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Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Underberg
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Golfers Paradise”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I have been going to Drak Gardens since 1982 and over the years have seen it develop into a truly magnificent resort. From a very ropey hotel with campsite attached it has become one of the best resorts in the Drakensberg. I have stayed at the camp sites, the hotel as well as the time share units and all are wonderful.

I am a keen golfer and the course has also progressed remakably from the days when it was a simple nine hole 'berg' course. It is now a very challenging 18 hole course with breathtaking views.

Although it is in the 'unfashionable' Southern Berg the resort is really worth a visit and would be so much more popular if it was more accessible to the Gauteng holiday makers.

The food is great, the drinks are reasonably priced and it is wonderful to see the same staff year after year. They really look after us well. A vert strong recommendation for the 'Bunny Chow' served at the golf club.

In addition to golf they have numerous other activities and the resort is definitley geared towards family holidays.

Room Tip: For family travellers try to get into one of the timeshare units - either Riverbend (which is nice a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Dear Richard H,

Many thanks for your review on our Resort, and for a guest that has been returning for 30 years, it is lovely to see your positive comments and approval of how the Resort has grown and improved over the years.
Quite right, we are focused on activities and keeping everyone busy, and are immensely proud of the golf course and the improvements made over the last few years.
We are hosting our second Pro Am this February, and have a membership base which is growing year by year - lots of golfers who are proud to call Drakensberg Gardens their home course.
This year sees more improvement on fairways and teeboxes, and the joy of adding some distance and variety onto the 18 holes with the completion of our Championship tees. This will involve the rerating of the course by the NGU before the end of Jan 2013.
Our goal is always to create enjoyable, challenging, but never difficult holes, that offer the longer stay golfer a chance to play the course from varying angles and distances. Glad you enjoyed it!
We will make sure the "Bunny Chow" stays on the menu at the Glengarry Clubhouse.

Many thanks once again,

Peter Muil
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Durban
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

My husband and I spent a week in the Mountain View Chalets attached to Drakensberg Gardens Hotel. Our stay was great, the staff at the hotel and the chalets were very efficient, the food in the hotel diningroom and the other two restuarants was excellent and the scenery around the hotel is magnificent. there were a couple of busloads of overseas tourists there and they seemed to be loving it, also excellent place for children and loads of great walks around.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Good Day "Italyfan"

Great to have Durbanites up at Drakensberg Gardens, and fantastic to hear that you loved your stay with us.
We have done lots of work in our restaurants, and I believe have one of the best teams ever to manage this Resort - something we are proud of, and will never stop improving, for you.
There is a lot to do, and family is our focus, where we take great pleasure in having our guests leave with comments on the number of activities available, and the fact that the location is no less than spectacular.
Your review is much appreciated, and your enjoyment of our property is a great reward for the whole team here.

Many thanks,

Peter Muil
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Middelburg South Africa
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Had we not had the bad weather this moutain resort has a lot to offer. Walks Horseriding , Golf and
a very larny Health Spa. The girls in our party were pleasantly surprised. We also had the opportunity to experience ths last of the seasons snow falls. Beautiful sight !! The kids are also well catered for , Putt putt , and a games room. Moutain bikes are also available for hire

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Dear Sir,

Many thanks for your positive review of our Resort.
Unfortunately the weather is one of those things we do not have control over. Happily it does bring some consolations at time, and you had the opportunity of seeing these wonderful mountains with a blessed dusting of snow!
Agreed, much of our focus is on the outdoor active individual, and we certainly hope that everyone was kept entertained and busy by our team here.
I hope your next visit will be as pleasant, and that you will be coming to us for a list of fun things to do and see while here - we are always on the drive to make your stay exceptional.

Kind Regards

Peter Muil
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durban
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

beautiful scenery and tranquil environment. ample leisure activities. self catering facilities are very well equipped. rooms are very clean and serviced daily.ideal for families with kids. has dstv which keeps kids well entertained on days that the weather is bad.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Dear Vishaal,

Many thanks for the review, and I am happy you had a pleasant stay with us.
Good to know the whole family was kept busy during your time with us.
It is great to hear that we are succeeding in the variety of activities and facilities on offer, and I am gathering you will be returning to Drakensberg Gardens with your family.
We look forward to that, and will see what we can do about the weather next time.

