Berg House and Cottages

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Berg House and Cottages, Self-catering accommodation in Bergville Kwazulu Natal

3 Star
Name of hostsVaughn & Chantal Piccione
Tel:+27 (0)86 127 6237

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Experience a mountain atmosphere with breathtaking views, described as the "IMAX Views" of the Drakensberg.

This private destination on a 1600 acre estate enables you to reunite the mind, body and soul, restore the essential "you". Relax and soak up the 270 degree views of the Drakensberg Escarpment.

Our prized feature is the world famous Amphitheatre, part of a world heritage site. View the second highest waterfall in the world during the summer; take in the breathtaking sunsets as you sit feet up, wine glass in hand.
The Berghouse and Cottages is a privately owned, 1650 acre estate, offering you Drakensberg accommodationDrakensberg getaway is surrounded by mountains - their massive sandstone cliffs will remain etched in your memory forever. The property provides you with unique, panoramic views of the Drakensberg spires from as far as the Monks Cowls and Cathkin Park, Cathedral Peak, to the south and the Amphitheatre and Maluti Mountains in the Northern Drakensberg, as well as the "Little Drakensberg"including Seletwane peak to the north east, Sungubala and Montusi Mountain peak to the North, the Cavern Berg to the Northwest, bordering the Freestate province, A Drakensberg experience par excellence awaits you. If you are in search of serenity, tranquility, then this is the destination to visit. You will be suspended in moments of magic, "like a balm to your troubled soul"."It's as though time stands still and one's worldly concerns just simply melt away or perhaps carried off on the gentlest of breezes, on the wing of one of the many beautiful birds that inhabit the estate, you will be left unencumbered to experience an exquisite lightness of being". and numerous activities in the Northern Drakensberg of the KwaZulu Natal province. Situated only 3 hours from either Johannesburg or Durban, this stunning

Comfortable accommodation awaits you in (5) 6 well-furnished, privately situated cottages, each with fully equipped kitchens, kitchenettes and log fireplaces, with an abundance of firewood on site.(Thokomala - "Warmth and Comfort")

  • (4) 5 bedrooms, 2 rooms with double beds and 2 with single beds,family room with double bed and twin beds upstairs, sleeps (8)9 guests in total.
  • 2 bathrooms(showers)
  • Open plan lounge and kitchen area with a large logfire place.
  • Under cover Braai/Barbeque facility.
  • Situated high up on the side of a hill, this elevated position offers spectacular views of the entire Central, Northern and Little Drakensberg

Each cottage offers you spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Home cooked cuisine awaits those who choose to have dinner and breakfast, picnic hampers are also provided (meals and hampers by prior arrangement).

Ideal for family and friends getaways,1/2 way between Johannesburg and Durban (3hours drive) or a romantic weekend for two – we have something unique and special to offer you. 

Things to bring:

  • Costume and towel.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Lip ice.
  • Sandals  (that fasten) for the river tubing.
  • Old T shirt to use on the river.
  • Good pair of hiking boots/shoes.
  • Long pants to horse ride in.
  • CD/Radio combination.
  • Fire lighters.
  • Charcoal.
  • Matches, if self-catering.(some supplied)
  • Candles, if self-catering,(some supplied)
  • Wind breaker jacket.
  • Binoculars.
  • Bird book.
  • Book on Wild Flowers.
  • Own Mtn Bikes.(2 x bikes for hire)
  • Refreshments.
  • Complete supply of groceries (if self-catering).
  • Torch.
  • Hikers backpack.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Snacks for longer hikes.
  • Camera.
  • Mosquito spray.
  • Plaster and ointment for blisters.
  • Own 4x4 for the 4x4 trails.
  • Own fishing rods.(rods available for number available


(Thamela - "Bask in the sun")

  • 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 9 guests (including bunk bed for kiddies)
  • Open plan lounge and kitchen area
  • Huge log fireplace
  • Excellent mountain views

(Thunzi - "Shade")

  • 2 bedroom thatched cottage, both with en-suite bathrooms, bath off the main bedroom and shower in the second room.
  • Log fireplace in the open plan lounge and kitchen area.
  • Fully equipped kitchenette.
  • Built in Braai/Barbeque facility outside the cottage.
  • Jungle gym for kiddies outside the cottage.

(Thokomala - "Warmth and Comfort")

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 rooms with double beds and 2 with single beds, sleeps 8 guests in total.
  • 2 bathrooms(showers)
  • Open plan lounge and kitchen area with a large logfire place.
  • Under cover Braai/Barbeque facility.
  • Situated high up on the side of a hill, this elevated position offers spectacular views of the entire Central, Northern and Little Drakensberg.

(Thula Thula - "Peace and Tranquility")

  • Ideal venue for "Honeymoon couples"
  • Privately situated.
  • Queen size double bed with a logfire place in the bedroom.
  • Ensuite bathroom.
  • Patio on both side's of the cottage.
  • Spectacular views of the "Amphitheatre" from the cottage.
  • Tucked up amongst giant trees.
(Thandanani - "A place that everyone loves")
  • A fully self-contained cottage.
  • A queen size bed and log fireplace can be found in the bedroom
  • En-suite bathroom facilities
  • Grand Mountain views from the cottage


The Berghouse and Cottages offers an extensive range of activities including hiking with various degrees of difficulty to choose from on site as well as in the neighbouring "World Heritage" site in the Royal Natal National Park, approximately 16 km away. Guided horse riding trails on "Basuto" ponies through splendid scenery, fly fishing both in dams and on the 7 km river on the western boundary of our property, mountain biking and 4x4 trails are some of the activities we invite you to indulge in.

