South Africa 2020 – The Cavern Drakenberg Resort and Spa

13th-17th February 2020

We left Lake Eland Game Reserve and travelled to Hillcrest in Durban to meet with Craig, Tammy and their son Josh. A lovely family we met last year in Mauritius. Tammy was expecting twins and as we were so near it would have been a shame not to see them. We spent a great afternoon with them before moving on to The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

There was no parking near to the rooms so we unloaded the car in front of reception and carried the bags to the room, then moved the car down the hill to the covered car park. The walk back to the room through the gardens was lovely with loads of Agapanthus africanus flowering with Sunbirds flitting about the blooms



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Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris afer

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What an amazing place. Fantastic scenery, great food and wine, and lots of company. We met some lovely people here and the owners were very warm



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The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa gardens

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Our room at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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Inside our room at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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The food was all extremely good and there was a wine cellar with a great choice of wines



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Cakes with afternoon tea

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The wine cellar at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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A cheeky little number 😉

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A sample of the food at the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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Sandra spent some time relaxing around the pool and I did some photography as well as some relaxing.



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Swimming pool with a view

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Whilst we were in the area we thought we should visit the Royal Natal National Park and see the Drakensberg Amphitheatre



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View of the Amphitheater, Royal Natal National Park

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Upon entering the park we went to the information centre to find how to get to a walk that we’d decided to do. The lady behind the counter suggested we did the Cascades instead of the one we’d chosen as it was a better walk, so we took her advice and drove the short distance to the start of the walk



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Start of the walk to the Cascades, Royal Natal National Park

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Bridge on the way to the Cascades, Royal Natal National Park

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View on the walk to the Cascades, Royal Natal National Park

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The Cascades, Royal Natal National Park

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The Cascades, Royal Natal National Park

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On the way back to our accommodation we stopped at a small lake and took a few photographs of Southern Red Bishop and Yellow-fronted Canary



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Yellow-fronted Canary, Serinus mozambicus

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The next day we did a walk around and above the The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa that gave good views of the area



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A small lake above the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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A waterfall above the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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Looking down to the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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Part of the path above the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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Looking down to the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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Looking down to the Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

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View of the Cavern surroundings

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A list of all birds seen during the stay at The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

African Hoopoe, African Olive Pigeon, Brown-Hooded Kingfisher, Cape Batis, Cape Crow, Cape Robin Chat, Cape Wagtail, Cape White-eye, Dideric Cuckoo, Familiar Chat, Fiscal Flycatcher, Giant Kingfisher, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Greater Striped Swallow, Grey Heron, Groundscraper Thrush, Hadada, Half-collared Kingfisher, Jackal Buzzard, Little Grebe, Malachite Kingfisher, Pin-tailed Whydah, Red-eyed Dove, Red-winged Starling, Reed Cormorant, Southern Boubou, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Southern Red Bishop, White-rumped Swift, Yellow-billed Duck, Yellow-fronted Canary

To see all bird photographs then please visit Birds of South Africa



A list of some of the wildlife seen during the stay at The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa

Black-tailed skimmer, Cape Baboon, Monitor Lizard

To see all wildlife photographs then please visit Wildlife of South Africa

Well it’s finally the end of another fantastic holiday in South Africa. A long drive back to Johannesburg airport, stopping at a service station near to the airport to rest a bit, get something to eat, fill the car and watch the setting sun



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Sunset on the drive to the airport

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The last leg, and a long stop over at Schiphol so Sandra decided to try and relax



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Sandra relaxing at Schiphol airport

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2 comments on “South Africa 2020 – The Cavern Drakenberg Resort and Spa
  1. Lyneatta Sudworth says:

    Think you meant Mauritius not Seychelles. Nevertheless good ending to the diary.

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