Kind Regards

Peter Muil
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durban
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

stayed at fairways resort over the weekend.as always an ideal spot .reasonable accommodation and facilities.ideal for families with children.selfcatering facilities are very good
have stayed here on several occasions and this resort never fails to meet all our needs!
was our favourite resort when the kids were growing up and now our grandchildren !
setting is ideal with the riverflowing through and the natural pools!our favourite picnic spot!
hikes from the resort are also great !will recommend this anytime !

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Thank you for your kind recommendation of our Resort.
It is a great privilege for us to have generations of families that come to Drakensberg Gardens, and enjoy the return trip every year.
We certainly hope that this keeps getting better, where we focus on continuous change and growth for your family's enjoyment.
We try as much as possible to take our cue from our guests with improving our facilities and experiences.
We certainly look forward to having your family with us next year again. Or sooner.

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Peter Muil
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Durban
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Booked at the Drakensberg Gardens hotel from 21 to 24 September 2012. Excellent resort. Self catering also available. Various leisure activities could be enjoyed at leisure - hikes, nature trails, boating, fishing, golf, board games, outdoor sports, swimming, an excellent Cellu Beauty Spa and a very well equipped fitness centre. Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city then one should make their way here. Activities for all age groups. Lovely bars and restaurants on premises. Prices can suit any budget depending on facility required. During winter. If u are lucky u could experience snow. Highly recommended. Both relaxing and a very enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Good Day Niru,

Thank you so much for your review of our property. It is wonderful when we have the opportunities to make people's holidays, and that you were able to enjoy the experiences we have to offer. We certainly like to believe we make friends from the many people who visit us, and I hope that you will be back at Drakensberg Gardens soon.
Keep checking our website and Drakensberg Gardens Facebook page to keep updated on our new developments and facilities, specials and events.
Looking forward to seeing you again.

Kind Regards

Peter Muil
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Upgraded, refreshed, expanded and better than ever, it's the ideal resort for families, offering a host of activities for children, brilliant views for mom who wants to sit and read her book in peace, and a host of eateries from which to choose. Had one of the best mutton bunny chows ever at the Glengarry Golf Clubhouse (far end of the resort) but also ambrosial food at two of the other restaurants as well. The new hotel rooms that were recently built are fantastic. Friendly staff, a perfect setting, and big beautiful and comfy beds really worth leaving home for! What more could you ask for?

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Peter M, General Manager at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Dear Peta,

Thank you so much for your kind and positive review of our property.
We are delighted to know that your time with us was "terrific".
Lots of new things happening here at the moment, always more to do, and hoping you will be even happier on your next visit.
Looking forward to seeing you in summer.

Kind Regards

Peter Muil
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Property: Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort
Address: Drakensberg Gardens Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Underberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Underberg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Resort in the Drakensberg mountains with breathtaking views, set on 860Ha in a World Heritage Site, our aim is to ensure there is always something to do. Activities include an 18 hole NGU rated golf course, full Wellness Centre and Spa, Mountain biking trail and BMX tracks, horse riding, hiking, bowls, tennis, squash, Adventure golf, Discovery Park and flyfishing. Our Entertainment program runs all year round, day and night, for all age groups, from facepainting to bowls competitions, to quizzes and karaoke. The 5 restaurants open at various times, giving you options from light Bistro meals, to A la Carte variety and buffet/carvery Dinners. The bars range from sports type with big screens, to epic golfing views over the dam and mountains, and relaxed cocktail lounge experiences. We have 3 Conference venues, and beautiful gazebos or venues to plan that Wedding in the berg, a memorable location. Recently built is a zipline, Archery range and adventure park for all ages. A waterslide for the kids and a heated pool, "The Cove" provides extra swimming facilities all year round. ... more   less 
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