Shawswood

Shawswood

“Shawswood” is situated 23 kms from Howick on the Karkloof/Rietvlei Road. The property has been in the Shaw family since the mid to late 1800’s and, until recently, was run as a timber farm and sawmill. Even now, there is evidence of some of the old logging trails through the bush.

The old homestead still stands, having slept 6 generations under its roof. The stables that were home to all the polo ponies over the years have recently been converted into rustic accommodation, and paths to the top and bottom of our waterfall have been cleared and well marked, for people to explore.

The original Shawswood stables have been converted into rustic rooms containing 3 to 4 bunkbeds each, suitable for school, sporting, rambling or church groups (58 beds). There is an additional wing offering single or double accommodation (12 people) and a decent ablution block, with plenty of hot water for showering.

The farm workshop has been turned into a large dining hall, also suitable for indoor activities. Large groups are required to bring their own bedding and eating utensils. Mattresses with covers are provided, as are cooking facilities. Bulk catering can be arranged upon request, and braai facilities and firewood are available.

There are also large grassed areas for group activities and we are always open to new ideas for obstacle courses and team building exercises. We offer guided walks for school children. Similar walks for other groups can be arranged on request, otherwise the paths are well-marked for you to explore at your own pace.

Stone Haven is Shawswood’s latest project! This 1880 sand-stone structure has been turned into a fully contained self-catering cottage, a “haven” for nature lovers to spend a tranquil few days away! A yellowwood staircase leads up to a quaint loft bedroom, complete with brass bed. Awaken to magnificent sights of the indigenous forest and mountain, and breakfast on the verandah, watching the birds and enjoying panoramic views of rural Africa! “Stone Haven” started off as a stable and hay loft, at the time when the original Shaw brothers were renowned for their polo playing skills!

Zulu Hut and Inkunzi Cave

Zulu Hut and Inkunzi Cave

Situated in the foothills of the Central Drakensberg mountains, in the beautiful Champagne Valley, are three totally unique self-catering units. Inkunzi Cave has a San theme, with rock art and carvings on the walls. The Zulu Hut has an African theme and is decorated in true Zulu style and Diddly Squat has a “squatter” theme!

Each of the three units has a braai facility and is completely private from the main house and other units. Roads are tarred all the way. The area boasts several places of interest, as well as shops, restaurants and loads of adventure activities. We are situated only 2.5 hours from Durban and 4 hours from Johannesburg.

The pools on the property are not fenced and as a result children who cannot swim are not accommodated.

Self Catering Accommodation

Inkunzi Cave (sleeps 4)
Inkunzi Cave has a rock finish inside and out, with rock art and carvings on the walls, ensuring a real “bushman” experience. It is fully equipped for self-catering, with a cooker, microwave, fridge, electric fireplace heater, DStv and sound system. The lounge / kitchen area has a double sleeper couch and separate toilet and “rock” shower, and the main bedroom has a toilet and amazing rock bath.

The large rock pool adjoins the cave which makes it unsuitable for families with toddlers or very young children. It sleeps 2 couples comfortably although it only has one separate bedroom. Uninterrupted views of the mountains and the surrounding hills are amazing.

The Zulu Hut (sleeps 4)
The Zulu Hut is like a traditional ‘mud’ hut, but the additional bathroom and large double shower are done in a unique rock finish. It has a cooker,fridge, TV, microwave and electric fireplace heater. Lie on the bed in the separate bedroom and watch the mountain change to a champagne colour as the sun rises.

There is a double sleeper couch, as well as a suspended single bed, in the lounge / kitchen area. This is ideal for families with children. There is a lovely little splash pool outside the hut.

Diddly Squat (sleeps 2)
Our third unit, Diddly Squat, is ideal for couples wanting to experience something really different. It has a double bed in a bed-sit style single room, with shower and toilet. The most exciting feature is the old wood stove for cooking, although there is also a 2-plate gas cooker and a large fridge.

There’s no TV so bring along your laptop with lots of movies. As you lie in bed, or sit in the ‘kitchen’, you’ll be able to see Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak perfectly through the window. There’s also a small splash pool outside where you can cool down after your hike up the mountain! Enjoy a ‘budget’ style stay at real budget prices.

Injisuthi Camp

Injisuthi Camp

Injisuthi lies in the central part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is a four-hour drive from Durban and six hours from Johannesburg on the N3.

