Experience The Soouth African Snow Slopes
Tiffindell Ski Resort South Africa is the only ski and snowboarding resort which is located in the Southern Drakensberg.
Skiing and SnowboardingTiffindell Ski Resort is a fully equipped winter snow resort with state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment, ski lifts, ski shop and ski school. The resort has an immaculately groomed ski area and offers three months of skiing each year during June, July and August by way of natural and man-made snow. Making snow is an expensive undertaking and contributes a major portion to the cost of your experience, so we hope you understand this when looking at the package rates. We love skiing and would love you to share this absolutely unique experience right here in the middle of SA. The weather in unpredictable and Mother Nature-in-Law always has the last say. We cannot tell you when the conditions will be better than another time (one of our most common questions). From historical experience we can have skiable snow on the slopes from 1st June to end of August in an average season.
Summer ActivitiesHiking, Mountain Biking, Birding & Alpine Flowers, 4×4, Motorbikes Routes, Guided Motorbike & Quad Trails, Fly Fishing, Mountain Bike Excursions, Conferences, Team Building & High Altitude Training, Grass Skiing, Mountain Boarding, Other Activities
Tiffindell Ski Resort offers 3 / 4 and 7 night packages, Sunday to Wednesday for 3 day and Wednesday to Sunday for 4 day packages. Packages are priced per person per package and NOT per person per night. All packages are inclusive of: • Accommodation in centrally heated chalets /suites • Breakfast & Dinner (Excluded on Self Catering option) • Ski or Snowboard Equipment Hire • Slope and Lift Pass • Resort Entertainment • Emergency Medical Assistance • Resort Entrance Fee
03 June - 29 August. Ask before hand about conditions and availability.
None day visitors: STEP 1 : Choose your package dates STEP 2 : Select your accommodation type ( Private Chalet, Leisure Chalet, or Mountain Suites) STEP 3 : Make a Reservation
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The Slopes – there is a 100 wide beginner slope of 80m in length serviced by a rope tow. There is a Main Slope (which would be a red run from above the Yeti Bar) and the Gully Slope, a blue run. Two long “button” lifts will take you back up the mountain after each run. Tiffindell offers slope lengths of around 1.3km in total, descending from the highest peak in the Cape Province. The Main Slope gets increasingly steeper the higher you go up and has been “homologated” by The International Ski Federation (FIS) for Slalom and Giant Slalom courses. The only FIS race on the African continent is held here annually since inception in the 2014 winter.
If your children love the sport they should be encouraged to join our junior development program.
The Ski Academy (ski training and SCHOOLING AT THE RESORT for the winter) is in operation and run by 3 times Olympic skier and South African National Ski Coach, Alex Heath. Please enquire if you have kids looking to further themselves in ski racing or perhaps become a ski instructor as a future career. Places are limited to 20 children per season.
Look out for the South African Children’s Ski Championship (U16) and the Junior Champs (U18) in July annually
A snow fun-park with rails and jumps is erected on the middle island for the more adventurous ski and snowboard enthusiasts.
Day visitors must check in at Reception and pay for their ski lift pass and ski hire for the period required. Ski Lessons may be paid at this stage as well. They then proceed to the Ski Hire Building, get equipment and then proceed to The Ski School Building (opposite) to arrange lesson times.
The cost of hiring standard skis or snowboards (and boots) is included in your package when you stay at Tiffindell Ski Resort. Top Carving skis are available for hire for the more experienced, and we also offer Big Foot skis as well as freestyle snowboards. The latest fashion in ski clothing is available at the Ski & Snowboard Shop at the resort. Some jackets and pants are available for rental.
We will hold a large amount of various lengths and styles of ski to suit all levels. For the more experienced skier, top carving skis are the future of freestyle skiing and will be available at an extra cost. Big foot skis are short, wide, fun skis used for jumps and tricks, and usually without poles.
Snowboards will be available to suit 10 years & up. We will keep freestyle boards for easy learning & variety of use. Hire of top boards is available at additional cost.
The Ski Deck in Randburg offers a waxing service and sharpening of edges if you have your own equipment.
Our highly experienced local and international instructors will teach you to ski or snowboard quickly and safely whether you’re aged 6 or 60.
