We spent three great evenings at the lodge and rode our mountain bikes at the berg and bush bike race. The lodge is located in the most amazing place with a beautiful view of the tugela river and Spioenkop mountain.
We took the opportunity to ride our bikes directly from the lodge to the emseni camp along a magical trail next to the river.
After riding we stood waste deep in the river just below the lodge where we drank a few cold ones that were replenished by our mates lobbing them from the deck to us in the river.
The bed was comfortable, the staff helpful. Its pretty rustic, with gas stoves and some pretty tired fridges. If big resorts are not your thing and getting away with a friends that can have thier own privacy in the bangalows adjacent and get together in the main house for meals etc.. Its tough to beat this spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tugela River Lodge is a self catering bushcamp on a working game and cattle farm on the banks of the Tugela River. Situated between Johannesburg and Durban, it provides an ideal meeting place for groups of friends or families who wish to get together in private without having to share the property with other people. It sleeps 18-24 guests in 4/5 cottages. Solar lighting, gas appliances and donkey boilers compete the African experience. Tugela River Lodge is a mountain biking mecca for enthusiasts who like natural, cattle and game tracks on a private estate. Guests are looked after by a camp manager and his sister who make up your evening fires and service your rooms for you daily. Experience a true bush experience with no electricity or TVs and enjoy a million stars at night on this affordable game farm in the Central Drakensberg. Minimum rates apply. ... more less