Message from the general manager

Although it is always sad to see the decorations and fairy lights taken down and packed away, we are thrilled that our team ensured that yet another successful festive season was enjoyed by all.

Christmas and New Year are such special occasions at Cathedral Peak, with families returning year after year to enjoy the festivities. Christmas Eve had all the children participating in our annual nativity play with carols by candlelight. The tradition continued with William van der Riet ringing his Father’s Swiss Cow Bell for the much anticipated arrival of Santa with his bag of gifts. Our renowned Christmas and New Year’s Eve Dinners included complimentary sparkling wine on the terrace, delicious buffet dinners and awesome live entertainment from Chris Jensen on the saxophone. I would like to thank all of you, our treasured guests, for making our 82nd festive season such a wonderful success.

A huge thank you goes to all our guests who so kindly donated much needed supplies to our Pack for a Purpose initiative. These provisions will be sorted and delivered over the next few weeks, so keep a look out for updates in our next newsletter.

We look forward to continuing the process of revamping areas in the hotel, starting with upgrading all the bathrooms in the 300 block near the swimming pool in the first quarter of the year. 

As always, we have some exciting specials coming up for Wedding, Conference and Leisure guests, so please keep your eyes on your inbox for our specials mailers, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. 

On behalf of the Cathedral Peak Hotel Team, I would like to wish you all health, happiness, and prosperity for 2022!

Bruce Botes – General Manager

Exciting upgrades for the Children’s Play Room

Our team has been hard at work giving the beloved Children’s Play Room a much-needed facelift. Inspired by woodland creatures, a large tree mural has been painted on the wall along with colourful mountain backdrops. The cupboards and shelves have been changed to pastel colours and the chalkboards have all been repainted. We hope to keep improving in all areas and provide the best entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. We can’t wait for all our guests to see this bright and beautiful space!

Vuma FM & Tourism KZN visit Cathedral Peak Hotel

Early in December, we had the privilege of hosting Durban radio station, Vuma FM as part of a Tourism KwaZulu-Natal campaign. The campaign seeks to explore the wonderful destinations to be found within our province and promote KZN as the ultimate holiday destination.

The team was welcomed with horse rides, treatments at the Wellness Centre and, of course, a delightful buffet dinner.

The next morning called for an on-site live radio broadcast which included interviews with our Operations Manager, Byron Van Der Riet, and our Head Chef, Jabulani Mdluli. These short interviews can be found on our Instagram page should you wish to have a listen (click on the names to view the respective interview). The rest of their stay comprised of quad bike adventures, the climbing wall and even an exhilarating helicopter flip.

Find out more and see how much fun the Vuma FM and Tourism KZN teams had by visiting their social media pages.

To see how much fun was had by the Vuma FM and Tourism KZN Team, you can visit their social media pages.

Celebrate the Month of Love with us

From exciting adventures to pampering relaxation, Cathedral Peak Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate love with your partner.

Experience the romance of the Drakensberg this February with a 20% discount on all accommodation, unlimited green fees, a complimentary horse ride and a R100 discount on quad bikes. Join us over Valentine’s Weekend and receive all the above plus 20% off a couple’s 1-hour full body hot stone or aromatherapy massage at our on-site Wellness Spa Centre, and a Valentine’s Buffet Dinner on 12th February. Discounted rates from R1445 pppn, inclusive of all meals. A minimum two-night stay is required. T’s & C’s apply.


“ Be the change you want to see in the world”– Mahatma Ghandi Local school donations from one of our generous guestsEnjoy the ultimate conference experienceFind happiness in rainbowsRainbow Gorge is a 12.1km return trail that ventures through the grasslands below Tryme Hill into a beautifully shady indigenous forest along the bottom of a steep gorge. Ferns, mossy boulders and magnificent yellowwood trees contribute to a magical feeling as the walk moves from the open grasslands into the woods.Celebrate the festive season with usCathedral Peak Hotel offers the ultimate festive family holiday getaway, with something for everyone. Guests who visit again and again will attest to the vibrant atmosphere, and the excitement of celebrating with family and friends in an exquisitely beautiful setting. And to ensure the good health and safety of all our guests and staff, we will continue to implement our COVID-19 Protocols throughout the festive season.Children have the opportunity of participating in our Nativity Play and Carols by Candlelight (with a special appearance by Santa), and on Christmas Morning a special celebratory service will be held in the hotel’s chapel. The end of the day will be marked by pre-drinks on the hotel terrace, followed by our famous Christmas Buffet in the hotel dining room with live music.During the week between Christmas and New Year, our general adults’ and children’s programme events will continue, with free daily guided walks, family quiz nights, arts and crafts, tractor and pony rides, climbing wall, horse rides, mini adventure golf and so much more for the whole family to enjoy. New Year’s Eve will be marked by complimentary sparkling wine, an extravagant buffet dinner and a live performance by Chris Jensen!Bookings are filling up quickly, so book your end-of-year holiday as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.Please join us this holiday season by finding a little extra space in your bag for some sorely-needed supplies to enable us to share the festive spirit. The Pack for a Purpose project will benefit children from preschool through to high school, from ages 3 through 18 years old, living in the valley leading to the hotel.

Our elegant honeymoon suites are a perfect choice for couples, as they are set apart in secluded gardens with splendid mountain views. For families, our babysitters will make your romantic getaway a pleasure, as parents can enjoy dinner and drinks with the children happily entertained.

