Tillietudlem Nature Reserve

Tillietudlem Nature Reserve

D522 Road Upper Dargle KZN Midlands, Impendle 3227 South Africa
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4.5
#1 of 1 lodge in Impendle
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Tillietudlem truly is a property like few other, boasting 2000 hectares of picturesque, untouched South African landscape home to wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Accommodation is available in two lodges. Whether you are looking for the pampered surrounds of the lovingly restored Ogram’s Country House sleeps up to 8 in 4 double room, full board catering and splendid views of the dams and mountains, or the seclusion of Helga Manzi Standard self - catering house, sleeps up to 8 set over a spectacular waterfall and indigenous forest.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Boating
Canoeing
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Secured parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Hiking
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Zulu

Location

D522 Road Upper Dargle KZN Midlands, Impendle 3227 South Africa
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Pietermaritzburg Airport
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King Shaka Intl Airport
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frikkiekruger wrote a review May 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A word of appreciation to the Staff at Tillietudlum.
Jane and her kitchen staff Thandi and Sibongile - thanks the scrumptious meals You prepared and served. Jansune thank You for Your friendly reception and guidance with our stay.
Tillietudlum a TRUE GEM to be discovered. What a peaceful and relaxing setting. Will visit again.
Lastly THANKS TO NYATI our dog friend that kept us company. Fly fishing to be envied for.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Debbie wrote a review Aug 2020
Lidgetton, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place to switch off from life. Accommodation great and comfy with an awesome fireplace. Hleka Manzi has beautiful views with the sound of a waterfall. No cell signal was music to my ears. Lovely walks. Fished a bit with no luck on catching but that could well be due to my skill 😂 Well done guys on such a great place and lovely manageress Petra. Thank you for a lovely relaxed time.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mnandi wrote a review Mar 2021
Zululand, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gorgeously situated. Stunning old house beautifully and sensitively renovated and with every mod con in the kitchen if u r so inclined. Dams on the doorstep yield huge trout (we’ve been hear a couple hours and caught 3 and dropped an absolute bus) Wildebeest and Eland wander around and there are MTB -and running trails.
The place is wonderfully private (we stayed at Ograms House).

Gorgeous cosy fireplace and a delightful little pub with fireplace as well as a fire pit overlooking the dam.
Just awesome. (My husband said give it 1 star so no one else will come and we can keep it for ourselves!)
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Fifi v wrote a review Oct 2023
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Tillietudlem in the self catering Hleka Manzi Self catering Lodge. It was very comfortable and the sound of the waterfall was very relaxing. We spotted two blue cranes and listening to them was an awesome experience. The men enjoyed the fishing. Chris was very helpful and the staff were lovely. We will be back
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Christian Pelser, General Manager at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve
Responded 13 Oct 2023
Thanks for the beautiful review Phyllis, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve. Hope to host you guys again soon.
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gretaweitz wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful time . Swam in the beautiful, clean mountain streams.
Hiked to a nearby wetland. Saw beautiful birds and a few special frog species as well.
The setting of this house is beautiful and it is equipped with everything we needed to have a comfortable, fun weekend.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Valerie M wrote a review Oct 2023
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had such a pleasant stay & will return. Management and staff are great. We were warmly welcomed by Christian who made us feel at home immediatley. Of course Jane was great - looking ater every need and then presenting us with the best meals ever.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Christian Pelser, General Manager at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve
Responded 13 Oct 2023
Thanks for the beautiful review Valerie, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve. Hope to host you guys again soon.
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Tess wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been back four times in the last 3 months. It is our absolute favorite place. Very relaxing with a big beautiful manor home and working farm. The managers Jan-Sunne and Danny are fantastic as are the resident baby cow Nyama and little Jack Russell Nyati. Incredible evenings over looking the dam with big log fires and a good glass of red wine is just how we like to relax. Will be back soon.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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rogermierzwinski wrote a review Sept 2023
Durban, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Recommend to any guest. Solo, friends or family. 3 dams, river and watefall stunning game and Wonderful experience, facilities and guest’s care. Beautiful farm and friendly staff. Excellent management. Fireplaces going on all ove the farmhouse.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Book as early as you can. Farm is booked for months.
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Response from Christian Pelser, General Manager at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve
Responded 01 Oct 2023
Thanks for the beautiful review Roger, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve. Hope to host you guys again soon.
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FrequentFlier552739 wrote a review Jan 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely fabulous all round. Great hospitality and amenities. Our hosts Basil and Petra were so accomodating and friendly. The rest of the staff were also helpful and efficient. As for the lodge Hleka Manzi. it was superb with commanding views overlooking the waterfalls, rock pools and streams.The deck was a great place to view the impressive herds of Nguni cattle and wilderbeest .The fly fishing in the dams was also great and i managed to hook a lovely rainbow.The reserve itself has a great biodiversity /topography and following the game trails with my beloved canine companion Rooney, was magical.I will be back with my family next time.Hopefully soon.
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Date of stay: January 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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africantravelbird wrote a review Dec 2020
Durban, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tillietudlem – Ogram’s Country House

Not too long ago we had the pleasure of staying at Hleka Manzi Lodge and vowed that we would visit Ogram’s Country House as well in search of suitable accommodation for our little niece (read blog on Hleka Manzi to get the scoop). Ogram’s Country House is situated on the same piece of land as Hleka Manzi Lodge, the beautiful Tillietudlem Game Reserve, which is approximately a 2hrs drive from Durban and sits in the heart of the Midlands Meander.

