A photo of Cathkin Peak in the foreground, and Champagne Castle on the left, enveloped in clouds in the background.
|Elevation||3,377 m (11,079 ft)|
|Location||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|First ascent||Early 20th century by Reverend Stocker|
|Easiest route||Scramble up Grey's Pass|
Champagne Castle is a mountain in the central Drakensberg range, and is the second highest peak in South Africa. It contains a series of subsidiary peaks, amongst them, Cathkin Peak (3149 m), Sterkhorn (previously called Mount Memory), Monk's Cowl and Dragon's Back.
It is said that when two intrepid mountaineers, David Gray and Major Grantham, climbed the peaks directly in front of Cathkin, they were about to celebrate their long haul by popping a bottle of champagne. But as fate would have it, the guide dropped the bottle on a rock – and in that moment Champagne Castle in the heart of the Drakensberg was christened.
As is the common trend in the Drakensberg, surrounding hotels and resorts have been named after Champagne Castle, Monk's Cowl and Cathkin Peak.
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