ABOUT aha ALPINE HEATH

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

With Southern Africa’s highest mountain range as a backdrop, this award-winning four-star, self-catering mountain village is one of the country’s premier getaway destinations.

Ideally situated midway between Durban and Johannesburg, aha Alpine Heath Resort gives families and nature-lovers the opportunity to explore their surroundings with luxury Drakensberg accommodation as a home base. Yes, our 18 Standard Chalets and 71 Deluxe Chalets are all superbly equipped and offer breathtaking views of the Drakensberg mountains.

Whether it’s for a day, a weekend or even longer, booking your stay at Alpine Heath promises an unforgettable time away! If you’re looking to host an event, you’ll be pleased to know the fully equipped conference venues and various room packages ensure absolute confidence and comfort.

If you don’t feel like cooking, head over to Le Gruyéres Restaurant or Pizza Inferno Pizzeria – their menus are known for delicious meals that cater to all tastes. And in case you need groceries or trinkets to take home, pay the unique Village Market a visit!

QUICK FACTS

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

  • Pool, miniature golf and other leisure activities

  • Hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities

  • Dining spots, shops and events

  • Wi-Fi and conference facilities

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aha ALPINE HEATH SPECIALS 

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

MID-WEEK ‘BERG BREAK

CHALET: R2 999

Per night DBB (sleeps 1-6 people)

INCLUDES:

Breakfast daily

  • Dinner on the 1st night – charcoal, firelighters, pap ‘n sauce, 2 x salads of your choice with a garlic and cheese loaf for your braai on the 2nd night (braai packs available from our Village Market)
  • Complimentary glass of house wine per person with dinner
  • Kids Club complimentary milkshake or soft drinks with dinner, i.e. kids sharing with paying adults
  • Kids Club free slush puppy daily
  • Free on-site activities and 50% discount on all horse riding outrides
  • 20% discount on all spa treatments
  • Complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Chalet, subject to availability

WEEKEND ‘BERG BREAK

CHALET: R3 720

Per night DBB (sleeps 1-6 people)

INCLUDES:

Breakfast daily

  • Dinner on the 1st night – charcoal, firelighters, pap ‘n sauce, 2 x salads of your choice with a garlic and cheese loaf for your braai on the 2nd night (braai packs available from our Village Market)
  • Complimentary glass of house wine per person with dinner
  • Kids Club complimentary milkshake or soft drinks with dinner, i.e. kids sharing with paying adults
  • Kids Club free slush puppy daily
  • Free on-site activities and 50% discount on all horse riding outrides
  • 20% discount on all spa treatments
  • Complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Chalet – subject to availability

SNOW ‘BERG BREAK

CHALET: R2 200

Per night BB (sleeps 1-6 people)

INCLUDES:

Breakfast daily

  • Free on-site activities and 50% discount on all horse riding outrides
  • 20% discount on all spa treatments
  • Complimentary hot chocolate voucher per person daily from our Coffee Shop

aha ALPINE HEATH ROOMS 

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel
With 18 Standard and 71 Deluxe North-facing chalets offering breathtaking views of the mountains, aha Alpine Heath Resort brings you Drakensberg accommodation at its best.

DELUXE CHALETS

With 71 units, these newly refurbished 6-sleeper chalets each offers private braai facilities, a comfortable lounge, kitchen and dining area. Your chalet also includes a fireplace and patio, plus the convenience of a telephone, satellite TV and good cellular reception.

ROOM FEATURES:

• Air Conditioning
• Bath
• Coffee & Tea Station
• Daily Housekeeping
• Desk
• DSTV
• Fireplace

• Free Toiletries
• Hair Dryer
• Patio
• Safe
• Shower
• Sitting Area
• TV

PARAPLEGIC CHALET

1, Three bedroomed, 6 sleeper chalet: Self-catering, with the option of having meals at one of the resorts’ outlets or purchasing goods at the onsite Village Market & Deli.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Desk
  • DSTV
  • Fireplace
  • Free Toiletries
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Sitting Area
  • TV

aha ALPINE HEATH DINING

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

COFFEE SHOP

Whether you’re looking for your morning brew, an afternoon pick-me-up, or a social buzz, grab a table at our laid-back coffee bar. Here, you can enjoy anything from cappuccinos, espressos and lattes to an à la carte menu and buffet to perfectly compliment your beautiful surroundings.

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Sundays – Thursdays: 07h00 – 21h00
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 07h00 – 22h30

LE GRUYÉRES RESTAURANT

Depending on the total number of bookings, either an à la carte, light snack menu or buffet-style breakfast and dinner is served at this stunning restaurant.

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Breakfast: 07h00 – 10h00
  • Dinner: 19h00 – 22h00

PIZZA INFERNO

Enjoy an authentic meal at our Italian-style pizzeria with a wood-fired oven.

