Umzimkulu River Lodge  Verified Listing

Drakensberg Underberg KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Excellent Rating: 4.9 / 5
Based on 10 verified guest reviews

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Member since: 18 Sept. 2009

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Private Bathroom
Wardrobe or closet
Electric Blankets
Shared lounge/TV area
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Spa facilities
Outdoor furniture
Table Tennis
Board Games
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Kids Play Area
Hiking/Walking trails
Fire extinguishers
Child friendly
Laundry facilities
No smoking
Serviced Daily

Set on a wide bend of the Umzimkulu River, home to an abundance of birds and beauty! 7 fully equipped, comfortable self catering cottages set along the river bank, each with their own log fires, BBQ facilities and beautiful country vistas. The cottages are nicely spaced for peace and privacy. There is always a friendly welcome to our cozy, fully licensed pub and games room if feel like being sociable and if you are too chilled to cook, we can prepare breakfast or dinner for you!

In Room Facilities:

Serviced, Self catering units. Log fires and private BBQ facilities. All our units are situated on the river bank with beautiful views.
Pets allowed on request.PERMISSION REQUIRED.

Area Information:

Underberg is a newly discovered jewel in the far west of Kwa Zulu-Natal. It is situated against the southern foothills of the Drakensberg. The berg and area was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. It enjoys special protection by the United Nations Conservation treaty. It is a high rainfall area and serves as a spurge to the rest of the Province. Many pollution free rivers cascade down the sides of the berg then along the Umkomaas, Umzimkulu Polele, Umzimvubu Rivers & further north to the Tugela.
There are several internationally important Bushman paintings sites which vary in age from 4000 years old to only 150 years old. Scenes of the first white settlers and the Nguni Settlers from East Africa are depicted in some paintings. Today the culture remains varied with an English, Afrikaans and Zulu population.
The area boasts two of the highest peaks in the Drakensberg, Hutchinson?s Peaks. The height of the south peaks, 3252 m, the north peak at 3258 m. These can be seen from a long distance away.
There are several smaller nature reserves within the uKhahlamba World Heritage Area- Cobham, Loteni and Vergelegen Reserves. They are administered by KZN Conservation Services.
In the village of Himeville is the location of one of the only few roosts of the Amur Falcons. (Previously called Eastern red footed Kestrel.) There are several thousands bird roosting here from September to March every year. They are migrants from Eastern Europe and will do the journey twice a year, a distance of 16 000 kms!! (Unfortunately aerial crop spraying affects these little falcons, several are poisoned every year)

Property Facilities:

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) ? 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.

There is a gentle walk along the river bank or longer 5km hike skirting 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.

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. We have recently added a splash pool for those townies who prefer sparkling, chlorinated water.

Jungle Gym/tree house and swings, Sandpit, MiniGolf, Trampoline & exploring the river island will keep your children enjoying this adventure playground all day long.

Horse riding can be arrangement on our neighbouring farm (4km away)

Darts, Table Tennis and air hockey
Fully licensed pub


Any visit to the Southern Drakensberg would be incomplete without a memorable 4x4 adventure up the world famous Sani Pass. Sani Pass is the only road link between KwaZulu-Natal and the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and the only road that crosses the summit of the high Drakensberg. In summer wild flowers splash the road margins with colour and in winter iced falls sparkle under brilliant skies.

you can contact Barrie Green at NUD Sports or phone him on 0337011096 to find out about planned hikes. For hiking in the Natal Conservation Services areas contact 0337011823 and to hike in the Drakensberg Gardens / Bushman?s Nek area; contact 0337020831. The Cobham area; 0337020712; Vergelegen area or 0337020540 for the Lotheni area.

There are several rugged mountain biking trails in the surrounding area. Low traffic means the trails are unspoiled and you can always be assured of an endurance-testing ride.
Enthusiasts or beginners can contact Sarah Craig (just 4km from URLodge) on 0824887292 or Khotso Horse Trails in Underberg on 0337011502.

