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Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the northern Drakensberg only 20 km beyond Sterkfontein Dam and 3 hours from Johannesburg, South Africa. Situated high on a ridge overlooking the Drakensberg and the Maluti Mountains many have said that the views are unsurpassed.

It offers much more than comfortable, affordable country style accommodation. It’s spectacular views, vast spaces, wild winds and superb walks make it the perfect place to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Drakensberg. Its deep silences, unfamiliar at first, will soon work its magic resuscitating body and mind. This is a place to relax, unwind, take stock, - a place to rejuvenate - a place to regain peace. The walks and hikes are spectacular catering for all levels of fitness.

This is a cosy haven for those who like old fashioned holidays, with peace and quiet, excellent home-style cooking, reading near the fireplace, invigorating walks and pleasant company; also a wonderful base to experience the mighty Drakensberg. An ideal retreat for couples, families or groups either self catered or fully catered

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Reservations international: +27 82 927 2676
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Postal address: P.O. Box 853,
  Harrismith, 9880
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GPS co ordinates 28 34.218'S
29 8.212'E
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Directions to Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

Located some 15 km off the R74 between Bergville and Harrismith, the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is approximately equidistant from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein (approximately 300km - about 3 hours) and is an ideal midway meeting place for family, friends and business colleagues from these centers.


Take the N3 from Gauteng to Harrismith. At Harrismith, turn right to Bethlehem. Approximately 4 km. out of Harrismith, on the N5 to Bethlehem, turn left onto the R74 to Bergville also R712 to Phuthaditjhaba. Approximately 9 km. on, turn left - R74 to Bergville continuation. Approximately 20 km. on, turn left onto a dirt road marked Retief Pass and Retief Klip. There are small National Monument Signs. Drive approximately 2 km. and turn right onto the Retief Pass road. Follow the road for about 12 km. Most of the way it runs parallel to an old canal. Approximately 1 km. beyond the canal, turn right at the sign to the Drakensberg Retreat.


Guests coming from Durban have to take the Colenso/Bergville turn off, pass Little Switzerland, up Oliviers Hoek Pass, pass Caterpillar and Catfish and +/- 4 kilometers turn right to Retief pass/Retief Klip and follow the map, road in red.


Retiefs Pass is a dirt road.
It's condition varies according to the weather conditions.
Please drive slowly and enjoy the view.


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