Cradled between the Injisuthi and Cowl Fork Rivers at the head of the Injisuthi Valley, the resort is surrounded by spectacular scenery dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monks Cowl and Champagne Valley.

The Mdedelo Wilderness Area immediately north of the resort is a unique, wild and remote mountain wilderness without any direct human impact.

This spectacular mountain landscape contains many rock shelters containing the largest and most concentrated group of San rock art in Africa south of the Sahara. These paintings were created by the San people over a period of at least 4 000 years and are of outstanding quality. The paintings depict aspects of the everyday and spiritual life of these vanished people.

Battle Caves, with its wide sandstone overhang, is one of the best-preserved San rock art sites in southern Africa. Guided walks are available to the cave daily (advance bookings essential). Injisuthi is the starting point of several extensive hiking trails leading across the mountains northwards to Cathedral Peak and south to Giant’s Castle.

Guided Walk

 

  • Guided walks to the Battle Cave, famous for its San Rock art, are booked in advance and are limited to a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 people.
  • Please contact +27 (0)73 353 1459, email: umhafatours@gmail.com or or +27 (0)82 216 9974, email: buffaloguides@lantic.net

 

Hiking

 

  • Overnight hiking routes extend deep into valleys and forests of the area and up onto the main escarpment, ensuring a pure wilderness experience with breath taking views and scenery.
  • Day hikes and walks consist of routes that are graded from easy to difficult. Some of them have gloriously refreshing rock pools to swim in leaving you feeling completely rejuvenated.
  • The weather can change suddenly and become very cold so hikers are advised to be well equipped. It is strongly recommended to hike in parties of four or more.
  • Please note: The Mountain Rescue Register must to be completed before you begin your hike. Make sure you sign out again when you return. Ensure that you complete the Mountain Rescue Register correctly and in detail. It is very often the only information the rescue team has to go on if you have an accident or get lost. When you leave the park, it is essential that you record your return in the Mountain Rescue Register. Failure to do so wastes valuable time for managers during rescue operations. Your life may depend on this information.

 

Trout Fishing

 

  • There are several kilometres of trout waters for fishing.
  • Trout anglers are required to pay a daily rod fee, which can be paid at the reception office.
  • Please note that only recognised trout fishing tackle and techniques are permitted.
  • Fishing is available all year round.

 

Caves

 

  • There are five caves, which are ideal overnight stops for hikers.0
  • Cooking may only be done on portable stoves whilst in the wilderness area.
  • Advance bookings must be made via the central Reservations office +27 (0) 33 845 1000
  • The Lower Injisuthi Cave – Maximum of 12 people, + 6 hrs/12km
  • Upper Injisuthi,Cave – Maximum of 10 people, + 8 hrs/15km
  • Grindstone Cave – Maximum of 10 people, + 3 hrs/5km
  • Marble Baths Cave – Maximum of 10 people, + 5 hrs/10km
  • Wonder Valley Cave – Maximum of 12 people, + 5 hrs/10km

 

Leopards Lair Lodge

Leopards Lair Lodge

Leopard’s Lair is a guest house located near the Drakensberg world heritage site near to Giant’s Castle and the Kwa Zulu Natal Midlands. The Buys family is the magic behind Leopard’s Lair. You aren’t just a guest, you’re family! Leopard’s Lair’s mission is to turn your stay into a memorable experience. This is a “real, working farm”, offering all kinds of agri tourism attractions. You can bottle feeding lambs. Meet Lallie the tame Eland. Collect eggs from the free range hens. Children delight in petting the animals and watching some of the farming activities. Life is lived at a gentler pace, take time to chat and to pick your own vegetables from their organic vegetable garden. Strawberries taste best eaten directly as you pick them.

Leopard’s Lair offers affordable family accommodation on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. Accommodation available for up to seven persons. Self Catering accommodation options available too.

Our two boys are our best ambassadors and can’t wait to share their fun and adventure with guests and maybe a little touch of naughtiness. Let your kids try their hand at fishing or canoeing. Outdoors is the best source for fun and your kids will be  entertained for hours while  you finish reading your book in peace.

