Winterton, Drakensberg - Things to do
OVERVIEW:In 1905 three years after the Anglo-Boer War - the colonial government constructed a weir across the Little Thukela River and founded an irrigation settlement here called Springfield renamed Winterton in 1910. Winterton is situated in beautiful foothills and main access point to the Central Drakensberg, this typical pioneer settlement offers a very relaxed atmosphere. It serves the large community of maize, wheat and beef farmers.
Accommodation and tourist facilities aplenty await at the Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, named after 'he who cannot be overcome' - the imposing, sheer-faced and flat-topped block known in English as Cathkin Peak. The Zulu name is not entirely accurate, but ascending Cathkin Peak does demand well-honed rock-climbing skills.
Adjacent to Cathkin Peak in the Central Drakensberg on its northern side is Mount Memory and a large cross honouring those who died in the Second World War. Between Cathkin Peak and the escarpment, Monk's Cowl presents one of the most difficult climbs in all the Berg.
This area also includes the notorious Ship's Prow pass, its southern fork (3 300m) the highest summit of all Berg passes and northern fork listed as 'severe - not recommended'. Several smaller free-standing peaks beckon would-be adventurers with less-daunting challenges the easiest climbs being Eastman's Peak, the Litter and Intunja, a Zulu name describing the hole large enough for a herd-boy to climb through. Several herd-boys could, in fact, pass through this 'eye of a needle'!
Champagne Castle (3 248m) is attached to the main escarpment and can be ascended by walking from the summit plateau. Champagne Valley, meanwhile, is home to the internationally-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir, whose three decades of mountain-top public performances have reached legendary status.
Most of the caves within the Mdedelelo Wilderness Area are rather inaccessible or overexposed to weather extremes, but KZN Wildlife's campsite at Monk's Cowl is conveniently situated and privately-run establishments are in great abundance. Giant's Castle was originally proclaimed a protected area in 1904 and the peak that gave the region its name is one of the most conspicuous and recognisable of all within the World Heritage Site. The Giant, as it is popularly known, can be conquered by walking and scrambling up Giant's Castle Pass or taking one of several rock-climbing routes to the summit. Mafadi (3 446m) and the Injasuti Dome (3 379m) are the two highest points in South Africa, while Makheka, at 3 461 metres, is the second highest point in all of southern Africa. These free- standing peaks all demand above-average climbing skills.
Also prominent within Giant's Castle are three long, unbroken rock walls, Red Wall, Trojan Wall and Long Wall, plus the passes that were dynamited during the 19th century to prevent San Bushmen from launching cattle raids against white settlers in the valleys below.
Most Giant's Castle caves contain San art (and thus may not be used for overnight shelter) , but the highlight is undoubtedly the Main Caves' Museum, where audio-visual and standing displays depict the 'home life' of these tragic nomads. This sector is probably also the best for game and bird watching, and along with the protected rock paintings, many of the World Heritage Site's threatened treasures are found here. These include rare birds of prey whose eating habits can be studied at the Vulture's Restaurant while trout streams provide visitors with the opportunity of catching their own free lunch!
Accommodation near Winterton, Drakensberg
Just more than three hours' drive from Johannesburg or Bloemfontein and about two and a half hours from Durban, at the foothills of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, which is a world heritage site, lies ATKV Drakensville Holiday Resort. ATKV Drakensville offers a range of accommodation options, adventure activities, leisure facilities, as well as a restaurant, take-away outlet, coffee and gift ...
The Drakenberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the northern Drakensberg. Its spectacular views, wildness, freshness and beauty will captivate you while its deep silence, which can be startling at first, will soon calm you. It has a spectacular setting, high on a ridge overlooking the northern Drakensberg, the Maluti mountains and most of the central Drakensberg. Many have said ...
