In the 'hood, Champagne Valley as a destination

Lying in the central Drakensberg, the Champagne peak is one of the highest peaks in this mountain range, although the prominent peak from here is Cathkin. But it is the enchantedness of the Champagne Valley that draws visitors away from city stressors to escape to a place of rare beauty that manages to remain almost entirely unaffected by development. The town of Winterton marks the entrance ... cont.

R600 Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Directions to Wits End Mountain Resort

From Durban: Follow the N3 through the Mooi River Toll
First option. (Shorter route but best to use only in daylight): Take the Estcourt North/ Giants Castle turn off ( There is also a sign board for Central Drakensberg) Turn left towards the mountains. This road goes through a rural settlement area so be aware of livestock and pedestrians. After about 30 kms you will come to a 4-way intersection with a tourist centre on the left, and a sign for the Central Drakensberg. Turn left here and proceed along this road for about 12 kms. You will go past The Nest Hotel on your right and Champagne Sports Resort on the left. Keep on this road until you pass a large set of thatched green gate posts on your right to The Dragon Peak Resort and the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. Wits End is slightly beyond their entrance on the left hand side of the road. Follow the driveway to the main house right at the end and from there you will be directed to your chalet.

Second option: Carry on along the N3 and go past the Shell Ultra City then take the next glide off to Winterton. Follow the road to Winterton, go through the village and turn left over the Little Tugela towards the Central Drakensberg. Follow this road and you will pass through a 4-way intersection with a tourist centre on your left. Proceed past this for about 12 kms to the Central Drakensberg. You will go past The Nest Hotel on the right and Champagne Sports Resort on the left. Keep on this road until you pass a large set of thatched green gate posts on your right to The Dragon Peak Resort and the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. Wits End is slightly beyond their entrance on the left hand side of the road. Follow the driveway to the main house right at the end and from there you will be directed to your chalet.

From Johannesburg
Scenic Route. (Do not use in wet or freezing conditions) Take the N 3 to Harrismith. At Harrismith turn right onto the N5 towards Bethlehem/ Bloemfontein. Proceed about 5 kms and turn left onto the R712 to Qua Qua. After about 10 kms turn left to Bergville/ Oliviershoek pass. Proceed to Bergville and carry on to Winterton . At Winterton cross the first bridge and then turn Right to the Central Drakensberg. Carry on along this road. You will go through a 4-way intersection with a tourist centre on your left. Proceed for about another12 kms to the Central Drakensberg. You will go past The Nest Hotel on your right and Champagne Sports Resort on the left. Keep on this road until you pass a large set of thatched green gate posts on your right to The Dragon Peak Resort and the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. Wits End is slightly beyond their entrance on the left hand side of the road. Follow the driveway to the main house right at the end and from there you will be directed to your chalet.

Freeway route. Take N3 past Harrismith through Van Reenen Pass and after the Tugela Toll Plaza take the first glide off and follow the N11 to Ladysmith. After about 4 kms turn right onto the R 600 to Winterton. At Winterton cross the first bridge and then turn Right across the railway line and a second bridge to the Central Drakensberg. Carry on along this road. You will go through a 4-way intersection with a tourist centre on your left. Proceed for about another12 kms to the Central Drakensberg. You will go past The Nest Hotel on your right and Champagne Sports Resort on the left. Keep on this road until you pass a large set of thatched green gate posts on your right to The Dragon Peak Resort and the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. Wits End is slightly beyond their entrance on the left hand side of the road. Follow the driveway to the main house right at the end and from there you will be directed to your chalet.

Amenities in the area

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  • Laundromat (3 km)
  • Shopping Mall (15 km)
  • Post Office (20 km)

Activities

  • Abseiling
  • Bird watching
  • Caving
  • Children's entertainment
  • Clay pidgeon shooting
  • Climbing (mountain / rock)
  • Cultural experiences
  • Cycling paths
  • Driving range
  • Fishing
  • Galleries / museums
  • Game viewing
  • Golf course(s)
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa / massage
  • Helicopter Flips
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Kloofing
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Quad biking
  • Rowing / canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Theatre (performing arts)

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