Tiffindell has skilled ski and snowboard instructors, who will teach you to ski in a controlled and safe environment, and ensure that by the end of your stay, you will be able to carve down the slopes with control. A beginner ski or snowboard course is compulsory for first timers, on specially prepared flat beginner areas (about 60m long). After your course, you should be skiing or snowboarding on your own with control and using the beginner lift. As you gain confidence, you will move onto the main slope. Private, beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons will be available on request.
We recommend that you go to an artificial ski slope for lessons before coming to Tiffindell. This will enable you to start skiing as soon as you arrive. Better basics, control and less chance of injury. The Ski Deck® in Randburg offers a special course of 3 x 1 hour lessons for R1080 and individual lessons at R480 per hour.
MEDICAL SUPPORT & EVACUATION
WORRIED ABOUT INJURY? The resort will have an experienced medic on duty, with a first aid room, independently operated by a third-party specialist medical service provider. Consultations are for your account. The first aid room will also dispense non-prescription medical & toiletry supplies.
WHAT TO BRING
Take the right ski clothing on your ski / snowboard holiday as weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. For beginners, it may be best to hire ski clothing. The Ski Deck in Randburg hires ski jackets and ski pants, and has the best range of good value for money ski clothing, used, rental or new in South Africa.
Ski or snowboard jacket: Snow jackets should be lightweight, warm, water and windproof with lots of pockets and not too tight. A proper ski jacket (and pants) is highly breathable as you are doing much more work than (for example) a hiker. Ski or snowboard pants: should have the same properties as jackets. Thermal base layer: Long sleeve vest and long johns for the layer next to your skin providing a warm, breathable base that draws moisture away from the skin. Hats: Always carry a hat even if it’s sunny when you leave your chalet in the morning. Gloves or mittens: These should be waterproof, warm and durable. They should be large enough to keep air circulating around the fingertips. Socks: Choose specialist ski or snowboard socks which are seamless – at least two pairs for washing purposes. Goggles & sunglasses: These protect your eyes from the wind and strong UV light reflected off the snow. Goggles are better when it’s cold or snowing. Sun protection: Due to the high altitudes in South Africa always use a high factor sun cream for your face, ears and neck and apply lip salve regularly throughout the day.
A TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY that covers winter holidays/sports is essential – it should cover being snowed in or snowed out of the resort. Winter Sports activities may carry a higher premium so make sure you check your policy / medical aid before you leave.
Get ski fit
You don’t have to be an international athlete to go on a ski holiday but doing some exercise before you go will enhance your enjoyment. Ski lessons are the best for ski fitness while learning at the same time. Call the Ski Deck in Randburg for a set of pre-ski exercises.
Get a lesson before you go
For beginners, ski holidays are often easier if a few lessons are taken at a local ski slope before your holiday. A session on The Ski Deck with a qualified instructor will provide a feel for the equipment and basic technique before taking to the real stuff. You will be amazed what a difference it makes on day one!
Summer at Tiffindell
Tiffindell’s spring, summer and autumn seasons rival our winter uniqueness of skiing on the African continent, with many of our patrons preferring the Summer attractions to the full on hype of winter.
Tiffindell holidaymakers and weekenders can enjoy the spectacular views, relax at South Africa’s highest resort or stroll amongst the summer alpine flowers not found anywhere else in the world. Come and enjoy a starry night and the tranquillity of the Eastern Cape Highlands. Spend Christmas, New Year, or Easter with a bunch of friends in our luxurious accommodation. Remember everything is a mile high at Tiffindell
Tiffindell is also a breakaway with a difference for corporate conferences and team-building. Page Down for great summer accommodation prices
For the more active, Tiffindell has plenty of exciting activities from Mountain Biking and hiking to grass skiing.
Accommodation Prices and Meals
There is a variety of Tiffindell accommodation to pick from:
The Leisure Chalets are great for a group of friends (4 to 12 people)
Accommodation in our chalets is charged at R450 pppn; we are CURRENTLY RUNNING A SPECIAL R395ppn for the next 2 weeks;
R100 pppn Camping (use of Lodge ablutions excluding electricity) & R150/day for use of an electrical /plug point;
Tiffindell does more cost effective 3 and 4 day packages with planned itineraries for those wishing to spend a few days in the area using Tiffindell as a base.
