Cathedral Peak - Didima Camp| safari.com

Overview

Themed around the intriguing art of the San people, Didima Camp is situated in the spectacularly beautiful and archeologically rich area of the Cathedral Peak valley. With breathtaking views of the Drakensberg, Cathedral Peak overlooks dramatic panoramas of rugged mountain peaks and the sweeping valley below. Drawing on the fascinating influences of San art and culture that have made this area a World Heritage Site, the venue itself is a unique mix of modern luxury and tradition.

Accommodation

Didima’s accommodation comprises of 62 two-bed luxury chalets, each of which has an en-suite bedroom and a sitting area. The chalets are built back-to-back and can be converted into a convenient four-bed family unit with self-catering facilities. All linen, towels and blankets are supplied. The chalets are equipped with satellite television and cozy fireplaces.

The Camp also boasts two four-bed cabins, a two-bed honeymoon suite and a six-bed bungalow. The two four-bed cabins have two bedrooms, the bungalow has three bedrooms, and both options have en-suite facilities, a lounge/dining area and a kitchen.

Activities & Facilities

Walking and hiking trails abound. There is an in-camp San rock art trail, as well as guided walking trails over Mike's Pass, to Rainbow Gorge and to Baboon Rock. A variety of other scenic trails weave into the surrounding mountains, over the extensive grasslands or through forest patches characteristic of this part of the Drakensberg. A drive over Mike's Pass and to the top of the Little Berg provides an opportunity to see the spectacular views of the main escarpment and the surrounding lowlands from Didima Gorge.

For the inquisitive, the San Rock Art Interpretive Centre presents fascinating insights into the rock art and culture of the San with various displays, audio-visual presentations and reproductions of actual San Art sites.

Guests can have a meal at the central lodge’s restaurant, relax at the bar or lounge beside the fireplace. There is also a shop for groceries and curios. The venue hosts a state-of-the-art conference facility seating 140, as well as a large wedding chapel framed by the gorgeous backdrop of Cathedral Peak.

Important Information

Children:
There is no charge for children <12 years old on accommodation . Children 3-12 ears old inclusive,are charged 50% on park permit fees and levies unless otherwise stated . 

Please Note:
Rates include accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT and exclude optional excursions.
Special precautions must be taken when hiking be prepared for rapid changes of weather and extreme conditions especially cold. Before hiking, the Mountain Rescue Register must be completed.
The nearest towns which have a full range of services are Bergville and Winterton which are both 45km away.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.

Wildlife

Of the 200 natural plant orders in the world, 150 of them are South African and 120 of those are found in the Drakensburg. There are no less than 1000 flower species in the Cathedral Peak area alone.

The Berg is home to prolific bird life, and aside from the famous Bearded vulture (Lammergeyer), visitors can spot the Black Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Golden Bishop, Jackal Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Malachite Sun-bird, Martial Eagle, Secretary Bird, Yellow-billed Kite and Yellow Fly-catcher. The mountains are also home to troops of baboons and herds of Mountain Reedbuck.

Directions

From the N3 in the vicinity of Estcourt take the Winterton /Colenso off-ramp and at Winterton turn left at the Engen service station and follow the signs to Cathedral Peak.

Reviews


The restaurant staff do need to be more efficient in personal service. Full cutlery is never on the tables and we had to ask many times. Plates were not cleared away. We had to wave and call for service numerous times as the staff chatted at the desk.

Judd / Powrie

This place is stunning and was designed to accommodate hiking. The accommodation was spotless and the road is in a good condition.Make sure that you bring all you need as the little shop is very basic.Ensure that your unit is closed at all times as the baboons will destroy anything in order to look for food.Do not forget your binoculars for the view from the mountains.

Pierre van den Berg

A peaceful haven in the berg where there are many options to stay, Didima is above average. The staff are friendly, the chalets are wonderful, the view was great and the gardens are well kept. I would happily recommend a stay here in all seasons. Hiking, birding or just relaxing, with family or in twosomes!!