The Midlands Meander, with its arts and crafts, breweries and cheese tasting starts right here. The Mandela Capture Site is also around the corner as is everything that the Drakensberg Mountains offer

Shaka Lodge

zulu waters - your own private game reserve

Zulu Waters Game Reserve offers you the exclusive use of its 3000 hectare estate, your time here is tailored to create the experience you want from South Africa. Situated in the peaceful malaria free foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain range in KwaZulu-Natal, Zulu Waters Game Reserve promises a uniquely intimate experience with the African wilderness. Whether you want to take a horse back ride up close and personal to the herds of wildebeest and buffalo or fish for wild brown trout in the 8km stretch of Bushman’s River, Zulu Water’s blend of exclusivity and adventure makes for an African experience unlike any other. Those who spend time at Zulu Waters Private Reserve are left with a sense that something in them has changed – they are perhaps a little more fulfilled – a little more inspired.

Based in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, making it a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg or a 2 hour drive from Durban – Zulu Waters is a perfect escape. Due to our stunning location summer days can go above 30°C whilst winter days reach 18°C. We are also in a malaria free area and incase of medical emergencies we have trained first aiders on site. The nearest hospital is an hour away but we do have access to helicopter emergency services nearby.

Qambathi Mountain Lodge

Qambathi Mountain Lodge

Luxury Accommodation

3 Superior Suites have private covered decks with hanging chairs from where you can enjoy the surroundings and views of the mountain
2 Luxury Suites are situated in the main building and are equally equipped and offer easy access to the dining and entertainment areas.

All rooms are non-smoking and have under floor heating, hairdryers, lodge stationery, a room safe, separate bath and shower with bath consumables and tea/coffee making facilities.

Our Services Include

The Chill Lounge and Pool Deck area offer panoramic views of the gardens and Kamberg mountain, ideal to enjoy a late afternoon sundowner or to simply relax in the sun in one of the amazing hanging chairs or loungers.

At night a Boma fire creates the perfect setting for star gazing. A well stocked wine cellar is on offer next to the dining and library area.

Own transport is recommended although transfers from anywhere in the country can be arranged.

Self-catering unit

Our self-catering unit offer sleeping for four persons in two rooms. It is situated close to the lodge yet private. Meals can be booked at the lodge. View on gallery page.

The Kamberg Mountain Reserve & Kamberg Rock and Art Centre is only a short distance away with the Midlands Meander only a few km down the road.

Enjoy wine tasting, cheese making, candle dipping and many more sight-seeing adventure tours available to visitors in the area. Whether you are looking for a wedding/honeymoon destination, luxury retreat or adventure, Qambathi Mountain Reserve offers tourists to KwaZulu Natal a holiday to remember. Sink into total comfort of the meticulously designed rooms defined by a blend of natural colours and contemporary use of natural materials with luscious textures. Local and renowned S.A artists such as Bron Stofberg, Hillary Grant Curry, Clive Hatton  and Franco Esposito to name a few.. have been commissioned to complete this stylish getaway.

Set in a wildlife reserve against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, Qambathi Mountain Lodge is not just a beautiful and unique honeymoon destination, but also offers fabulous wedding venue options. The boutique barn with its large fireplace, boma and stunning mountain views is perfect for summer and winter weddings. Another option is a forest wedding on the pretty timber deck tucked into the indigenous forest with a little river running through it, and then there is the main lodge, which has a gorgeous chill deck overlooking the gardens. Qambathi Mountain Lodge also offers you the opportunity to tailor make your wedding to include a special weekend of bush dinners, picnics, game drives in the mountains, fly fishing, hiking, horse riding and golf.

A maximum of 80 guests can be accommodated in the venue. An old sandstone church is situated less than 10 minutes from the lodge or the gardens offer many options for the ceremony. The entire lodge form part of our wedding packages, with fully catered or own caterer options.

 

Kingfisher Cottage

Kingfisher Cottage

The cottage sleeps four adults and one child in two separate bedrooms; the main bedroom has a Queen size bed and a single bed for a child alongside; the front room has two single beds. Electric blankets, double ablution facilities; a gas stove (in case of power outages), an open fireplace and a spacious covered patio overlooking the dam, all add up to a congenial place for an “away from it all” peaceful break.

Local attractions and things to do range from: trout fishing, on both dams and rivers (3 of them, Mooi, Klein Mooi and Bushmans) (Highmoor is one of the best still water fisheries in the country), a visit to the Crane Rehabilitation Centre, San Rock Art or a day in the Weenen Game Reserve, to horse trails, golf, excellent hiking opportunities in three Nature Reserves where Eland abound, a simple picnic on the banks of the Little Mooi (on the property). Enjoy the great variety of bird life, or may be…. just come and relax.

Please note that entrance to the Nature Reserves is upon payment of a small fee and all fishing requires the payment of a rod fee.

