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Rose2011085 wrote a review Jun 2021
Vancouver, Canada46 contributions8 helpful votes
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My family stayed in Simes Cottage at Lotheni Camp in May 2021. The drive from the Underberg exit on the N3 is slow going where the road is poorly maintained but you are rewarded with spectacular views. The cottage is well described as rustic but was very well equipped and the gas hot water and lamps worked perfectly. Everything is old but it was perfectly clean and the beds were comfortable. Linen is provided. There is a braai area and big fireplace and wood can be purchased at camp reception. The camp staff do an amazing job with limited resources. The area around the camp is simply stunning.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We didn't see any sign of trout in the dam while we were there.
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Genna G wrote a review Apr 2021
Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa2 contributions
My husband and I are keen fly fishers, we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided that the mountains and Lotheni were where we wanted to be despite the bad reviews I had read. We approached the weekend with a mindset braced for the worst but as is often the case we were so wonderfully surprised! I packed as though we were going camping, even linen for just in case. Most of it wasn't necessary but here are a few things to bear in mind: Chalet no 1 and 2 - best views and a bit of shade. (we moved our bed so that we could wake up with the view Linen is crisp and clean, as were the chalets (friends came with) No shower - we took a portable one with a bucket but the bath was clean. Kitchen small, basic pots and pans supplied, teeny little gas oven, We took foil containers both big and small, last minute throw in the trolly but thank heavens we did as all that was in the cupboard was a massive salad bowl. Three plates, three knives, three spoons and teaspoons supplied. Take a sharp knife and a few cooking utensils. Most are missing I wouldn't recommend the outside braai, we took a little portable one. The actual camping campsite is far from the river but still absolutely beautiful, unfortunately they have thorny acacia trees littered about so leave the blow up mattress at home. I know the chalets are lacking and there is a lot that should be done but the location, the friendly staff, the stunning river and the mind-blowing views (the stars, the stars, the stars!) all make this an incredible place to visit so keep an open mind and enjoy the experience.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Chalet's one and two
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Sophia W wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa132 contributions20 helpful votes
Simes cottage is a converted old farm house and can accommodate 10 people in four rooms. The house has a very dirty carpet almost throughout. The kitchen door didn't open easily. Cupboards in the kitchen didn't close - basic lack of maintenance and care took away from the joy of being in this most gorgeous setting. Sheets are torn and stained, mugs are chipped, kitchen utensils dirty... you get the picture. They claim that the museum is an attraction - don't bother going! What a sad state of affairs. I wish that KZN Wildlife would pay a bit of attention to this place - it could be a stellar attraction. Walking trails are lovely (although, again, need to be maintained). The frogs in the dam put on a wonderful concert every night, the views were majestic and the horses and baboons and buck and birdlife abundant.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: Chalets are a bit more upmarket. Simes Cottage can host a lot of people.
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Patrick wrote a review Jan 2019
Luxembourg18 contributions6 helpful votes
These cottages were in an awful state! I am not expecting any luxury in the wildnerness, but cleanliness is a must! If you are disgusted to leave you stuff outside your bag or to sleep in a bed where the bedliners are disgusting too, it's already worrying. The kitchen equipment was so dirty, you could find dirty and wet glasses with lipstick on it in the cupboard. About the bathroom we will not even talk. Actually there is no shower, only a bath, without hand shower. It was so revolting for me that I took my shower in the river (of course without any shampoo or shower gel as it's a nature reserve). In the room were leftovers, stains, etc. from the guests before, everywhere you could see dead insects. The carpet can never been vacuumed because there is no powerpoint at all. Finally you can say that these cottages have been cleaned the last time many years ago...!
