In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.
Ever since I can remember we've been revisiting Drakensberg Mountains. Alpine Heath, Cathedral Peak, Little Switzerland and Champagne Castle Resorts have been firm family favourite. It’s been repeat SINGH FAMILY TRADITION for past 15 years, every January my family (my parents, three brothers, grandparents and I) ring in New Year with hearty embrace of crisp, fresh mountain air and scenic beauty of Drakensberg Mountains. Its great time for us to escape hustle and bustle of daily routine and regroup as family unit. You can never say that you're tired of Drakensberg, there’s just so much to see and do as family unit! Whilst my dad enjoys his trout fishing, my three brothers and I usually escape onto one of many hiking trails at offer-with the paths winding up a very pretty river, plenty of waterfalls, lush green grass everywhere, clouds forming incredible patterns in the sky and on the mountain tops, who can forget bird watching – what a sight! Coming from large family, I even get to escape on my own on one of horse-riding trails. Its soul revving experience and I can't imagine starting the year without setting foot on lush green slopes of Berg. Despite fact that we lost our granddad three years ago, it feels as if he’s always with us whilst we continue our journey on these family trips. On our Drakensberg family vacations, I’ve watched my younger brothers grow up into fine gentlemen, my grandparents and parents age beautifully like fine wine-our family has grown nothing but stronger just like rivers deep, mountains high and we look forward to continuing these trips with new additions to our family in near future!
Alpine Heath particularly caters for all-ages groups. I must congratulate Alpine Heath Management for their excellent service delivery and willingness to go extra mile! Whilst other resorts have limited vegetarian menu, Alpine Heath staff were flexible enough to make meals outside their usual menu! They cater for all creeds, cultures/religion, they are open and flexible. There’s just ample supply of entertainment: Bungee bounce, flying trapeze, Zipline, Paintball, King swing, Quad Bike Riding, Excellent Hiking trails, Kids Zone and Mountain Bike trails amongst others. If you are tired of self-catering chalets, Alpine Heath Hotel and La Gruyere Restaurant provide an ample amount of treats. Alpine Heath is great destination for family and team building and we plan on revisiting this resort in future.
Prehana Singh & Family
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ALPINE HEATH RESORT – A PLACE OF WONDER. The magnificent mountains of the Drakensberg provide the spectacular backdrop for Alpine Heath Resort. The resort is located midway between Durban and Johannesburg, and offers superb accommodation, fine cuisine, All-Out-Adventure pursuits and superb conference and wedding facilities. This resort is a sports enthusiast’s dream with a host of activities available to keep the entire family entertained. Guests can choose from indoors activities like:•Board Games •Squash •Table-tennis •Gym •Spa treatments. There is also an extensive range of outdoor activities, which includes: •Horse-riding •Tennis •Volleyball •Fishing •Mountain biking •Tennis •Putt-putt course •Swimming and even friendly sport matches. The kids will be fully entertained with FUNtastic options that are sure to exceed any child’s expectations and energy levels. A daily variety of things to do, from arts & crafts to nature related activities are on offer. Children will never have a dull moment with the exclusive Kid’s Entertainment Program at the Kid’s WOW Zone! Just five minutes drive away is the All Out Adventures, which caters for extreme adrenaline junkies. Their activities vary from their well-reputed Canopy Tours to the Zipline and Kingswing. Alpine Heath Resort has many hiking trails, varying in difficulty, on offer. Situated in a World Heritage Site, the resort is the perfect base from which to explore some of the country’s finest trail attractions including the Amphitheatre, Tugela Falls (the World’s second highest waterfall) and Mont aux Sources. The Royal National Park is located 15km from the resort and boasts fantastic hiking opportunities at the world-famous Amphitheatre. Some of the trails available are: •Chain Ladder Hike •Tugela Gorge •Surprise Ridge •Cannibal Cave •Cascades, Look Out Rock •Tiger Falls. A trip to the Drakensberg would be incomplete without visiting the Spioenkop Battlefields and all the history associated with the South Africa Anglo-Boer War. Relive the memories of past heroes and walk in the footsteps of three great leaders, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha. Alpine Heath Resort offers guests a number of dining options. Hungry patrons can choose between self-catering or enjoy the culinary delights of the resort’s La Gruyeres Restaurant, savor some scrumptious offerings at the resort’s onsite eateries - The Tavern or the Pizzeria Inferno Pizzeria, enjoy light snacks at The Coffee Shop or shop for some fresh produce at the Village Market & Deli so that guests can prepare cuisine in the comfort of their own chalets. The resort has 100 luxuriously appointed, fully-equipped chalets offering panoramic mountain views from comfortable lounges, a fireplace for those romantic wintery evenings, kitchen, patio, satellite TV and three cozy bedrooms. Alpine Heath Resort is truly a highlight of the Drakensberg and it’s what makes this unique berg village so popular all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alpine Heath Hotel Drakensberg Region