sites, evidence of the small, primitive San people who practiced a prehistoric life style in the area long ago. The earliest of these paintings are about 3000 years old, and the golden age of the painters was between 400 and 200 years ago.
The Drakensberg region enjoys a moderate climate- the autumn months of April and May have the most pleasant climate. Spring is also very appealing, because at that time the wild flowers are in full bloom.
The winter months (from June to August) it is dry and pleasantly warm during the day. The temperature can reach up to over 20 degrees. But the nights can be really cold and even in the moderately high regions, temperatures sink below zero- in higher regions it snows.
The rainy Season is November, December and January.
One can hike, horse ride, river raft, quad bike, mountain bike, abseil, glide, fish, and there are a number of golf courses, the nearest being the 18 hole Champagne Sports Golf Club,
There are a few areas of local interest too, including the Anglo / Boer War battlefield sites of Spioenkop, and Winston Churchill's capture and ambush site - all this only two hours from Durban and three-and-a-half hours from Johannesburg.
The internationally-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir, whose three decades of mountain-top public performances have reached legendary status., is a stone' s throw away .Regular concerts are held each Wednesday evening in the school auditorium during term.
The nearest Bushman Painting are to be seen at Wonder Valley:This valley lies between the Champagne Valley and Injasuti and can be accessed after a long walk from the R 600 just below Champagne Castle Hotel. This is private property so access is only by permission of the owners. There are reputed to be some good paintings but their location is a closely guarded secret.
Paintings can also be viewed at Giants Castle, Leopard Cave,Black ox Shelter, Maartens Shelter
A must to see is Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey display center in the Central Drakensberg - Falcon Ridge is situated high up in the Champagne Valley 2km past the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.
Several good restaurants are in the valley as well as a number of interesting curio shops, boasting among other things candle-making and rug weaving. Helicopter flights are also available. Hot Air ballooning is a popular pastime where one can enjoy the spectacular "Berg" scenery
Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre is a collection of small shops on the R600 not far from Winterton.
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14 Apr 2014
"Perfect Location Perfect Accommodation"
Breath Taking! Never knew places like this existed. Warm days and cold nights. The views are magnificent!! The cottage is cosy and has everything one will dream of. We will be back… More
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