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The Nest Hotel and Conference Centre

Located in KwaZulu Natal


Tel: 0364681068

World Heritage Site, Drakensberg Mountains, Food and Beverages, Spa, Bowling

The Nest Hotel is a delightful family resort and one of the best places to stay in the Drakensberg. Our family run hotel is located in the Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Since opening our doors in 1933, we have built up a loyal following of guests who return year after year. Come and stay with us and experience delicious country style food, spectacular gardens, wonderful facilities, relaxing accommodation and friendly staff.

We offer great value and are one of the few hotels that offer breakfast and dinner plus morning and afternoon teas at excellent rates. The Central Drakensberg is one of the favourite holidays, wedding and conference destinations in the country. Relax and enjoy exquisite views over the Okhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains or partake in one of the many activities on offer. The Nest Hotel is a special place in the Valley and it is steeped in history and adventure.

Our giveaway to helping to promote South Africa as a tourist destination

You can win:
2 Night Midweek Accommodation with breakfast and dinner for 2 people

Additionally you are automatically entered into the competition to win the great South Africa adventure holiday worth more than R150 000.

Value of The Nest Hotel and Conference Centre prize
Closing date of competition:

18:00 on 30.10.2022

Valid Midweek only, out of season and not redeemable for cash

We have been able to offer this giveaway through a collaboration with our wide network of travel and tourism partners. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored this incredible adventure holiday giveaway for 2 persons valued at over R150 000!! But there is even more. There is also a bonus prize of a 4k Olfi action camera up for grabs.

Our mission is to create  tourism awareness in South Africa and heightened attention for the upcoming tourism month of September. Its all about getting more locals and returning South Africans,  travelling this wonderful country of ours. If we can encourage international tourists too even better.

The great South Africa adventure holiday worth R150000 unpacked

Giants Castle Slack Packing Trail

Slackpacking – Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals.

Experience the St Lucia estuary from St Lucia Eco Lodge for 2 nights including breakfast and dinner as well as a game drive and boat safari. This lodge is an ideal point from which to explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Karkloof Canopy Tour

The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! Feel like Tarzan as you zip safely from platform to platform with a yodel to wake the squirrels.

Stay another night at Antbear Lodge after you have completed the slack packing trail in a Mountain View site including dinner and breakfast. Take in a cultural storytelling experience in  our star gazing hammock camp

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning is a gentle experience that is suitable for all. Imagine drifting at a leisurely pace across the magnificent Drakensberg 

Via Faretta Drakensberg

For those that enjoy walking or hiking through our beautiful countryside we invite you to enjoy a mountain climbing route that has aids such as ladders, steps and cable.

Ardmore Guest Farm

Stay 3 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm  including dinner and breakfast. You will want the extra time here to experience Scootours downhill scooters and the Via Feratta rock climbing trail. Dont forget one of the mornings will be and early start to float away in a hot air balloon Value 

Sootours downhill scooters

Feel the thrill as you negotiate a downhill mountain experience in the Central Drakensberg. Scooters are non-motorized making this Eco-friendly. 

Tree Tree Hill Lodge

Stay 2 nights at Three Tree Hill Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. The old-world charm of this upmarket lodge with its large verandahs creates an ideal environment in which to wind down and enjoy nature. Included is a game walk and if you can also consider to take part in a guided battlefield tour.

Granny Mouse

2 Nights relaxing in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. Explore the Midlands Meander and relax with  the very best in opulent accommodation coupled with old-world charm and service, embedded into the ethos and foundations of this historic hotel.

safari at Bonamznzi

Enter the rough terrain of Bonamanzi in Northern KZN. Its home to the big 4 and with its wide expanses of bush, makes game viewing the best in the country. 2 Nights in a treehouse with dinner, bed and breakfast including a game drive


2 nights  at the five star  Fugitives Drift Lodge. Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.


Stay 2 nights at Leopard Mountain Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. Witness endless sunsets melting their final rays into the horizon, the smell of fresh rainfall over Africa’s plains and a feeling of peace and tranquillity as your African dream unfolds into a truly memorable reality.


2 Nights relaxing in at Makakatana  Game Lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park.


Imagine a place where time stands still, where the gentle breeze rustles through the Red Ivory trees, the sun drops slowly beyond the horizon, turning the sky pink and cueing the lion’s call. Now stop imagining and experience all of this for2 nights including dinner and breakfast from the sanctuary of your very own private balcony at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge.

Mlendeni Sitole will tell you his African village stories of the night skies. He has built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. He makes you feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing with him in the Drakensberg.

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Number of competition entries so far: 16

Wayne Kent – 04.10.2022
I love catered accommodation options because we can just relax and enjoy the surroundings. The Nest is perfectly located for exploring the Champagne Valley and enjoying the magnificent scenery.

Dawn Wallenkamp – 17.08.2022
I love history and adventure and this place has so much of it plus the serenity of the beautiful Drakensberg

Dean Wallenkamp – 17.08.2022
I love the Drakensberg and being surrounded by the peace of the majestic mountains

Sarah Ramnath – 12.08.2022
My ‘young family’ stayed at your establishment many many years ago – I say ‘young,’ because that was over 25 years ago. I would truly love the experience now, and focus totally on myself – that would be fabulous. I enjoyed it then, just know it could be just as good.

Karin Wielser – 11.08.2022
Every year my late father and mother used to go to spend time in the Drakensberg and The Nest was their hotel of choice. It would be wonderful to remember them by spending time at their favourite getaways.

Tracy Kent – 04.08.2022
Hubby and I love the Berg, but usually head to the Northern Berg. Enjoying a stay at The Nest would be a wonderful experience and a lovely way to explore the spectacular Central Berg area around it.

Deochand Harriram – 28.07.2022
I always loved the mountains. As I am typing, I am planning a trip up Sani Pass tomorrow. Been to the mountains many times and will not stop going there.

Anthea Goldswain – 27.07.2022
I have enjoyed regular ‘berg’ holidays since I was a child. I usually have to pack for self-catering, so staying at the Nest would be such a spoil.

Dawn Kennedy – 27.07.2022
Have always loved the Drakensburg plus not to far from Gauteng. As you get older you don’t want to drive to far to relax and be out in the country. Never been to the Nest Hotel but have only heard good things about it.

Sylvia Pomeranetz – 26.07.2022
A world heritage site,Drakensberg mountains, sounds absolutely incredible. It must be amazing and would love to experience this.

Michael Weingartz – 26.07.2022
To enjoy a family run hotel in the Drakensberg.

Peter Esterhuizen – 25.07.2022
Just love the looks of this place !

Sifiso Mnisi – 25.07.2022
The exquisite views over the Okhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains

Tamar Levin – 25.07.2022
Went to The Nest as a child. Would love to go back! Also perfect idea of a holiday: adventure, comfort and good food!

Terrance Balfour – 25.07.2022
Have previously visited The Nest and would really love to experience it again

Lynne Brown – 25.07.2022
I stayed in this hotel as a child and would love to relive the memory.