Tiffindell is closed for the 2012 snow season.
However the resort has been bought by Lew Campbell and it is intended to restore Tiffindell to full operation for the 2013 season.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Tiffindell is in the Eastern Cape on the border with Lesotho. The resort is on the slopes of Ben McDhui in the southern Drakensburg Mountains.
The only ski area in South Africa. The whole resort is covered by snow making.
Modest natural snow fall. Limited ski area. No advanced ski runs.
Phone: +27 (45) 974 9004/5
Fax: +27 (45) 974 9006
Postal: PO Box 170, Barkly East, 9786
From Johannesburg the best route to take is via Bloemfontein, Aliwal North, Lady Grey and Barkly East. The distance is 817 km and the trip takes about 9 hours.
From Cape Town go to Colesberg and then Aliwal North, and from Durban or East London to Elliot then Barkly East. From Barkly East head to Rhodes Village and then Tiffindell. The distance is 1177 km in about 13 hours.
There is accommodation for 183 guests at the resort. See the packages web page for details.
Prices vary between R412 in the low season to R589 in peak season for a daily package including resort entry and equipment hire. Discounts are available for those with their own equipment. Children aged 10 and under receive a 25% discount on the adult price.
Group and private lessons are available. A R260 beginner ski or snowboard course is compulsory for first timers.
Included in accommodation packages.
Parking is available at the resort. Alternately visitors may park at Wartrail or Rhodes and catch a shuttle (R200 return) and avoid the last section of gravel road
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There is a restaurant for evening meals at the resort. Take away lunches are available
Bars & Entertainment
Ice Station 2720 is the highest pub on the continent. Yeti's Retreat is a bar overlooking the ski slope.
The Snowfun children's programme is available for kids aged 5 years and older.
There is a 60 metre long beginner area.
The main 1 km long ski run is imaginatively titled The Main Slope. Not all of it may be open for the full ski season.
Occasionally there is enough natural snow fall to allow experienced skiers to venture further afield.
Out of Bounds
Parks & Pipes
“Pure Rush” is a small terrain park.
Not really. The whole slope is groomed regularly.
The whole resort is above the tree line.
Visitors are welcome to build a snowman, have snowball fights or try 'bum-boarding'.
The resort was established in 1993.