Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg Mountains lies nestled between Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. Reached via the N3 national road through the towns of Bergville and Winterton, this Drakensberg valley is a the most popular family holiday destination in the Drakensberg for not only foreigners but South Africans alike.
As part of the Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, the Valley as it it know by the locals is ideal for hiking and mountain biking, along with excellent rock-climbing opportunities. Monk’s Cowl, located between Cathkin Peak and the Drakensberg escarpment, is one of the most difficult climbs in the region, offering beautiful views over the valley.
Champagne Valley is famous for it being home to the internationally recognized Drakensberg Boys Choir, whose mountain-top performances have awed all who have heard them perform. The valley is towered over by Champagne Castle, a 3 248m high mountain attached to the main escarpment, while Giant’s Castle, a protected area within the World Heritage Site, provides several spectacular Drakensberg rock art sites. The area can also be explored by scenic drives.
Things to do in the Champagne Valley
- Drakensberg Canopy tour – fun for the whole family as you whizz along steel cables from one platform to the next, hanging from the safety of a harness.
- African Loom – A showcase for the talents of local Zulu women, our business thrives on the sound relations with the women who produce the warm and vibrant products.
- Falcon Ridge bird of prey center – Open every day apart from Fridays, the “shows” are thrilling; highlighting the power, speed and intelligence of the birds.
- Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre is a collection of small tourist type shops on the R600 not far from Winterton
- Valley Bakery, Coffee Shop and Art Gallery is situated on the R600 which leads to the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg.