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  • Total relaxation on the charming countryside grounds and in the well-equiped spa
  • Luxurious rooms and fine dining make for an elegant stay
  • Flyfishing on site and numerous interests nearby in the Natal Midlands

Fordoun Hotel & Spa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

6km from Nottingham Road


-29.3291, 30.0308


Fordoun Hotel comprises twenty-two luxurious, individually appointed suites with 3 categories of accommodation, including a suite with wheelchair access and specially adapted bathroom. Despite its 5-star luxurious atmosphere and emphasis on quality, Fordoun’s rates are surprisingly competitive in relation to similar hydros elsewhere. This tranquil haven, filled with SA artwork and items of historical interest, offers a wide range of diverse activities, from excellent fly fishing to spinning classes, Pilates and dairy tours. 

Most of the Luxury Suites were converted from the original farmstead's sheds that date back to the 19th Century. The Deluxe Dam Facing Suites, which look out over manicured lawns and the trout dam, are built from what used to be the homestead's stables and sheds for the original Aberdeen Angus stud herd. The Superior Mountain View Suites are individual units looking out across lush pastures and rolling hills towards the entire panoramic Drakensberg range, offering spectacular sunsets. Although these suites are only some 50 metres away from the main Fordoun buildings, a shuttle cart is available for the convenience of guests. An attractive water feature starts at two ponds on each of the spacious verandas and runs down next to the walkways.

Skye Bistro, the fine dining restaurant, is open 7 days a week and offers relaxing sumptuous meals, both for the more health conscious and for those seeking more decadent treats. From farm style breakfasts, lighter café style lunches to delicious dinners, Skye Bistro captures the leisure of a bygone era. Only the freshest, mostly local produce available is used in cuisine prepared with great care and attention to detail. The private wine collection holds over 63 local estate wines, sparkling wines and French champagnes all personally selected by connoisseur owner, Jon Bates.

Fordoun Spa boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians. The spa features internationally acclaimed treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline flotation pool, indoor heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couple's treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath.

Weddings at Fordoun are a truly special occasion. With the hotel being able to offer superb cuisine, magnificent garden and interior settings for wedding photographs, a comprehensive menu of spa offerings and facilities, and exclusive accommodation in individually appointed rooms, this is also the ideal venue for bridal showers and honeymooners, and conferencing for up to 40 guests is available.

Rates & Summary

14 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King bed
En-suite with bath and shower
One suite is wheelchair friendly

3 Deluxe Dam Facing Suites

Each includes a private balcony
View of the lawns and trout dam

5 Superior Mountain View Suites

Standalone Suites with balconies
Each includes a fireplace
Separate lounge area
Additional outdoor shower
Views of the Drakensberg


  • R 860 - R 1 850 pp sharing
  • R 1 020 - R 2 400 single

Prices vary depending on room type, and are higher at weekends and public holidays
Rates include breakfast and free use of the pools, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and floatation pool at the spa


Full farmhouse breakfast included
Restaurant for a la Carte lunches and fine dining


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury and relaxation at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg. The fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro, offers sumptuous cuisine in a tranquil setting, and a wide selection of exclusive Spa treatments is available. Situated at the heart of the Midlands Meander, this award-winning venue is a luxurious getaway in a magnificent garden setting with elegant suites that are individually themed, the décor steeped in local history and South African art.


  • Total relaxation on the charming countryside grounds and in the well-equiped spa
  • Luxurious rooms and fine dining make for an elegant stay
  • Flyfishing on site and numerous interests nearby in the Natal Midlands


The Superior Suites are more private.

Things to consider Bringing

Walking shoes, hat, sunblock, swimming towels, mountain bike, fly fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Spa facilities
  • On site gym
  • Walking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Birding 
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tour to the Dairy
  • Yoga
  • Spinning classes
  • Kettle Bell classes
  • Pilates Matwork Classes
  • 2 Golf courses nearby
  • Karkloof Canopy Tours
  • Horse Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Midlands Meander
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Thendela Village Cultural Tour


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • Designated smoking areas

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal


The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of our spectacular country. It’s blessed with a little bit of everything.

