The unspoiled property on which Wits End is situated is a nature lover’s paradise with indigenous forests and mountain grasslands and a wealth of flora and fauna. Guests can take a leisurely stroll along one of our nature trails which wind through the forests, grasslands and along the dam and river.
Bird watching enthusiasts will find an abundance of species along the trails as well as among the chalets where the indigenous gardens are in keeping with our ecologically friendly policy. Other wildlife to thrive on the property includes Wildebees and various species of buck,( frequent sightings of Grey Duiker, Reed Buck and Bush Buck), Natal otter, water mongoose, civet cat,serval cat, porcupine and jackal,troops of monkeys and Baboons. We have also introduced Wildebeest which although very shy and elusive offer an exciting experience when viewed on foot.
We have two rock swimming pools with a kids paddling pool, a playground with a trampoline and jungle gym, table tennis and darts and a “chip and putt” green. The “lapha” at the swimming pool has recently been upgraded and now also has an attached kitchen so is ideal for groups who want to self-cater.
Wits End is a stone’s throw from the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, one of only 7 sites worldwide to be awarded World Heritage status in 3 categories: Archaeology, Vegetation and Geology.
This a wonderful area for hiking, swimming in the crystal clear water of mountain streams and discovering unique wild flowers and san rock art.
Another famous local attraction is Champagne Sports Resort’s 18 hole Championship golf course. This is approximately 5 minutes drive from Wits End. For the more laid back golfer there is Monks Cowl Country club’s course which is also within 5 minutes of the resort.
One can hardly visit the Drakensberg without enjoying the views from horseback. There are numerous places to horse ride within 2 to 10 minutes of Wits End where the horses are properly looked after and the rides well organised.
For more information on Fishing at Wits End Dam
For more information on the internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Other nearby adventure activities include:
- Mountain biking
- River rafting
- Quad biking
(For further information on adventure activities see our “Teambuilding” page)
For the less adventurous there is still plenty to keep one occupied in The Valley. There are numerous local art and ceramic studios, weaving factories and a candle making factory. One can view bees in a glass hive or enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea at one of the many tea gardens.
There are various opportunities to indulge in retail therapy so don’t forget the credit card. The Champagne Valley also boasts a number of health and beauty salons where one can enjoy treatments including massage, manicures, pedicures and facials to name but a few.
Further afield, The Battlefields area is within an easy day-trip drive from the Central Drakensberg. The Spioenkop Battle site, in particular, is the site of one of the most infamous battles of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 to 1900) and offers a fascinating visit. Within an hours drive, one can visit the towns of Ladysmith and Colenso where many battles were conducted between the British and Boer armies. The surrounding area is also steeped in Zulu history.
Shaka and his far-reaching impis often attacked local Nguni settlements in the mid 1800’s and the Zulu battles of Blood River ( Zulu /Boer) and Rorkes drift ( Zulu/British) are also not too far a field.
The Central Drakensberg is often seen as the gateway to the Zulu Kingdom and the Midlands Meander, with its quaint country villages and famous annual Midmar mile swimming event, is an hour away en route to the multicultural city of Durban.