Clivia Hill Guest Cottage Champagne Valley B&B or Self Catering - Drakensberg

Clivia Hill Guest Cottage

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering at 6 Bell Park Dam Road (D53), Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About Clivia Hill Guest Cottage

Clivia Hill, situated on the banks of Bell Park Dam in the Central Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal, offers self-catering accommodation for up to six guests in a tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful setting within the ambit of the Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Clivia Hill is on The Drakensberg Experience route, one of the newest tourist routes in the Open Africa network.


The thatched double-storey guest unit comprises a living and dining area with a well-equipped open plan kitchen and three double bedrooms, each with its own bath or shower room adjacent or en suite. The two north-facing upstairs bedrooms open onto a balcony offering scenic views through 180˚.

All the rooms are provided with wall heaters for cold winter nights and ceiling fans and mosquito burners for summer. The living area, which has DStv and a log fireplace, opens onto a secluded covered porch equipped with a built-in braai and a Weber. Stone steps lead down from the porch through an indigenous rockery into an extensive clivia-filled garden from which a gate gives direct access to Bell Park Dam, known for its exceptionally pure water and its bird life. A two-seater canoe is available for hire.

Clivia Hill Facilities:
• Canoe for hire
• Ceiling fans
• DStv
• Electric under blankets
• Garden vegetables when available
• Homegrown herbs
• Large garden giving access to dam
• Log fireplace
• Microwave
• Parking on site
• Pet friendly (by arrangement)
• Private entrance
• Tree house for children
• Wall heaters
• Weber and built-in braai
• Well-equipped kitchen

Activities and amenities at or near Clivia Hill

Water sports:
Various kinds on Bell Park Dam and, just beyond the garden gate (swimming, canoeing, motor-boating and water skiing)

The dam is well stocked with bass, carp, Natal yellowfish and grass cob

Bird watching:
The abundant bird life around Bell Park Dam includes fish eagles, ground hornbills, crowned cranes and a wide variety of waterfowl

In the Bell Park Dam area. Options range from 30 minutes to four hours in duration

Mountain walks:
There are mapped trails and walks from Bell Park Dam into the Little Berg and beyond

Horse riding:
Horse trails through beautiful, little known Bergscapes available within 2km of Clivia Hill

Canopy tours:
The Drakensberg Canopy Tour is 20 minutes' drive from Clivia Hill, the Karkloof Canopy tour less than an hour away

Battlefields and historical sites:
The haunting battle site of Spioenkop and the key Boer War town of Ladysmith are both approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Clivia Hill, while a visit to Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift is a comfortable day trip

Game Reserves:
The Spioenkop and Weenen Game Reserves are both within easy reach

The renowned Drakensberg Boys' Choir School presents mid-weekly concerts during term time and hosts the annual Music in the Mountains festival in late April

Eating out:
The six hotels, three restaurants and four coffee shops situated within eight to 25kms of Clivia Hill provide a range and quality of food to satisfy all tastes

There are two small shopping centres each within 12 kms of Clivia Hill. Cedarwood has a supermarket, bottle store, laundrette and coffee shop as well as several speciality shops, while Thokozisa, set in an indigenous garden with a play area for children, has an information centre, restaurant, delicatessen, wine cellar, hair salon, art gallery and a variety of boutiques. Breads and baked treats can be bought at the Valley Bakery, which also has an art gallery and coffee shop. Winterton, 20 minutes’ drive from Clivia Hill, has two supermarkets, two petrol stations, a coffee and gift shop, a butchery, pharmacy, bottle store and post office. The Midlands Meander, which starts approximately 75 kms from Clivia Hill, affords an outing that combines beautiful scenery with an interesting variety of shopping and eating options

GP in Winterton, dentists in Estcourt and Bergville, two hospitals in Ladysmith

• Quad biking, paintball, ziplines and white water rafting within 10 km of Clivia Hill
• Tennis, golf and bowls - courts, courses and bowling greens are all to be found in the general neighbourhood

Seasonal highlights

• Music in the Mountains at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in late April
• Snow on the High Berg in winter
• Clivia season in early spring (end of August to mid-September) when this spectacular indigenous lily is in full bloom throughout the Clivia Hill garden

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -28.963305555555557
Longitude: 29.435916666333334

Closest airport(s)
King Shaka International - 250km
Pietermaritzburg Airport - 120km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Listed on
January 2014 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

Thank you for a lovely four days spent at Clivia Hill. You really do provide a home from home. We found your gift of a bunch of fresh garden herbs to be...

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