Riverbend at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens

Riverbend Chalets are situated at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Leisure Resort, on 860 acres of World Heritage site, set against the majestic Drakensberg mountain range on the lush banks of the Umzimkulu River.

The Riverbend Chalets were built in 1989, and as soon as the timeshare units became available they were sold out, and continue to be as popular today, if not more sought after, than they were in their yesteryear.

These six sleeper self- catering units are attractively decorated, and are serviced from Monday to Saturday. Sunday services can be arranged at a nominal fee. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchenette, radio, limited DSTV, individual braai facilities and a fire place for those chilly winter evenings when the snow dusts the “Dragons Back”.

There are a host of restaurants available in close proximity to entertain even the most discerning palate. A sundowner on the patio is a must with spectacular vistas to revitalise your mind, body and soul.

What do you like doing on your precious holiday? Whether it is hiking, golfing, tennis, fishing, bowling, or simply finding a quiet spot to read and relax, Riverbend Chalets has it all – and much much more. The Riverbend Chalets are an ideal destination for the whole family.

The spectacular views are best seen from the top of Beacon Hill. A nine hour climb to and from the Rhino Horn is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but well worth the experience!

Holidays are when memories are made, and for years, the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort has been doing exactly that. Chat to any number of Riverbend owners and they will regale you with stories of how long they have been vacationing at the Resort…

There are stories of when they met and how they have celebrated some incredible number of anniversaries on the Resort and how the tradition has continued with their children. Riverbend is the pot of gold at the end of many a nostalgic rainbow.


Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort has a host of activities and entertainment for the entire family, from golfing, to bike rides, to spa treatments and more!

  • Animal Farm
  • Swimming Pools (both hot and cold)
  • Boating and fishing
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Bowls
  • Adventure Golf
  • Zipline
  • Adventure Fort
  • Archery Range


Directions from Durban:
Take the N3 past Pietermaritzburg. Just before Howick take the off ramp to the left marked Underberg/Bulwer R617. Follow the signs to Bulwer on the R617 all the way to Underberg. Go through the town of Underberg, you will pass the Country Club on your right. Plus minus 4 km outside Underberg you will see a large signboard indicating a right turn to Drakensberg Gardens Resort. Follow the 29 km tarred road until you arrive at Drakensberg Gardens Resort, follow signs on the resort to Riverbend Reception. The journey takes plus minus 2 ½ hours.

GPS: 29° 45′ 15.96” S 29° 14′ 25.02” E



per unit, per night

2019 Rates

Mid-Season: 6 – 12 January, 31 March – 2 May, 2 – 10 August
In Season: 14 June – 6 July, 20 -28 September
Easter: 15 – 30 March
Christmas: 6 December 19 – 11 January 2020


Tel: +27 (0) 33 701 1261


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