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  • Elegant, spacious countryside accommodation
  • Lush garden, surrounded by forests and lakes, with the magnificent Drakensberg in the background
  • Wide variety of outdoors pursuits available in the region

Valemount Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

10km from Underberg

 

-29.8138, 29.4501

About

A lush garden surrounded by forests, lakes and natural riverine bush immediately lulls guests into a relaxed state as they arrive at Valemount Country Lodge in the Southern Drakensberg. Situated on a working farm a fair way from civilisation, this thatched lodge offers an authentic countryside atmosphere, complemented by warm service and exacting standards of comfort.

Set a good distance from the main house, the guest rooms are decorated in a homely but modern country style and are pleasingly spacious. Apart from the two standard rooms, all the rooms have warming jetmaster fireplaces, which will be put to particularly good use during the frosty, often snow-ridden Drakensberg winters. All the rooms do however have oil heaters and electric blankets, along with tea/coffee facilities.

Also the only rooms without a satellite television or patio, the standard rooms are best taken as an extension of one of the interleading luxury suites, or by travellers staying for one night. 

In the double and twin rooms, guests have a choice between a King-size and twin beds, and can relax on comfy seating both inside the room and outside on the patio. Blissful time can be spent soaking in the indulgent Victorian bath tub.

The luxury suites are the most spacious of the rooms, coming with King-size beds, big lounges and full en-suite bathrooms. The patios showcase pretty views of the gardens and forest, and on balmy nights there is no better place to have a braai. When occupants feel a bit peckish, the kitchenettes come in handy for preparing light meals.

Guests certainly won’t be left hungry at breakfast, which is a sumptuous spread of cold and hot treats, served in the cosy dining room. Afterwards, guests can take a ramble around the scenic property, do a bit of bird watching or take a dip in the swimming pool. Keen fly fishermen will no doubt grab the opportunity to wet a line in one of the two trout dams, and guided river fishing is available by arrangement. 

A trip up Sani Pass, which is only thirty kilometres away, is an absolute must. This breathtakingly beautiful road links Kwazulu-Natal with Lesotho, and at the top visitors can have a drink at the highest pub in Africa while admiring one of the best views to found anywhere in the world.

If you don’t have a 4x4, guided tours up the pass can be arranged, with guests being picked up from the lodge. Since you’re going to be entering another country, remember to take your passport along.

Other nearby activities include horse riding or cycling in the mountains, canoeing, river rafting and tubing in the Umzimkhulu River, and day trips into the rest of the magnificent Drakensberg. There are a handful of good restaurants in the village of Underberg, while the village’s art studio is well worth a visit. Your hosts will gladly tell you about all the other attractions and activities in the area.

Rates & Summary


Double Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and hand shower
Kitchenette
Seating area with fireplace
Patio with braai

Twin Room

Sleeps 2 in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and hand shower
Kitchenette
Seating area with fireplace
Patio with braai 

2 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Can interlead with luxury suites 

2 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Large lounge with fireplace
Kitchenette
Patio with braai

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Valemount Country Lodge is a tranquil retreat located outside Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg, and offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in six spacious guest rooms, all with lovely views of the mountains and countryside. Laidback, luxurious country living is the order of the day at this meticulously-run lodge, which is located on a large property filled with beautiful gardens, lakes and forest. Guests can enjoy great trout fishing and are optimally positioned for trips up the spectacular Sani Pass.

Summary

  • Elegant, spacious countryside accommodation
  • Lush garden, surrounded by forests and lakes, with the magnificent Drakensberg in the background
  • Wide variety of outdoors pursuits available in the region

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Trampoline
  • Trout fishing
  • Sani Pass tours
  • Nearby: golf courses, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, river rafting, tubing, Drakensberg mountains, rock art, Midlands Meander, arts and crafts shops.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

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

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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uKhahlamba Drakensberg

KwaZulu Natal

About

The Drakensberg mountain range begins its rise in the Eastern Cape, running along the length of KwaZulu-Natal’s western border. It also extends in fits and starts into Mpumalanga and covers a vast area stretching into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

It is generally agreed that the ‘Dragon mountains’ got their name from their ragged, irregular silhouette that looks like a dragon’s back from a distance. It was so-named by Dutch settlers. Another, albeit less popular, explanation is that early settlers were told by the locals that dragons lived in the mountains. This theory was given a bit more credence when numerous dinosaur footprints were discovered in the Eastern Free State.

