Champagne Sports Resort

Winterton, Central Drakensberg, 3340
from/per night R2390.00

About Champagne Sports Resort

Champagne Sports Resort can be found in the Central Drakensberg's tranquil surroundings that offer spectacular views of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak. The resort offers luxury accommodation, friendly service, a country club vibe and atmosphere, convenient location and above all, a cozy intimate hideaway.

Guests can rest assured that upon arrival at Champagne Sports Resort, any stress or anxiety from city life will dissipate, and allow them to experience all that the hotel has to offer.

The hotel has so much to offer and boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, herds of Blesbok, rare birdlife, bass and / or trout filled dams, outstanding sporting facilities and cultural activities. All these features ensure for a variety of activities for recreation, relaxation and sporting.

The self-contained free standing thatched cottages provide fine and comfortable accommodation. With the fine accommodation available, the delectable, sumptuous banquets together with every possible creature comfort make the Champagne Sports Resort an ultimate "berg" experience.

The distances of 4.5 hour drive from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban make the Champagne Sports Resort an ideal and /or perfect for short weekends away, corporate conferences or a holiday away from home.


The Champagne Sports Resort offers self-contained, freestanding cottages that are fully serviced.

The Champagne Sports resort provides a variety of superb, fully serviced accommodation. The 152 rooms available are made comprise of twin rooms, family rooms and a variety of other suites. Each suite provides well-appointed bedrooms with either mountain or garden views.

Wheelchair access is available throughout the hotel and all the bedrooms are linked to the main hotel building via thatch covered walkways.

The rooms come equipped with the following:

  •     Direct Dialling Telephone
  •     Colour TV (SABC 1,2,3, M-Net, Movie Magic, Disney Channel, DMX & SuperSport)
  •     Tea and coffee making facilities
  •     Hairdryer
  •     Overhead ceiling fan
  •     Bathroom En-suite
  •     Clock/radio and alarm
  •     Bureau and writing lamp with information folder.


Cathkin Arms located off the main dining room and is a particularly popular meeting spot on big sports days where a large screen broadcasts the action can be watched. Main Dining Room - offers a buffet menu that would typically consist of starters, grill, carvery, casseroles, a stir fry selection, cheese board, desserts and tea and coffee.


For the sports enthusiasts, the following activities area available at the resort or nearby:

  •     Floodlit tennis courts
  •     Swimming pools (x4)
  •     Waterpolo
  •     Golf
  •     Basketball
  •     Badminton
  •     Table tennis
  •     Mini-gym
  •     Bowls and sports-putt
  •     Mountain biking
  •     Horse-riding (from nearby stables)
  •     Hiking trails
  •     Scenic walks
  •     Helicopter flips
  •     Volleyball
  •     Fishing
  •     Sun set cruises

Activities available for kids include:

  •     Trampolines
  •     Jungle-gyms
  •     Mini-tennis
  •     Playground activities

For those who enjoy exploring or wandering around, the following attractions nearby include:

  •     Drakensberg Choir - weekly performances
  •     Ardmore Art Studios
  •     Game reserves of Spionkop and Weenen
  •     Anglo-Boer war battlefields
  •     Bel Park Dam
  •     Falcon Ridge
  •     Winterton Museum
  •     Midlands Meander
  •     Mike's Pass and Didima Rock Art Interpretation Centre
  •     Glamosa Glass
  •     Kwazulu Shoe Factory

For those looking for some relaxation and pampering, the beauty salon can assist you with a variety of treatments including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures (paraffin) and basic beauty treatments.


The Champagne Sports Resort is an 18-hole championship golf course boasting greens of the highest quality. The greens are planted with L93 bent-grass, a grass that has been proven to be very well suites for the region - particularly in winter where the greens remain 'green', receptive and true to line.

The 84 bunkers have been well appointed and shaped have imported white silica sand from Bronkhorstspruit and are sure to be appreciated by both the professional and novice player for their consistency. The fairways present a lovely green carpet, as a result of the kikuyu grass that has been planted, which enhances this unique South African golf course.


The Champagne Sports Resort is located Central Drakensberg region in the The Champagne Valley. The resort is easily accessible on tar roads all the way from major business centres. The resort is:

  •     4 hours from Johannesburg on tarred roads
  •     2 hours from Durban on tarred roads
  •     Ideally situated to minimise the often hidden and additional costs of
  •     airfares and travelling time
  •     Close to an airstrip for those wishing to fly in by light aircraft or helicopter
  •     Close to a petrol filling station


From Durban:

Travel along the N3, past Pietermaritzburg and through Mooi River. You will pass
the Wagendrift Dam on your left, and keep going until you reach the Estcourt North Giants Castle Central Berg Turnoff. Turn left at the glide-off, and carry on through Loskop for 28kms. Please note there are lots of cattle and animals, be careful! You will reach a crossroads, with a sign saying Central Drakensberg, turn left. Follow this road for 11kms, and Champagne Sports is situated on the left hand side.

  • From Johannesburg:

A) Scenic Route: CAUTION: Do not follow this route in wet or freezing conditions Johannesburg to Harrismith on N3. At Harrismith turn right onto the N5 towards BETHLEHEM/BLOEMFONTEIN. Proceed for ± 5km, turn left onto the R712 QWA-QWA/BERGVILLE road. Proceed for ± 10kms. Turn left again on the BERGVILLE/OLIVIERSHOEK PASS (R74) road. Continue past Sterkfontein dam, down Oliviershoek Pass, straight through Bergville and onto Winterton. At Winterton turn right onto the R600, CENTRAL BERG road, which is directly opposite the Engen garage; proceed for ± 13km to the crossroad junction at Thokozisa. Cross straight over and continue for ± 11.4 km. The Hotel is situated on the left hand side.

B) Freeway Route: Johannesburg to Van Reenen's Pass on the N3. Pass through
the Tugela Toll Plaza which is at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass. Continue approximately 14 kilometers to the R616 BERGVILLE turn off, proceed left on the N11 towards Ladysmith for approximately 4 kilometers and turn right onto the R600 Spioenkop / Winterton Rd. Travel along over the highway, and past Spioenkop Lodge / Nature Reserve. When you reach a T-Junction, turn left to Winterton. Take a right over the railway line (R600) when you get into Winterton. This is directly opposite the Engen garage. Follow that road until you reach the crossroads at Thokozisa. Go straight over the crossroads and travel a further 11 kms, until you see Champagne Sports on your left hand side.

Room Types

Standard Room

  • 152 Standard Room
R2390From/Per night