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. Horse
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.