Berghaven Self Catering Cottages
Map ( gps co ords: 29 S 29 27’ E)
R600, Champagne Valley, Winterton, Central Drakensburg
Directions: From Johannesburg
Continue past Harrismith on the N3 through Tugela Toll Plaza and take exit 230 Bergville. At top of offramp turn left to Ladysmith. Then after about 5 km turn right onto the Winterton-R600 which will cross back over the freeway past Spioenkop Dam to Winterton. (-+ 40 kms) At T junction turn left to Winterton then turn right at the robots, back onto the Central Drakensberg-R600. Travel 26 km to the Central Berg/Champagne Valley. Take the first right after Champagne Sports Resort. We are on the same road as Drakensburg Sun Hotel. (all clearly sign posted) Our drive is about a km down the road on your left.
Oliviers Hoek (alternate route to the toll, take off at Harrismith then Qua Qua/Puthadijhaba on the R74) has just been completed. This route is very scenic, past Sterkfontein Dam and down the pass through Bergville then onto Winterton. Wonderful views on a clear day, highly recommended.
From Durban take the N3 to Estcourt.
On the N3 going Joburg way – just past Shell Ultra City take the first off ramp and turn left on the R74 to Bergville/Colenso. (the turn off is about half an hour from the Mooi River Toll Plaza)
Keep Left and travel towards Winterton
In Winterton turn left at the robots over the railway crossing (just opposite the SuperSpar) onto the R600 to the Central Berg. Travel +-15 km, you will reach a set of crossroads, (don’t turn!) keep going straight again for another +-13km, you will pass Champagne Sports Resort and take the first right onto the Drakensburg Sun Hotel road. (clearly sign posted Berghaven/Drakensburg Sun) Berghaven is now on your left hand side, the driveway is just further up the road, about 800m
On the N3 you can also take the Estcourt North (the third Estcourt turnoff)
Take the offramp and turn left to Loskop, travel about 30 kms (watch for cows!) and left at the crossroads by Thokozisa/Champagne Valley. DO NOT carry on straight onto a dirt road, if you hit dirt, you’ve missed the turning. Travel for about 13 km just past Champagne Sports, and turn right onto the Drakensberg Sun Road. (Do not drive this route at night)
This route saves about 14 kms instead of going through Winterton, but I do recommend the Winterton route, especially any time after 3pm, the sun sets directly in your line of site on the Loskop road, difficult to see the taxis and cows.