Friday Review

Friday Review | ATKV Drakensville

I’m just going to start with – book your trip to ATKV Drakensville today! My husband celebrated his fortieth year in February. We decided to steal a mini-break with the kids and make one of his wishes of flying his hobby aircraft in the stretching plains of the majestic Drakensberg come true.

Although the kids missed a few days of school (not recommended) we were all excited to visit the Drakensberg. For me and hubby, a return to a fond memory of where we got engaged. For the kids a first-time visit. By now, I’m sure you are aware of my love for the ATKV-brand and therefore Drakensville was the obvious choice. And they didn’t disappoint.

The photos on the ATKV website doesn’t do the resort justice, I’m honest. I was thinking the resort looks a bit dated compared to the other ATKV resorts when I first booked, but boy was I wrong! Drakensville is not only located on such a beautiful part of the mountain, it’s charming, well-kept, and delightful!

The staff, in my opinion, are the friendliest of all (and I think all ATKV staff are friendly). The food at Koswerf, brilliant. The facilities are well-maintained, clean, and enjoyable.

More about the resort:
Just over three hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and about two-and-a-half hours from Durban you will find the ATKV Drakensville holiday resort near the foothills of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a world heritage site.

More about the camping site
The caravan and camping site has both paved stands and lush lawns, and excellent washing-up and ablution facilities. The ablution facilities are also wheelchair friendly. Each stand has a 15-amp power point and its own braai facilities. I suggest booking stand D09 – D13 and D22 – D25 as they have the best views. We enjoyed our time on stand D13 – and every sunset surprised us with a spectacle of multi-colour grandeur.

Our favourite activities included:

  • Enjoying a stroll around the grounds (Remember to take the kids bikes)
  • Stunning days next to the pool
  • The super-tube was a big hit
  • Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools (Ensure you take cash for Chip-n-Dip 😊)
  • Pizza at Koswerf
  • Hobby aircraft flying on the rugby veld (Remember to take your own aircraft 😊)
  • Nearby: The easy trail at Royal Natal taking us to the Cascades waterfall (this is a must do!) The trail is wheelchair friendly and very enjoyable for young and old. Entry at Royal Natal is R40 per adult and R20 per child.

Drakensville also offers:

  • Additional swimming pool and splash pool
  • Monster chess
  • Adventure putt-putt
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking routes
  • Birdwatching
  • Games room
  • Pool tables
  • Animal farm
  • The resort also has an ATM, a well-stocked shop, liquor store and there is a beauty salon.

Some items to remember:

  • Even though we visited during February, the evenings did get a bit chilly
  • We experienced some unexpected thunder-storms (they are magnificent)

We will definitely return to ATKV Drakensville and I would recommend the resort to any family, adventurers, pensioner and young couples.

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