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“A good place in the Drakensberge”
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The Old Hatchery
Ranked #3 of 13 Underberg B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 14, 2012

We arrived on a could, rainy and misty day. Nobody in the reception so we waited until after several minutes one of the staff came up and led us to our room. A really nice and spacy room and a huge bathroom with a buthtub for two. But no explanations about the facility, the room or the heating. And boy it was cold. Only the next morning we found out about the floorheating. But it took another 24hrs to warm the room. Luckily enough we got a heating fan from the restaurant, so we survived.
The place itself is really nice and a good stop to explore the Umkahlamba/Drakensberg region. We made a tour up the Sanipass to Lesotho and were picked up early in the morning from our tourguide at the Old Hatchery.
The restaurant offers good meals but isn't always open in this time of the year. And other restaurants are quite distant with streets full of potholes. Better don't drive in the dark.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jblane_12, Owner at The Old Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2012

Apologies for not being here the day you arrived - annual family dentist visit in Pietermaritzburg. Since 1 May we are back to owner / managing the restaurant and are accessible all the time but we do close every Tuesday so that the staff get some time to spend with their families.

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Address: Drak Gardens Road | P O Box 577, Underberg 3257, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Underberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Underberg
Price Range: $53 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Hatchery 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable B&B and self-catering accommodation, set in a tranquil country setting just 10km from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg close to Sani Pass. We provide Free parking and fabulous meals off an a la carte menu in our Restaurant which is situated overlooking a waterfall flowing into the trout dam. Located near horse riding trails, mountain biking trails, hiking routes, golf courses, trout fishing waters and of course the infamous Sani Pass. We are situated 1 hour from Howick on the N3, 1 hour from Kokstad, making Underberg the ideal location from which to explore the majestic mountains of the Southern Drakensberg. We are on the route between Johannesburg and seaside resorts of the South Coast and Wild Coast making this the ideal location to stop over for a night. We offer bed and breakfast, room only, self catering and full board options in our various units: Oak Tree Lodge has 6 en suite bedrooms all with bath and shower and 1 family suite with 2 bedrooms and a bath. All these rooms have TV with DSTV. Restaurant: All breakfasts for our B&B guests are catered for in the restaurant which overlooks the waterfall and trout dam, offering spectacular sunset views for before dinner drinks. Reasons to come to Underberg: Guided Sani Pass 4x4 trips, breathtaking mountain hiking, horse riding trails, trout fishing, birding, flower walks, Sani2C, mountain biking, Drak Challenge, canoeing, Drak 250, off road racing, equestrian events, Splashy Fen, golf tours, San rock art, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer!!! The Restaurant has free wifi (albeit a bit slow at times)available for guests. What to bring: Passport for your trip up Sani Pass into Lesotho ... more   less 
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