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  • Verdant pastoral setting with flyfishing and canoeing on site
  • A stone's throw from the breathtaking splendour of the Drakensberg
  • Comfortable rooms make a great base for exploring

Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

3km from Winterton

 

-28.795, 29.5348

About

Whether in the area to explore the spectacular Drakensberg, or stopping over on the way to the coast, guests at Winterton Country Lodge will enjoy precious tranquillity, a cosy atmosphere and multiple possibilities for relaxation and recreation.

Under the shade of huge trees in an evergreen garden, this endearing lodge holds ten individually-decorated rooms and cottages, offering either bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation. Their warm atmosphere is ideally-suited for a relaxed getaway in the countryside, while guests are kept satisfied by satellite televisions, tea/coffee stations, bar fridges, fans and heaters. 

The Hut and The Bungalow are both quaint thatched rondavels with double beds and crackling fireplaces for the chilly Drakensberg winters, along with mobile braais on a patio. While The Hut has a fully-equipped kitchenette and a shower, The Bungalow has limited crockery and cutlery and a deep old-fashioned bath. Ethnic Moments is decorated with an attractive black and white striped theme infused with bright colours, and features a Queen-size bed leading to a lovely bathroom with a shower and double basins.

Four stylish rooms hold King-size beds that can be converted to twins, and have an open-plan design incorporating a shower or corner bath. These rooms all open onto patios where guests can enjoy the beauty of the gardens and watch blesbok grazing underneath the trees. The Suite-De-Luxe is a luxuriously appointed, air conditioned suite with a King-size bed leading to a spa bath, double shower and double basins, making it a romantic haven for honeymooners. The boma is a perfect place to enjoy a private braai with a loved one.

Bushman’s Cave is a spacious self-catering cottage with a Queen bed and bunk bed in the same bedroom, and a shower en-suite. A fireplace and enclosed patio shield guests from cold winter weather, while the kitchenette and mobile braai allow varied dining options. Appointed with all the same amenities, but housing a King-size bed, the studio-style African Dreams will also keep self-catering families or groups perfectly comfortable. 

The lodge’s charming dining area, warmed by fireplace, is the ideal place for bed and breakfast guests to enjoy a delicious farmhouse feast in winter. In summer, the weather allows outdoor dining on the patio, with views of the gardens and mountains accompanying the meal. Delectable three-course dinners or lighter dishes can be served on request.

To connect with the great outdoors, guests can fly fish or canoe in the dam, refresh in the pool or kick back in the shade of the garden. When the weather isn’t playing ball, the cushy lounge area and cosy pub are great places to unwind. 

The mountain scenery will whet the appetite for day trips into the Drakensberg, where hiking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, falconry and river rafting are just some of the activities that can be experienced in a breath-taking setting. 

Several nearby resorts offer excellent golf courses and a range of other sporting activities, while the Spioenkop Game Reserve and famous Drakensberg Boys Choir school are just down the road. Winterton is also well-placed for trips into the Natal Midlands and the battlefields of Zululand.

Rates & Summary


2 Double Rondavels (The Hut and The Bungalow)

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower or bath
Fireplace
The Hut has kitchenette
Mobile braai

Queen Room (Ethnic Moments)

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower and double basins

4 King/Twin Rooms (Hope, Joy, Love and Peace)

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower or corner bath
Patio and garden views

Honeymoon Suite (Suite-De-Luxe)

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite spa bath, double shower and double basins

2 Self-catering Cottages

Each sleeps 4 in Queen or King bed and bunk bed
En-suite shower
Kitchen and fireplace
Patio with mobile braai

Pricing

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

Catering

Bed and breakfast and self-catering options
Dinner on request

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Guests at Winterton Country Lodge can breathe in the crisp mountain air while partaking in activities such as fly fishing and canoeing. The beautifully decorated country-style rooms are surrounded by huge trees, and the lodge is a perfect gateway into the magnificent Drakensberg. Situated in evergreen gardens just outside the little town of Winterton, Winterton Country Lodge offers ten individually-decorated guest rooms, fireplace-warmed living areas and beautiful views of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Summary

  • Verdant pastoral setting with flyfishing and canoeing on site
  • A stone's throw from the breathtaking splendour of the Drakensberg
  • Comfortable rooms make a great base for exploring

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the lodge are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Fly fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: Drakensberg Mountains, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, 4x4 trails, river rafting, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, Spioenkopdam Game Reserve, falconry, sports resorts, golf courses, battlefields, chocolate tasting.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

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

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • 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 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • 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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