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Wednesdays: 17h00 – 21h00
  • Fridays: 17h00 – 22h00
  • Saturdays: 12h00 – 22h00
  • Sundays: 12h00 – 17h00

TAVERN BAR

If you’re feeling peckish after a day filled with sightseeing and doing activities, dig into something delicious on our snack menu – it surely caters to all tastes!

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Sundays – Thursdays: 10h00 – 22h00
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 10h00 – 00h00

POOL BAR

Relax in and around the resort’s glorious pools with a refreshing cocktail in hand and a scrumptious tummy-filler to tuck into.

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Open daily in season
  • Weekends: 10h00 – 17h00

THE VILLAGE MARKET & SQUARE

Visit our exclusive Village Market and its charming Village Square for a unique shopping experience. Here, you can stock up on general items such as freshly baked bread and pastries, farm eggs, cheeses, a variety of cold or marinated meats, braai packs, milk, fruit and vegetables.

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Sundays – Thursdays: 08h00 – 18h00
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 08h00 – 21h00
  • School and Public Holidays: 08h00 – 21h00

ABOUT aha ALPINE HEATH CONFERENCING 

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

From hosting the wedding of your dreams to a prestigious gala dinner or year-end function, the scenic mountains and all-around majestic naturescape, offer the perfect backdrop to any occasion.

Ideally located midway between Durban and Johannesburg, aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre is known for its superb accommodation, fine cuisine, All Out Adventure activities and reliable event facilities.

Choose from a variety of thrilling and relaxing teambuilding activities, as well as unforgettable dining experiences at the on-site restaurants or the Umziki all-weather boma on the dam.

Should you book all 100 chalets, exclusive use of the resort and its facilities are guaranteed. Each self-catering unit has a telephone, satellite TV and good cellular reception, as well as a kitchenette, lounge, dining area, patio and fireplace. You are also welcome to request a wheelchair-friendly chalet to accommodate guests with special needs.

QUICK FACTS

  • Variety of venues, tailored to meet your needs

  • Quad biking, paintball and other teambuilding activities

  • Optional SMS-feature included in conference packages

aha CONFERENCE PACKAGES

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

HALF DAY PACKAGE

INCLUDES:

  • Tea and coffee break
  • Conference venue hire* with standard equipment and stationery

*Standard Terms & Conditions apply

FULL DAY PACKAGE

INCLUDES:

  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee break
  • Conference venue hire* with standard equipment and stationery

*Standard Terms & Conditions apply

aha ALPINE HEATH ACTIVITIES

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Get the latest information about Drakensberg activities at our reception, or find limited restaurant specials and general updates in our exciting weekly newspaper, The Heath.

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WOW KIDS ZONE

Bring your children down to join in free of charge! aha Alpine Heath Resort‘s exciting entertainment lounge for kids offers a wide variety of activities ranging from outdoor arts and crafts to ping pong and indoor gaming on PlayStations. View the exclusive 7-day-a-week Kids Entertainment Programme in The Heath

Your children can also enjoy the Little VIP Club for the day, so they can participate in educational activities such as bug hunting, bush collage-making, biscuit decorating and treasure hunting.

All the equipment you need can be collected next door to the WOW Kids Lounge, at the Leisure Desk from 08h00 – 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE: aha Alpine Heath does not offer a babysitting or daycare service.

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ON-SITE ACTIVITIES

aha Alpine Heath Resort offers a wonderful variety of sports and leisure activities for all ages – ranging from board games, miniature golf and trampolines to fishing, volleyball and swimming. To relax in the true sense of the word, you may treat yourself to an experience at our stunning Be Spoilt Beauty Salon and Spa.

Miniature Golf

Enjoy this challenging, 18-hole course.

Table Tennis

Train your hand-eye coordination and reflexes in the WOW Kids Lounge.

Tennis Courts

Book a court at the Leisure Desk from 08h00 – 17h00, otherwise at the reception.

Squash Courts

Book an indoor court at the Leisure Desk from 08h00 – 17h00, otherwise at the reception.

Pool & Darts

Equipment for pool and darts can be collected at the Leisure Zone or at our reception area if the Leisure Zone is closed.

PLEASE NOTE: No under 16’s are allowed in the pool table area.

Other on-site activities:

Fishing, swimming pools, trampoline area, volleyball courts

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HORSE RIDING

When it comes to Drakensberg adventure activities, exploring your surroundings on horseback is a must! Interact with our lovely Nooitgedacht horses on an outride at the equestrian centre. For romantic trail rides, enjoy a deliciously prepared picnic basket in the serene setting of the mountains.

Otherwise, our fun Horse Play program caters to all levels of experience and includes washing, feeding and grooming the horses under supervision. Bookings can be made at reception.

Outrides

Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour guided outride.

Pony Rides

The little ones can enjoy scheduled daily rides during peak season, and over weekends and public holidays during off-peak season.

