Mawelawela Game and Fishing Lodge

KwaZulu Natal

Rooms: 4: 2 twins (1 with en/s bath, 1 en/s bath & shower); 1 apartment with double, twins & single (self-catering or B&B); 1 self-catering game lodge sleeps 7.

Prices: R350 - R500 pp sharing B&B. Singles on request. Self-catering R300 pppn. Booking is essential.
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Meals: All meals are in the main house. Full breakfast included. Meals on request (prior arrangement).

Directions: On N11, 35km from Ladysmith, 70km from Newcastle. Also entrance on R602, 35km from Dundee towards Ladysmith. For B&B look for sign to Fodo Farm. GPS 28 22' 13.00 S 29 58' 15.00 E.

George and Herta Mitchell-Innes
Fodo Farm, Elandslaagte, KwaZulu Natal

Cell: (0)83-259-6394 or 073-486-8694
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George and Herta are a natural, down-to-earth couple whose veins of hospitality run deep… and staying with them is to enjoy a few days awash with incidental pleasures. Herta, a bubbly Austrian, moved out to South Africa some 38 years ago and married George, who is a beef farmer – his boerewors is delicious. He is also a keen historian and leads tours out to the site of the battle of Elandslaagte. His study is full of Anglo-Boer war prints and weighty tomes including a collection of the London Illustrated News. (Ask him to show you his father’s beautiful collection of bird-eggs too.) If you stay in the main house the rooms are very comfortable and the bungalow across the jacaranda-filled garden is perfect for families or groups. A short drive away from the farm itself you’ll find the thatched hunters’ cottage on 1500 wild hectares set aside for game. There is a trout dam at the front into which George has built a waterfall, and there's a shower and a plunge pool to one side. The cane-sided shady braai area faces dam-wards and you can watch the eland and kudu come to drink in the evenings and with the Nambiti 'big five', malaria-free conservancy just a short drive away from the lodge, you won't forget you're in animal country. Finally a toast to Herta’s cooking which is wonderful! Many of the ingredients are home-grown and if you need to pick up supplies for picnics, the family also owns a farm stall just down the road. Mawelawela is also a great wedding venue!

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Mawelawela Game and Fishing Lodge