Our tranquil and secluded valley is more than the perfect setting for the ultimate Drakensberg getaway – it’s our home. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising the unique natural beauty of the area as well as the rich collection of rock art that lives in protected overhangs and on the walls of caves.
Beyond the stunning scenery and rock art, the Drakensberg is home to an abundance of bird, plant and wildlife. The 243 000 hectare park is celebrated by people across our great nation and beyond, and we are dedicated to doing our part to protecting the natural environment, preserving its beauty for the generations to come.
We have a number of eco-friendly initiatives that both minimise our impact on the surrounding area, and actively protect the environment from various dangers that could unsettle the balance in our valley and surrounds:
- Firewood is sourced from a sustainable and controlled wattle plantation
- We eradicate alien plants and rehabilitate the natural grasslands using local labour forces
- Our gardens are landscaped utilising exclusively indigenous vegetation
- We embark on constant donga reclamation and path maintenance to minimise erosion
- Potable water is discharged back into the river system after going through our on-site purification system
- Energy is saved at the hotel through eco-friendly light bulbs, timer switches and day/night sensors
- All our conventional geysers have been replaced with low-energy-consuming heat pumps
- We have installed a hydro-electric plant to generate our own electricity for the hotel, while adding electricity back into the grid.
You can find out more about how we protect our natural environment, as well as our efforts to support and uplift the communities around us, at www.cathedralpeak.co.za/about/environment/