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!

An actively operating farm, Bingelela’s central building is a long-established period farmhouse which has been cleverly converted into an award-winning restaurant and fully licensed bar boasting five large fireplaces and two thatched bomas, perfect for alfresco dining. Overlooking a crystal-clear, sun-drenched swimming pool with magical mountain views, the central entertainment area is surrounded by huge trees and – at night or during the day, whether it be winter or summer – the ambience is fantastic offering intimate, candlelit dinners, a fun, festive night out with a crowd and a simply relaxing afternoon by the pool where guests can watch their children on the trampoline and where sports enthusiasts can view their favourite game on big screen.

Comfortably seating up to 120 people, these facilities also make Bingelela an excellent spot for all special celebratory occasions. We hold conferences of all kinds and continue to be the favourite venue for year-end functions, weddings and fund raisers. A great live music venue too, come experience live music bands on every alternate Sunday lunch.

About the owners

Owner run and managed, dynamic husband and wife duo Joss and Paula Joubert are innovative, hands-on and entirely dedicated when it comes to the running of Bingelela. It’s their hard work, business savvy and warm hospitality that has ensured Bingelela’s great reputation since it first opened its doors in 2000.

It’s been an organic process of growth for Joss and Paula who have succeeded in building and maintaining a wonderful place for visitors to come relax and unwind and experience that “home-away-from-home” feeling while delighting in all the charms of the Drakensberg region.

Paula sees to catering, running the restaurant and developing the menu and it’s her incredible passion and flair for food that’s resulted in the continued success of the restaurant which draws guests from far and wide who come back time and again for her inventive and mouth-wateringly delicious dishes. Her creative personality is further seen all over – from the hand-made lamps, mosaic tables and mirrored pillars at the entrance to the garnishing of the dishes.

Joss is also as equally committed to the management of the property as he lovingly runs the farm, looks after guests and ensures quality of service from all staff members.

Whether you choose to run in for a refreshing drink, a superb supper, or sleep over for a few days, Paula and Joss ensure that the Bingelela experience will stay with you for a long time to come.

18 thoughts on “Bingelela”

  1. Hello,
    While I have already booked other accommodation I would really like to dine at the Bingelela restaurant. I’d plan on coming either on the 8th, 9th or 10th of December. Would this be possible. If so, should I make a reservation or can I arrive at the restaurant without one.

    Thanks and Warm Regards,

  2. Hi. Do you serve trout in your restaurant. I am bringing my parents for a holiday to drakensburg this weekend and my dad wants to eat trout.
    Please let me know


    1. Hi Viloshni,

      Yes, we have two dishes that have Trout in.

      There’s our starter Trout Pate served with homemade crostinis and our Smoked Trout and Avo Salad.

      Kind regards,

      The Bingelela Team 🙂

  3. Hi
    I would like to request for a quote of 2 night dated(30/09/2016 up to 02/10/2016) for 6 couples.

    We are looking for 1 house to accommodate us but have 3 bedrooms with double beds preferably.

    Thank you

  4. Hi
    We will be staying with you on the 9 & 10 th of September. Do your chalets have a kettle and or microwave etc and cutlery and crockery. Are there “braai” facilities or do we make use of the restaurant for all meals?

  5. Hi there… Could you please help me with you tarrifs…..

    We as a motorcycle club from Senekal are interrested to have our yearend function at Bingelela.. 6 to 8 couples can share..
    To sleep over the Friday and Saturday evenings…
    Last weekend of October or first 2 weekends in November..
    Just say when you can accommodate us asap … Must have on Thursday 29 September please..?
    Thank you
    Jurie Herne (Buffo Brigade)

  6. The most amazing food I have probably ever eaten! What a pleasant surprise – we popped in for supper passing through, and were blown away. Absolutely incredible. (Am I raving? No, you deserve the praise). Well done!

  7. Hi we have very fond memories of your place. We stayed there in 2003 with my Chinese husband you may recall. You served the most amazing “Eisbein” I also recall your Retriever, a pup then playing with us in the pool. And the great Mezanine Rondavel bungalow with jacuzzi bath.
    I just recommended you to my aunt Thérèse from Pretoria. She might take up my suggestion if she hasn’t planned all her trip. Probably a bunch of ladies. Greetings from Canada. Vic and Mike

  8. We absolutely loved everything Bingelela had to offer! Our children swam while we relaxed with a drink. The food and service were top notch. When we one day return to South Africa one day, we will definitely pay you another visit.

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