Umzimkulu River Lodge
Umzimkulu River Lodge offers serviced, DB&B, B&B or Self catering accommodation on one of the most picturesque bends of the Umzimkulu River in the Southern Drakensburg. We have six free standing cottages ranging in size from 2-12 sleepers. We are situated 2 hours from DBN and 6 hrs from Johannesburg in the foothills of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site.
Our peaceful valley resort which is 22km out of Underberg provides the perfect location for a retreat from city life. Here's your chance to rest and listen to the river and the sounds of nature or spend some wholesome outdoor time with your family.
Families love it for the unhurried old world country atmosphere with days spent picnicking under the huge oaks on the river island, boulder hopping in Thrombosis Gorge or just "messing about in boats".
Honeymooners revel in the privacy of a luxurious suite and private deck just meters from the river bank. Fishermen love it for the unrivalled opportunities to catch rainbow trout along our 2.5km stretch of river.
To make sure you have a relaxing break we have babysitters on hand to offer you solitude or an opportunity to enjoy a meal without having to mop up any spillages!Come and experience restoration of body and soul in truly lovely surroundings.
We have 2.5km of rainbow trout inhabited river frontage. The rivers are open from 1st Sept to 31 May annually. Should the river conditions be unfavorable, there is a dam on our neighbouring farm (4km away) â€“ booking essential. The dam is open for year round fishing enjoyment. There is free tuition for beginners. We also have a small bass dam which provides hours of fun for children. We keep a small selection of flies and lures for sale and rods to hire.
walking & birding
There is a gentle walk along the river looking down onto Thrombosis gorge. We encourage visitors to add to our check list of over 100 birds. The more serious hiker can visit the Drakensberg conservation areas nearby where one can do trails of varying degrees of difficulty. There are several smaller nature reserves within the uKhahlamba World Heritage Area- Cobham, Loteni and Vergelegen Reserves. They are administered by KZN Conservation Services.
swimming, boating & tubing
The Lodge is situated at the finish of the Drak Challenge canoe marathon and the start of the Thromi XFest, an extreme sports event. Canoes, paddles and tubes are available to hire. Tubing is a favorite summer activity. Guests are dropped off about 5km upriver and tube back to the lodge.
children's outdoor Fun
Animal Farm (Tortoises, Pigs, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs, Tame Spur Winged Geese, Ducks & chickens), Jungle Gym/tree house and swings, Sandpit, Trampoline & volleyball will keep your children enjoying this adventure playground all day long.
Horse riding can be arrangement on our neighbouring farm (4km away)
Television & indoor sports
DSTV is available in the communal adult TV lounge for those sporting fixtures that cannot be missed. There is also a dart board & pool table. We have a kiddies TV lounge with DSTV & DVD player for rainy days.
We offer optional scrumptions Continental / English Breakfasts and 2 course set dinner menus. Meals are served in the main dining room complete with roaring fireplace or weather permitting on the deck overlooking the river. Please confirm your meal requirements 24hrs prior to arrival. Alternatively we have a selection of precooked frozen meals prepared by a local chef for sale from the shop.
DIRECTIONS FROM DBN:
Take Exit 99 Howick/Underberg off the N3
Turn Left onto the R617
Travel through Boston
Travel through Bulwer
Approx 23.5km from the Engen Garage in Bulwer look out for our signage on your left
Turn left onto the Coleford Rd (gravel rd)
We are 8km along the Coleford Rd on your left.