Penwarn Country Lodge Drakensberg Hotel Accommodation in Underberg

Penwarn Country Lodge

Hotel at Penwarn Farm, Bushman's Nek Road. Underberg, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About Penwarn Country Lodge

Penwarn Country Lodge is nestled in a beautiful valley in the Southern Drakensberg. Traversed by the Ngangwane river, this farm boasts a wide variety of game, including zebra, wildebeest, and antelope. For birding enthusiasts, our wetlands are home to 280 species of birds, including the elusive wattled crane.

The magnificent southern Drakensberg mountains rise up in the west and include famous peaks such as Hodgsons, Garden Castle, Rhino, and of course, the legendary Sani Pass. Rosy sunrises, and star-studded evening skies form the back drop to an intimate break from city life. The rustic charm of the lodges is set against the luxury of fine fare and good, old fashioned country hospitality. Only 25 minutes from the mountain village of Underberg, this is the ideal base for day trips up Sani Pass - remember your passports.


Choose between two fully-catered exclusive lodges, Mthini Lodge and Indabushe Lodge. Mthini Lodge overlooks a beautiful dam with stunning berg views, and is more private in its location. Indabushe Lodge is a beautifully refurbished 120 year old sandstone building, with all the rustic charm of old world, complemented by the comfort of all the trimmings needed to provide comfort and cheer. Each room follows a theme: Zebra, Agapanthus, Duck and Trout, a testimony to the abundance of animal life at the lodge, and the once resident Nimrod-the-otter also has a room in his honour!

We also offer self-catering accommodation (Kudu Lodge, Mthini Lodge, Wildflower Cottage, Nguni Cottage, Kingfisher Cottage and Riverside Cottage), which are comfortably equipped to make your stay with us an unforgettable experience. Wildflower and Nguni and Kingfisher Cottage are the newest editions. These thatched cottage are ideal for groups of up to 6 people, whilst Kingfisher sleeps 4. Fully self-contained cottages with microwave, stove and fridge/freezer combination. Braai facility available outside. Kitchen, lounge area open plan with DSTV with selected channels. Bathroom downstairs with shower. Downstairs bedrooms with double bed. Upstairs in the loft there are 2 single beds and a double bed. Please note that Kingfisher has a double bed downstairs and 2 single beds upstairs. It doesn't as yet have a TV.

The Barn is dormitory style accommodation with 5 double bunks downstairs and 4 double bunks upstairs with a double bed. There are 2 bathrooms with 2 showers and toilets. Kitchen area downstairs with stove, fridge / freezer and a long table in the middle. Fireplace and couches for relaxing.


Unless you simply want to put your feet up and soak in the peace and tranquillity of Penwarn and its amazing environment, activites to fill the day abound - fly-fish on a stretch of the farmís Ngangwane river, in one of 4 trout dams, or 1 bass dam, or enjoy scenic horse rides amongst the game. Relax at a picnic along the banks of a river pool, cool off in its refreshing waters and mountain biking.

Discover the secret beauty of San rock art, where we boast one of the biggest paintings of Eland in the Southern Hemisphere. Scout around for wild flowers, or visit the vulture restaurant, perchance catching a glimpse of the lammergeyer. The black eagle, osprey and marsh harrier are also resident at Penwarn. Go hiking and take in the scenery of our magnificent mountains that are a World Heritage Site.


Conferences are held in our Conference Centre which accommodates 25 delegates. Should a larger venue be required, our dining room is adapted to accommodate 40 delegates, while the open thatch lapa accommodates 100 and meals are served elsewhere in the lodge. The Lodge can accommodate 55 overnight guests, but in the cases of larger conferences, accommodation is arranged on neighbouring farms and hospitality establishments.


Penwarn is a charming and romantic wedding venue that can host weddings of up to 150 guests in an open thatch lapa. All services for the bridal party and guests can be organised through the lodge, where wedding planning services are provided.

Penwarn makes the perfect venue for challenging, teambuilding exercises, conferences, enchanting weddings or other special occasions. Contact us to discuss how we can tailor make your holiday, conference or event to suit your needs and far exceed your expectations!

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Underfloor heating
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Wake up calls


  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Chapel
  • Co-ordinator (in-house)
  • Decorating
  • Parking
  • Standard conf. equipment
  • Team building facilities

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Tour assistance


AA Quality Assured Accommodation Highly Recommended

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -29.858333333333334
Longitude: 29.346388888555555

Closest airport(s)
Durban International - 220km
Pietermaritzburg Airport - 140km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h00

These times are are guideline only. Exceptions to check-in / out times by arrangement, please enquire.

Listed on
August 2008 - 8 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

This place is a must, breath taking views, animals, dam and rivers even waterfall. They have it all. We stayed in the log cabin. it is stunning. trust me...

Dylan, hillcrest Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
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