No adventure is greater than the one you start with the one you love. The perfect step-off point is the gracious elegance we offer you at the magnificent 4 star family-owned Cathedral Peak Hotel. With over 80 years of experience our personal service, warm hospitality and scenic beauty will make your wedding day or wedding weekend a memory that will live forever.
Set in beautiful gardens, our charming stone-and-thatch chapel has an expansive window behind the pulpit and boasts breathtaking views of some of the Drakensberg’s most beautiful mountains. We offer a variety of reception venues, superb menus, and our helicopter for unforgettable photographs. Our on-site experienced and professional banqueting team will ensure your wedding and reception runs smoothly and flawlessly.
A wide range of accommodation is available - from standard rooms through to our Mponjwane Presidential Suite. The thatched Honeymoon Suites all boast breathtaking mountain views. Wedding guests can enjoy a vast array of activities from a heated swimming pool to mountain bike trails, helicopter flips, horse rides, quad bike rides, a 9-hole golf course with alternative tees, gym, wellness centre, daily guided hikes and so much more.
Should 30 or more (staying in a minimum of 15 double rooms) of your wedding guests stay at the Hotel for the weekend or mid-week night of your wedding you shall receive complimentary use of our Chapel, Reception Venue and Honeymoon Suite for the night of your wedding, discounted accommodation for you and your guests and so much more.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Ultimate Wedding Experience!
When Albert van der Riet visited the area in the early 1900s, his imagination was captured by the beauty of the mountains, and the vibrant fauna and flora. As his eyes played over the valley, he had a captivating vision of a secluded hotel that would be closer to the mountains than any other hotel at the time.
After acquiring the land in mid 1930s, Albert set to work building a road to his new land, training local labourers, laying down infrastructure, and harvesting nearby stone and rock to build his hotel. The doors of the partially-completed 43-room hotel were opened in 1939, and guests enjoyed guided walks through the ‘berg, horse rides, and evenings of dancing and entertainment in the hotel’s lounge.
As the world began to enjoy itself again after the end of World War II, the hotel really started to thrive. Albert, his wife Doreen and their growing family continued to build on his vision, expanding the hotel, adding new recreation facilities and improving the infrastructure. Cathedral Peak Hotel began attracting guests from all over the country and the world.
Albert’s legacy can still be seen in Cathedral Peak Hotel, with sections of the original building having been incorporated into the contemporary structure. Upon Albert’s passing in 1987, the hotel stayed in the family, with the reins being taken up by his son, William. Together with his wife, Belinda, he ensures that Albert’s glorious vision is kept alive in the grandest fashion to this day. They have three children; Byron, Jarred and Ashlea. Byron and his wife Samantha have joined the fold, and are set to become the third generation of van der Riet family to run the hotel. Lillian and Alexander are the start of the fourth generation of van der Riet’s.
As we celebrate over 80 years of providing unrivalled luxury accommodation and adventure amongst the glorious Drakensberg mountains, it’s a privilege to be able to look back on an unbroken history of family-owned and run Cathedral Peak Hotel.