Walks are popular on the cattle and game farm. The tracks include a wonderful shady path along the Tugela River, and countless cattle and game paths on the game farm. Game to be found here include Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Kudu, Eland, Red Hartebeest and Warthog. Our bird list is in the region of 270 species.
Boats are provided free of charge for use on the river. Life jackets are also supplied, and we encourage you to wear these.
Dog Walks Along the River:
Dog Walk to Sunset Koppie, Cam’s Cave:
Take the dogs for sundowner at Sunset Koppie and let them enjoy the view of the setting sun behind Spioenkop Mountain. A good walk to keep the kids entertained and the dogs happy is further on to Cam’s Cave.
Sundowners on Sunset Ridge:
Take a drive through the game reserve with a cooler box and watch the sun go down with views of the Drakensberg on one side and the Freestate on the other. Throw in a giraffe sighting and you’ve completed the full experience! A vehicle with good clearance is required for this.
Rafting and Kayaking:
Start 5km upriver at Emseni and take a slow paddle down towards the Lodge. Take a cooler box with some cold ones and bring the dogs if they are keen for a swim! Rapids are small and easily negotiable.
Picnic at Giraffe Ridge:
Take a drive into the game reserve for sundowners or a midday picnic lunch at Giraffe Ridge. Enjoy the view overlooking the lodge and surrounding farmlands.
Please bring your own tubes and floats. Walk 10 minutes upriver and float down from the picnic spot to the lodge. Best enjoyed with a cold one on a hot day.
Fishing in the river is good, and one stands a chance of hooking carp, barbel, tilapia or a scaly (KZN yellow fish) on fly. We have a strict catch and release policy here. Bring your own rods and tackle.
Mountain Biking and Trail Running:
We have some amazing routes for riders, runners (and walkers) totalling nearly 40km through the game reserve and along the river and we are continuing to expand on those annually. We offer a small slice of the famous Berg and Bush Mountain Biking and Oxpecker Trail Run routes. Guided tours for routes beyond what we offer on the farm can be arranged for a fee and permission is needed to use these routes.
We have a small farm stall on site selling some homemade goodies.
Something for the Kids:
At certain times of the year, we have orphaned calves which we hand feed as well as dwarf goats and chickens. This is a great way to keep the kids entertained and for them to interact with animals they may have never seen before. We also have some rabbits to keep them entertained!
Spionkop Game Reserve is a 5 minute drive away. The Spionkop dam is central to the reserve and a wonderful place to waterski, swim and fish. The surrounding Game Reserve, run by Ezemvelo, provides some great game viewing. White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbok, Eland, Red Hartebeest and Warthog can be spotted.
The Battle of Spionkop is located a 20 minute drive from the Lodge. The graves and monuments provide a humbling reminder of this bloody Second Anglo Boer War battle. On the 24 January 1900 about 1500 English troops and a little more than 300 Boer soldiers were either killed, wounded or captured in this battle.
The World Heritage Site of Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is well worth a visit. The Central Berg, Injasuti, Cathedral Peak and Northern Berg are all less than 1 hours drive from the Lodge. Hikes are popular and many outdoor activities are available too. These include golf, quad biking, canopy tours, scootours, bird of prey shows, Drakensberg Boys Choir, horse riding, helicopter flips and various adventure centers.
Rafting can be organised through Gustav Greffrath at ItchyFeet Sa.