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  • Breathtaking remote setting in the full majesty of the Drakensberg
  • Luxury lodges on the shore of a tranquil lake with roaming wildlife and renowned trout fishing
  • Animal farm for the kids, and numerous outdoor pursuits for grown up nature lovers

Sani Valley Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

17km from Himeville

 

-29.6863, 29.4522

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Sani Valley Lodge is surrounded by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, which are often snow-tipped during winter and lush green during summer. From the expansive Rainbow Cottage to the exquisitely decorated Lakeside Lodges, Sani Valley can accommodate large families, groups or couples, all in luxurious lodgings which cater for B&B, DB&B or self-catering options. If you choose the catered option, a range of wholesome South African meals, including fresh trout from the lake, is available at the Clubhouse. 

The Lodges are mostly stand-alone, except for the Sunset Lodges, which are semi-detached chalets. The Lodges are scattered on the edge of one of the largest privately owned lakes in South Africa and are surrounded by a variety of antelope, zebra, baboons and other wildlife, including an unparalleled array of birdlife. 

The Sani Valley Clubhouse is the hub on the lake and offers a large downstairs dining room accommodating up to 25 people, and an upstairs communal area with a bar, comfortable couches, fishing memorabilia. A decked veranda offers wonderful views onto the Drakensberg mountains and down the Sani Valley across the water.

The trout-fishing is well renowned, with the lake accounting for record-sized fish, while boating on the huge body of water is a wonderfully peaceful experience. The Lodge offers 4X4 drives up the winding Sani Pass, and at the top you can have a drink at the highest pub in Africa, enjoying one of the best views to be found anywhere in the country. 

Kids will love the range of activities on offer, including the Animal Farm, where they can pet the baby rabbits, scout for fresh eggs from the mother hens, sing with the colourful budgies and feed the noisy pigs.

Rates & Summary


2 Large Luxurious Lodges

Rainbow Lodge sleeps up to 8  
3 en-suite bedrooms and sleeper couch
Bushman Lodge sleeps up to 6
2 en-suite bedrooms and sleeper couch
Surround deck, lake & mountain views 
Jetmaster fireplace, braai facilities
Dedicated cook for 3 meals a day if required

3 Semi-Detached Sunset Lodges 

Each sleeps 2 adults in glass surrounds
Not suitable for babies or toddlers
Log fireplace
Patio with braai facilities

6 Double Storey Lodges

Early Mist sleeps 4 in a Double and a Twin bedroom
Lakeside sleeps 2 plus 2 kids in the Bunk bed nook
Jetmaster fireplace, braai facilities
Private jacuzzi built into the deck

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Self-catering
B&B and DB&B by arrangement 

Kids

Kids are welcome, and particularly enjoy the Animal Farm.

Why Stay Here?

Sani Valley Lodge is a private nature lodge only 2 hours from Durban. It lies within the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, borders a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the closest luxury lodge to the spectacular Sani Pass. One can indulge in a massage, be taught how to fly fish, go otter spotting by canoe, relax in the Jacuzzi, be taken game viewing on horseback, drive a 4X4 up the famous Sani Pass, hike to the Bushmen paintings and more.

Summary

  • Breathtaking remote setting in the full majesty of the Drakensberg
  • Luxury lodges on the shore of a tranquil lake with roaming wildlife and renowned trout fishing
  • Animal farm for the kids, and numerous outdoor pursuits for grown up nature lovers

Privacy

The stand-alone chalets offer more privacy than the semi-detached Sunset Lodges.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towel, warm clothes, fishing gear, mountain bike, hiking gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The 3km good gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming in the lake
  • Fly-fishing
  • Spa treatments
  • Game viewing
  • Birding
  • Horse riding
  • Boating
  • Guided hikes
  • Rock art
  • Mountain and quad biking
  • Sani Pass 4X4 drives
  • Golf

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal

About

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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