GOLF COURSE: Champagne Sports Resort

Surrounded by the crisp, clean air of the Drakensberg, the esteemed Champagne Sports Resort is more than just a hotel in the mountains – it’s an experience in luxury, serenity and leisure. Flanked by the imposing Drakensberg Mountain range and drenched in the lush greenery of the region, passengers aboard the African rail tour will be able to experience this cosy hideaway’s unique charm first hand.

The spectacular Drakensberg Mountains have long occupied a special place in Africa’s heart. Named for their resemblance to the back of a dragon, or draken in Afrikaans, this majestic mountain range is the key inspiration behind the Champagne Sports Resort’s unique architectural aesthetic which includes thatch roofs and dramatic ceilings.

Luxury train journey passengers will be interested to know that the spectacular area encompassing the resort had been the site of a number of gruesome battles in the Anglo Boer War. In fact, it is here that enemy forces first captured a young Winston Churchill. 

Nestled within the luxurious leisure, conference and time-share resort is the stylish clubhouse which overlooks a carefully concealed golfing paradise. This top 30 ranked championship golf course has long been regarded as South Africa’s most picturesque golf course, complete with greens of the highest quality and unbeatable views stretching past the Drakensberg Mountains and to the lush, rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

From the moment you arrive at Champagne Sports Resort, stress melts away and finds itself replaced by a blanket of tranquillity. From the 18-hole championship golf course and roaming herds of Blesbok and Impala to the rare birdlife, nature lovers and avid golfers unite in this earthly paradise of unspoilt beauty. Five dams stocked with bass and trout capture the attention of fisherman looking for the perfect catch while the outstanding sporting facilities and cultural activities ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy – golfer or not.