Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg is the perfect venue for business tourists wanting to combine conferencing with leisure. The resort is home to an 18-hole championship golf course, roaming herds of blesbok and impala and 5 dams stocked with trout and bass. It offers a variety of sports and cultural activities.

Did you know?

The Giant's Castle area of the Central Drakensberg is rich in San rock art paintings. One can also visit the Cave Museum showing San family life with clothes, tools and weapons.

If you’re looking for the ultimate getaway for your conference, but still need to take care of business, then the 4-star Champagne Sports Resort is your answer.

This resort, set in the tranquil surrounds of the Central Drakensberg, with magnificent views of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, combines high-tech conferencing, luxury accommodation and first-rate leisure activities.

Just 3.5 hours' drive from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban, the resort is ideal for both large and small conferences and events.

The new Buttress Conference and Exhibition centre has significantly added to conference capacity. It has 16 conference venues, the largest catering to 1 400 delegates theatre-style or 850 delegates for seated banquets.

All delegates have Internet access in the hotel, and all venues can use the business centre across from the new conference centre coffee shop.

Champagne Sports Resort offers fully inclusive conference package rates. Included are accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee/biscuits served twice a day, and the use of one conference venue with all standard equipment. Conference packages can also be tailored to suit client needs. 

Conference delegates can enjoy a variety of themed evenings that can add flair and excitement to your event. These include pub evenings, Mexican Fiesta, African Affair, shebeen evenings, Flower Power, Moulin Rouge and more.

After a long day of conferencing, you can unwind in the new wellness centre offering luxurious spa treatments, a salon and a fully-equipped gymnasium.

You can also unwind with a wide range of sports and adventure activities, such as basketball, bowls, helicopter rides, mountain biking, golf, mini-golf, squash, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Champagne Sports Resort accommodation includes a 152-key luxury hotel and 91 timeshare chalets (most with 3 en suite bedrooms) - 750 guests can be accommodated at any given time. The dining room caters for 700 guests per sitting.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Champagne Sports Resort
Tel: +27 (0)36 468 8000

How to get here

From Johannesburg travel on the N3 to Van Reenen’s Pass. Go through the Tugela Toll Plaza, and continue 14km to the R616 Bergville turnoff. Proceed left on the N11 towards Ladysmith. After 4km turn right onto the R600 Spioenkop / Winterton Rd. Travel over the highway and at the T-junction turn left to Winterton. At Winterton, take a right over the railway line (R600) and follow the road until you reach the crossroads at Thokozisa. Go straight for another 11km. You will see Champagne Sports Resort on your left.

Best time to visit

The Drakensberg is a year-round destination - although it can be cool in winter, especially when there is snow on the mountains.

Around the area

Nearby you can enjoy Drakensberg canopy tours, horseriding, mountain walks, and sailing and boating on Bell Park Dam. See an artist at work at the Ardmore Art Studio, enjoy an evening of entertainment with the Drakensberg Boys Choir, watch a falcon show, visit the Rock Art Interpretation Centre at Didima Camp, and visit the KwaZulu Natal Shoe Factory.

Tours to do

Enjoy a exhilarating canopy tour through Drakensberg's forest areas or get a bird's eye view by taking a helicopter tour.

Get around

Coach or car are the main ways to get around.

Length of stay

It is advisable to stay in the area for at least a few days as there is much to see and do.