The Zulus call them the 'Barrier of Spears' and you’ll find the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre plumb in the middle of the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, part of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Enjoy family-friendly activities or opt for extreme adventures amidst some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery.

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The Zulu language, IsiZulu, is rich and expressive and abounds with proverbs.

It would be difficult to find a more gorgeous location to get active than the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre in the heart of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains. The mighty Cathkin Peak overlooks the centre at its foot in the beautiful Cathkin Valley.

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park, the first site in South Africa to be recognised as both a Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of wonders. Known for its world-famous rock art – the finest in the country – it’s also a mecca for adventure-seekers.

The area is a magnet for hikers and you can take short day walks or choose multi-day trails, but if you’re looking for fun and an adrenalin fix then husband-and-wife Jakes and Cornelia Saaiman and their experienced team at the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre will guide you safely through all kinds of adventures.

There are great kid-friendly activities at the Kiddies Adventure Park where the family can have a go at tree climbing, paintball target shooting and more. They also offer a kiddies zip-line and a new activity called Scootours (involving non-motorised Swiss scooters). And they cater for groups wishing to do team building, as well as school groups.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Champagne Castle Adventure Centre
Mobile: +27 (0)74 103 3613

How to get here

The Champagne Castle Adventure Centre is on the R600 via Winterton, next to the world-famous Drakensberg Boys’ Choir school.

Best time to visit

If you are keen for water-based adventure activities then summer is when the creeks and rivers are full.

Around the area

Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio, Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Giant’s Castle Game Reserve, Kamberg Nature Reserve and the Kamberg Rock Art Centre.

What will it cost

Depends on the activity. Prices range between R95 to R450 per person.

What to pack

Sunscreen, hat, sturdy shoes or boots for climbing and abseiling. The requisite safety equipment is provided for all activities.

Best buys

Handmade rugs, carpets and candles made on the premises at KwaZulu Weavers & Candles. Ceramics from Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio, although costly, are investment pieces.

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