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The Owl and Elephant Lodge is a tranquil lodge where you can relax and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle of busy, everyday life. Here you can experience the wonders of nature in a relaxed bush atmosphere.

The Bushmans River is adjacent to the property and is a popular place for fishing and picnicking.

We offer both Self-catering and Bed & Breakfast accommodation options.

There are eight tastefully furnished and well-appointed en-suite rooms, each equipped with a TV and tea and coffee-making facilities as well as 5 self-catering, en-suite rooms with a communal kitchen for groups wanting to come and relax and get away from the formality of a dining room.

We have a Restaurant and Bar facility and offer light lunches, dinners and full buffets over weekends.

Nearby activities include white river rafting, abseiling, mountain biking, off-road guided motor bike trails and paintball.

The Weenen Game Reserve is  only 5 kms away and offers extensive game-viewing facilities, guided walks and environmental education. More than 230 species of birds have been recorded and there are two hides overlooking a dam. Wildlife in the reserve includes giraffe, hyena, jackal, bushbuck, reedbuck, steenbuck and porcupine.

Set in the magnificent Champagne Valley, Wostjin Country Cottage is a quaint 4 - 8-sleeper cottage, ideal for a family or group of friends. Can acommodate an extra 2 children to make a 10-sleeper.

With 2 of its own dams, bushman paintings, waterfall, gentle walking trail and breathtaking views, it makes for the perfect private getaway, yet it is close to all the activities the Drakensberg has to offer.



Ledges Retreat is a peaceful guest farm set in a picturesque valley in the Northern Drakensberg, close to the Royal Natal National Park and the Amphitheatre.

Our self-catering Farmhouse is spacious and sunny and sleeps 5/6 people. It has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, dining area, fireplace and large patio with BBQ and stunning mountain views.

Facilities include a swimming pool with BBQ area and a trampoline. The Putterrill Spruit fronts our property and has plenty of rock pools for kids to splash around in. We are surrounded by over 150kms of world class mountain bike trails, and plenty of space to just walk/run and enjoy the fresh country air and scenery.

We also have four en-suite Bed & Breakfast rooms, each sleeping 2 people. Please visit our website for more information.


Cheetah Ridge is a four-star, child-friendly lodge set amidst the extraordinarily diverse beauty of Nambiti Private Game Reserve, just 4 hours from Johannesburg and 3 hours from Durban.

Among just a few Big 5 reserves in South Africa falling into a malaria-free zone, the species-rich Nambiti Game Reserve offers regular sightings of elephant and buffalo herds, rhino, cheetah and lion as well as leopards, numerous species of antelope, giraffe, zebra, hippo and abundant birdlife.

All meals included as well as two game drives per day, conducted by an experienced Game Ranger.

Nestled alongside a 112-year old Natal Fig tree, the lovingly restored, yet still original, colonial grey-stone manor house at Cheetah Ridge holds a historical charm, matched by no other in the reserve.

Situated in lush, fenced-in gardens, the fully catered lodge has its own pool, tennis court, outdoor boma and on-site spa, making it the ideal destination for families, couples and solo travellers, as well as photo safari sightseers, game and bird watchers, battlefield tourists, or conference visitors. 


 Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge is situated in the Nambiti Game Reserve in the heart of the Kwa Zulu Natal Midlands only 4 hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban or 40 minutes from the Drakensberg, just off the main N3 freeway.

This Malaria-free area provides an unrivaled safari experience with the opportunity to view Africa’s Big 5, including cheetah, under African skies.

Umzolozolo is an intimate, privately owned, luxury game lodge where you will be able to enjoy the biodiversity of the reserve in near solitude. Experienced, enthusiastic game rangers will accompany you on game drives in open topped 4×4 game viewers, tracking the Big 5 and sharing their vast knowledge of the surrounding wildlife. At Umzolozolo, the emphasis is on personal service.

This luxurious lodge specializes in romantic getaways, honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, special birthdays, group family holidays, small weddings or just a great bush experience, ensuring that your safari is beyond expectation! Our superb facilities combine the thrill of the african bush with all the comforts of a 5 Star Hotel. The lodge features 4 luxurious suites, 4 luxurious chalets, as well as a presidential suite (with a private jacuzzi) all secluded and free standing. All the air conditioned rooms have large picture windows to maximize game viewing. In addition to a private bathroom, each suite has an outdoor shower, so our guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Nambiti, an unforgettable African experience.

Mackaya Bella Lodge is situated in the Cathkin Valley, central Drakensberg.  Time slows down at our gate and a deep sense of peace and relaxation prevails, promising a restful stay. 

We provide privacy and exclusivity with spectacular mountain views of Cathkin Peak, Champagne Castle, Monks Cowl and Dragons Peak. Dedicated to conservation and sustainable living, we follow eco-friendly principles. 

We have three stoneclad cottages under thatch, each uniquely furnished with en-suite bathrooms.  We offer home style cooked breakfasts and dinners.

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