The Zulu tribe has given the mountains its own, equally descriptive name – Ukhahlamba, or ‘the barrier of spears’. Whatever the language and whatever the explanation, there is no argument that the Drakensberg mountains are evocative and mysterious. It is a wild and beautiful area that can change from sunny to snowy in mere moments.

In 2001 a park was established that encompasses a huge tract of the mountains. Known as the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, it covers 13 000km² of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal. It includes the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site that by itself covers some 2 400km² and is 150km long.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a place of immense beauty and enormous spaces. It is one of the few true remaining wildernesses where hikers can walk for days without encountering other people.

It is no surprise, then, that this place is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and one must be well-prepared if tackling it on foot.

In the very north of the park is Royal Natal National Park. It is one of the jewels in the crown of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the proud guardian of the world famous ‘Amphitheatre’. This can be easily viewed from the road to the main camp of the park. A short walk along the river gives amazing photographic opportunities. The attractions of this park are many, from pleasant walks to fly-fishing and swimming in clear mountain streams. It is also home to the 850m-high Tugela Falls, the highest waterfall in Africa and the second highest in the world.

Other notable parks within the greater Drakensberg Park are Giant’s Castle, Kamberg and Loteni Nature Reserves. Each has its own attractions, capable of keeping the tourist busy for days on end.

The Drakensberg was declared a World Heritage Site for a number of reasons. It is an area of incredible natural diversity with over 2 100 plant species, more than 200 of which are endemic to the area. It is also home to over 60 species of mammal, including the threatened oribi and herds of eland and black wildebeest. It has nearly 50 species of reptile and more than 300 bird species. The naturalist will definitely find a visit to the Drakensberg incredibly rewarding.

No less interesting is the human history of the area. A prime drawcard is the San rock art. Excellent examples can be seen in Giant’s Castle. There is also a recreation of how these people prospered in the mountains until they were ruthlessly hunted out of existence by both black and white settlers.

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The Bushmen paintings are a unique art form that shrouded in mystery and deserving of at least an afternoon’s attention. The fact that they are almost always to be found in remote, beautiful caves adds to their allure. And the walk there adds to the attraction.

Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in the Drakensberg. Depending on fitness and time, hikers can choose from short but beautiful walks to multi-day hikes. On the latter one needs to be entirely self-sufficient and equipped for inclement weather - including snow - no matter what time of the year it is.

The Giants Cup Hiking Trail is the premier ‘Berg hike, totalling almost 60km and usually taking five days to complete. It runs from Sani Pass to Busman’s Nek in the south.

The Amphitheatre in the Royal Natal National Park is one of the first things that should be put on the ‘To Do’ list. You haven’t really been to the Drakensberg until you’ve viewed it from below - and then again from the top. Here you will encounter one of the most breathtaking views in South Africa.

Fly-fishing is another excellent reason to visit the Drakensberg. KZN-Ezemvelo has a collection of very good trout waters in their reserves. Other dams and rivers are privately owned, but many are accessible to fisherman for a day fee.

The Lammergeier Hide at Giant’s Castle is an amazing place from which to get incredible sightings and photographs of birds. Highlights are the bearded vulture, Verreaux’s eagle, white-necked raven, lanner falcon and Cape vulture. Many smaller species can also be spotted. Booking is essential.

Sani Pass is one of South Africa’s great drives. In winter the pass is often closed due to ice and snow and can be a very hazardous drive. Remember that a passport is necessary to get onto the pass and a 4x4 vehicle is required by law.

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