may / june 2021 newsletter

Golf championships, charity donations, specials & more

Over 80 years of excellence

Message from the General Manager

The Easter holidays was a busy time for us, with the hotel abuzz with families treating themselves to the ultimate Drakensberg getaway. Our entertainment team put together an awesome fun-filled kids’ programme including movie nights, an Easter Egg Hunt, slip-n-slide and so much more. Parents took the time to relax and take advantage of our daily entertainment programme and our extensive range of on-site activities and facilities.

As we move into the lazy days of autumn, which brings with it the beautiful warm rusty colours, you can expect sunny days accompanied by blue skies, while the evenings tend to have a cosier feel to them. This is the perfect time of the year for hiking! We offer three complimentary guided hikes almost every day of the week, varying from easy to more difficult, providing our guests with the opportunity of bird spotting and stunning mountain-top views. Our knowledgeable guides give guests with an insight to the San Bushman life through their beautifully preserved rock art, accessible on some of these hikes.

In the changing season, our wedding chapel has never looked more beautiful. If you’re looking for the perfect setting to start your new adventure together, get in touch with our expert team to discover how we can offer the perfect mountain wedding experience. Take advantage of our Wedding Special for even more discounts and complimentary benefits.

We hope you will join us for crisp mountain views and the unrivalled beauty of autumn in the Drakensberg!

Bruce Botes – General Manager

Biggest turnout yet for the Golf Club Championships 2021

We had the biggest ever field for this year’s club champs, made up of 85 entries – 18 in the A division, 26 in the B Division and 41 in the C Division.

The weatherman came to the party and we had 2 days of spectacular weather, enjoyed by all. Albert, our Golf Course Manager, did a great job getting the course in a playable condition, taking into account the flood damage to equipment, roads and access bridge to the golf course in January. The rough was particularly penal this year and we plan to make this more playable next year to speed up play.

The scenery was at its best with the contrast of the mountains, blue sky and golf course combining for what must be the most scenic club champs in the Drakensberg.

Off the course the players always have a good time, evident by the number of people who return each year, and it is one of the first events put in the calendar. With the discounts offered at the Cathedral Peak Hotel for the players and their families, it is a great value weekend at this 4-star hotel, known for the quality and variety of food.

On the course the golf is always hotly contested. Well done to our club champions:

Mens Champion: Frikkie Janse van Rensburg

Ladies Champion: Ditebogo Kgomo

B Division Champion: Louis Jonker

C Division Champion: Phillip Uys

It was so good to see the players join in on this weekend to fill the cup with memories, great fun, meeting new people, and soaking up the grandeur of the Drakensberg. We’re looking forward to seeing the members next year for another incredible club championship.

Matthew Mayo – Club Chairman


Spend an unforgettable Mother’s or Father’s Day in the Drakensberg

Spoil your parents or loved ones this Mother’s or Father’s Day with an incredible mountain escape at affordable rates with our Autumn and Winter Specials.

Autumn in the Drakensburg

Autumn at Cathedral Peak Hotel sees an explosion of wildflowers, cooler weather perfect for hiking, and a stunning transition from rich greenery to dusky orange and ochre. From 1st to 31st May 2021 (including Mother’s Day on 9th May 2021), receive an incredible 30% discount off rack rates. Discounted rates start from R1265 per adult per night and R405 per child per night sharing with adults, inclusive of all meals

T’s & C’s apply

Winter in the Drakensburg

Discover the unrivalled beauty of winter in the Drakensberg, with clear, sunny days and toasty evenings by the fireside. Explore the outdoors in perfect hiking weather, or watch the first dustings of snow on the higher peaks from your cosy
hotel room. From 1st June to 31st August 2021 (excluding 6th to 8th August, and including Father’s Day on 20th June 2021), receive an incredible 25% discount off rack rates. Discounted rates start from R1355 per adult per night and R435 per child per night sharing with adults, inclusive of all meals

T’s & C’s apply


We are so grateful to be able to pass on the very generous donations brought to the hotel in March by Cilla and Jenny from Harvest Time Preparation Centre. These donations included textbooks, stationery, school shoes, educational toys and games, food packages and specialised creams and gels.

The much-needed items were distributed to Gorton School, Senzokwethu Primary and Didima Crèche in the Cathedral Peak valley. Our Assistant GM did stop-offs in the valley to hand out the food packages to those in need and the specialised creams and gels were very kindly given to our staff.

For those joining us in May or June, please support our Pack for a Purpose initiative by finding a small amount of space in your luggage to pack some much needed supplies – in particular, clothing for all ages, books and pens.