Booking

Having visited Tillietudlem Game Reserve just two weeks earlier, we were well versed in what to expect and how to proceed with a booking. Nonetheless, I was rather excited to message Bazil and Petra to let them know that we would be returning as we had really enjoyed our stay there the last time. We let them know that we would have another two guests joining us this time which would be the man’s sister and our little niece.

Petra was very quick to send through the booking confirmation via email and we were all set for an unforgettable getaway. The niece was in for a real treat.

The road there

We took the Dargle route to get to Tillietudlem, the man’s sibling was driving behind us in convoy as we had advised her of our earlier mishap and how we had got lost. She felt it safer to stay close and follow us there as she did not want to waste precious time finding her way. Good move! My niece is an absolute angel but, when in a car for two hours…can be the angel of DOOM if everything is not planned to the finest and some of the car travel time is not passed by napping.

It is fairly easy making your way there and finding Tillietudlem… if you follow directions. Petra gave us detailed directions the last time but we had failed to pay proper attention and ended up on a little side adventure.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a large herd of Nguni cattle. The niece was ecstatic and so were we. We even gave a scratch to one of the friendly calves we had taken a shine to the last time, a young fellow who showed a lot of interest in the Landy. Nguni Cattle are said to be some of the most beautiful cattle in the world and they have the temperament to match as well. It is a breed special to Southern Africa and special to those at Tillietudlem. Here is a breed with such an interesting history and we can only imagine an interesting future ahead as well. Bazil is particularly knowledgeable about Nguni and passionate to match. It is well worth inviting him around for a cup of tea, coffee or…a beer to learn more about the Nguni Cattle of Southern Africa. A book we found to be incredibly insightful on this breed was The Abundant Herds by Marguerite Poland. A must read for anyone visiting South Africa in our opinion.

Now we’re here…

Now…we’re not just here for the Nguni…the man needs to fish! What would a holiday be without the man hankering to get a line in the water? The fishing was exceptional the last time and with the weather being a bit colder this visit, promised to be just as good this time round. Man headed out and we proceeded to unpack and ‘nest’. The house is so big that the screeches of excited children running about doesn’t create a fuss and the gardens are safe and enclosed with fencing meaning there’s no chance to wander off without parents. This house has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable and luxurious stay and the kitchen is one of the best stocked I have ever seen. HUGE gold star for having a pizza cutter as well, pizza being the man cub’s favourite food.

The house can comfortably sleep a large family with 3 bedrooms inside, all with their own en-suite bathroom as well as two rooms with their own en-suite attached to the main house. All the fine comforts are catered for. Heated towel rails, electric blankets for colder weather and not one, not two, not three but four (possibly five) places where you could light a fire. Man heaven! A large dining area for more formal meals and a generous entertainment area outside with views overlooking the gardens and dams make this a place of total comfort and relaxation. There’s even a bar area where we spent a fair amount of time…

After unpacking, we took a walk down to the first dam to get news of fishing success. The man had good news to report and it was decided to call it a day with us prepping meals for kids and the man starting the fires. What’s the point of having so many fire place options and only using one?!

A perfect end to a perfect day…in a perfect setting.

Day 2

There is so much to do and so much to see that a mere weekend is simply just not enough.

The two youngsters were in their element and were given pretty much free reign to run about and create controlled chaos. Those little legs must have been so tired at the end of the day as walks around the reserve were called for and especially the walk around the dam and stream where porcupine quills were collected and you walk through an almost magical forest area of natural bush. They tried their luck at fishing under the supervision of master fisherman, were enthralled by all the game to view such as Wildebeest, Eland and more can be found on the reserve and… the brave niece chased down Nguni cattle to hug and cuddle.

The evening saw the two youngsters EXHAUSTED! Happy parents! This meant we got to put them to bed early and enjoy a delicious dinner of oxtail done in a cast iron potjie pot on the outside fire. Wine was sipped and stories shared of the two little ones who were living their best lives. Hey, we were pretty much living our best lives as well.

Another perfect but busy day exploring and keeping up with the youngsters…

And so we unwind

This really is the ideal place for families and we were so fortunate to have had the chance to stay here and share this with our little family. A beautiful setting, a beautiful house and exceptional service make this a place we will be returning to time and time again.

You are really missing out on life if you do not visit Ogram’s Country House and the Bean and RM (the niece) game it a winning 10 out of 10! Parents too…

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RATING: Our FIRST 10 out of 10!

Pros
Wood supplied daily
WiFi
Well stocked trout dams
Serviced daily
Full DSTV Bouquet for those not wanting to miss the sport
Self-catering with a well-appointed kitchen
Large and safe expansive lawns
Large lounge and entertainment area
Fireplaces in almost all the family rooms
Coffee and tea supplied but bring your own filter coffee
Coffee machine
Electric blankets for those cold winter months
Braai facilities
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms all with private en-suite

Cons
We can’t think of any.

Activities
Birding
Fly Fishing
Walking and Game Drives
Mountain Biking
Midlands Meander
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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rogermierzwinski wrote a tip Sept 2023
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book as early as you can. Farm is booked for months."
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Master C wrote a tip May 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure your vehicle can handle the dirt roads and drive extra slow"
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Shiloh V wrote a tip Oct 2016
Durban, South Africa204 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hlega Manzi is best for those seeking solitude"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tillietudlem Nature Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Tillietudlem Nature Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does Tillietudlem Nature Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Tillietudlem Nature Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tillietudlem Nature Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Zulu.