National Heritage Nature Park

National Heritage Nature Park

Reedbuck is a luxury, 8 sleeper self-catering cottage that overlooks a well-stocked trout dam and consists of two double bedrooms (one en-suite), two bathrooms and a loft room with four bunk beds. The open-plan design of the kitchen/dining room/lounge presents breathtaking views of the mountains and leads onto a large wooden deck with weber braai, ideally suited for sundowners or meals.

 

Oribi is a luxury, 8 sleeper self-catering cottage that overlooks a well-stocked trout dam and consists of two double bedrooms (one en-suite), two bathrooms and a third bedroom with four bunk beds. The open-plan design of the kitchen/dining room/lounge presents breathtaking views of the mountains and leads onto a  covered verandah with weber braai ideally suited for sundowners or meals.

Eland is a luxury, 8 sleeper self-catering cottage that overlooks a well-stocked trout dam and consists of two double bedrooms (one en-suite), two bathrooms and a third bedroom with four bunk beds. The open-plan design of the kitchen/dining room/lounge presents breathtaking views of the mountains and leads onto a  covered verandah with weber braai ideally suited for sundowners or meals.

The Riverhouse

The Riverhouse

All individually decorated, spacious rooms have their own bathrooms, DSTV, tea and coffee making facilities, heaters, electric blankets and roof fans. There are three double rooms in the main house, one with a separate entrance.

There are also two en-suite double annexes with their own entrances, and a self-contained family room with twin beds and sleeper chairs that can sleep 2 to 4 and is equipped for self-catering with fridge, microwave, 2-plate stove, toaster and the necessary crockery and cutlery.

The Riverhouse is very secure, with palisade fencing, security patrols at night and electric gates. There is ample safe parking. All rooms are serviced daily.

The Riverhouse is located conveniently within Estcourt, close to all the conveniences, but because of its large terraced grounds and tranquil position overlooking the river, the atmosphere is that of a peaceful country retreat. Easy access to the N3 makes exploring the Drakensberg, the Battlefields and the Midlands Meander a breeze. The quiet atmosphere, excellent and friendly service, and spacious living areas make it equally ideal for the businessman looking for a comfortable and upmarket “home from home”.

There is a designated smoking area on the veranda, the rest of the guesthouse is non-smoking.

Room 1
Large, luxury en-suite room with king-size bed and DStv.
Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower over bath King beds
Other Fan, Heater, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms
TV DStv ,Views River

Room 2
Room with king-size or twin beds, sleeper couch for a child, private bathroom, and DStv.
Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom, Shower only
Sleeper couch, King beds
Other Fan, Heater, Radio, No Smoking in Rooms
TV DStv ,Views River

Room 3
En-suite room with queen-size bed, DStv, and private entrance.
Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only
Queen beds
Other Balcony/patio, Heater, Radio, No Smoking in Rooms
TV DStv,Views River

Self-catering Room 6
Open-plan room with three single beds, one smaller pull out bed, DStv, and self-catering facilities.
Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom, Shower only Single beds
Other Self-catering, Fan, Heater, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
TV DStv ,Views Garden

Blue Haze Country Lodge

Blue Haze Country Lodge

Blue Haze Country Lodge is the Premier accommodation establishment in the Estcourt area and the only hotel offering a diverse range of accommodation, from self-catering units to luxurious suites, to suit the contractor market, families and the decerning business executive. We are the only hotel establishment in Estcourt offering the above as well as an al a carte restaurant, cozy pub and a dedicated conference and wedding center in a scenic, tranquil and safe environment.

Blue Haze Country Lodge is a charming lodge, set in spectacular mountain and lake scenery bordering the popular Wagendrift Dam in the picturesque foothills of the Drakensberg mountain range. Situated 3 minutes from the N3 highway, 450km from Johannesburg, 170km from Durban and 7km from the town of Estcourt. The expansive lawns, kikuyu horse paddocks, public service areas, kiddies play area, conference and wedding centre, rim-flow pool, hotel suites and chalets are superbly maintained and we pride ourselves in every meal and beverage we serve!

Blue Haze offers 32 accommodation units including standard en-suite rooms, deluxe, executive and 7 self-catering. We cater for up to 250 wedding guests and sleep a maximum of 76 people. Enjoy one of many activities or scenic day trips or chill at the pool before quenching your thirst and making new friends in the cosy Pheasant Plucker’s Pub and complete your evening with a superb meal prepared by our chefs. Guests and day visitors are offered warm and friendly hospitality by a happy Blue Haze team.