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HIKING

Explore the exciting Drakensberg hiking trails Natal’s Northern part of the mountains offer. Majestically dominated by the peaks from Sungubala to Babangibona, Vultures Colony, Mount Lebanon and Baboon Rock, you will stumble upon precious streams that flow into Putterill and Wanhoop and, in turn, drain into the Tugela River.

Alpine Trails take you on adventures through open grass veld and areas broken by pockets of Proteas along hillside slopes and crystal clear streams. The rivers are habitat to a variety of flowers and game, while our walking and Drakensberg hiking trails include the Oribi trail, Yellowwood trail, and a signature route that is in close proximity to local attractions. Bird lists and bird books are available at the Leisure Desk and while hiking boots are best, all the walks listed below can be managed in rubber sole shoes or tekkies.

Alpine Cascades with blue footprints

Discover why this family-friendly route of ± 2km long is our most popular trail.

Alpine Knoll & Alpine Ridge with orange reedbuck prints

Explore the most scenic viewpoints along this ± 1.3km route.

River Meander with red baboon prints

Enjoy great opportunities for bird viewing along this ± 1.3km route.

Alpine Signature Hike

PLEASE NOTE: This hike needs to be booked 48 hours in advance

Experience what it means to have your breath taken away by the views along this 10.5-hour route. It also includes stops at a Bushman’s painting site and a Heralded Cape Vulture colony-nesting site

ROYAL NATIONAL PARK HIKES

Vemvaan Alley & Policeman’s Helmet

Join a round-trip trail of 4.5 hours for unique, springtime sights when the route is showered with purple and blue flowers along the way.

Amphitheatre & Chain Ladder Hike (World Heritage Site)

View the wonder of the Thukela (Tugela) River as it cascades down the face of the Amphitheatre, forming the second highest waterfalls in the world. This route is a moderate to challenging, 22km hike.

Tugela Gorge

A long and gentle walk for the moderately experienced hiker, enjoy this 22km, round-trip trail as it leads you through an indigenous forest and offers immaculate views of the Thukela Falls.

Surprise Ridge & Cannibal Cave

A moderate to challenging walk for the avid hiker, this 20km route boasts exclusive views of natural fern tree areas, as these can’t be seen anywhere else in South Africa.

The Cascades, Lookout Rock & Tiger Falls

Enjoy the thrilling sights of baboons, bushbuck and mountain reedbuck, as well as quick blue flashes of Kingfishers in the Mahai River during this 3.5-hour route.

PLEASE NOTE: As this Valley encompasses a number of properties, common courtesy dictates permission should be requested from the owners before entry. Kindly enquire at reception to arrange for access on your behalf.

It’s time to set out on your adventure and experience the Drakensberg hiking trails

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

In conjunction with All Out Adventures’ range of adventure activities, this resort now offers 150 kilometres of permanently marked mountain bike trails with routes for all levels of experience. To add to an unforgettable getaway, you are guaranteed memorable climbs, exposed traverses, breathtaking views and thrilling downhills.

TRAIL FEES

Passes can be purchased at the Alpine Heath Reception area or at All Out Adventures

  • Single Day MTB: R110 (blue)
  • Weekend MTB of 2 x consecutive days: R200 (yellow)
  • Full Stay MTB: R300 (black)
  • Runners or Full Stay MTB for kids under 12: R60 (pink)

IMPORTANT NOTICE

All riders and runners will each receive a map and are required to sign an indemnity form. Your pass needs to be clearly visible at all times and won’t be valid after its expiry date. A single pass may not be used by more than one person.

Trail passes will be required should you choose to run on trails outside the resort and wish to access the parking and toilets at any time. Please enquire at reception or purchase your pass from All Out Adventures – they are open from Tuesdays – Sundays from 09h00 – 16h30, and are closed on Christmas Day and Public Holidays.

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BE SPOILT BEAUTY SALON & SPA

For a more relaxing Drakensberg activity, be treated with techniques designed to rejuvenate your body and mind after a long day of sightseeing! The resort is proud to bring you the pleasure of a stunning, on-site beauty salon and spa, so make the most of your mountain getaway by booking an unforgettable, holistic health experience.

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Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

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Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

D119, Jagersrust, Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal,

South Africa, 3354 (Off the Old Cavernberg Road)

 

Tel: 

+27 (0) 87 075 0864

 

Email: 

hotel@alpineheath.co.za

 

Postal Address:

PO Box 112, Jagersrust, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 3354

 

GPS Coordinates:

Latitude: 28°36’50.25″ S

Longitude: 29°0’1.2″ E

aha CENTRAL RESERVATIONS

Location:

11 Autumn Street, Rivonia, Johannesburg,
South Africa, 2128

 

Tel:

+27 (0) 10 442 5885

 

Fax:

+27 (0) 86 865 3992

 

Email:

cro@aha.co.za