Geluksburg, Drakensberg

It is probably closer to the truth to describe the little town of Geluksburg as tiny. It is indeed nothing larger than a hamlet. The town has roughly fifteen houses, a couple of shops, and a mountain with one tree (or at least from town it appears to have but one). It also has a crossroads and a sign indicating how far it is to Bergville and Ladysmith. And a very interesting history.

Geluksburg lies in the midst of the northern Drakensberg, its position more than making up for its diminutive status. Just inside KwaZulu Natal, the little town is closest to the Free State border, sandwiched between the Oliviershoek and Van Reenen mountain passes, virtually in the middle of nowhere.

The nearest town is quite far from here and you can understand that once upon a time the valley that is closest to the town of Geluksburg was known as the 'lost valley' for a group of people that lived in complete isolation from the rest of cilvilsation at the turn of the century.

Geluksburg lies at the base of the Ntintwa Mountain and it is here that you come to get lost in the true sense of the word. When people say they want to 'get away from it all' they usually mean as long as it is close enough to shop somewhere, but when you stay in Geluksburg, you really do get away from everything commercial, even if you are but 30 kilometres from the N3.

But it is the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding mountain peaks that are the Drakensberg that really makes your stay here sublime.

Travellers' Reviews

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Verified reviewvery good

We left our hearts in Geluksberg! Well, there's pretty much nothing to do except look at the mountains, so don't go there expecting to be entertained. But, if you want beauty , Geluksberg is the place. And town isn't THAT far away.

Cliffy de Klerk (Rembrandt, Limpopo)

Verified reviewexcellent

In Geluksburg at the Homestead, Pennie and Ian,clearly like what they are doing, which is to offer value for money, without skimping on details and personal attention. Phil,Penniue's father built most of the rooms himself (and maintains the facilities), and Pennie feeds the guests from her massive kitchen, offering marvellous dinners and breakfasts. Geluksburg is placed within striking distance of the standard attractions of the northern and central Drakensberg, Geluksburg also has a secret up its sleeve - the Middledale pass to the northeast, which offers a completely unknown scenic 'Berg experience, with not a single SUV in sight - just peace, clean air, spectacular scenery and a tarred road back to Pennie's dining room. Our family fervently hopes that our latest (and third) visit will not be our last.

Johan Viljeon (South Africa)

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