Dr Pat Hawke

Didima was a wonderful experience. I will recommend it to everybody especially tourists to SA. Much more than 3 star accommodation. Also the wheelchair chalet impressed me.

Marina

I enjoyed my stay.

Pearl

Rooms clean, well maintained & very comfortable. Views are amazing. Hiking in the area caters for casual walks through to technically more difficult up Cathedral Peak.

Carol Coetzee

The camp is great and the staff very friendly. The bungalows are well equipped however the furnishings are old and dirty, the carpet had many stains and was filthy, bedspreads old and not clean. Sheets old.

Anita

A great place to stay i will definitley visit again

bradley bharath

Beautiful area with fascinating rock art…

Mark Coreth

Units were not clean.Bed not made/room was not ready at 2pm as promised.No towels.Holes in sheets/stained.Toaster not working.No oven.Fire extinguisher not serviced despite being a thatched unit.Dirty dish cloths and washing cloths.Pool was green.Centre T of tennis nets missing.Spiders/cobwebs in kitchen.Hair on bathroom floors.No TV remote in adjacent unit.Inter-leading doors were not accessible had to get maintenance person in to open these.Pool table surface scratched and torn unable to be used (at reception).No staff on duty at 7am on day of departure to hand in keys.There was no Coke/Coke Light/Zero/Tab available in Curio shop, were told it had arrived but not been unpacked, 4 hours later we returned to shop to purchase, still had not been unpacked.Cold tab in the second bathroom was faulty

Deidre Purnell

Themed around the intriguing art of the San people, Didima Camp is situated in the spectacularly beautiful and archeologically rich area of the Cathedral Peak valley. With breathtaking views of the Drakensberg, Cathedral Peak overlooks dramatic panoramas of rugged mountain peaks and the sweeping valley below. Drawing on the fascinating influences of San art and culture that have made this area a World Heritage Site, the venue itself is a unique mix of modern luxury and tradition.

Didima’s accommodation comprises of 62 two-bed luxury chalets, each of which has an en-suite bedroom and a sitting area. The chalets are built back-to-back and can be converted into a convenient four-bed family unit with self-catering facilities. All linen, towels and blankets are supplied. The chalets are equipped with satellite television and cozy fireplaces.

The Camp also boasts two four-bed cabins, a two-bed honeymoon suite and a six-bed bungalow. The two four-bed cabins have two bedrooms, the bungalow has three bedrooms, and both options have en-suite facilities, a lounge/dining area and a kitchen.

Walking and hiking trails abound. There is an in-camp San rock art trail, as well as guided walking trails over Mike's Pass, to Rainbow Gorge and to Baboon Rock. A variety of other scenic trails weave into the surrounding mountains, over the extensive grasslands or through forest patches characteristic of this part of the Drakensberg. A drive over Mike's Pass and to the top of the Little Berg provides an opportunity to see the spectacular views of the main escarpment and the surrounding lowlands from Didima Gorge.

For the inquisitive, the San Rock Art Interpretive Centre presents fascinating insights into the rock art and culture of the San with various displays, audio-visual presentations and reproductions of actual San Art sites.

Guests can have a meal at the central lodge’s restaurant, relax at the bar or lounge beside the fireplace. There is also a shop for groceries and curios. The venue hosts a state-of-the-art conference facility seating 140, as well as a large wedding chapel framed by the gorgeous backdrop of Cathedral Peak.

Children:
There is no charge for children <12 years old on accommodation . Children 3-12 ears old inclusive,are charged 50% on park permit fees and levies unless otherwise stated . 

Please Note:
Rates include accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT and exclude optional excursions.
Special precautions must be taken when hiking be prepared for rapid changes of weather and extreme conditions especially cold. Before hiking, the Mountain Rescue Register must be completed.
The nearest towns which have a full range of services are Bergville and Winterton which are both 45km away.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.

Of the 200 natural plant orders in the world, 150 of them are South African and 120 of those are found in the Drakensburg. There are no less than 1000 flower species in the Cathedral Peak area alone.