A fantastic achievement for any level of hiker, the Cathedral 4 Challenge sees 4 beautiful trails through the Drakensberg. Get your family involved and complete all 4 in your own time, and you’ll each be awarded with an official medal, certificate and your name on our challenge board. Register at reception in order to qualify.

doreen falls

Doreen Falls

Time: 60 – 90 min
Difficulty: A (gentle)

This is the most frequently visited waterfall in the area, as it is easily accessible and provides a deep pool for swimming and a spacious shady spot for those hot summer days.

fern forest

Fern forest

Time: 120 min
Difficulty: B (moderate)

This beautiful hike takes you to a shady indigenous forest with impressive ferns and tall yellowwood trees, spotted with a few natural pools.

baboon rock

Baboon Rock

Time: 240 min
Difficulty: C (strenuous)

Sections of steep, precipitous edges and rock scrambles make for an interesting and challenging hike, but the view from the top is well worth the effort.

mushroom rock

Mushroom Rock

Time: 150 – 180 min
Difficulty: C (strenuous

About 400m above the hotel stands the aptly-named Mushroom Rock, a bulbous formation on a ledge that offers some truly incredible views.

Once you’ve conquered the ‘berg with these 4 hikes, chat to reception or our entertainment team to claim your reward!

Horsing about in the stunning natural environment of the Drakensberg

Cathedral Peak is home to 18 magnificent horses and ponies, offering guests the unique opportunity to experience the fauna, flora, mountain terrain and incredible views on horseback. Three rides are available every day to ensure every guest’s riding ability is catered for – two one-hour rides and a short pony ride for children under 12 years old.

Horse riding in the Drakensburg foothills

Inexperienced riders can book a gentle horseback walk above the hotel estate into the mountain foothills, following the Blue Pools path and heading back via Lake Byron. Intermediate rides are taken at a slightly faster pace, heading above the trout farm into the Umlambonja Valley and back via Lake Byron. For the little ones, we offer hand-led pony rides under parents’ and hotel staff supervision.

For those wanting to wander a little further, two-hour beginner, intermediate or advanced rides can be arranged at reception. These rides head down the main hotel road through the golf course and either up to Lake William or across the Bhemana River above the trout farm, offering exquisite views of all the peaks surrounding the hotel.

Experience the Drakensberg at discounted rates with these special offers

Autumn Special

Stream in a valley in the Drakensburg

Valid from 1st to 31st May 2021

Join us in our tranquil and secluded Drakensberg valley and experience the transition into autumn, with a stunning array of wildflowers, perfect weather for hiking, and a transformation from summer greenery to winter’s amber beauty.

From 1st to 31st May 2021 receive an incredible 30% discount off rack rates. Discounted rates start from R1265 per adult per night and R405 per child per night sharing with adults, inclusive of all meals.

This special includes Mothers’ Day weekend, the perfect opportunity to spoil your mother with an incredible mountain escape.

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

Winter Special

Cathedral Peak Hotel terrace

Valid from 1st June to 31st August 2021, excl. 6th to 8th
August 2021

Enjoy the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries this winter with hearty buffet-style meals and warm log fires for those chilly nights! From unrivalled mountain vistas with the chance of snow-capped peaks, to crisp, clear days perfect for hiking – a world of stunning natural beauty awaits with a 25% discount off rack rates.

Discounted rates start from just R1355 per person per night (single or sharing) and R435 per child per night, inclusive of all meals.

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

golden oldies special

Couple holding hands in the Drakensburg foothills

Valid until 31st October 2022*

Let the mountains and the lakes become your landscape at Cathedral Peak Hotel with our Golden Oldies Special, featuring a specially-designed entertainment programme, guided hikes, scrumptious buffet dining and so much more.

Stay for 5 nights for R6086 per person, or stay for 3 nights for R3825 per person, including all meals and mid-morning and afternoon tea, coffee and bakes.

*For the over 60s only. Excludes peak periods (2nd to 5th Apr 2021, 20th Dec 2021 to 2nd Jan 2022 and 15th to 18th April 2022).

T’s & C’s apply.

wedding Special

Bride and groom

Valid until 31st October 2022

Start the adventure of your life in style! Say your vows in our charming stone-and-thatch chapel in front of breath-taking views of some of the Drakensberg’s most stunning and iconic
mountains, and treat yourself and your guests to the experience of a lifetime in our beautiful, secluded and tranquil valley.

Up until 31st October 2022, wedding parties of 30 guests or more staying in 15 or more double rooms for the night of the wedding will receive a range of amazing benefits and complimentary freebies to make your wedding truly unforgettable.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 Regulations the number of guests permitted is limited.

T’s & C’s apply

We look forward to welcoming you
to the Ultimate Drakensberg Experience!

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