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Birding & Alpine Flowers
Tiffindell’s mountain biking and hiking trails wind around Ben McDhui, the highest peak in the Cape Province so the views are spectacular. You can expect to see resplendent waterfalls (Tele-Falls), sparkling streams, alpine flora and fauna, rock art, ancient caves, swimming holes and picturesque resting spots. From a short hike to Ben McDhui (2 hours) chilling at the highest point in the Cape to the exhilaratingly beautiful hike to Telle Falls (approximately 6 hour) we can guide or advise different hikes and bikes every day of the week. Look out for Jackal Buzzards, Cape and Bearded Vultures, Rock Jumpers, Blue Crane, Pied Starling, the Black Harrier and Secretary Birds; Mountain Reed Buck, Weasels, with Porcupines and Spring Hares at night, not to mention one of the clearest views of the milky way in the Southern Hemisphere.
Guides will accompany you if required at R100 per hour; R60pp for packed lunch.
4×4, Motorbikes Routes
Experience Tiffindell’s fun and unique hospitality while using it as a base. Our accommodation is well above the norm with luxury chalets, unsuited bedrooms and plenty of space to relax in. Do Ben Mac 3001 in the evenings for a sundowners and a couple of golf shots. Land the ball in the dam and win a free beer.
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Look out for Tiffindell’s geo-caching treasures.
If you are not doing the High 5 or Ben 10 then here are some day itineraries to maximise your enjoyment of all the exciting adventures to be had around Tiffindell.
Note some of these itineraries are through private land and permission, via Tiffindell Management, should be arranged before venturing on these routes.
Road and Passes around Tiffindell
Arrive by one of the famous 10 Big Passes of South Africa- either Carlisle’s Hoek (5) or Volunteers Hoek Pass (4) (extreme 4×4 only in day light);
Suggested things to do:
Day1: Leave Tiffindell for “Lesotho View” and Tenahead Lodge for lunch on “the highest contour road in SA. Carry on to the top of our Natural Heritage site Naude’s Nek Great views over the escarpment; back towards Rhodes visiting the Naude Brothers memorial– drinks at Walkabouts – return to Tiffindell Alpine Resort (1)- (SA’s highest resort) via Carlisleshoek pass
Day2: Extreme ride to Rhodes via Mooivlei and Mertuin (bikes only). Visit the Hamlet of Rhodes a National Heritage Site or down Volunteers pass, visit the Old Farm Implement Museum follow the route to Mosheshe Ford and swim in the Jakgomo Canyon sink hole, driving back past the southernmost volcano in Africa.
Day3: Down Carlisles Hoek, to Rhodes onto Mosheshes Ford turn off left towards Elliot on the 393, turn off to the top of the Bastervoetpad Pass (9) **
Take some photos and return onto the 393 and the onto the R58 sealed road near Elliot; turn right and return to Barkly East over the Barkly Pass(15). This is where they have recently (2013) discovered the fossilised bones of the world’s largest Dinosaur; Return towards Rhodes and left to Martin’s Hoek, swim in the Boiling Pot, visit the smugglers cave where Mosheshe hid 200 people from the British Army, (and now a popular night club on New Year’s Eve);
**Not recommended descending Basterfoot Pass unless you are prepared for extreme 4×4 roads**. As the “Bastervoetslaan” is rated the meanest, most technically difficult pass in South Africa it is recommended that this is done only after local advice, dry/good weather conditions and with more than one vehicle.
If you brave it down the pass to Ugie, you may return to Tiffindell via Naude’s Nek Pass (3) and The TT, Tenahead to Tiffindell (1) (highest contour road in SA). Have a sundowner on Ben Mac 3001 and you will have done 4 of South Africa’s High 5 Extreme Passes in one day.
Day 4: Down the Volunteers Pass, visit the secret Balloch Cave with its bushman art. You may wish to pass the day here with mountain biking trails, farm horse riding available -look out for the Cape and bearded vulture colonies here…
OR… carry on past the Wartrail Country Club and over Lundin’s Nek Pass (10) turn off to Dangershoek and follow the river up to towards Telle Falls – hike the last stretch (15 mins) to the bottom of Telle Falls;
Carry on to Telle Bridge border post – cross and recross to Lesotho if you have your passport; carry on over Jouberts Pass (9) to Lady Grey. Lady Grey is the start of the lands toughest ultra marathon – the Salomon Sky Run– 100km from here to The Wartrail Country Club (on 22nd Nov this year 2014); Lunch in Lady Grey .RETURN on the main roads:
EITHER taking the second turn off to Tiffindell (5kms from Barkly East). Here you will cross the National Monument of Loch Bridge “the bridge over the river Kraai”, then look out on the left as there is a section of switch-back railway line rising from the river valley. Then up the Bidstone Pass to the comfort of Tiffindell.
