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Umzimkulu River Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Peaceful retreat”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is my second visit and it is still one of our favourite places to rest for the night or weekend, beautiful scenery, spotless and homely accommodation and very eager hosts to attend to my every need! Thank you Umzimkulu, we will definitely be back!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

Situated meters from the Umzimkulu river, this quaint lodge paints a scene right out of a picture postcard. The surrounding landscapes are also stunning - my family often referring to the views as those you would find on a "1000 piece puzzle".
As we arrived at the lodge, we were greeted personally by Stephen who was an absolutely fantastic host for our entire stay. He personally saw to it that any minor issues we had at the cottage were sorted out literally within minutes.
There are a number of activities such as Foosball, Pool, Putt-putt, and so on, however the area is far more suited to nature lovers. It is an ideal spot for taking walks along the river or down to the gorge, doing a little catch-and-release fishing, or even trying out a little tubing or canoeing.
The surrounding area also has a few hidden gems worth exploring. Top on our list were The Hatchery Restaurant for a really well prepared meal, and the Pucketty Farm Stall for an excellent selection of sweets and preserves.
Overall, a highly recommended spot if you're looking for a tranquil environment to get away from the city life and recuperate for a couple of days.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kyalami, South Africa
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Very peaceful and quiet place to relax. Lovely walks and pleasant manager. We went up the Sani pass in a day and found this venue a good location. We enjoyed the surrounding area for canoeing events which we support.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We enjoyed a very relaxing stay at this beautiful location. The accommodation was good and the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was good and we used the very efficient laundry service. A very good base for exploring the local area, we will definitely visit here again if we are back in South Africa.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Pietermaritzburg
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

We had such a brilliant stay with you. We felt so refreshed after or stay and didn't want to leave. We think your accommodation and food is world class. The scenery is beautiful and the fishing ia great. Thanks again!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

There was no owner or manager to welcome us and inform us ofthe lodge and its actvities available. Nhlanhla was there but not too helpful. When we asked about the tubing she couldnt organise a truck to take us up the river as requested. The windows downstairs do not open. You should at least be able to open the downstairs bathroom window. All the dogs kept coming into our house. We had a house full of people and then these four lodge dogs kept coming inside and was very irritating. Kept trying to send them home.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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lynne w, Owner at Umzimkulu River Lodge, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
Hi Juanita

We are sorry we were not able to welcome you to the lodge. We where unfortunately away on a break ourselves. Nonhlanhla is our manager and has been in the hospitality industry for several years. We have had nothing but positive comments about her to date. I did mention to you telephonically that tubing would be subject to the level of the river. It was unfortunately the case and for this reason we did not have a vehicle available to take you tubing. I am sorry we were not able to move your friends into a unit closer to you on arrival. The folk who had booked those cottages had specifically requested them. The window situation is being attended to and will be resolved by early next week. The dogs should not have been allowed to wonder free. We have two dogs who had probably joined forces with dogs in the pet friendly units. I will look into this matter and thank you for bringing to our attention. I hope we can welcome you back when the river is nice and full!
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Comfortable accommodation - could do with a little TLC but neat, clean & tidy. Service from manager - Steven was excellent but best part was that we could take our fury friends with us! Set along a beautiful river in the beautiful Underberg - makes for a lovely place to relax and get back to nature. Will definitely be back.

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Additional Information about Umzimkulu River Lodge

Property: Umzimkulu River Lodge
Address: Coleford Road | Kwa Zulu Natal, Underberg 3257, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Underberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Underberg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Umzimkulu River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Umzimkulu River Lodge offers serviced, DB&B, B&B or Self catering accommodation on one of the most picturesque bends of the Umzimkulu River in the Southern Drakensburg. We are situated 2 hours from DBN and 6 hrs from Johannesburg in the foothills of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. Our peaceful valley resort which is 22km out of Underberg provides the perfect location for a retreat from city life. Here’s your chance to rest and listen to the river and the sounds of nature or spend some wholesome outdoor time with your family. Families love it for the unhurried old world country atmosphere with days spent picnicking under the huge oaks on the river island, boulder hopping in Thrombosis Gorge or just “messing about in boats”. Honeymooners revel in the privacy of a luxurious suite and private deck just meters from the river bank.Fishermen love it for the unrivalled opportunities to catch rainbow trout along our 2.5km stretch of river. Come and experience restoration of body and soul in truly lovely surroundings. ... more   less 
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