The Old Hatchery  Verified Listing

Drakensberg Underberg KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Excellent Rating: 5.0 / 5
Based on 27 verified guest reviews

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Member since: 6 March 2017

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Braai/BBQ Area
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Breakfast included
Tea and coffee facilities

Affordable and comfortable B&B and self-catering accommodation just 10 KM from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg. We provide free parking and an al-a carte restaurant on site. Our tranquil setting, located near horse riding trails, mountain biking trails, hiking routes, golf courses, trout fishing waters and of course the famous Sani Pass.

We are situated 1,5 hours from Howick on the N3 Route and 1 hour from Kokstad, making Underberg the ideal location from which to explore the majestic mountains of the Southern Drakensberg. We are on the route between Johannesburg and seaside resorts of the South Coast and Wild Coast making this the ideal location to stopover for the night.

We offer bed and breakfast, room only, self-catering and full board options in our various units.

Accommodation / Room Types:

Bed and Breakfast:There are 15 comfortableen-suite rooms that can be set as king or twin beds. All rooms have bathroom/shower facilities, tea/coffee trays and televisions with DStv.
Kingfisher: Three en-suite bedrooms. Two rooms with Queen beds and one room with three single beds. This cottage is a popular choice for families and small groups of couples wanting some time away in the Berg. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all cutlery and crockery. There is a TV in the lounge and in one of the bedrooms

Otters Den: This is a three bedroom self-catering unit. One room is Kingsize with TV and the other two rooms can either be kingsize or twin. One of the other rooms also has a TV . The kitchen is fully equipped.

Fishing cabins: We have 3 of these delightful little cabins that are suitable for couples. Each of them has a bathroom, kitchenette and braai facilities. From the parking area, you walk along the wooden decking and over our gorgeous little waterfall to get to the cabins.

In Room Facilities:

All rooms have tea and coffee facilities

Area Information:

Underberg is set in the foothills of the majestic mountains of the Southern Drakensberg. The Old Hatchery is set among dairy farms alongside the uMzimkulu River.

Property Facilities:

What to bring:
* Passports (for the trip up Sani Pass).
* Camping chairs (for the Fishing Cabins and for picnics around our dam).
* Fly fishing equipment. Fishing is available, with permit, at numerous river sites nearby, one of them within walking distance.
* Swimming towels.
* Warm clothing - no matter what time of the year - you just never know when it will snow.
Activities in the Area:
* Horse Riding trails at Khotso, which is just next door to us. Enjoy riding over hilltops with stunning views and through forests. Khotso also offer overnight pony treks into Lesotho. You don't have to be an experienced rider to enjoy this adventure.
* River Rafting & Tubing is most enjoyed in the summer months and is conveniently done on the stretch of the Umzimkulu River just in front of The Old Hatchery.
* Trips up Sani Pass go everyday and are led by well informed guides. For this your passport is essential as you will enter into Lesotho to have lunch at the highest pub in Africa at the Sani Top Chalet.
* Sani Spoors offers a choice of 3km, 8km or 35km mountain bike trails over farmlands, alongside the river and through forests just 3km down the road from us you could ride your bike there
* We have 3 lovely Golf courses nearby.
* We have a restaurant on the property should you wish to make reservations for meals.
* Hiking trails available at a choice of Nature Reserves in the vicinity.
* Guided rock art tours can be arranged for you
* Over 300 bird species in the region including the endangered Cape Parrot (Marutswa Forest in Bulwer)


* Sani Pass
* Hiking
* Cycling
* Fly-fishing
*Horse tours
*Canoeing and tubing


Extra Info

Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering
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Cancellation Policy Strict
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AJ Dlamini
01 December 2019

We really enjoyed our stay at Old Hatchery.

People are very friendly and accommodating especially the lady at the reception.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Michele Stead
23 April 2019

Room very spacious and comfortable. Restaurant food was delicious.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
03 December 2018

Location was great, and the management was very friendly. The restaurant was better then we expected and we were happy with the visit.

Superb. 5 out of 5
22 October 2018

Everything was superb I absolutely loved it there.

Superb. 5 out of 5
28 August 2018

It was a good experience.

Superb. 5 out of 5
20 August 2018

The bed was super comfy. Loved the big size bath and the warm water.

Superb. 5 out of 5
02 May 2018

It was peaceful, with the most beautiful views and lovely water features. We really enjoyed every bit of the stay there.

Superb. 5 out of 5
30 April 2018

Beautiful Scenery. The food was amazing. Try their Rainbow trout! The accommodation was adequate. Will recommend it as a place to stay.

Superb. 5 out of 5
05 March 2018

I enjoyed the breakfast and the service from the staff.

Superb. 5 out of 5
29 January 2018

Bed was great and room spacious. Breakfast excellent and the whole scenery good!

Superb. 5 out of 5

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Underberg Reviews

Beverley-Anne Kok
27 May 2019

The beautiful mountain ranges, open spaces and Sani make it a memorable destination!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Barbara Patrick
08 April 2019

Everything in Underberg.

Superb. 5 out of 5
19 January 2019

Sani Pass and the beautiful hikes in the area. Close to the Umzimkulu River for rafting and tubing. Horse riding and golf. So much to do.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Harry Wise
30 December 2018

Small, Quiet, not a lot of people, and the most breath taking scenery in the country.
The Golf Club supplies fantastic meals for really good prices.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Jennie Bircher
22 August 2018

A favourite place, well placed for travel from Durban.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Arlene Cloete
17 August 2018

Beautiful area. Having snow on the mountains added to the charm immensely but there are certainly so many places to visit and see. Our main purpose of our visit was to do the CHOC Walk up Sani Pass so didnt allow for too much touring time but definitely saw places we would go and visit on a return trip to the Underberg.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Jan Nel
17 August 2018

Was on a business trip, but have been there many times. Close to Sani Pass and the Drakensberg. Fabulous nature in summer months.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
11 August 2018

Our favourite part about Underberg was visiting Sani Pass.

Okay. 3 out of 5

Nearby Attractions & Landmarks

Splashy Fen, Sani Pass