The Berg is home to prolific bird life, and aside from the famous Bearded vulture (Lammergeyer), visitors can spot the Black Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Golden Bishop, Jackal Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Malachite Sun-bird, Martial Eagle, Secretary Bird, Yellow-billed Kite and Yellow Fly-catcher. The mountains are also home to troops of baboons and herds of Mountain Reedbuck.

From the N3 in the vicinity of Estcourt take the Winterton /Colenso off-ramp and at Winterton turn left at the Engen service station and follow the signs to Cathedral Peak.

The restaurant staff do need to be more efficient in personal service. Full cutlery is never on the tables and we had to ask many times. Plates were not cleared away. We had to wave and call for service numerous times as the staff chatted at the desk.

Judd / Powrie

This place is stunning and was designed to accommodate hiking. The accommodation was spotless and the road is in a good condition.Make sure that you bring all you need as the little shop is very basic.Ensure that your unit is closed at all times as the baboons will destroy anything in order to look for food.Do not forget your binoculars for the view from the mountains.

Pierre van den Berg

A peaceful haven in the berg where there are many options to stay, Didima is above average. The staff are friendly, the chalets are wonderful, the view was great and the gardens are well kept. I would happily recommend a stay here in all seasons. Hiking, birding or just relaxing, with family or in twosomes!!

Dr Pat Hawke

Didima was a wonderful experience. I will recommend it to everybody especially tourists to SA. Much more than 3 star accommodation. Also the wheelchair chalet impressed me.

Marina

I enjoyed my stay.

Pearl

Rooms clean, well maintained & very comfortable. Views are amazing. Hiking in the area caters for casual walks through to technically more difficult up Cathedral Peak.

Carol Coetzee

The camp is great and the staff very friendly. The bungalows are well equipped however the furnishings are old and dirty, the carpet had many stains and was filthy, bedspreads old and not clean. Sheets old.

Anita

A great place to stay i will definitley visit again

bradley bharath

Beautiful area with fascinating rock art…

Mark Coreth

Units were not clean.Bed not made/room was not ready at 2pm as promised.No towels.Holes in sheets/stained.Toaster not working.No oven.Fire extinguisher not serviced despite being a thatched unit.Dirty dish cloths and washing cloths.Pool was green.Centre T of tennis nets missing.Spiders/cobwebs in kitchen.Hair on bathroom floors.No TV remote in adjacent unit.Inter-leading doors were not accessible had to get maintenance person in to open these.Pool table surface scratched and torn unable to be used (at reception).No staff on duty at 7am on day of departure to hand in keys.There was no Coke/Coke Light/Zero/Tab available in Curio shop, were told it had arrived but not been unpacked, 4 hours later we returned to shop to purchase, still had not been unpacked.Cold tab in the second bathroom was faulty

Deidre Purnell

Accommodation options

2 Bed Non Self Catering Chalets (2BNSC)

2 bed chalets with en-suite bedrooms and sitting areas. All linen, towels and blankets are supplied. The chalets boast satellite television and cozy fireplaces. Non self catering. Breakfast included in rate. 

2 Bed Self Catering Chalets (2BSCC)

2-bed chalets with en-suite bedrooms and sitting areas. The chalets are built back to back and an interleading door allows the two chalets to be converted into a four-bed family unit with self-catering facilities. All linen, towels, and blankets are supplied. The chalets boast satellite television and cozy fireplaces. Self-catering facilities.  Breakfast included in rate. 

Honeymoon suite (2BHS)

Beautiful Honeymoon Suite, perfect for Newly Weds.Breakfast included in rate. 

4 Bed Self Catering Chalets (4BSCC)

4 bed cabins with en-suite bathrooms, lounge/dining areas and kitchens. All linen, towels and blankets are supplied. The chalets boast satellite television and cozy fireplaces. Self Catering facilities. Breakfast included in rate. 

6 Bed Self Catering Bungalow (6BSCB)

6 bed bungalow with en suite bathrooms, a lounge/dining area and kitchen. All linen, towels and blankets are supplied. The chalets boast satellite television and cozy fireplaces. Self catering. Breakfast included in rate.