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Casdj2002 wrote a review May 2018
Durban, South Africa50 contributions9 helpful votes
We got more than we expected during our stay when we got a quick snowfall during the day. The camp were quiet as there weren't many visitors. The cabin we stayed in were comfortable and the fireplace was a nice feature. There are many walking routes and we will visit again.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MandPSB wrote a review Apr 2018
24 contributions16 helpful votes
Some roads are a bit rough but then that is to be expected in a out of the way unspoilt area from the rest of the world! Compare to some of our tared roads in South Africa these roads are still better!! Having said that you really need to take everything you want plus more for the duration of your stay. However anything that needs electrical power leave at home there is NO plugs. Fridge, etc is all gas powered. Handy to bring a hiking/camping gas light with. Yes it is basic but astoundingly weired there are NO showers only baths! No, not even a shower in the bath. The walls carpets doors etc are dirty and not maintained and lack housekeeping. The beds are comfortable enough. You are forced to electrinic detox which is very good for the sole. Hicking area is superb and you feel safe. The so called museum is a 'joke' but then go see for yourself. Would I go back mmmm only if they revamp and do maintenance. Oh they dont tell you there are monkey/baboon issues. Granted not as bad as some camps but you feel as if there are none as thete are no trees nor bush close by but only in the far distance. But there are, we were nearly caught off guard. One and only (Female) staff at reception / office has no interest in welcoming guests and you lucky if you can get a smile out of her. She told us she has no interest in nature and just want the money to pay for studies that has nothing to do with nature conservation. She clearly should never have been employed. Oh the best one is if you fall on a public holiday she told us she and no one else is on duty. The office is closed! Wtf she can get away from this nonsence cause it looks like no one monitors this outpost it is clearly neglected in more ways than mentioned in this review
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jacques P wrote a review Apr 2018
Durban, South Africa57 contributions4 helpful votes
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We booked Simes cottage in the Lotheni reserve after camping in the area. We walked past it on the trails and always wanted to stay there. Well, it didn’t disappoint. Although there is no electricity there are nothing you are in need of. Well equipped with gas lamps, gas geyser, -fridge and gas freezer. Staff also bring rechargeable lamps from the office daily. This is very rustic, so you are forced to play games and entertain yourself after dark. No cell reception and no TV. Bliss!! We went on as many hikes as the time allowed us and swam in the river and pools. All routes are well marked. Staff are friendly and helpful. Bedding is provided! There is ample crockery and cutlery. We were a group of 10 and were very comfortable and cannot wait to return.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Henning B wrote a review Feb 2018
Kempton Park, South Africa58 contributions29 helpful votes
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We spent a wonderful few days at this KZN Wildlife Resort in the Southern Drakensberg. It is a small camp. Each chalet has a gas operated stove, fridge and geyser. Electricity is supplied between 18:00 - 22:00 from a generator.There are no plug points in the chalets and cellphone reception is absent in camp. The chalets are quite old, but clean with only basic utensils. It is ideal for people who want to get away from the city and who isn't dependent on luxuries and electronic gadgets. There is also a camping site with no electricity. The view from camp over the majestic mountains is serene. There are a few hiking trails, with lovely waterfalls and rock pools in the river. During the summer months there are an abundance of wildflowers. The staff are very helpful and friendly, especially Moses who assisted me when I had vehicle problems.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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476francois wrote a review Nov 2017
Pretoria, South Africa56 contributions68 helpful votes
I have been visiting Lotheni many times over the past 30 years. The mountains and scenery, as always, are majestic and breathtaking. Great hiking is possible in the area e.g. the 2km stroll to Jacob's Ladder waterfall or the 3.5km walk to the most beautiful little waterfall on the Eagle Trail. Daily swims in the warm water at Cool Pools have also become a necessity. The chalets are starting to show their age, but everything was in working order and comfortable. The lack of electricity and cell phone signal is the best way to really get away from it all...
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Skoees wrote a review May 2017
Durban, South Africa14 contributions4 helpful votes
If you're looking for a quiet holiday in the mountains, this is perfect. Staff are friendly, management knowledgable and the views are stunning. My wife & I found the Settlers Museum very interesting - Life was tough for those Old Timers! The last 60kms of road is gravel and we had lots of rain rain, so it was very slippery in places. In a 4x4 this made the drive very interesting, but it could be quite treacherous in a normal car.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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