Champagne Valley Adventures

Champagne Valley is the name given to an area of the central Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal that is 'guarded' by the Champagne Castle mountain and the many neighbouring peaks. The Sterkspruit river runs through this beautiful valley into which hotels, guest houses and cosy getaways are nestled.

Champagne Valley is favoured by visitors for the variety of activities available as well as accommodation options, things to see and things to do.

The many hiking trails are the area's key…

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Adventures in Champagne Valley
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Champagne Valley is the name given to an area of the central Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal that is 'guarded' by the Champagne Castle mountain and the many neighbouring peaks. The Sterkspruit river runs through this beautiful valley into which hotels, guest houses and cosy getaways are nestled.

Champagne Valley is favoured by visitors for the variety of activities available as well as accommodation options, things to see and things to do.

The many hiking trails are the area's key attraction. Short, day trails take you above the valley to enjoy spectacular views that allow you to appreciate the grandeur of the higher mountains that tower over the valley. Longer, overnight hikes in these mountains are a bucket-list experience.

Well-maintained mountain biking routes criss-cross the valley with options that cater for a range of skill and fitness levels. 

Whitewater kayaking and tubing are activities that make use of the rivers in the area. No experience is necessary as experienced instructors will teach you the basics.

The variety in vegetation and altitude means a high bird-species count for birdwatchers. Numerous birds of prey, including the Verreaux’s eagle, jackal buzzard, bearded vulture and Cape vulture, soar on the mountain thermals and a good two dozen endangered bird species are endemic to the area.

While canopy tours give you a bird's-eye view, back on the ground numerous arts galleries, craft markets and quaint eateries delight visitors. Golfers are not forgotten with an 18-hole championship golf course to challenge every handicap. This valley is also home to the acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir.

Champagne Valley is accessed by road and is a 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg and a 4-hour drive from Durban.

Champagne Valley Adventures

Big Swing

A less intimidating cousin of the gorge swing, a big swing or king swing requires you to jump off an elevated platform to experience a pendulum-style swing. Popular sites include forests or a swing suspended across a small ravine. Freefall time is often negligible as you immediately go into the swing....

Canopy Tours

Canopy Tours in Champagne Valley. If you like hiking through the forest then you will love this new twist on an old favourite: tree top canopy tours are the hi-tech version of Tarzan’s vine swinging and constitute a great way of getting a bird’s eye view of the forest. Like many adventure activities, this was originally a utilitarian skill that was just so much... - Dirty Boots

Heli Mountain Biking

You and your bike are loaded into a helicopter for a scenic flight into the mountains. The helicopter lands at the trail start on a mountain top for you to get out. Once unloaded, it leaves you and the other bikers alone with only the wind, the mountains and each other for company - Dirty Boots

Slackpacking

Slackpacking is multiday hiking without the weight of a loaded backpack. Even more treasured are the overnight stops at guesthouses and lodges with delicious meals, hot showers and comfortable beds. This is a luxurious way to experience hiking in the Champagne Valley, Drakensberg mountains.

Teambuilding

Retreating to the Champagne Valley, Drakensberg for outdoor activities and problem-solving challenges is a great way for people to work together and have fun. These activities bring a group of people together to work together a common goal with each member playing an active part in achieving success....

Zip Line

You'll feel like you're swinging through the trees when you take to a zip line. Zip line activities will take you from platform to platform to complete a route - usually in trees, perhaps from a platform on the side of a cliff or even from the top of a man-made structure. This is a fun, family-friendly...