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  • 300ha of private tranquility tucked into the resplendent mountain scenery of the Kamberg region
  • Outdoor pursuits are well catered for, and a grand variety is on offer in this beautiful part of the Drakensberg
  • Variety of accommodation options available to suit all needs

Silverhill Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

34km from Rosetta

 

-29.3285, 29.6868

About

Boasting mountains, streams and indigenous forest, the estate at Silverhill is a paradise for outdoor lovers, while the lodge’s lengthy list of facilities allows all guests to enjoy a fun-filled holiday in the Central Drakensberg. Prospective guests can choose between comfortable bed and breakfast units or well-appointed self-catering chalets, with flexible sleeping arrangements being a feature.

The split-level Mountain Lodge units each have an open-plan downstairs lounge with Queen-size bed, while the mezzanine level can accommodate either two or three single beds, depending on preferences. Comforting amenities include satellite television, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryers on the dressing room table, and guests will be kept cosy by underfloor heating on the lower level.

On warm days, the patios are lovely spots to relax and savour views over the garden and onwards to the mountains. In the mornings, Mountain Lodge guests are treated to a filling Full English breakfast that tops up the energy levels for the day to come.

The thatched chalets are ideal for guests who want to enjoy a fun-filled self-catering holiday with family and friends.

In the log cabin styled Mountain Chalet, one bedroom has a double bed and a single bed, leading onto a patio. The second bedroom has a double bed, while the third houses three single beds, adding up to a total capacity of eight guests. With a large kitchen and open-plan dining and living area, the chalet is well equipped for hassle-free living. Outdoor entertainment can be had on the balcony, which is fitted with braai facilities and features lovely views of the dams and mountains.

Just as well equipped, Mountain Retreat is a split level unit that sleeps six people, and has the added bonus of a fireplace in the lounge. Large windows allow guests to enjoy vistas of the landscape from inside, while the balcony provides for outdoor relaxation.

The lodge has a real holiday atmosphere, offering a bountiful range of activities and facilities to keep guests busy. Hours of fun can be had playing pool, table tennis, boules or croquet, swimming in the pool or swinging a club at the 250 metre long driving range. If you couldn’t bring along your own clubs, there are several children’s and adults’ sets available for hire.

Mountain bikers have also been taken into account, with four bikes available for those who want to take a pedal through the magnificent landscape. Hikers and walkers can set out on one of the many trails winding through the mountains, discovering the wetland and forest, before breaking for a picnic or swim at the river. Trout fishermen will be pleased to know that the estate has several dams and rivers to cast a fly into.

Apart from taking part in all the fun-filled sporting activities on offer, kids will relish the opportunity to bounce on the trampoline and clamber around on the jungle gym. The lodge acts as a good springboard for trips into the rest of the Drakensberg, which offers an abundance of natural splendour and outdoor leisure activities. The delightful Midlands Meander route is also close by and is ideal for a leisurely day trip.

Rates & Summary


7 Mountain Lodge Units

Sleeps 4 in Queen-size and single beds
Extra single bed can be added
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden and mountain views

Mountain Chalet

Sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms
Bathroom with shower
Open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge
Patio and balcony with dam and mountain views
Braai area

Mountain Retreat

Sleeps 6 in open-plan room and on mezzanine level
Bathroom with bath and shower
Open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge
Fireplace
Balcony with braai
Dam and mountain views

Pricing

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

Catering

Bed and breakfast in lodge units
Self-catering in chalets

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
The property has a jungle gym, trampoline and a wide range of other facilities which the kids will love.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on a 300ha private estate in the Kamberg region of the spectacular Central Drakensberg, Silverhill Lodge offers a range of comfortable self-catering chalets and bed and breakfast rooms, and is an ideal holiday destination for families, nature lovers and those who simply want a break from the madding crowd. Surrounded by picture-perfect mountain scenery, the estate is resplendent with natural beauty and has an abundance of facilities and outdoor activities to keep guests thoroughly entertained throughout their stay.

Summary

  • 300ha of private tranquility tucked into the resplendent mountain scenery of the Kamberg region
  • Outdoor pursuits are well catered for, and a grand variety is on offer in this beautiful part of the Drakensberg
  • Variety of accommodation options available to suit all needs

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

  • Swimming pool
  • Trout fishing
  • Boating
  • Golf driving range
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Boule court
  • Croquet
  • Games room
  • Jungle gym
  • Trampoline
  • Nearby: golf courses, horse riding, canoeing, river rafting, tubing, Drakensberg mountains, rock art, hot air ballooning, helicopter flips, Midlands Meander, arts and crafts shops.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal

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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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