  • On Site Activities: (See also under separate pages)
    • Horse riding 1 to 3 hours guided: Cost R80 ppp hour.
    • Clay pigeon shooting on site R40/5 shots. Minimum number of participants 4
    • Fishing in dams and river R80/day/fisherman
    • 4x4 trail R180 per vehicle.
    • Tube riding the Tugela river R40 pp and R150 to fetch and carry/group.
    • Hunting: wing and game by arrangement, not on site.
    • Mountain biking trails, bikes for hire @ R100/4 hours/rider.
  • Polo in Bergville during the winter season on saturday afternoons.
  • Bowls and tennis in Bergville.
  • 9 hole golf course next door aprox 8 km's.
  • 9 hole golf course at Cathedral Peak hotel, aprox 80 km's.
  • 18 hole championship golfcourse 16 km's (under const)
  • 9 hole golf course in Harrismith (oldest golf course in RSA)50km's
  • 18 hole Championship golfcourse aprox 80 km's
  • Hiking:
    • Royal Natal National Park aprox 16 km's to the entrance to the park, aprox 130 km's of trails in the park.Various routes and degrees of difficulty. Vaughn has spent much time in this region and can help with advice if required.
    • The Drakensberg Amphitheatre Ascent via the Chain Ladders 
    • Tugel Falls via Witsieshoek, Sentinel Mountain and the chain ladder, aprox 1hour 30 min drive, 2.5 hours to the top.
    • Golden Gate to Clarence, day trip, aprox 1hour 30min drive.
  • Sterkfontein dam, for fishing,World class fly fishing "Yellow fish" aprox 30 km's, view the vultures feeding at the "Vulture's restaurant" aprox 20 km's.
  • Tugela Vaal Hydro Electric Power station tour, aprox 12 km's away. pre booking essential.
  • All out adventures aprox 10 km's, swings, trapeze,trampoline, paintball and quad biking offered.
  • Anglo Boer War excursions to Spionkop aprox 80 km's.
  • Falcon show "World Class" aprox 60km's.
  • Drakensberg Boys Choir, aprox 60 km's.
  • Giants Castle aprox 100 km's "San Bushmen paintings"

Rate per fisherman R80 per day, min fee and paid in advance.
Rod hire R45 per rod, terms and conditions apply.
Dams and river fishing offered on site, Yellow fish and trout in the river, blue gill and bass in the dams.

Guided fishing trips:
Yellow fish angling on Sterkfontein dam. Internationally renowned fishing for the elusive" Yellow Torpedo"
Advanced bookings essential, guided trips on the Sterkfontein dam charged per day, includes all meals tackle etc.

Golfing Trips

9 hole golf course located at Hlalanathi Resort, 8 km's from our entrance.

18 hole golfcourse located at Harrismith 50km's away. This is the oldest course in South Africa.

18 hole golfcourse aprox 80 km's away, an additional 9 holes recently constructed to create a magnificent course with fantastic views of the surrounding sandstone mountains. Pleasant shopping experience in the town for your non playing family members and girlfriends.

Champagne Sports Resort:
18 hole championship golfcourse located aprox 80 km's away in the Central Drakensberg.Beautiful mountain vistas and an excellent golfcourse.

Nondela Championship glofcourse:
Located 16 km's away, presently under construction, this Ernie Els signature course will be completed by the end of 2008. 


On site:
We offer various routes on our property from easy to slightly advanced, with " World class 360' mountain scenery" situated on 1600 acres of land.

Off site:
An unlimited choice of hiking routes. The Royal Natal National park is only 16 km's from our entrance. 130 km's of trails await you in this " World Heritage site" Spectacular scenery. Guided trips may be arranged in advance.

Sentinel Car park, Tugela falls, via Phutidijaba resort for a day trip is highly recommended, guided trips incl meals offered.


Horse riding 1 to 3 hours guided: Cost (R80)R100 ppp hour

4x4 trail (R180)R200 per vehicle

Tube riding the Tugela river R40 pp and (R150) R200 to fetch and carry/group

White water tubing down the Tugela River on site.
(R30) R40per tube
(R150) R200 fee to fetch and carry


Aprox 3 hours from both JHB and Durban. From JHB: Take offramp from N3 onto the Bethlehem road, N4, for aprox 5 km's, left onto the R712 for aprox 8 km's, again left onto the R74 Bergville road for aprox 30 km's, turn off at the Northern Drakensberg turnoff, right, and continue for aprox 2.7 km's to the Berghouse and Cottages turn off, continue until you reach the reception. From Durban: Take the N3, pass the Shell Ultra City at Estcourt, turn left off the highway, left again onto the R74, pass Winterton and Bergville, 27km's from Bergville take off at the Northern Drakensberg sign, continue for 2.7 km's, turn off right onto the Berghouse and Cottages road, continue to reception.