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About The Cavern

The Cavern is a holiday resort offering accommodation in the KwaZulu-Natal region. Named after the Cannibal Cavern, it is situated on 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park Amphitheatre - a World Heritage Site.

This stunning full-board Drakensberg resort has won numerous awards and accolades. Superior suites, family rooms and standard accommodation options are available, all with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, forests and mountainside.

The thatched accommodation and facilities blend beautifully with their natural surroundings. The Cavern is home to numerous bushman paintings, 213 species of birds, 150 species of trees and a great variety of wild animals.

Allow our friendly staff to welcome you to our dining room where a Table d'hôte menu offers a wide choice at every meal. Weekly functions include Lunch in the Sun, Boma Buffets and Potjie Pots. A range of beers and a selection of South African wines are available. The Emaweni Cave Bar is fully licensed, and operates between 12h00 and 23h00.

All our guided walks visit places of beauty and historical interest. Lone Rock, with its exquisite bushman paintings is one such place. We offer guided horse riding trips for beginner and expert riders alike. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in a temperate climate and tranquil surroundings.

Spa: Unwind in magnificent surroundings - enjoy relaxing treatments by qualified body care therapists at our Forest Retreat. The Spa overlooks the Fern Forest and offers a choice of massage as well as various body treatments and grooming options.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 6 hours
  • Type: Resort
  • Sleeps: 39
  • Check-in: 1:30 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Superior
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

All three meals, guided morning hikes and teas are included in the daily rate. Check-in is from 13H30. You are welcome to arrive in time for lunch, have a drink on the deck, and check into your room after lunch or you are welcome to have lunch on the day of departure.

Meals: The Cavern Dining Room offers a Table d' hoté menu. This is a...
All three meals, guided morning hikes and teas are included in the daily rate. Check-in is from 13H30. You are welcome to arrive in time for lunch, have a drink on the deck, and check into your room after lunch or you are welcome to have lunch on the day of departure.

Meals: The Cavern Dining Room offers a Table d' hoté menu. This is a set menu which includes a wide variety of meal choices, and always includes a vegetarian dish. Regrettably, the Cavern does not have an a-la-carte restaurant and we are unable to cater for special dietary requirements

Reductions: No reduction will be allowed for periods of absence or for meals not taken. The confirmation is a contract and you will be required to pay the full amount regardless of cancellation or part cancellation. Refunds will be passed only where the accommodation can be let in full to other guests.

Breakages: Guests will be responsible for all breakages, shortages or loss occurring during their stay, to any linen, furniture, effects and fittings contained in their apartment, or caused by them in or about the resort.

Electrical Appliances: The use of electrical appliances, other than hairdryers and shavers, must first be sanctioned by the Management. A charge for the use of such equipment in the resort may be obtained.

Common Law Rights: Notwithstanding Common Law rights, it is an express condition of occupancy of this resort that the Management is not responsible for loss or damage suffered by any guest to his person or property, whether arising from fire, theft, or wrongful act of any person or property, or otherwise, excepting such valuables handed to the Reception Office officials for safe keeping.

In the event of a guest being in breach of any of the foregoing conditions, or refusing to obey any request of the Management or committing a nuisance or any act which is, in the opinion of the Management, detrimental to the operation of the resort, the Management may forthwith terminate the accommodation of that guest and any persons accompanying that guest without prejudice to the right to recover any damages or loss sustained, including loss of income arising from the premature termination of the accommodation. The resort shall have a lien over the luggage, clothing and personal possessions of any guest in regard to any claim against the guest whatsoever.

The Management reserves the right of admission of any guest and any visitor of any guest.

Pets: Regret strictly no pets allowed.

Smoking: Please note our rooms are non-smoking.
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Reviews for The Cavern

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Lia Bheekie, South Africa
27 August 2014

The Cavern is an absolute gem! Am so glad we found it and will definitely be going back! The price was all inclusive (excluding drinks and the Spa) and our every need was catered for. Tucked away in the foothills of the Berg, not only is the location stunning, but so is the layout of the resort - there's a place for everyone and the meals were fantastic. It's also a nature lovers paradise and you have your pick of activities from hiking (many trails and guided walks), horse riding, pool, table tennis, a library, entertainment area, horse riding, tennis and bowls - something for everyone. :)...
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MEGAN , South Africa
14 April 2014

Accommodation, location and food was great.However they dont consider or should i say neglect to consider parents with small kids during dining times.IF u have look elsewhere.

Ian Douglas, South Africa
08 September 2013

Enjoyed the daily morning guided on site walks (3-4 hours) and opportunity to chill in the afternoon. Good food and service.

Derik Oosthuizen, South Africa
02 April 2013

Great value for money! Will visit there again soon for sure!

Staffan Tapper, Sweden
02 March 2013

Lovely hotel complex high up in the Drakensberg region. Well appointed, quiet rooms with lovely views. The pool was very nice. Hotel staff was alert and very nice as was the bartenders and guides. The restaurant staff was a bit stressed out and needs some extra training. The dining experience was rushed and the food not exactly to our taste even though some servings were a delight.

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The Cavern Map

The Cavern is 44km from the centre of Bergville , the nearest airport 180.4km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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