OR return via Barkley East and Rhodes.
Always carry your camera or go pro as the views, light and weather can present incredible opportunities for some remarkable shots.
Look out for Jackal Buzzards, Cape and Bearded Vultures, Rock Jumpers, Blue Crane, Pied Starling, the Black Harrier and Secretary Birds; Mountain Reed Buck, Weasels, with Porcupines and Spring Hares at night, not to mention one of the clearest views of the milky way in the Southern Hemisphere.
Guided Motorbike & Quad Trails
Take a drive on the wild side through the Eastern Cape/Lesotho border Highlands. These 4×4 routes will send a tingle up even the most extreme driver’s spine, challenging driving skills to the max… with difficult terrains meeting up with slightly more laid back adjoining routes. Our trails are of differing degrees of difficulty to suit and venture across the border into Lesotho. Booking are essential. Bring your own vehicles: Day trips R 300 pp; Half day trips R 200 pp and all inclusive weekends from R 1500 pp. – Includes guide and trail fees – tailored to suit your group.
Dams, weirs and the Bell River are the fishing grounds for the Wild Trout Association’s (WTA) catchment (catch & release). The rainbow and brown trout grow bigger here due to the cold climate and prime trophy fish are to be caught. Our skilled guides can take you from novice to fisherman in a few days. Skilled fly fishermen use Tiffindell as a base for finding the best spots before the annual WTA’s fishing contest. You may even catch a Loch Ness monster (recent catches include a 10lb rainbow in Loch Ness dam – see pic). Fishing rod hires R50 p/hour; Fly fishing: in Tiffindell’s dams, own rod RR100pp/day; in WTA dams and catchment own rod R170pp/day; Fishing guide R120/hour.
Mountain Bike Excursions
Perfect for the whole family, our recreational mountain bikes are the best way for you to explore the areas surrounding Tiffindell. Take in the spectacular Eastern Cape Drakensberg views on guided or unguided excursions. Ride up to the McDhui ridge, takes the “contour road”, or free wheel down to the National Heritage village of Rhodes. We can arrange to pick up your group back to your Tiffindell chalet. Mountain bike hire R80/hour; Mtn bike excursion to Rhodes (min 4 people) R600 including 4×4 pick up in Rhodes (R150 per extra persons). There are plenty of trails for the serious MTB enthusiast bringing their own equipment.
Conferences, Team Building & High Altitude
Tiffindell’s accommodation capacity of over 120 fully serviced beds, meals, and services make it one of the most ideal venues in South Africa for large groups. Whether your group is a private company, government department, rugby or rowing team Tiffindell can cater for all your needs.
Tiffindell has a large conference facility catering for all your corporate needs with no interference from outside influences.
With all of the activities mentioned it is hard not to bond together some exciting and absorbing Team Building events. A great getaway with a difference – summer or winter.
Tiffindell’s at 2720m is right at the optimal recommended height for High Altitude Training. Running, rowing, cycling and other sports are welcome. Bring your own equipment.
Snow need not thwart you from becoming an adept skier! Grass skiing was originally developed as a training method for alpine skiing. Today it is enjoyed by proficient and novice skiing enthusiasts who want to perfect the thrill of this fun sport. Grass skiing including equipment hire R100pp/2 hours; 2 hour grass ski lesson R150pp (compulsory for beginners).
If you enjoy a slightly more extreme activity, Mountain Boarding is for you. Developed as the summer counterpart to snowboarding we will have you shredding the slopes in no time Mountain Board including equipment hire R100pp/2 hours; 2 hour mountain board lesson R150pp (compulsory for beginners).
Plenty of other activities can be arranged in or out of Tiffindell.
At Tiffindell: Mile High Volley ball, summer bum boarding and Alpine Flower photography are available. Bring your telescope as the high altitude and absence of city lights allows viewing of one the most spectacular night sky vistas in the Southern Hemisphere. If it is a full moon there is nothing better to have a Westerly sundown(er) while the full moon raises over “old Ben Mac” in the East.
In the area River rafting, Horse riding and Rock art viewing can be arranged