aha ALPINE HEATH ACTIVITIES

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.

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 day care service.

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 reception.

Squash Courts

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

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 for 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.

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 (yet unnamed) 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.

Cascades, Lookout Rock & Tiger Falls

Enjoy the thrilling sights of baboons, bush buck 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

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.

Marking ColourTrail NameRatingDistanceElev. Gain
GreenGypsy’s BendEasy14km180m
BlueMontusi GorgeModerate20km369m
RedGrotto TrailDifficult30km650m
PurpleBerghouse TrailDifficult30km790m

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.

BE SPOILT BEAUTY SALON & SPA

For a more relaxing Drakensberg activity, be treated to 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.