About Kwela Lodge
Kwela Lodge is a historical country home situated at the foot of Otto’s Bluff Mountain with a breathtaking panoramic view over the Albert Falls Dam and Umgeni Valley against the backdrop of the Karkloof Mountain.
It is the ideal place for a weekend, family getaway or business overnight stay - anyone wanting to relax and seeking tranquility, peace and security in country surrounding. Only 15 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, 20 minutes from Albert Falls Dam Reserve and 1 hour from Durban.
Enjoy our beautiful gardens and trees which are home to an abundance of birds and make friends with our farm animals. Explore the unspoilt African bush on our 58 ha property with a chance to see Nyala, Duiker, Warthog, Bushpig and Vervet Monkeys. Or simply relax at the Pool and listen to the rustle of the palm leaves above you.
Be inspired by the history of this magic place which dates back to 1881 when the first settler arrived in this valley and 1936 when the movie "King Solomon's mines" was filmed in this area.
We offer accommodation in 3 guest rooms and 2 self catering cottages. They are part of the former farm and settler's home. Effort was made to preserve the charme of these days - bay windows, high ceilings, yellowwood and oregon pine floors or bathroom tiles from the Sixties.
Our "Room with a View" - with private entrance (sliding glass door) to the garden overlooking Albert Falls Dam. The spacious room is furnished with a queensize bed, a 2-seater couch in the bay window corner, a table and chair, dressing table, overhead ventilation, TV (SABC, eTV) plus en suite bathroom with bath and integrated shower.
A spacious room with a high ceiling and bay window facing the front garden. It is furnished with a double bed, table, chairs and easy chair, a sleeper couch and TV (SABC, eTV). En suite bathroom with bath and integrated shower.
A smaller but very cosy room facing the Veranda with a double bed, a table and chairs, overhead ventilation and TV (SABC, eTV). This room has got its own bathroom with bath and shower, but separate across the passage.
Oak Tree Cottage:
This charming, rustic farm cottage is surrounded by its own private, fenced garden with ancient Oak Trees. It has got a patio with braai facilities and garden furniture with a beautiful view of Albert Falls Dam and the bush veld. This cottage is also close to the Pool area.
It is a self catering family unit with a spacious lounge with a couch, table and TV Cabinet (DStv Easy View), a dining room area with table and chairs and a well equipped kitchen.
The cottage accommodates 6 guests in 3 bedrooms: the spacious main bedroom with a queen size bed, one bedroom with 2 single beds and another smaller bedroom with 2 single beds. The cottage has got one spacious bathroom with shower. An additional 1-2 guests can be accommodated on a double sleeper couch which is in an open room next to the kitchen (separated by a curtain).
Pecan Nut Cottage:
Situated in the farm area amidst Pecan Nut Trees next to the orchard and paddock, this self-catering cottage has 2 separate bedrooms, one with a double and one with two single beds, a bathroom with shower, kitchen plus a dining room area in the passage between the rooms with table and chairs and TV (SABC, eTV). There is a small garden in the back of the cottage facing the sunset and a Braai area plus garden furniture in front of the cottage under the Pecan Nut Tree.
Swimming pool, farm animals, bush walks, bird watching, secure parking. Peace and tranquility in country surroundings.
We offer 2 Function Venues for hire on a "self catering" basis:
The Barn is the beautifully restored former milking shed and can seat 100 people with enough space for dancing and a buffet - or more for lunch and dinner. Adjacent to it is a spacious function kitchen and the quaint "St.Albert Chapel". This venue is ideal for weddings, corporate functions, Christmas lunches and birthday parties.
The Function Pool Room:
The Function Pool Room is next to the Swimming Pool overlooking Albert Falls Dam. It can accommodate max. 40 people and is the ideal venue for a smaller wedding, birthday lunch or dinner, corporate functions, informal meetings and small conferences (Special conditions apply).