Venue 2019

Venue 2019


Helpful friendly family management

The facilities at the Nest are well known to many of us – for the comfort of the rooms, good food and beautiful surrounds.

On this page you will find information about:

  • Rooms
  • Dining
  • Children Spouses and family
  • The Veranda and Deck
  • The Pub
  • Travel and transfers from the airport for local and International visitors – details of flights from Cape Town:


Your accommodation includes your room for 3 nights – Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Check-in is from any time after 2.00pm on Friday, and checking-out is after 10.00am Monday morning.

Staying one night before or after the African Encounter, or making your visit into a longer holiday can be arranged when you book with the Hotel.

 View more about room types from here


Your accommodation allows for three meals per day, the first meal is Friday evening and the last meal is lunch on Monday.

When booking your room please indicate to the Hotel staff your dietary preferences in the categories:

a. Normal – vegetables, fish, chicken, red meat.
b. Banting
c. Vegetarian
d. Vegan

Please check that more specific dietary requirements can be met by the Hotel and bring specialized eats with you if necessary.

And for those wishing to diet; choose only a few of the courses on offer for dinner.


Children Spouses and Family:

Family (spouse, relatives & children) are welcome to come, who are not participating in the Encounter.

Children under 12 stay F R E E but their meals would need to be paid. Speak to the Hotel staff when you book. There will be quality time during the weekend with your family. There are also other facilities to cater for them:

Enjoy the Spa at The Nest; Swimming; Horse Riding; Tennis; Bowls; Mountain Biking (bring your bike or hire nearby); Drakensberg Canopy Tours; and much more.

The Veranda and Deck:

Spaciousness, relaxation, beautiful gardens and mountain views embrace you while you dine with friends, take a cup of mid-afternoon tea, or later, a sun-downer on the new pub deck.

The Pub:

A favorite evening social spot, with an English ambiance. The pub is open most of the day for refreshments.

We don’t wish rain away in Africa but on a cloudless night at The Nest the sky provides a spectacular view of the Milky Way; just right for a braai (barbecue) whilst thoroughly enjoying each others company.


Travel and transfers for regional and international visitors flying into Durban:

International travelers arriving in South Africa at either OR Tambo airport Johannesburg or Cape Town airport, will need to book a further flight to King Shaka International Airport near Durban in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. It should be possible to include your flight to King Shaka airport in your international flight booking.

Bus transfer from King Shaka airport has been arranged @R200 each way, to take both regional and international participants on the 3 hour road trip to the Hotel leaving the airport at 12:00 on Friday 6 December. Return transport will be arranged for departure from The Nest at 12:30 Monday 9 December arriving King Shaka airport at 15:30. There are two return flights to Cape Town, at 17:25 and 18:00.

Peter Geddes has kindly researched best and cheapest flight options to and  from Cape Town and suggests the following:

6 Dec CPT to DBN: BA 6315
08:55 – 10:55

9 Dec DUR to CPT: BA 6306
18:00 – 20:10

If you would like more freedom, a wide variety of car hire options are available at King Shaka airport.

Please communicate with us regarding airport transfers in advance and closer to the time to ensure a relaxed and pleasant journey. If we can assist in any other way please do contact us. 

We may be able to assist you to find the web sites you need to plan your travels, extending your visit to include the days and weeks before or after the Encounter.