Bed and Breakfast options en-route
The Border Post
- Phatt Chef Roadside Diner B&B
- Windmill Farm
The Border Post - comprising of the lovely Windmill Farm (chalets) and the Phatt Chef Roadside Diner and B&B offering great cuisine and overnight accommodation. These establishments are situated on The Borderpost premises on top of the Oliviershoek Pass. The staff here are ever so friendly and helpful. Aside from comfortable accommodation and plenty of 'yummy in your tummy', you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the magnificent Drakensberg mountain range and the Sterkfontein Dam.
All participants and their support crew/families are encouraged to make use of this facility as they have been a great supporter of the X-Berg Challenge since its inception. We kindly ask you to pre-book the accommodation as well as the desired meals well in advance.
The RACE BRIEFING is taking place at the Phatt Chef Roadside Diner the night before the start of the race.
Should you want to enjoy the lovely Pre-Race Dinner prepared by experienced chef Simon, please ensure to book in advance (this meal is included for athletes, but support teams to book & settle direct with the restaurant).
Breakfast is available on the morning of the start of the raceat the Phatt Chef. Again, please pre-book direct with the restaurant to ensure they cater for you.
Reservations at The Border Post:
En-Route - Sentinel Peak / Witsieshoek area
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge
The recently renovated Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge is the place to overnight. At 2,220 m above sea level, Witsieshoek is the highest lodge in the Northern Drakensberg and is the perfect place to rest those weary legs on the X-Berg Challenge. Accommodation options are in the hikers cabin, bungalows or chalets.
When choosing to make use of Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, you are supporting a good cause, the local Batlokoa Community. We arranged special permission for the X-Berg Challenge to access the land as part of the 2016 event. This kind permission was granted by Transfrontier Park Destinations (TFPD), who manages the lodge in conjunction with the local community. We encourage all X-Berg Challenge competitors and supporters to go and experience Witsieshoek!
Reservations at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, Phuthaditjhaba (Northern Drakenberg)
Land-line: +27 58 713 6361/2 | Cell phone: +27 73 228 7391 or +27 82 609 8988
Please note: Due to the altitude of the Lodge, lightning strikes sometimes knock out the phones. Please use the cell phone +27 73 228 7391 OR +27 82 609 8988 if you do not get a reply on the land-line phone.
En-Route Royal Natal Area
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife - Royal Natal
- Mahai Campsite (Co-ordinates: 28d56'55.16"E 28d41'24.44"S)
- Rugged Glen Campsite (Co-ordinates: 28d59'38.15"E 28d40'07.65"S)
- Thendele Lodge
Royal Natal National Park was proclaimed in 1916 and contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Africa. It forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site.
Mahai campsite caters for up to 400 campers and caravanners. There are ablution blocks with hot and cold water, a communal wash area and a number of electrical plug points.
The nearby Rugged Glen campsite, caters for 60 visitors and has ablution blocks with hot and cold water and a number of electrical plug points.
You have to pre-book and take note of gate open/closing times.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reservations: Tel: +27 (0) 33 845 1000 | Fax +27 (0)86 508 8890 | Email: email@example.com
Thendele Resort is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in the country, with a view of the Amphitheatre from every chalet.
More details see: http://www.kznwildlife.com/accomodation/bush-lodge/thendele-lodge.html
En-Route Mnweni area
Mnweni Cultural & Hiking Centre
Mnweni Cultural & Hiking Centre is the recommended place for overnight in this area. This centre offers a combination of traditional hospitality in the true spirit of ubuntu amidst the grandeur of mountains. Accommodation is in basic rondavels with ablution facilities and secure parking.
Reservations at Mnweni Cultural & Hiking Centre, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Start of Mini X-Berg / Didima area
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Didima Lodge or Campsite
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's Didima Lodge situated in the Cathedral Peak area and is a great overnight option for this turn point! Those preferring to camp can stay at the Didima Campsite just opposite the Didima Lodge. The resort's accommodation is uniquely style, symbolic of the dwellings of the San people who once lived in these mountains. Accommodation ranges from 2 bed to 6 bed units and are ideal for those athletes bringing their families along.
Reservations at Didima Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000 (central reservations) / +27 (0)36 488 8000 (Didima Resort)
En-Route & Finish area
- Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Camp
- Inkosana Lodge
- Mountain Spendour Resort
Monks Cowl Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife offers great facilities to campers here at Monks Cowl. There is a little restaurant, curio shop and good ablutions. There are a number of things for families to do in the Monks Cowl area such as visiting the Reptile Park, visit the Birds of Prey facility, shopping at Thokozisa, horse riding and more!
Take care of the gate opening and closing times if you are planning to stay here.
Reservations at Monks Cowl Camping Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000 (central reservations) / +27 (0)36 468 1103 (Monks Cowl)
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Injisuthi Camp & Campsite
Injisuthi Camping Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000 (central reservations)
Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort
This fine establishment offers camping facilities as well as tent rental options. It is a great option for families with children as there are plenty of entertainment for the young such as pony rides, cycling, jungle gym and more! There is also a bicycle shop on the premises for any emergencies.
The finish line will be on the sports field at the Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort - and yes, it is big enough to safely land a paraglider in!
The prize giving will be held at the resort followed by a sumptuous meal. From this venue one can enjoy great views of the Drakensberg. Be sure to book your camp site and additional prize giving meals for family and support crew members well in advance.
Inkosana Berg Lodge
The Lodge has various accommodation from Dorms, family rooms and lovely African Thatched Rondavels for a truly South African experience. There are a limited amount of camp sites. The Lodge offers a fully equipped social kitchen available to guests that wish to prepare their special diet meals. The social kitchen is a great meeting place to enjoy a cup of coffee and share your travel experiences. The Lodge offers the chef's special for dinner, normally a three course South African Cuisine in the warm dining room, breakfast includes hot porridge ,cereal, bread, jam, bacon and eggs with fresh juices. Hikers should book guides in advance.