Golf - Underberg Country Club 0337011130 or Drak Gardens Hotel 0337011355 or Sani Pass Hotel 033 7021320.
Bowlers meet regularly on Wednesdays at 13h30, Saturdays at 13h30 and Sundays at 9h15, visitors welcome at R5pp ask any local for directions.
Social tennis on Tuesdays at 9h00 and Saturdays at 14h00, court fees are R10pp. The clubhouse is situated behind the Himeville Arms Hotel.

Reichenau mission which was built in 1886. Contact 0337012976.
Himeville Museum, situated in a fort built in 1899 ? open Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-12:30 Contact 0337021184.
Underberg Cheesery lovely selection of locally made cheese and yoghurts.
Marutswa yellow wood forest, Bulwer Biosphere Contact :Jill WardCell :0714718993 or 0714195238

The Old Duck Animal Farm, restaurant & gift shop. 1km along Drakensberg Gardens Rd.
Moorcroft Manor, 5 star country house for fine dining ? booking essential 0337021967
The Lemon Tree, Open 8:00-05:00 Daily, highly recommended ? White Cottage centre.
The Grind situated in the new Mall on the way to Himeville a la carte menu (Pizza's) and bar.


Extra Info

Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering,
Conditions Show
Check-in 02:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
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Patrick Tau
03 October 2019

Fantastic & relaxing stay! Lynne, Stephen & the crew were amazing with their impeccable service. Keep up the good work folks!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Karen Naidoo
18 June 2019

Peaceful and serene setting which gave us the perfect getaway we were looking forward to. Amazing views and clean well kept cottages, amazing, friendly and helpful staff made our stay a memorable one.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Ruan Meyer
06 May 2019

We had a wonderful time at Umzimkhulu River Lodge in April/May 2019. Our cottage was neat, fully equipped and peaceful. The views from our private deck was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Megan Anderson
18 November 2018

What an amazing time we had at Umzimkulu River Lodge celebrating my sons 6th Birthday, I booked for 9 of us, 6 adults and 3 children, each and every one of us did not want to leave, and could easily have booked for longer. Thanks to Lynne and Steven for being such wonderful hosts, they were super friendly and helpful. Thank you again for a wonderful stay.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Arlene Cloete
17 August 2018

We stayed at Malachite Cottage. Cute well appointed and comfortable little cottage with a lovely view of the river and the mountain on the other side. Hosts Lynne and Steve very welcoming with a personal touch and sorted out all requests beforehand. Arrived in freezing cold and rain. But had a lovely fire in the lounge and electric blankets on the bed. Unfortunately we didn't take advantage of the restaurant as we had planned self catering and already had too much food. Next time will plan at least one meal in their lovely restaurant. I can imagine how beautiful it must be in summer. As even in the cold we had lovely walks along the river and saw interesting birds with one or two lifers which is good for out of season! Will be back.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Merle Viljoen
12 August 2018

Our stay at Umzimkulu River Lodge was awesome, thank you!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Tereeza van Vuuren
22 December 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at Umzimkulu River Lodge. Steve was especially helpful in entertaining the children, providing videos etc. We will definitely go back!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
pauline smith
10 September 2017

Owners Steve and Lynn were great hosts,went out of their way to accommodate, the food was great and the cottage lovely and quaint. Worth a visit.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Nonkululeko Mbutho
19 July 2017

Two nights and with my daughter.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Tracey Rodrigues
11 July 2017

A cosy cottage that has everything you need including a cackling fireplace and lovely bedroom with breathtaking views. The hosts were friendly and helpful,definitely worth seeing this little piece heaven for yourself!

Superb. 5 out of 5

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Excellent Rating: 4.9 / 5
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Underberg Reviews

Sheralyn Gilbert
18 November 2019

Good base for requisitions and so close to mountains with good hiking trails.

Superb. 5 out of 5
edna ashton
16 September 2019


Okay. 3 out of 5
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