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D119 District Rd Off R74 Northern Drakensberg, Bergville 3350 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#1 of 4 hotels in Bergville
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The Cavern Resort & Spa is nestled in the mountains beneath the rugged sandstone cliff-line of the Drakensberg. This is the great outdoors; a valley of captivating beauty and a site of conservation significance. The Cavern welcomes and nurtures families, it can be a quiet retreat for couples or an energetic getaway for those seeking time in the hills. There are a variety of activities and attractions. The Forest Retreat Spa is a tranquil escape for relaxation. Each day there are guided morning hikes and horse rides. A swimming pool, tennis courts, 100km of MTB trails and dams for trout fishing extends the offerings for activity. The resort has standard & superior accommodation. Rooms are set in landscaped gardens where a mix of vibrant indigenous plants attracts hundreds of birds and the evenings are filled with the sounds of crickets, frogs and other friendly creatures. Superior rooms & suites overlook the indigenous Fern Forest where you can relax in the sun and unwind in peace.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Car park
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bowling
Game room
Hiking
Horseback riding
Tennis court
Bicycle tours
Billiards
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Table tennis
Walking tours
Waterslide
Board games / puzzles
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Strollers
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu

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D119 District Rd Off R74 Northern Drakensberg, Bergville 3350 South Africa
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wdanie884766 wrote a review 11 Aug
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We stayed 2 nights at the cavern. All staff are very helpful and friendly: they provided an extra horse riding so we also could join. You can choose between different activities to do, there is nog pressure, you are free to do what you want. Atmosphere is very relaxed. Environment is just wauw!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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gdijk348705 wrote a review 04 Aug
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It was my second time. First was with my family, now with my bestie. What really stands out is the location, food and service. It’s a beautiful and easy drive from Johannesburg. The organised hikes are very nice and a good way to make new contacts. I would have done hikes myself, but was limited because of a knee injury.
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear gdijk348705 Holidays with besties are super special! Thank you for the kind words and lovely review. We hope the knee injury heals fully so that you can enjoy the mountainside once more. With best wishes, Megan & Hilton
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Marius A wrote a review Jul 2022
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Apart from the booking dispute at arrival which resulted our stay being more expensive, we thoroughly enjoyed the full board menu options, the friendly staff, the perfect room and all the amenities on offer. We really really enjoyed it. A lot. We specifically liked the fireplace and heated floors in our room. The resort even had uninterrupted electricity during the time of unprecedented series of loadshedding.
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Response from Megan Bedingham, Owner at The Cavern
Responded 1 week ago
Dear MariusA We appreciate the lovely review - thank you! We are still in converstaion with the third party booking agent and we hope this issue is resolved soon. With kind regards, Megan & Hilton
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AnthonydaSilv wrote a review Jul 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We enjoyed the stay and the staff were very friendly, Mondli took good care of us and I preferred his service when he had to fill in for the drinks stewardess. The food is of good standard and quality. The breakfast combinations were well varied. The lunch buffet was very tasty, considering buffets can be bland - well done to the chef and kitchen team. The dinner time was 'pressured'. It almost felt like we we being rushed to order and finish our meal. The main meal portion was 'small' but we were not left wanting more. Again, very tasty meals and well done to the chef and kitchen team.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear AnthonydaSilv Thank you so much for reviewing us. Mondli normally works as our Head Waiter and attends to all customers. It is lovely that you enjoyed his service and we will remind our team of the importance of taking time, particularly at dinner. We have had good conversations about reading customer's needs and we will continue to work to improve levels of customer service. Thank you for the kind comments regarding the food. With warm wishes, Megan & HIlton
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Anne W wrote a review Jun 2022
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A super resort- with many well maintained beautiful trails for hiking, a few dams for trout fishing, (perhaps look at stocking them) great food, fantastic staff & service- space for the whole family to do their own thing, tennis, croquet, a beautiful spa. Highly recommend for a multi-generational gathering providing enough independence for everyone & many nooks & crannies to relax or gather together. Meal times were a pleasure, great food, easy hours & friendly staff. The staff choir was awesome. Facilities were well maintained. Gorgeous with the aloes out. Loved it 🤗
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Megan Bedingham, Owner at The Cavern
Responded 04 Jul 2022
Thank you, Anne W. It's a gorgeous season with the aloes out and the hiking trails ready to be explored. Drakensberg winters are wonderful! Thank you for your lovely review and very kind words. With warm wishes, Megan & Hilton
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hernfam wrote a review Jun 2022
Herndon, VA47 contributions48 helpful votes
What a beautiful place!!! The rooms were wonderful and the food was delicious. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We went on one organized hike to Sugar Loaf mountain. After being in safari mode, it was challenging but well worth it. The views from the top were amazing. We did a couple other hikes on our own. The place is so beautiful. We visited the spa after our hiking. The massages and other treatments were amazing. And the setting in the forest was so peaceful.
