Message from the general manager

Cathedral Peak Hotel is the perfect setting to experience a true Drakensberg summer, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Having received our first rains, the mountains are alive with beautiful greenery, wildflowers are emerging from the burnt veld, and our rejuvenated rivers and waterfalls are perfect for taking a cool dip. Large herds of eland have been spotted on the foothills surrounding the hotel and the Red-Chested Cuckoo has returned from sub-Saharan Africa for the summer season.

Heritage Day gave our staff the perfect excuse to celebrate their culture, with traditional singing and dancing. Our Head Chef and his team put together a delicious South African themed dinner buffet which was thoroughly enjoyed by all our guests.

October saw the completion of our DSTV package upgrade. All rooms now feature their own decoders with 65 channels and 89 radio stations and music channels to ensure our guests receive the best viewing and listening experience possible.

As we draw closer to the end of 2021, our festive season preparations have begun. Decorations are being unpacked, our famous Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffet menus are being planned, mince pies and special treats are being ordered, and our adults’ and children’s entertainment programmes are being arranged.

The team and I are ready and waiting to provide you with the ultimate family holiday experience – enjoy long, warm days full of excitement, adventure or relaxation; it’s completely up to you. So escape the city, bring your smiles and laughs, and don’t forget your camera to capture the many happy memories you will create.

For those of you who will not be able to join us for our 82nd Christmas and/or New Year, on behalf of the van der Riet family, and the management and staff of Cathedral Peak Hotel, we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Bruce Botes – General Manager

The van der Riet family grows

William and Belinda van der Riet are proud to announce the birth of their second grandchild, Alexander Albert van der Riet, born to Byron and Samantha on the 22nd of September 2021.

The van der Riet family grows

Cathedral 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.

Pack for a Purpose & help us make a difference to surrounding communities

We’re dedicated to taking care of both the stunning natural environment, and the people who make up the communities surrounding our beautiful hotel. Through our involvement with Pack for a Purpose, we hope to uplift local schools and provide them with the appropriate equipment and tools needed in their schooling environments.

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

- Mahatma Ghandi

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.“ 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.

Local school donations from one of our generous guests

Towards the end of October, our HR Administrator, Zama Zwane, was able to meet with the Deputy Head Mistress of Isibuko High School, Mrs Hlongwane, to hand over a gracious donation from one of our guests. The children were delighted to receive their stationery packs and we look forward to visiting them again in the future.

Local school donations from one of our generous guests

The flash flood we experienced in late January this year led to major damages to our trout farm infrastructure. After many months of planning and construction, the original 4 round ponds were replaced with 12 new 20mx2m raceways and 3 new 20mx1m raceways by the end of September. These will accompany a few of the old raceways that are still available for operation.

We are extremely excited to welcome Bushmans River Trout as the new lessees of our trout farm. Their highly-experienced team has been in the business for over 30 years, owning and leasing a number of farms throughout South Africa. To ensure they produce top of the range table trout, they use 100% natural feed (no chemicals or medications added), process their fish in a newly built abattoir, have a quarantine zone to ensure they are disease free, and have invested in top of the range processing equipment, meeting all the South African fishery regulations. Our farm will be used to breed and grow trout for slaughtering for the table market, the live trout market and for trout ova. They will also be supplying the hotel with trout for our guests to enjoy during our evening buffet.

As of the beginning of October, the first portion of trout has arrived. The lessees, with the breeding cycle and growth of the fish, are expecting it to take up to 2 years for the farm to be fully stocked and in full production.

Enjoy the ultimate conference experience

Conferences are about collecting your people together to think strategically, plan effectively and ensure that everyone is inspired. Our property can offer your delegates a range of unforgettable experiences in a stunning environment that will leave them feeling motivated and enthusiastic.

Our exclusive conference facility offers multi-variable seating for up to 200 delegates in a choice of 5 venues. Some venues are equipped with PA systems, various microphones and data projectors, and all venues have free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Break-away rooms and a boardroom are also available.

