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Situated in the with Northern Drakensberg, Bingelela offers earthy hospitality and outstanding service in a charmingly authentic setting. Our stylish yet cosy approach to hospitality means that whatever kind of stay you are looking for, we will gladly cater to your needs.
World-renowned for its sheer natural beauty, tranquillity and majestic surrounds, the 200km-long mountainous wonderland of the Drakensberg is the place that local and international visitors seek as a restful breakaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here in the Drakensberg, you can experience all the richness of a region steeped in cultural heritage with a prolific diversity of flora and fauna and many amazing things to see and do.
Known to the Zulu people as uKhahlamba, meaning ‘Barrier of Spears’, and to the Dutch Voortrekkers as ‘Dragon’s Mountain’, the area of the Drakensberg falls into four Valleys, and at Bingelela – our much-loved contemporary classic country resort – you are ideally located to experience them all!
On Premises. No need to drive
Original, tantalising recipes await you when you dine at Bingelela. Whether it’s something traditional or something new and exciting that you’re after, the varied and creative menu offers something suitable to every palette. Every choice is a favourite and all dishes are prepared from the freshest, best quality produce from local suppliers.
In addition to the regular menus that boast a scrumptious selection of starters, mains and desserts including delights from three continents around the Med with adventurous combinations of ingredients and seasonings, there’s the daily speciality menu that caters to every mood, wallet and appetite. The Cognac Sparked Seafood Bisque is to die for as is the Button Mushrooms filled with escargots and capped with garlic and blue cheese sauce. The Camembert Fillet topped with caramelised onion and soft camembert cheese will keep you drooling as will the Berg Trout topped with lightly toasted almonds.
The menu captures the enthusiasm, love and passion of it’s creators in each delicious bite and our fish, poultry and meat dishes are famed to be some of the best in the region with must-try dishes including our Calamari Steak, Chicken Roulade and Jalepeno Fillet. We always strive to keep it simple, elegant and continental!
No meal is complete without a taste of the sweet, so don’t leave without indulging in crisp basket of ice cream lashed with berries, a decadent Pecan Chocolate Sundae or our famous Lemon Scented Amarula Cheese Cake
Our wood-fired pizza oven delivers only the finest of pizzas and our recently extended menu ensures you’ll find a new and divine pizza to try every time. A great kiddies menu, cacophony of coffees and brilliant wine menu that boasts South Africa’s finest completes this already heady mix. Add to that service with a smile and a team of staff willing to go the extra mile, and your dining experience at Bingelela is one you’re soon not to forget.
Please note that the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday – Saturday. We are open for lunch on Sundays but close the kitchen at 15h00.
Set among giant Blue Gum trees, 10 thatched bungalows and 2 self catering prefab houses at Bingelela are all private, free standing and individually appointed and provide, you, our guests, the perfect spot to kick up your feet, relax and enjoy the splendour of our country retreat and all the exquisite beauty that awaits you in the Drakensberg.
Serviced on a daily basis and suitable for both corporate and leisure guests, the rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, televisions, with all linen and towelling provided. There are six double rooms and then units suitable for sharing (twin beds) and/or for families.
Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and see in the area. When it comes to activities and attractions, the Drakensberg offers something for everyone. Simply relaxing with you favourite book or exploring the spectacular beauty of our region, it’s all your choice.
Famous for our superb hiking, you’ll find popular hikes nearby at Tugela Falls, Policeman’s Helmet, Plowmans Kop to name a few. Hikes vary from easy strolls to strenuous all-day climbs.
If you’re after “eagles” and “birdies”, tee off at one of the many highly acclaimed golf courses in the area. Tall sandstone cliffs and lush valleys form the backdrop to the rolling, challenging greens at Cathedral Peak, Champagne Valley, Hlalanathi, Nondela – Ernie Els Golf Course, Cathedral Peak and Champagne Sports Resort in the central Drakensberg.
Royal Natal National Park
We are situated near the Royal Natal National Park, the proclaimed World Heritage Site that contains some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. The main feature of Royal Natal National Park is the Amphitheatre and Mont-aux-Sources, the source of five rivers. Here you’ll also find the Tugella Falls and superb hikes for all agilities. You can further enjoy bird watching and trout fishing and experience the peaceful tranquillity of the unique biodiversity of this flora and fauna-rich region.
Arts and crafts
The region also hosts a fascinating collection of galleries, craft, clothing, gift and pottery shops that are fun and relaxing to visit as well as cultural experiences like Bushman Rock Art, Battlefield Tours, the Drakensberg Boys Choir, historic monuments, cheese tasting and a collection of farm stalls and restaurants to explore. There’s also a number of wellness centres and spas where day visitors are welcomed to be pampered to their heart’s content.
Nearby Adventure – Northern and Central Berg
Adventure activities like horse trails, quad biking, hot air balloon flights, and South Africa’s longest canopy tour are some of many things available for thrill seekers. There’s white water rafting, paragliding, microlighting, 4x4ing, mountain biking, paintball and much more to dare to do too. We are situated +- 30km from all the adventure’s mentioned above.
-3.5 hours from Johanneburg
-2 hours from Durban
Bingelela is situated in on a farm between the towns of Bergville and Harrismith on the R74 just 3km from Bergville, Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal.
From Johannesburg: Turn right at Harrismith onto the Alternative Road (not the Toll Road). Go straight across the 4 way stop. +/- 10 km (maybe less), turn left towards Bergville/Oliviershoek Pass. Travel another +/-10 km and turn left again. The sign will say Bergville. When you are descending the Oliviershoek Pass, you are on the “R74” Road. Just before Bergville (about 3km from Bergville), you will see our sign on the left hand side of the road.
From Durban: Stay on the N3. Shortly after the Estcourt off ramp, you will find a Shell Ultra City. The next off ramp will be the “Winterton/Frere off ramp. Turn Towards Winterton. When you reach Winterton the road carries on straight through Winterton towards Bergville (this is the “R74” Road). The road passes Bergville and Bingelela is about 3km after Bergville on the right hand side.
Bergville, Northern Drakensberg, South Africa, 3350