Equidistant from Johannesburg and Durban, the pretty little town of Bergville, also known as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg, lies on Route 74 - the more scenic alternative to the Toll Road.

Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge
Midway between Johannesburg and Durban on an idyllic piece of land, encircled by awe-inspiring mountains you will find Amphitheatre Backpackers. The lodge takes its name from “The Amphitheatre," the most famous geographic feature of the Northern Drakensberg, South Africa. The Amphitheatre is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth. The lodge looks directly onto its facade and on a clear day, after the rains, the Tugela Falls can be seen as it plunges 1km down the ancient rock face.

The grasslands are populated with buck, small mammals and an abundance of bird life that thrive in the dams, river and wetlands. It is not just the natural beauty that has people talking, the architecture is also fantastic. Unique dwellings are crafted from stone and thatch, with stained glass, mosaics, metal and wooden carvings. Some rooms are located in converted grain silos, using solar energy to heat the water and the entire place is surrounded by beautiful indigenous rockeries.

This is one of those places that you plan to stay at for one night and end up staying a week. There is just so much to do here and then of course there is that spectacular view. From the lawn a picture postcard panorama takes in the entire Northern range from the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak, enticing you to explore it!

The Drakensberg is the premier hiking destination in South Africa and the Northern Drakensberg is regarded by many as the most dramatic section of all, with access to the highest country in the world, "Lesotho," the biggest indigenous forest in the berg, the largest consolidation of rock art in the world and the 2nd highest waterfall on the planet. The Amphitheatre separates South Africa from Lesotho and it is here that the world famous Tugela Falls has its source, rising at Mont Aux Sources.

Bingelela BnB
Set among giant Blue Gum trees, 10 thatched bungalows and 2 self catering prefab houses at Bingelela are all private, free standing and individually appointed and provide, you, our guests, the perfect spot to kick up your feet, relax and enjoy the splendour of our country retreat and all the exquisite beauty that awaits you in the Drakensberg.

Serviced on a daily basis and suitable for both corporate and leisure guests, the rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, televisions, with all linen and towelling provided. There are six double rooms and then units suitable for sharing (twin beds) and/or for families.
Seletwane Drakensberg Getaway
Nestled against a mountain on an unknown plateau high in the Northern Drakensberg, Seletwane is the ultimate refuge and getaway dream. Seletwane looks east over the Drakensberg escarpment with the protection of a mighty mountain buttress behind it. There are two superb log-and-thatch cabins.

No. 1 Cabin sleeps up to seven and consists of the lounge, kitchen, dining area and an upstairs bedroom divided into singles and a double bed separated by a curtain divider. There is a shower and toilet downstairs. The adjacent room sleeps two people comfortable but can accommodate up to three people and has its own shower and toilet. All the beds are single beds but we can supply double beds.

No. 2 Cabin sleeps up to six. Upstairs is two rooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. Downstairs is the lounge, kitchen and dining area. There you will also find a room with two single beds with a spectacular view of the mountain reflecting in the dam. The toilet and shower is also downstairs.

The cabins operate mainly on solar power however the fridge, stove and shower geysers run on gas. Candles and oil lamps are provided for ambience.

The cabins are fully equipped with towels, linen, cutlery and crockery and under cover parking for one vehicle is provided.

Seletwane is for trout fishing, hiking, mountain biking, birding, nature lovers or ... that most important activity of all, relaxing - and is perfect for couples or groups.
Tower of Pizza BnB
The Tower of Pizza Lodge is situated on a working grain farm in the Amphitheatre valley in the Northern Drakensberg, just 9 km from the Royal Natal National Park. Tower of Pizza has its origin in an unused grain silo, which with the addition of a traditional wood burning pizza oven, became a pizzeria. This quickly became a popular meeting place for both the local people and tourists and has grown into a landmark in the area.

It is also used as a halfway meeting point for people travelling between Durban and Johannesburg.

Our accommodation was recently rated 3 Stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and we offer comfortable, free-standing cottages or rondavels, all with en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy the company and tranquil setting that makes dining at the Tower of Pizza Restaurant a special experience.

The restaurant menu includes pizzas, pasta, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and seasonal specials. Activities on the farm or in the vicinity include hiking, fishing, horse riding, birding, tubing, abseiling and rap jumping, golf, mountain biking, 4X4 trails, and tours to the
hydro-electrical scheme. Be sure to visit the nearby adventure centre for paintball, swinging trapeze, zip lines, and quad biking.

Windmill Farm BnB
Situated just inside the border of Kwazulu Natal, Windmill Farm is conveniently located halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, in an area landscaped by the beauty of the vast Drakensberg mountain range.

Windmill Farm is the perfect location for nature lovers and guests wishing to explore all that this beautiful area has to offer. Stay in one of our charming, self-catering cottages, perched along the edge of the plateau. Then relax, breathe in the fresh air, take in the uninterrupted view and let your discovery of the Northern Drakensberg begin.

Three cottages have been completed the Hotel is up and running and the restaurant is open business as well. Further renovations and constant upgrades are in place.

The tranquil blue of the Sterkfontein Dam; a fishing and water-sports paradise; lies behind us. Ahead of us we enjoy an expansive view of the Northern Drakensberg above the clouds.


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