Rolling hills, burbling brooks and surging rivers… history, game reserves and haunting battlefields. Not bad for only a section of one of our nine provinces. 

It’s pressed up against the Drakensberg-Ukahlamba mountains in the west, stretched along the coastal belt in the east and hemmed in by the mighty Tugela River in the north. The Midlands is a fertile area that is dominated by agriculture and wide open spaces.

For many, the Midlands has become synonymous with a small area around Nottingham Road. While this is indeed a cornerstone of the region, the Midlands encompasses a far greater and more diverse area than it is often credited with.

It begins in the south-east where the Umgeni River runs through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its crags and cliffs, aloes and thorn trees. Further west is the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. 

This is a small part of Victorian England painstakingly recreated in Africa - complete with an ornate cricket pavilion and the largest red-brick building in the southern hemisphere as its city hall. 

It was after being thrown from a train here that Mahatma Ghandi was inspired to take the first steps of his peaceful protests against discrimination. A statue of the great man still stands in the city centre.

Another great man, South Africa’s iconic Nelson Mandela, also has a firm link to the region and its railways. Just outside Howick one can visit the spot where Madiba was finally arrested, while travelling by train. A plaque marks the otherwise nondescript spot.

The history continues to the north, where the English, Zulu and Afrikaner fought each other at various times in history. While the more famous battlefields are to be found further north and east in Zululand, there are fascinating places to visit in the Midlands, too. These are most notably around the towns of Colenso and Weenen.

In the more westerly parts of the Midlands, where it comes up against the buttresses of the Drakensberg, the Midlands offers some exceptional fly-fishing for trout in rivers and dams. 

Midmar Dam outside Howick is a popular venue for carp and bass fishing, as is Albert Falls Dam further east. There also are a number of excellent courses vying for golfers’ attentions.

Of course, no visit to the Midlands is complete without exploring the Midlands Meander for at least a day or two. The best way to do this is to head north from Howick on the R103, a good tar road that ambles and winds through forests and farmlands. This road is regularly dotted with interesting attractions. 

But don’t stick resolutely to this one road. Pick up a Meander map and explore. Head out to the Dargle, the Karkloof or Curry’s Post. It’ll be quieter, but is just as interesting and picturesque.

Look out for

The Midlands Meander – is what the majority of visitors think of when they hear ‘Midlands’. It deserves its reputation, too. It has become a successful, sustainable tourist attraction that focuses on quality, handmade products and local produce. A few of the highlights are Ardmore Ceramics, the Woodturner, Shuttleworth Weaving and the Zulu Quilt Centre.

Sports – are a major attraction in the Midlands. Every year the Duzi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and, three days later, ends in Durban. The Midmar Mile is an open-water swim that takes place annually in Midmar Dam. The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultramarathon in the world, running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, or vice versa in alternate years.

Howick Falls - are a big drawcard in the region, but don’t think that all one can do is gaze at them.  Take a walk into the gorge, through thick indigenous bush filled with bird calls. You’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the falls, and with a refreshing swim. Adventurers can also abseil over the 107-metre drop, past precariously perching aloes, caressed by the waterfall’s drifting spray.

Hartford House - is a destination worth visiting just for the food. It is also worth spending a night in this historic, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated just outside Mooi River, this romantic getaway on a working horse stud farm is home to an award-winning restaurant. It offers splendid set-course dinners coupled with excellent wines.

Fly-fishing - the first trout to be imported into South Africa were brought to Balgowan in the Midlands. It’s hard to find better fly-fishing than in this region. The dams around Nottingham Road, in the Rosetta/Kamberg District and in the Dargle, are renowned for the trophy rainbow trout. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg are similarly famed. Indigenous yellowfish are becoming increasingly targeted on fly. They can be fished for in the Tugela, Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers, amongst others.

Mountain biking - A number of high-profile mountain biking events are held in the Midlands every year. Pietermaritzburg has even hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup. This should give some indication of the quality of the cycling available in the region.

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