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Responded 17 Jun 2022
Dear hernfam Thank you so much for this lovely review. So good to get the legs moving after being on safari and Sugar Loaf certainly makes the legs work! Thank goodness for Spa visits too! With much appreciation, Megan & Hilton
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gcox214865 wrote a review Jun 2022
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We had a fantastic long weekend at the Cavern. Our bedroom was beautiful and newly decorated. The bed was extremely comfy. Food at the Cavern is renowned and didn’t disappoint. We loved the guided walks daily and spending time in the tranquil surroundings. The spa treatments were superb. Overall a fantastic weekend. We’ll be back!
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Responded 17 Jun 2022
gcox214865, thank you! We so enjoy welcoming and sharing The Cavern with visitors and it is so wonderful to read your review. We will share your feedback with our team and we do look forward to welcoming you back! With warm wishes, Megan & Hilton
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mwas904492 wrote a review May 2022
Grenay, France1 contribution
Everything was perfect. Walk, room, food. The place is situated in mountain with beautiful views and a lot of path to explore. For a solo traveller, I was feeling like home thanks to people working there. Thanks a lot guys.
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Response from Megan Bedingham, Owner at The Cavern
Responded 25 May 2022
Thank you, Mwas904492. We are so pleased that your found it all to be perfect. Our team, who value all our guests, will be so grateful to see this review. Our best wishes, Megan & Hilton
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gstruik wrote a review May 2022
Hawks Nest, Australia49 contributions13 helpful votes
The Cavern was a disappointment to us. It is built on a steep hill facing the valley so you only see the views when on a walk. The walks are poorly signposted. The food was poor. All three days we were there they were cutting down a huge tree right in front of our room with sawdust falling on our little deck; not to mention the noise. The hotel was not full and they could easily have allocated us another room.
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Responded 25 May 2022
Dear gstruik Thank you for taking the time to review us. It's important to know when we don't meet expectations. The Cavern is at the end of the road, surrounded by a rugged sandstone cliff line with views out into the surrounding valley. I find the views to be quite remarkable and at this time of the year, the aloes are in flower and it is an absolute delight watching the birds. In fact I love drinking coffee on the dining room deck and absorbing it all but as they say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. On the hikes the views are different and even more extensive, absolutely agreed. We have two hiking maps available to guests - one for long walks and a more detailed map, with descriptions for the short hikes. At a number of intersections there are markers and most recently we have added a Trail App to the offering. A little blue dot shows you your exact location so having difficulty finding your way should not be a problem at all. Perhaps you weren't aware but all the details are on our Notice Board. Our gardens are extensive and at times we have to chop trees, mow grass and brush-cut banks. We try to do this in the mornings while guests are normally out of their rooms. The quieter work is left for the afternoon. This past week we actually cut down a tree to open up the views. Other guests in the block enjoyed watching the tree fall and even videoed it for the operator and no-one seems to have come into Reception to mention that there was a problem. We would love to be able to anticipate each person's preferences but unfortunately we don't always get this right. If you'd popped in, we could have easily assisted in moving rooms or stopping the noise. But, it seems its not only the views, the routes and the tree cutting are the problem. The Cavern is not for everyone. The disappointment in our full offering possibly means that this was not really your "cup-of-tea'. The Drakensberg has many wonderful offerings so we hope you find a more suited getaway. With warm wishes, Megan
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Juan G wrote a review May 2022
Boksburg, South Africa2 contributions
One of our best 2 night honeymoon destinations. What an absolute pleasure staying at The Cavern! Wow! Amazing and friendly staff and service! Amazing rooms with stunning views! Best served meals 3 times daily... Most beautiful surroundings and nature scenes and animals! Tranquil, relaxing and calming spa sessions and packages. Really nice cavern styled bar area and underground wine cellar! Would most definitely recommend and return some day! Worth every penny, thank you The Cavern and staff! ❤️🧡💛
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Responded 25 May 2022
Congratulations, Juan_Gericke! And, many thanks for the lovely review! We are pleased that it was a memorable honeymoon and we do look forward to welcoming you again! Maybe an anniversary!? Our Cavern team will be thrilled to see your comments too. Thanks for taking the time. Warm wishes, Megan & Hilton
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US$185 - US$205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionBergville
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cavern
What are some of the property amenities at The Cavern?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Cavern?
Top room amenities include extra long beds, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Cavern?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cavern?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Cavern?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Cavern?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does The Cavern offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Cavern?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Does The Cavern have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Cavern accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.