The real difference that lies in a conference at our hotel is not in our venues or technology, but how we assist you in getting the most out of our incredibly beautiful and rich surroundings. We have a dedicated conference co-ordinator to support you in the planning and running of your event.

Treat your team to an unforgettable mid-week or weekend conference with our Conference Special, valid until 9th December 2022, excluding peak periods and long weekends. Discounted rates start from R1555 pppn, inclusive of all meals, complimentary venue hire and equipment use, unlimited green fees, complimentary guided early morning walks and a R100 discount on quad bikes.

Contact us today to book your ultimate conference experience in the heart of the Drakensberg!

Find happiness in rainbows

Rainbow 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 wood

Once in the bottom of the gorge, the path takes you over stones and small rapids, along and through the riverbed.

A little way up the gorge you will pass under a striking, gigantic boulder that has wedged itself between the gorge walls, providing incredible photo opportunities.

Be careful here, as the constant spray makes the rocks very slippery. Continue a little further up the river and you’ll see the sunlight catching the waterfalls, creating the rainbows which give the gorge its name.

A set of suitable river shoes, or at least a spare pair of socks, is highly recommended, as is a small towel for those tempted to take a dip in the clear spring pools. Lunch packs can be booked through the hotel, so there is no need to rush back, giving families an amazing opportunity to enjoy this relaxing hike as a day outing.

Explore the Drakensberg on a quad bike

From small hills to steep inclines, and through long grass and puddles, our quad bike rides will take you through some of the most stunning scenery at the base of the Drakensberg foothills. The one or two hour rides, available for beginners as well as those with more experience, set off on an old weaving forestry road opposite the hotel. With a bit of luck, you may be able to spot a herd of eland, or the more elusive Mountain Reedbuck that frequent this area.

Several stops are made along the way to soak up the surroundings, before reaching the half way mark at Lake William. This is a wonderful spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area with the most magnificent mountain views.

All guests are fully briefed about the safety procedures on arrival and provided with helmets, goggles and a lesson on how to handle the bikes before departing on the adventure of a lifetime. Don’t forget to book your ride in advance!

Take advantage of the deal of a lifetime with our Black Friday Voucher Sale

Black Friday is just around the corner and with it comes our incredible Black Friday Voucher sale – available for 7 days only from Monday, 22nd November 2021! This year we have two voucher offerings: stay for 5 nights and only pay for 3, or stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2.

For two adults sharing in a Standard Room you’ll pay only R10 850 for 5 nights, or R 7 230 for 3 nights. Rates are inclusive of all meals and children (4 – 12 years) will receive a 50% discount off rack rates at the time of booking. Free upgrade subject to availability on arrival.

Vouchers are valid for stays from 1st Dec ’21 to 31st Oct ’22, excluding peak periods: 20th Dec ’21 to 2nd Jan ’22 & 15th to 18th Apr ’22. Payment must be made by EFT within 48 hours. T’s & C’s apply.

To purchase a voucher, send your email address to reservations@cathedralpeak.co.za from midnight Monday 22nd Nov ’21 until Sunday 28th Nov ’21.

Escape to the Drakensberg at discounted rates with these special offers

November Special

Valid from 1st to 30th November 2021

For the entire month of November, escape to the Drakensberg for a well-deserved getaway in our tranquil and secluded valley with a 30% discount on all accommodation.

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

November Golden Oldies

Valid from 1st to 30th November 2021

For the entire month of November, all guests aged 60 years and over will receive an incredible 40% discount on accommodation. From just R1095 per person per night including all meals, treat yourself to a beautiful mountain escape and a world of on-site facilities and activities to make your stay extra special!

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

Summer Specials

Valid from 1st December 2021 to 31st January 2021, excl. peak periods

Enjoy long, warm days full of excitement, adventure or relaxation with adults receiving 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ultimate Drakensberg experience!

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