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TThe Zulus call the mighty range ’Ukhahlamba’: ‘the Barrier of Spears’, and you’ll find the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre plumb in the middle of the awe-inspiring Drakensberg Mountains. The resort is part of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Enjoy family-friendly activities or opt for extreme adventures – amid some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery.
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 range that separates South Africa’s Highveld from its coastal plains. The mighty Cathkin Peak overlooks the adventure centre, which lies at the foot of the peak 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 adrenaline fix, then husband-and-wife team Jakes and Cornelia Saaiman and their experienced crew at the Champagne Castle Adventure Centre will guide you safely through all kinds of adventures.
There are also 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. The resort also caters for groups doing team building, as well as school groups.
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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 (December to February) is when the creeks and rivers are full.
Things to do in the area
The Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio, the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Giant’s Castle Game Reserve, Kamberg Nature Reserve and the Kamberg Rock Art Centre are just some of the attractions nearby.
What will it cost?
This 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.
Handmade rugs, carpets and candles are made on the premises at KwaZulu Weavers & Candles. Ceramics from Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio, although costly, are investment pieces.