Welcome to Mackaya Bella Lodge - We are located within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain Range, the highest in South Africa. Due to the incredible diversity of bird, plant and insect life, and a vast collection of San Rock Art paintings, the area has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Mackaya Bella Lodge is nestled below this unique mountain range. Time slows down as you enter our gate and a deep sense of peace and relaxation prevails, promising for a restful stay.
Our lodge is elegant and cozy. Featuring a large screen TV with full DStv bouquet, Njuni bar area, and lounges with a large fireplace. Our chef creates authentic menus that promise great tasting experiences, favouring local cuisine. Served in the dining area or on the sun deck.
From our main lodge sun deck you can enjoy spectacular views of Cathkin Peak, Champagne Castle, Monks Cowl and Dragons Peak. We think it is the best angle to view these mountains, and is certainly sure to make for an instagramable moment, as the sun sets behind these beautiful peaks. The Sterkspruit River meanders along the flood plain below the Lodge, offering crystal pools for hikers to cool off during the hot summer months. Most notably is that San Art is present on the property, as this area is stepped in the history of the San and the Nguni people. Two mystical Bush Reserves take hikers into a unique and diverse natural environment. Two hundred year old Yellow Wood trees still grow here. Tree cutting pits used by the Boer settlers can also be seen on the hike to Moonies Pool. We also have easy access to the KZN wildlife hiking trails. Wildlife often spotted on the property include: Klipspringer, Rhebok, Jackal, Porcupine, Otter, Zebra, Baboon, Monkey, Bushpig. Local legend speaks about sightings of shy Leopard in the mountain thickets, and most evenings we hear the Jackals call from the foothills around the lodge.
In Room Facilities:
We have three exclusive stone clad cottages/rondawels under thatch. Each room is 18sqm. Each uniquely furnished and set in landscaped gardens. Each room has a queen size bed. Accommodating 2 people sharing. The rooms have an en-suite shower and separate toilets. We provide bathroom towels and guest amenities. Some rooms having their own verandas and mountain views.
Optional extra; Single beds can be added to each room. (Total beds in room will then be 1 queen and 1 or 2 single beds)
One room and the lodge are wheelchair friendly. All room have heating, fan, Flat screen TV, DStv satellite channels, and full bouquet. Tea, coffee facilities in each room. The rooms are only serviced on request.
* 18 Sq Metres of interior space
* Queen Size Bed
* Full DStv Bouquet
* Heating and fan
* Tea and coffee facilities
- uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site
- San Rock Art
- Anglo Boer War Battlefields
- Helicopter flights over the berg
- Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey show
- Reptile Park
- Drakensberg Boys Choir
- River Rafting
- Zipline tours
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Horse Riding
- Craft beer and Wine Tasting
- Local Craft Shops and so much more…