Tucked away in a valley, shadowed by a mighty mountain is one such place.

On the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg you will find us,

Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort.

Beautifully set in the Natal Drakensberg, with 20 fully equipped

self-catering chalets, and spacious grassed caravan stands overlooking the Tugela River and Amphitheatre. Only 10 km from the WORLD FAMOUS royal natal national park

Halfway between Gauteng and the coast, this is an ideal breakaway resort with modern facilities and sparkling ablutions.

Golf enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Amphitheatre

Golf Course is situated next door to Hlalanathi. This challenging Nine Hole boasts the Amphitheatre as a backdrop,

and has been developed with minimum impact on the ‘berg environment. In and around the resort  indigenous vegetation has been encouraged and the water features have attracted an array of local bird life.


About Us

Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort 

how we got here...

This is the Van Rensburg Family homeland welcoming a fifth generation of the Van Rensburg Family.

The farm has been in the ownership of the van Rensburg family since 1932 when Jacobus Van Rensburg called it home.  His Son Hans van Rensburg for many years allowed the overflow of the Royal natal National Park campsite to camp on the property.The present resort was started by Jack van Rensburg in 1983, in 1997 Jacks eldest son Craig van Rensburg followed in the footsteps of his father, the resort has proven to be a place welcoming regular guests for the past 35 years.   At present there are 20 fully equipped self-catering thatched chalets and 56 electrified caravan/ tent sites.

In an age where nature seems to be forgotten and time has no value, there are but few retreats left in Africa that can revitalise ones soul and make you feel truly alive.  Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort is one such place.





Facilities on the Resort

On Site


Water Slide and Rock Pool

Out brand new development, a 60 M super tube and Rock pool

Bike Track

Pump Track for the kiddies and the adults still young at heart.

Scooter Track

Lanes and Road signs for the little Schumachers

Restaurant and Pub

Amphitheatre Golf Course is situated on Hlalanathi Berg Resort. It is a 9-hole course with 18 tees, with golf carts and clubs for hire. Second hand balls and tees are available in the shop.

Swimming Pool
The swimming pool is situated opposite the open grass area near the restaurant. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pool Table

The pool table is situated in the pub.

Table Tennis
R20 for 2 bats + you have to buy your balls in the shop. On returning the bats you will get R10 back.

R20 deposit for 2 tennis rackets. You have to buy your balls in the shop. On returning the rackets you get your R10 back.

There are bass in the dams on the Golf course.

Hiking trails
You can walk to the river or up Trilby Hill from the resort, Trilby is a easy hike for the whole family, even little five year olds are able to take in the breathtaking view from up top

The chalets are serviced daily, however, if you need laundry done you need to bring the items to reception and complete a laundry list. Your washing will be returned to your chalet or campsite within 24 hours.

shop is open from 7h30 until 15h30, 7 days a week.
The convenience shop stocks basic necessities, sporting items and small gifts as well as wood, charcoal, etc. Newspapers are only available on Sundays


Nearby Attractions


Royal Natal National Park

 Our main attraction is only 10 km away.  This National Park boasts the second highest water fall in the world,      the Tugela Falls,  with the Amphitheatre as its backdrop.  Perfect for a family day out, offering walks and Hikes for the whole family as well as more challenging hikes for the more experienced hikers.  we have an information book with all the walks and hikes in our reception


The Northern Horse offers people from all over the world the opportunity to explore the pristine Drakensberg Valley on the backs of happy, strong mountain horses and ponies 


All Out Adventures

Highlights include SA’s fastest Cable Tour, Adventure Quad Trails, 150 km of marked mountain bike trails,                   and a hair raising 17 meter free fall King Swing accessed by a wooden spiral stair case that snakes 21 meters

to the tree  tops.   Abseiling, Bungee Bounce, Flying Trapeze,King Swing, Extreme Zip Line, Paintball, and

Team building    


Drakensberg Power Station

Take a mind blowing tour of how electricity is made.   

Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve

18 000 HA of unspoilt land, The terrain varies from veld to forest.  Wildlife is not prominent but there are several antelopes to be spotted. Every year in February the reserve hosts hosts the annual Catamaran Championships on the 7,000 ha dam. Visitors can also enjoy water sports activities such as  fishing and canoeing.  A Fisher-mans Paradise!

Spionkop Nature Reserve

 visitors can view panoramas that stretch from hot valley bush-veld across to the Drakensberg Mountains,  often covered in snow in the winter. Steeped in Anglo-Boer War history,

the Reserve boasts a rich  selection of wildlife amongst thorn savanna vegetation.Game drives,                                                                            

Location & Directions

GPS Co-Ordinates: 28˚ 39′ 31′ S / 29˚ 02′ 01′ E


  • Follow the N3 past Estcourt.

  • 6km after the Estcourt Ultra City, turn left on the R74.

  • Travel through Winterton and Bergville.

  • 29km beyond Bergville, at the foot of the Oliviershoek Pass,

  • Turn left towards the Northern Drakensberg.

  • Hlalanathi is signposted from here.

270km DBN to Hlalanathi


Note: The resurfacing of the R74 near Sterkfontein Dam is complete. 

  • Follow the N3 to Harrismith.

  • Turn towards Bethlehem on the N5.

  • Travel 4km, and turn left onto the R712 towards Qwa-Qwa.

  • After 8km turn left again, onto the R74 towards Bergville.

  • Travel down the Oliviershoek Pass, and as the pass levels out,

  • Turn right towards the Northern Drakensberg.

  • Hlalanathi is signposted from here.

350km JHB to Hlalanathi


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