Month Of Love Photo Competition

This Month of Love, we’re celebrating all the stunning couples that have tied the knot at Cathedral Peak Hotel over the years!

Stand the chance to win a 2-night ‘2nd honeymoon’ by sharing your favourite wedding photo taken at the Hotel on your special day. This photo competition will be running for the month of February so check in on our Facebook and Instagram pages to find out how to enter.

T’s and C’s apply. Please note that we may use any photos submitted for advertising purposes.

Giving back to the community that surrounds us

The last few months of 2021 saw an outpouring of charitable donations to support the communities in the valley around the hotel. In November, Harvest Time Preparation Centre made a very generous donation, just in time for Christmas, and our HR Manager Zama Zwane was more than happy to hand these over to members of the surrounding communities. Mhlwazini Crèche received donations of non-perishables, blankets and school toys. At Mhlwazini High School, children and the elderly from the surrounding area were given food parcels, clothes, shoes and blankets. Thereafter similar donations were given to the various crèches and schools further along the valley.

Meander through the Drakensberg alongside a crystal clear stream

Ashlea’s Amble, named after William van der Riet’s daughter, makes for a perfect easy and highly enjoyable family walk. This 40 minute circular stroll takes you into the lovely uMhlonhlo River valley. The path stays as close to the river as possible and, in places, gives easy access to the sparkling water and some lovely pools for taking a quick dip on a hot summers day. This river supplies us with fresh, clean water and has done so since the hotel was built. Some of the river water is also rerouted further down to go through our Hydroplant to generate electricity. 

During busy weekends and school holidays, kids can join in on our popular Ashlea’s Amble Bug Hunt that forms part of our kid’s entertainment programme.

Keep a look out on our entertainment boards as this amble will be part of our guided walks as of this year.

Enjoy a full day of fun, organised entertainment

Cathedral Peak Hotel offers a world of entertainment from morning to evening. The daylight will have you exploring the mountains on horseback, enjoying an outdoor game with the family, or hiking through a forest and across streams. Come evening time, guests can enjoy a sumptuous buffet meal followed by a fun-filled night including Bingo, interactive quizzes, Pictionary, charades or Jenga in our lounge. A firm favourite is floodlit mini golf on Friday nights, which gets the whole family on their feet to compete against one another! During busier times we also host a line dancing class for guests of all ages and skill level. This very basic line dancing session is full of good fun and laughs and is a great way to make fond memories with your loved ones.

Kind words from guests over the last year

We are delighted to have received some fantastic reviews recently. It’s always a treat to hear that our guests have had the ultimate Drakensberg experience, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our tranquil and secluded mountain hotel soon!

We love being able to clutch out and simply enjoy old friends, make new friends and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. The daily entertainment offered by the Entertainment Manager puts us all in a strangely competitive mood and we enjoy the laughter we share when the papers are finally marked! The meals are out of this world!

We have had the most memorable holiday at this beautiful Hotel. It has been by far our nicest holiday in South Africa. The staff were a delight, friendly yet not intrusive in any way. The food was delectable. The rooms were well appointed and there were lots of activities for those wanting to be busy and for those who wanted tranquillity there was an abundance of that. Their wellness centre was a glorious treat. I look forward to returning to this beautiful gem in the glorious crown of the Drakensberg.

The view from this hotel is second to none unless you are traveling in the Swiss Alps. The backdrop of the central Drakensberg and Cathedral peak is amazing. Then came the food…slightly on the pricy side, but absolutely delicious.

Treat yourself to the ultimate Drakensberg experience at discounted rates with these stunning specials

Summer Special

Valid until 31st to Jan 22

Adults receive a 20% discount on all accommodation and kids 12 and under receiving a 50% discount off kids’ rates when sharing with an adult. Discounted rates start from just R1445 per adult and R290 per child per night, inclusive of all meals.

Minimum 2-night stay. Valid for new bookings only. Full prepayment within 48 hours via EFT only. T’s & C’s apply.

February Golden Oldies Special

Valid from 1st to 28th Feb ’22, excl. 11th to 13th Feb ‘22

If you’re 60 years and over, enjoy the holiday you deserve with a 40% discount off accommodation. Discounted rates start from just R1095 pppn, inclusive of all meals, mid-morning and afternoon tea and a specially-designed entertainment programme.

Valid for new bookings only. Full prepayment within 48 hours via EFT only. T’s & C’s apply.

The Month of Love & Valentine’s Weekend Specials

Experience the romance of the Drakensberg this Month of Love with a 20% discount on all accommodation, unlimited green fees, a complimentary horse ride and a R100 discount on quad bikes (valid 1st to 28th Feb ’22, excl. 11th to 13th Feb ’22).

Join us over Valentine’s Weekend (11th to 13th Feb ’22) and receive all the above plus a 20% off a couples 1-hour full body hot stone or aromatherapy massage at our on-site Wellness Spa Centre, and a Valentine’s Buffet Dinner on 12th February.

Discounted rates from R1445 pppn, inclusive of all meals.
Min 2-night stay. T’s & C’s apply. Full prepayment within 48 hours via EFT only. Valid for new bookings only.

*Photos were taken pre-COVID-19. The hotel complies with the necessary protocols and all staff and guests are required to wear masks.

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