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Activities

Do you plan on extending your stay in the Drakensberg?
Here is a list of activities available in the Champagne Valley.

Drakensberg Ballooning – Scenic hot air balloon flights from Winterton with panoramic views stretching from the Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg to Giants Castle in the Southern Drakensberg.
Tel: 082 802 7527 / 082 352 5516

Hot Air Ballooning SA – Ballooning from Champagne Sports Resort – booking essential: Tel: +27 83 446 9423

Westline Aviation Helicopter Tours – It is ideal for anyone looking for a truly unique experience, they offer a number of flights that are sure to put your head in the clouds.  Tel: 083 652 7493 / 036 468 1104

Fern Forest (From Drakensberg Sun)
An easy 30minutes (1km) This is a short walk along a forested stream to a waterfall and a picnic spot.

Blue Grotto (From the Drakensberg Sun)
This is a great 3 hour (7.5km). Moderate walk through an indigenous forest onto a magnificent grotto with waterfall and pool. It is a well trodden path very suitable for the novice hiker but nevertheless offering one of the most magnificent routes in the area.

Crystal Falls and The Sphinx (from Monks Cowl KZN Wildlife Office)
A fair 1hr 20min hike (3kms) The path leads south then west across to the Sphinx and further to Breakfast Stream. This hike is the beginning of all hikes from this office.

Sterkspruit Falls and Gorge (from Monks Cowl KZN Wildlife Office)
Moderate – severe 6hours hike (15kms)
This is a pleasant outing involving some boulder hopping and river crossing. The return route is
further south, running eastwards across the Little Berg, down to the Sphinx and loops down to the campsite.

Mhlwazini Valley Trail (from Monks Cowl KZN Wildlife Office)
A severe 9 hours hike (24kms). The route ascends the Sphinx, and contours around the top of the Hlatikulu Forest. From there the trail heads down into the Mhlwazini Valley and along the river.

Drakensberg Canopy Tours – Experience nature like never before as you slide through the forest canopy and enjoy a unique birds-eye view on the world around you. Tel: 036 468 1981

Four Rivers Rafting and Adventures – They offer a wide range of leisure and adventure activities as well as team building packages. Tel: 083 785 1693

Champagne Castle Adventure Centre – Kloofing / Canyoning, Abseiling and more.
Located approximately 7kms from the Resort. Tel: 074 103 3613

Cathkin Equestrian Centre – 1h, 2h and overnight rides in the majestic Central Drakensberg. Tel:082 957 0083

Ushaka Horse trails – The trails will take you up the slopes along the Culfargie, Bellpark area, crossing crystal clear streams with stunning views of the mountains. Tel: 072 664 2993

Dragon Peaks Horse Trails – Enjoy our spectacular environment while riding one of our kind and willing horses
Tel: 036 468 1031

Park Run – Winterton – Every Saturday 08h00, a 5km run, you against the clock. The start will be in the
parking area of the Waffle Hut. Please remember your printed barcode

Drakensberg Brewery – In the El Mirador Airfield Centre, a selection of home Brewed Craft beer and DIY snack platters. Tel: 083 296 4552

Deon’s Honey Products – Based at Scrumpy Jack’s on the R600. A presentation followed by the chance to face your fears safely-view bees in a glass hive. Tel: 036 468 1308

Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Centre – Weather permitting. The “shows” are thrilling; highlighting the power, speed and intelligence of the birds. Tel: 082 774 6398

Dragon Rock Reptile Centre – Visit them for an exciting tour. Go and feel the reptiles and learn all about them. Anything from snakes to hedgehogs. Tel: 082 955 1404

Heron Battlefield Tours @ Spionkop Lodge – Relive the memories and walk in the footsteps of three great
leaders, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and General Louis Botha. Tel: 036 488 1404

Cathedral Peak Wine Estate – Please book in advance for wine tasting or lunch as they offer weddings and private functions on the estate and are not always open to the public. On their estate is also a beautiful opportunity to view wildlife. Tel: 063 075 1123

Tennis Courts
Two of our five all-weather tennis courts are floodlit. Racquets and balls are available from the sports coordinator’s desk.

Putt-Putt
Below the main tennis courts is a full 9-hole sports putt-putt course. Putters and balls are available from the sports coordinator’s desk.

Volleyball / Basketball / Badminton
Get a team together for a round of beach volleyball on the court situated near the main tennis courts on the lower activity area. The ball is available from the sports coordinator’s desk.

Trail Running & Mountain Bike Trails
Get your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing with a challenging but fun trail run, or mountain bike trails through some of the most breathtaking scenery within the secure Champagne Sports Resort estate. We have a 4km route.

Swimming Pools
Take a dip in one of our 2 hotel swimming pools or 3 timeshare pools.

Bowls
A bowling lawn is situated on the activity area in front of the hotel with bowls. All other equipment available for hire from the sports coordinator.

Cathkin Trails
Our new venture for our mountain bikers and trail runners – enjoy a 12km, 20km or 30km ride or run around neighbouring estates. Show off your skills on our 18 hole championship golf course!

Take a timeout in our welcoming clubhouse, or challenge your mates to a round on our top 30 ranked championship golf course. Our golf course has been rated as SA’s most beautiful golf course in recent years with the clubhouse rated in the top five 19th holes in SA. The clubhouse is easily accessible from the resort with access to motorised golf carts and a well-stocked Pro-Shop. The clubhouse has both ladies and gents change rooms which are fully equipped with showers, hand basins, toilets and secure lockers. A well-stocked Pro-Shop provides for all your golfing needs including a selection of clubs, balls, gloves, shirts, hats and caps, as well as other golf paraphernalia. The halfway house offers a selection of light meals and drinks which can be enjoyed either in the indoor dining area or on the deck.

The Greens:
All the greens are of the highest quality and are planted with L93 bent-grass which has proven extremely suitable for the region, particularly in winter where the greens remain ‘green’, receptive and true to line.

The Bunkers:
The 84 well-appointed and well-shaped bunkers that line the fairways and greens all have white silica sand and will be appreciated by professional and novice alike for their consistency.

The Fairways:
The fairways are all planted with kikuyu grass presenting a wonderful green carpet, further enhancing the beauty of this truly unique championship golf course.

The Rough:
While badly misdirected shots will be punished, particularly in the wetlands and at the water holes, fairways are wide and bordered by light rough.