Wild Horses Lodge Hotel in Drakensberg

Wild Horses Lodge

5 Star Game Lodge at Amanzi Amakhulu, Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, Harrismith, Free State, South Africa. Show on Map

About Wild Horses Lodge

Located in the Northern Drakensberg in the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, Wild Horses Lodge is the perfect location for a luxurious romantic getaway. With its panoramic views of the majestic Platberg Mountain and the vast Sterkfontein Dam, the Lodge is a masterpiece of architectural design in local sandstone and offers luxury accommodation, exquisite cuisine and a variety of activities centred around the dam and the abundant wildlife of the reserve and mountains.

This small, romantic country lodge with its four ultra luxurious rooms is privately owned by Jon and Trish Hawkins. Michelle (manager) and Emile (chef) will be your hosts and offer personalised service and a warm South African welcome to guests seeking tranquillity, comfort and stylish sophistication in beautiful surroundings.

Conveniently situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban and Bloemfontein, just 40 km from Harrismith and is close to many Drakensberg resorts, Wild Horses is the perfect place to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

We undertake to provide our guests with peaceful surroundings and complete privacy and, for this reason, children and pets and not permitted.


The Lodge consists of an accommodation wing, a dining room which opens onto an extensive terrace, a lounge with private library and a well-stocked wine cellar. A Koi pond, rim-flow pool, rose garden and landscaped indigenous garden complete the picture.

Accommodation is offered on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis or the Lodge can be booked in its entirety for private functions.

Smoking is not permitted in the rooms, bar, Guest Lounge or Dining Room, as in normal Drakensberg accommodation.

Those wanting to relax and savour the tranquility and beauty of the surrounds will not be disturbed. Bask in the sun at the rim-flow pool with its views over the expansive Sterkfontein Dam or indulge in a massage in your suite. Stroll around the indigenous garden or the extensive rose garden or watch the Koi glide through the cool waters of the pond.

The more energetic can choose from a host of on-site activities: hiking, boat cruises, horse riding, bird watching or fly fishing.

Every care has been taken to make your stay at Wild Horses as comfortable as possible and to provide outstanding facilities and amenities.
• The Dining Room offers a five star dining experience
• Massages can be booked by prior arrangement, are charged for separately, and take place in the privacy of the guest's suite or on our viewing deck
• The library has a good selection of novels and other reading material
• The guest lounge has underfloor heating, DSTV, Internet access and fax facility
• There is Wireless Internet connectivity and good cellphone reception


The Wild Horses Dining Room offers a truly magnificent dining experience. Vast folding doors open onto the expansive terrace to showcase panoramic views of the Sterkfontein Dam beyond the Lodge's landscaped indigenous gardens.

Inside the dining area, a reeded ceiling and fireplace create a cosy, rustic ambiance. Meals are served in the Dining Room or on the viewing deck. Wake up to a delicious Continental or full English breakfast, laze over a light lunch and indulge in a gourmet 3-course dinner. Afternoon cake and tea are served everyday overlooking the koi pond or in the luxury of your suite.

Guests are able to select their own bottle of wine from the Lodge's private wine cellar which is continually being added to as host Jon Hawkins is an avid collector.


Many beautiful brides have had their dream day become a reality at our lodge with every wish and desire catered for. Our mountain provides a setting that is exclusive and unique where the couple can customize their special day by meeting with our staff to discuss every important detail of this momentous occasion.

The fear of compromising our excellent cuisine, attention to detail and 5 star service, limits us to catering for not more than 40 guests.

When the vows are over and the rings in place, this is the perfect place from which to begin your married life.


As your first trip as man and wife, honeymoons are important. They set the tone for your life together and it's a time that you'll remember for many years to come. You spent months pulling together a perfect wedding and now it's time to relax and enjoy this time as a newly united couple.

Wild Horses is perfect for the couple looking for solitude and pampering after many months of hectic wedding planning. Luxury goes hand-in-hand with fine wine and superlative dining. You can spend a romantic afternoon on a picnic, enjoy lunch overlooking the Sterkfontein Dam or have romantic sundowners on the boat while viewing game.

Your every whim will be catered to and your evenings will include a romantic candle-lit dinner before retiring to your sumptuous room with en-suite bathroom, with showers and slipper or spa baths, separate toilets, individual climate control, real log fireplaces and oil heaters ... all adding to the romance. Luxury is taken to yet another level and we will create an unforgettable experience for honeymooners.

Special Occasions

Parties by nature should be fun, and exciting. Host your next event in a venue that will really get your guests talking and leave a memorable impression.

Grand celebrations demand a venue that does justice to the event - somewhere with style, and blessed with superb views. That location is Wild Horses. We offer a very private, exclusive venue for those extra special occasions such as a wedding proposal, an engagement celebration dinner, an intimate birthday surprise or an anniversary.

Whatever the event, we'll make sure your big day is captivating.

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -28.498997
Longitude: 28.990801

Closest airport(s)
King Shaka International - 300km
OR Tambo International - 300km

Children policy
Children 12 years and older are welcome.

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April 2011 - 2 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

We were gracefully welcomed and shown our luxurious rooms. The beautiful and tranquil environment enhanced our peaceful sisters stay at the lodge . The...

Jenny Timol, Durban

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