Ashtonville Terraces Guesthouse

Ashtonville Terraces Guesthouse

Ashtonville Terraces promises to offer all those who visit a warm, friendly welcome and a comfortable stay in an environment that can be described as a combination of Victoriana and Afro-centricity. With all 6 ensuite rooms reflecting the diverse colours of this beautiful country plus lush gardens and pool for guests enjoyment, Ashtonville Terraces offers the perfect place for a country getaway or just a cosy stop-over.

The town of Estcourt nestled amongst the rolling foothill of the Drakensberg World Heritage site, 2 hours from Durban and 3.5 hours from Johannesburg, finds itself well situated at the apex of 3 major tourist destinations; the Drakensberg Experience, the Battle Fields Route and the Midland Meander, thus offering visitors an abundance of historical, cultural and natural places to explore.

Ashtonville Terraces is a charming Victorian Homestead built in the late 1800’s. All our rooms are en-suite and there is a dining area for our famous English Breakfasts and for evening meals on request. Guests may also use the kitchen and dining facilities if they wish to cater for themselves.

Room types and facilities:
The following rooms are available and range from R390 for a single person for one night. Please contact us to tailor a package and price especially for you. Groups and long stays will receive preferential rates.

4 Double Rooms: Contains a double-bed and en-suite bathroom (request a shower or bath).

Other facilities:
Pool, free unlimited Wi-Fi in the dining area, patio, braai facilities, undercover parking, guest lounge, MasterCard, Visa AND American Express accepted. Full English breakfast served in the dining area – when booked with accommodation. Suppers and lunch packs on request. Laundry services and baby sitting on request. Although we do not have a halaal certified kitchen all our meat and cooking products are halaal.

2 Family Rooms: Blue Room contains 2 double beds with an en-suite bathroom containing a shower. This room is in the main house, but has its own separate entrance if needed.

Terracotta Room contains 1 double bed and 2 single beds with an en-suite bathroom containing a shower.

All rooms contain a TV with DSTV, Tea and coffee station, heater, fan, magazines, extra blankets, towels and shampoo and soap and our handmade bath salts. All rooms serviced daily. Any other requests will be gladly handled by our staff.

Within 1 kilometre:

Estcourt Golf Club, Estcourt Bowling Club, Pick and Pay (150 metres), Fort Durnford Museum, Umtshezi Tourism Office, Glamosa Glass Factory Shop.

Surrounds:
Midlands Meander (20 minutes), Central Drakensberg (20 minutes), Battlefields Route, The Drakensberg Experience.

 

White Mountain Lodge

White Mountain Lodge

The whole idea of holidaying at White Mountain Lodge is relaxation, whether through enjoyable activities or lazy days in beautiful natural surroundings. In other words doing as you please at your leisure.

Being a country lodge, White Mountain Lodge offers rooms and chalets with self catering or full board facilities. Our chalets are tastefully decorated in a country style and set amidst vibrant indigenous gardens offering seclusion and privacy. Individual barbecue facilities are provided at most of the chalets for those outside catering urges.

Our chalets can accommodate from two to six occupants with well equipped kitchenettes which make self catering easy. Heaters and winter sheets provided ensure that even during those winter nights a cozy restful sleep is guaranteed. While a superette and laundry make for easy access to those essential requirements.

A comfortable and hassle free environment is what we at White Mountain Lodge strive to provide, not only through our service but also through our facilities.

When the season permits river rafting is always a particular favorite with visitors, and our experienced instructors guarantee an action packed fun day down the river.

Abseiling, cross- valley fuffi slide, river rafting, hiking, fishing, fantastic dining, historical sight- seeing or plain old relaxing are all provided for at White Mountain Lodge, our experienced instructors and helpful staff strive to make your holiday experience not only enjoyable but memorable too.

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Why travel once you are at your destination? At White Mountain Lodge, we offer much more than you will be able to take in during a relaxing stay. Our own dam provides hours of fascination for any bird lover, and our surroundings host some of South Africas endangered species of bird including the Cape Griffin Vulture and other indigenous animals including the majestic black eagle, black backed jackal and mountain reedbuck.

On-site Facilities:
A lockable safe at reception only (none in the chalets) DStv in the bar and in the TV lounge A fireplace in the bar (Toms Tavern) and another in the restaurant/lounge

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