Tugela River Lodge and Hideaway

KwaZulu Natal

Rooms: Total of 32 beds. Lodge sleeps 18 total in 3 cottages (4 each) and main lodge (6). The Hideaway sleeps 6; The Bush Camp sleeps 8.

Prices: R330 per person sharing per night; children R230 per child under 12 per night. Minimum rates apply to each cottage.
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Meals: Self-catering. Some meals can be arranged for larger groups, but this should be arranged well in advance.

Directions: From Jo'burg, N3 South. 10km after Tugela toll plaza take exit 230 (Bergville). L on N11 tow'ds Ladysmith. After 4.6km R onto R600 to Spioenkop Dam. Tugela on L after 11km. From Durban take N3 North. After Estcourt, take 1st exit L after Ultra City to Bergville/Colenso. L on R74 to Winterton. 1km after Winterton, take R600 R to Spioenkop Dam/Ladysmith. Tugela on R after 22km.

GPS: S 28° 39.282 E 29° 33.735 1028,2 m

Lee and Claire Fuller
Winterton, KwaZulu Natal

Tel: (0)72-240-4963
Cell: (0)72-240-4963
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After a hot, dusty day exploring the Anglo-Boer War battlefield of Spionkop, I was eager to find an oasis of calm and peace... which is just what Tugela River Lodge turned out to be! Lee and Claire's rustic, eco- and pet-friendly, self-catering thatched huts sit on the banks of the Tugela River, with the ridges of Spionkop in the distance. There is no electricity here. Fridges and stoves are powered by gas, lighting is provided by solar power and cellphone reception is limited. Peace and quiet are the refreshing consequence. In the evening and early in the morning, manager Bheki lights a fire under the donkey boiler to provide plenty of hot water for showers in the simple stone bathrooms. We were quite late arriving so Bheki showed us to our hut, explaining that Claire and Lee had taken some guests canoeing. As we stood on our balcony admiring the pretty view, jolly voices (accompanied by frantic waving) floated up from the river as, sure enough, they paddled expertly by, assuring us they'd be back soon and that we were welcome to join them for a braai. Upon their return, Lee animatedly filled us in on the myriad outdoor activities on offer if we had the will and/or the energy. We didn't make it to the braai though. Overcome by the heat of the day and lulled by the sound of the river and a welcome breeze that crept through the reeds, bed was too powerful a lure and we all slept like stones.

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Tugela River Lodge and Hideaway
All units have a great river view
The Bush Camp
Great walks in the private reserve
One of the three cottages at the main lodge
All units are pet friendly
The Hideaway cottage- 6 sleeper
Great fun for kids
The Hideaway lounge area
The cetral kitchen for the main lodge- 18 sleeper
Upstairs bedroom in the Main lodge

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What to Do in the Area

Our Drakensberg area

There are plenty activities to keep you busy in and around our Winterton and Drakensberg area.
From small quaint restaurants to Helicopter flights over the majestic Drakensberg, game drives in the Spionkop Nature Reserve, horse rides, curio shops, canopy tours, hiking trails and lots more.