About Umzimkulu River Lodge
Umzimkulu River Lodge offers serviced Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering accommodation on one of the most beautiful bends of the Umzimkulu River in the Southern Drakensberg. Umzimkulu River Lodge is just two hours from Durban and six hours from Johannesburg in the foothills of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site.
Giant Cabin (sleeps 12):
Up market, secluded, sumptuous, spacious log home with two double en suite rooms, three twin rooms which share a separate toilet, separate shower and another full bathroom with bath, another en suite twin room with separate entrance. Huge living /entertainment area - open plan fully equipped kitchen, lounge with bar and two gas fireplaces, dining room opening onto the massive covered veranda (with braai facilities) overlooking the river. Huge level grassed garden with jungle gym, water slide and swings for your private use.
Malachite Cottage (sleeps 4):
Malachite is a free standing thatched cottage. It consists of two bedrooms, one double and one twin room (easily converted into king), one bathroom and lounge with a log fire. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas hob and oven, microwave, fridge and all the necessary cutlery and crockery. It also has its own deck with views of the river and its own braai facility.
Mangrove Cottage (sleeps 5):
Mangrove is a free standing thatched cottage ideal for a family of five. It is situated 200m away from any other buildings and offers excellent privacy. It consists of two bedrooms (two single beds or a king bed according to your preference), one bathroom with bath and shower, open plan lounge / dining area with log fire and single day bed in a nook, off the dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas hob and oven, microwave, fridge and all the necessary cutlery and crockery. It also has its own veranda views of the river and its own braai facility. The cottage is fenced and is a pet friendly unit.
Woodland is a free standing double storey house set about 150m away from any other buildings. It is ideal for a maximum of six adults and four children. It offers excellent privacy, comfortable accommodation and beautiful views. It has its own access down onto rolling lawns and the river island beyond. Upstairs It sleeps eight upstairs with one double en suite room (bath and shower), an additional double room, a twin room additional bathroom and a bunk bed on the landing and another bathroom with shower. Downstairs it sleeps two with a bed-sitter tucked into a corner of the lounge. The bed-sitter is a wrought iron framed single bed which pulls out from below. The fully equipped kitchen has a gas hob and oven, microwave and fridge / freezer and open plan dining area with double doors out onto the veranda, one additional bathroom. The lounge has a log fire and double doors out onto the covered veranda. The private garden and veranda have braai facilities and beautiful views.
Pied Cottage (Unit A):
Semi detached two sleeper unit with double en suite room upstairs, beautiful views of the river from your bed, bathroom built for two with a large tub and twin shower. Downstairs – open plan kitchenette, lounge (with log fire), and dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas hob / oven, microwave and fridge / freezer. Open-plan dining area has double doors opening out onto the verandah with gorgeous views and braai facilities.
Pied Cottage (Unit B):
Semi detached two sleeper unit with double en suite room upstairs, beautiful views of the river from your bed, bathroom built for two with a large tub and twin shower. Downstairs – open plan kitchenette, lounge (with log fire), and dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas hob / oven, microwave and fridge / freezer and open-plan dining area has double doors opening out onto the verandah with gorgeous views and braai facilities.
The Bower - Honeymoon Suite:
The Bower is a free standing thatched unit set away from the family accommodation with its own private entrance through a rose covered pergola. Within the room there is an extra length king size oak canopy bed, two arm chairs in front of the log fire. The kitchenette has a gas hob, fridge, microwave and all the necessary cutlery and crockery. The bathroom is made for two with a huge corner bath and a twin shower. The Bower has its own braai facilities and a private deck with loungers just 10m from the river.
Pygmy Cottage (sleeps 2):
Free standing, double story unit nestled in the trees. Pygmy has a steep staircase leading to a double en suite room with a balcony overlooking the gardens and river. The bathroom has a shower only. Downstairs there is a fully equipped open plan kitchenette with a gas hob, microwave and fridge / freezer. The dining / lounge area (with log fire), lead out onto a deck with braai facilities.
We have a set dinner menu with an option of two mains daily and several desserts to choose from. We also have an a la carte breakfast menu and a pub lunch menu if you prefer to leave the cooking to us!
Attractions and Activities
Activities include: trout fishing, small Bass dam, adventure playground, animal farm, walks, birding, Quad bike trails, horse riding and river rafting nearby.
Fishermen enjoy the unrivalled opportunities to catch rainbow trout along our 2.5km stretch of the Umzimkulu. Should the river conditions be unfavorable, there is a trophy dam on our neighbouring farm available to our guests - booking essential. The rivers are open from from September to end May every year. Dams are however open for year round fishing enjoyment.
Canoeing & Tubing
Canoes, paddles and tubes are available to our guests for hire. Tubing is a favorite summer activity. Guests are dropped off about 5km upriver and tube back to the lodge.
The Enchanted Neighbourhood
Animal Farm (tortoises, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs, geese, ducks and chickens). Jungle gym and swings, sandpit, trampoline, table tennis and soccer game.
• Horse rides on our neighbouring farm about 15km away
• Grass volleyball court
• DStv available in TV lounge
• Pool table and darts
• Kiddies video lounge, with board and other games for rainy days
• Putt-putt / mini golf and driving range
• Bring your passports for a 4x4 adventure up the Sani Pass for magical views from Lesotho
• Guided tours of bushman paintings, rock art and yellowwood forest
• Restaurants, coffee shops, gift and curio shops, farm stalls and art studios
• Himeville Museum
There is sporadic cell phone signal.