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Why did we hand pick Tillietudlem Game & Trout Farm?

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  • All-encompassing eco paradise with game, beautiful Nguni's, birdlife, flyfishing and forest on the property
  • Spacious and comfortable lodges with various catering options on offer
  • Right in the heart of the beautiful Natal Midlands

Tillietudlem Game & Trout Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

45km from Howick


-29.6137, 29.9388


Tillietudlem is set in a secluded valley on the southern side of the Inhluzane Mountain in the Upper Dargle, and is one of the gems of the Midlands. It offers a choice of two accommodation options.

The lovingly restored, 105 year old Ogram’s Colonial House is set in rolling lawns under a huge oak tree, and overlooks several tranquil dams. Catering is full board, and prepared from the freshest of vegetables and herbs from their own organic vegetable garden. Tillietudlem is justifiably proud of their reputation for excellent cuisine. One of the treats of is to come in after an afternoon's  fishing or walking and enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes. A light lunch is served on the expansive verandah overlooking the dams. Tillietudlem will happily prepare breakfast or lunch hampers for those wishing to spend time out fishing, walking or bird-watching.

The secluded Hlega Manzi Lodge is self catering, but guests are welcome to dine at Ogram’s if they didn't feel like cooking. Hlega Manzi Lodge is perched over the spectacular 30m Hlega Manzi waterfall on the upper reaches of the Elands River. An expansive wooden deck overlooks the canopy of indigenous forest, with spectacular views of the Inhluzane Mountain. Tranquillity and seclusion make this an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the Tillietudlem reserve. Linen is provided but guests are requested to bring their own bath towels. 

Fly fishing is on a number of exceptional trout dams where browns and rainbows of up to 9 pounds have been caught, or in the river. For nature lovers there are marked walking trails along the river, and through the indigenous forest. Whether you are an avid twitcher or a novice birding enthusiast, you will definitely be able to add to your checklist, including a number of rare, protected or endangered birds, including crowned, blue and wattle cranes, blue swallows, cape parrots and half coloured kingfishers. The reserve has 5 different king fishers and three species of sun birds.

Rates & Summary

Ogram’s Colonial House 

Sleeps 10 in 4-Star luxury
5 en-suite bedrooms
2 suites each have underfloor heating & fireplace in own private sitting room
Oregon pine floors, high ceilings
Wide flagstone verandah
Views of dams & mountains

Hlega Manzi Lodge

Sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms 
2 bathrooms & fully equipped kitchen
Lounge/dining room & huge fireplace
Large wooden deck & braai facilities
Set in forest over 30m waterfall 
Views over forest to mountains


Ogram's Colonial House

  • R 985 - R 1 250 - full board
  • R 880 - R 1 125 - DB&B
  • R 725 - R 900 - B&B
  • R 600 - R 705 - Self-catering (minimum charge of R 3 250 per night) 

Hlega Manzi Self-Catering

  • R 430 pp

All prices per person sharing
Rates vary from weekdays - weekend
Hlega Manzi: optional meals surcharge
At least 24hrs prior booking is essential


Colonial House: Self-catering or Full Board
Hlega Manzi: Self-catering with optional meals
Breakfast: R85, Lunch: R165, Dinner: R240 pp


Kids are welcome at Tillietudlem.

  • 0 - 2: Stay for free
  • 3 - 11yrs: 50% of the adult rate

Why Stay Here?

Set on 2 000 hectares in a secluded mountain valley in the Upper Dargle, Tillietudlem is an ecological paradise in the Midlands Meander, renowned for its trout fishing, African game, Nguni cattle breeding, bountiful bird life, diverse flora, fynbos, indigenous forest, with a mountain protea forest and aloe gorge. Tillietudlem is an exclusive game, fly fishing and eco-lodge offering exceptional hospitality in two luxury lodges, ranging from fully-catered pampering to secluded self-catering comfort, all with spectacular views in a relaxed and magnificent environment.


  • All-encompassing eco paradise with game, beautiful Nguni's, birdlife, flyfishing and forest on the property
  • Spacious and comfortable lodges with various catering options on offer
  • Right in the heart of the beautiful Natal Midlands


There is no cell phone reception.
Hlega Manzi offers greatest seclusion.

Things to consider Bringing

Torch, sunblock, hat, hiking boots, swimming towels, insect repellant, mountain bike, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching and game spotting.
It's a long way from town so remember to bring all essentials and supplies.
Guests in Hlega Manzi also need to bring their own bath towels.

Road Conditions

The condition of the roads may vary depending on the weather and at times may be unsuitable for low vehicles. Please contact the Lodge prior to your departure for the gates to be unlocked for your arrival, as both gates are otherwise kept locked at all times. 

Activities & Attractions

  • Trout fishing in 3 dams
  • Float tube fly-fishing
  • Swimming in the dams
  • Ranger guided game walks
  • Ranger guided flora walks 
  • Birding - extensive bird list
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Horseback game viewing
  • Photography
  • Protea forest
  • Aloe gorge


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT 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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