Cathedral Peak Hotel accommodation nestled in the Drakensberg mountain range offers an award-winning family resort set high in the Drakensberg Mountains. Cathedral Peak Hotel has accommodation for all, from family rooms to the oppulant Mponjwane Presidential Suite. At Cathedral Peak Hotel you will experience warm hospitality and friendly service. Whether your aim is a relaxed family holiday, a ...
The Nest Drakensberg Resort Hotel is one of the best established and most well-known of all the Drakensberg resorts in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensberg. The Nest Hotel offers a range of leisure resort accommodation and world-class conference facilities. The Nest Hotel is situated in the scenic majesty of the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg area of the KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa. ...
This accommodation in Winterton, Kwazulu Natal is a luxury hotel and timeshare resort that is nestled high in the striking setting of the Cathkin Peak region of the Drakensberg Mountains offering visitors - out of this world views and fresh, crisp mountain air. This country resort in the Drakensberg makes use of earthy rich colours and natural materials, which makes it one of the most remarkable ...
Swallows nest B&B is the perfect Winterton accommodation, combining the elements of a min-vacation with the nostalgia of being in your own home. Set in the small village of Winterton in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the foothills of the Drakensberg, it is the picture of an intimate escape that leaves you with the feeling of "home away from home''. Surrounded by an acre of gardens, the guest house has ...
Surrounded by mountains with exquisite views over the Drakensberg and the Kamberg Valley, Silver Hill Lodge is an ideal getaway, far from the madding crowd. Only two hours from Durban through the rolling farmlands of the Midlands meander, you are welcomed to this luxury 4 star country house with home from home family hospitality. The 7 luxury en-suite bedrooms have all the mod-cons including under ...
Things to do near Winterton, Drakensberg
Less than 40km from the towering Amphitheatre of Royal Natal National Park, this ideally situated, agricultural and trading centre was laid out in 1897 by a retired sea captain. British forces built a blockhouse in the settlement two years later at the onset of the Anglo-Boer War - that building is now a Monument and Museum within the grounds of the local Court House. The nearby Rangeworthy Military ...
Experience the rich culture, breathtaking views and captivating history of the majestic Drakensberg. Join your tour guide Zee, for the following adventures. The Amphitheatre This is regarded as the most famous hike in South Africa not just because it allows you to access the highest escarpment in one day but also because the waterfall is the highest in Africa. In fact it's the 2nd highest in the ...
Geluksburg is centrally placed for excursions to the historic Boer War Battlefields of Ladysmith, Spioenkop and Colenso. Spioenkop Nature Reserve, where you will see Rhinos, Giraffe, Zebra, and Wildebeest, the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre, Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley, the Champagne Castle valley, Injisuthi valley and our own Tintwa and Middledale Pass valley, all unique and ...
Royal Natal National Park was proclaimed in 1916, and contains some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. The main feature of Royal Natal is the Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5km in length, and approximately 1000m in height between the Sentinel (3 165m) and Eastern Buttress (3 047m), with a number of domes rising from its relatively flat summit plateau. In 1836, the French missionaries ...
In 1905 three years after the Anglo-Boer War - the colonial government constructed a weir across the Little Thukela River and founded an irrigation settlement here called Springfield renamed Winterton in 1910. Winterton is situated in beautiful foothills and main access point to the Central Drakensberg, this typical pioneer settlement offers a very relaxed atmosphere. It serves the large community ...
Kamberg is home to a group of friendly hospitable people who are gregarious, happy, experimental, social, fun, outgoing and wonderful people. The Kamberg Valley is one of the most beautiful areas providing easy access to the Drakensberg and the Midlands. Once you have visited us, you will be sure to come back for more. Visit the Kamberg and you will experience, peace, tranquility, vast open ...
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GPS Co-Ordinates: 29° 31' 46.6" E / 28° 48' 59.9" S
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|Departing: King Shaka International Airport|
|Address: M65, La Mercy 4405, South Africa|
|Distance: 0.5 km / Duration: 2 hours 23 mins|
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