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  • Picturesque countryside setting with river frontage
  • Secluded self-catering cottages for a private stay
  • Numerous outdoors pursuits in the region, including tubing and fishing in the river

Lions River Country Cottages

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

6km from Lions River


-29.4345, 30.1474


Set along the Lions River, these stylish yet homely cottages provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the serenity of the picturesque Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. 

Surrounded by rolling hills, the cottages are spaced well apart from each other, meaning that guests can enjoy the company of their friends and family without any disturbance. Suitably named after flowers, the units have lovely country-style decorations and are armed with high-tech luxuries such as satellite television, DVD players and stereo systems.

The kitchens have ample space for storage and preparation, and are equipped with all the necessary gadgets, crockery and cutlery. Conveniently, guests who email through a list of grocery requirements at least three days prior to arrival will find everything waiting for them, packed neatly into the fridge and cupboards.

The lounges in each of the cottages can comfortably accommodate all occupants, and cuddling up to the Jetmaster fireplace during the chilly winters is a cosy treat. In summer, guests can gather on the patio for sundowners overlooking the countryside, which is perfectly followed by a good-humoured braai. 

Set slightly higher up in the hills than its counterparts, Rose Cottage is the most spacious and opulent of the cottages, and has two Queen rooms and a twin room, along with two full en-suite bathrooms. Bigger families or groups can have two extra single beds placed in the lounge.

Sleeping six guests in a Queen room, twin room and a bunk bed in the passage, Protea boasts a spectacular view over the hills and valleys, and a leisurely stroll will take you straight to the languid river. The Queen room has a soothing spa bath and shower, while the twin room has a full en-suite bathroom. Shadowed by large trees, the more intimate Lavender Cottage has a Queen bedroom and is ideal for couples.

A child in tow can sleep in a single bed in the lounge. The main house has a spacious double suite with a lounge, dining area and kitchenette, also perfect for couples with one child. From the private verandah, guests can breathe in the scent of lavender and enjoy the beauty of the colourful garden.

At the river, fishing, tubing and swimming are all on the cards, while the surrounding countryside is a paradise for mountain bikers. On laidback days, guests can partake in a leisurely game of croquet or go for a languid drive along the Midlands Meander, discovering numerous quaint shops, excellent restaurants and family-friendly attractions on the way. The wonders of the Drakensberg are no more than an hour’s drive away, while the Kwazulu-Natal coastline is just a touch further than that, so long-staying guests are bound to have an entertaining, varied holiday.

Rates & Summary

Rose Cottage

Sleeps 6 in 2 Queen rooms and a twin room
Space for 2 single beds in lounge
3 en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchen and dining area
Patio with braai

Protea Cottage

Sleeps 6 in Queen room, twin room and bunk bed
Queen room has en-suite spa bath and shower
Twin room has en-suite bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchen and dining area
Patio with braai

Lavender Cottage

Sleeps 3 in Queen room and single bed
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchen and dining area
Patio with braai

Guest Suite

Sleeps 3 in Queen room and single bed
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchenette and dining area


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Optional breakfast can be arranged if requested before arrival


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Found along the popular Midlands Meander, Lions River Country Cottages offers countryside accommodation in three tastefully decorated cottages and a guest suite, and guarantees total relaxation and rejuvenation in a beautiful natural setting. Fronted by a picturesque river, the cottages are all very secluded and luxuriously equipped, ensuring a memorable self-catering stay in the heart of the scenic Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. The patios showcase panoramic views of the countryside and are perfect spots for a braai. Guests can go fishing, tubing and swimming in the river.


  • Picturesque countryside setting with river frontage
  • Secluded self-catering cottages for a private stay
  • Numerous outdoors pursuits in the region, including tubing and fishing in the river


Spaced a good distance apart, the cottages are extremely private and surrounded by peaceful countryside.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fly fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Tubing and swimming in the river
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Croquet
  • Nearby: golf courses,  Midlands Meander, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking, horse riding, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, Zululand battlefields, historical monuments, museum, arts and craft shops, farm stalls.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




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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