iKhayalamafu Self Catering Cabins Drakensberg


Self Catering at Monk's Cowl Nature Reserve, Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg, 3340, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About iKhayalamafu

iKhayalamafu - the ‘house in the clouds’
your private Drakensberg experience

We are high in the Monk’s Cowl Reserve of the beautiful central Drakensberg Mountains and closer to paradise than anywhere else in the Champagne Valley. Step from your cabin into the Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg World Heritage Site and walk beneath the dramatic Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. Then enjoy the quiet and peace of the evenings far from civilization, with the sound of the stream flowing gently past your veranda.

You will love the seclusion and peace, and your cabin’s log fire will warm your soul. If you are looking for a romantic destination and you enjoy the majesty of the Drakensberg Mountains, this is the place for you. We have over 95 hectares of mountains, streams, spectacular waterfalls, and indigenous forests, covered by trails that are closed to the general public, but open to you, our guest.

The Cabins

Both cabins have a large double bedroom / lounge, with a cosy fireplace. We supply firewood from eradicated alien trees, and make up the fire when we service your cabin each morning of your stay. Your kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, hob, microwave oven, crockery, pots and pans, cutlery, etc. Your outside covered deck has a Weber barbecue and furniture for outside dining - we supply charcoal and firelighters - while your bathroom is luxuriously large and provided with linen and towels.

We do not accept children or pets, and each cabin takes only one couple.

We generate eco-friendly electricity from a combination of solar and hydro power. We are not hardwired into the national grid, and we do not have power cuts. The cool water comes from our fresh mountain streams; it is only out of the rock for five minutes when we capture and filter it. The only flavour it merits is good whisky.

You will drive a kilometre and a half into the wilderness to reach this breathtaking destination, so leave your Porsche at home, as well as the cares and stresses of the modern world.

Please Note:
We only offer self catering accommodation, we do not supply any food, not even breakfast
We are not able to accommodate any children under the age of 18. We have a strict ’no children' policy.


Not many get to experience these wonderful mountains close up. Whether it is raining, snowing, or gloriously sunny, be inspired by breathtaking scenery, friendly hospitality, and an unparalleled sense of place. Bring your hiking boots and your binoculars; look out for the buck, eagles, vultures, and other wonderful wildlife on our property; enjoy the sheer range of indigenous flowers and trees; gaze at the clear night sky with its dazzlingly bright stars; or simply put your feet up and chill out.

We look forward to your stay with us in this magical hideaway.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Hi fi
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Garden(s)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Wake up calls


  • Free Wi-Fi

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -29.053833333333333
Longitude: 29.395499999666665

Closest airport(s)
Durban International - 150km

Children policy
We regret no children under the age of 18 years.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h00

Listed on SA-Venues.com
April 2006 - 6 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Absolutely wonderful experience. The hosts are warm and welcoming. The cabin is charming with a fire place already set up, lots of wood, and even warm...

Colleen Butcher, johannesburg

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