Amazian Mountain River Lodge

Amazian Mountain River Lodge

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Break away to Amazian Mountain River lodge in a Malaria free area, escape from the hustle and bustle in the ultimate tranquil surroundings at Amazian Mountain River Lodge. Amazian Mountain River Lodge is a privately owned lodge situated in the Southern Drakensberg, near the uKhahlamba World Heritage Site and Sanis Pass. the lodge is situated on the Umzimkulu river in a pristine valley. Escape to be de-stressed and recharged. Amazian Mountain River Lodge has ten rooms. The lodge in conjunction with its partners offers tours up the Legendary Sani Pass
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Hiking
Spa
Gift shop
Secured parking
Outdoor pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Poolside bar
Horseback riding
Fishing
Massage
Steam room
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Laundry service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Iron
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Romantic
Charming
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Coleford Road, Underberg South Africa
Getting there
King Shaka Intl Airport
151.8 km
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Maresa G wrote a review Jun 2021
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travelling during this unprecedented time of Covid we were very blessed to have found such an idyllic isolation at this luxury lodge overlooking the Umzimkulu river.
Our deluxe double room with stunning mountain and river views, was spacious and comfortable with our own jacuzzi bath and shower.
The only issue I had was there was no WiFi in the room and I would have preferred a holiday package DStv to the Top TV channels offered for viewing.
Brent and Trudy were lovely hosts and not being a breakfast person, I found myself looking forward to Trudy’s breakfasts every morning!
The lodge is 11km from Underberg and therefore not too far from all the local amenities and activities that kept us busy for the week we spent here.
For the rainy days we had ( and there were many!) I was happy to run on the treadmill in the little gym on the premises.
I wish Brent and Trudy well during this difficult time of Covid, but it certainly served us well in terms of feeling totally isolated in a picturesque paradise away from the madding crowds (and virus)!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Amazian Lodge Drakensberg, Owner at Amazian Mountain River Lodge
Responded 04 Jul 2021
Thanks Maresa for your lovely review much appreciated. We would love to offer WIFI in the rooms but with this countries poor infrastructure its has not been an option up to now. All the best Regards Brent
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Heike S wrote a review Nov 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When you met the couple you feel like you're part of there family. The lodge ist comfortable, cozy, has a dreamview from the rooms to the nature, the food is cooked with a lot of love und very good quality. The three course dinner menu is very delicious and lot. You never get in bed hungry. The breakfast is also prepared with a lot of love and every morning different. If you have the chance to spend time there, you'll never forget this incredible stay.
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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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JubieDeJager wrote a review Dec 2011
Heidelberg
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I recently had our honeymoon at Amazian Mountain and RIver Lodge; What an out of this world experience it had been.

Apart from the location of the lodge which is priceless to say the least, the dedication to service excellence, housekeeping, safety and management of the Lodge, friendliness of all staff members, was first class to say the least.

Trudy's cuisine is exemplary of the love the has for making food. I had been a true culinary experience and one we would will experiencing again shortly.

Both Brent and Trudy's dedication to their Lodge, is apparent and and experience every couple should treat themselves to.

As a golf course architect I travel extensively and I have been to venues of this nature all across the world, Amazian Mountain and River Lodge is an experience I highly recommend to all couples who want to get away from Gauteng for a weekend and enjoy the tranquility of an excellent location, complimented by world class service.
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Date of stay: November 2011
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 as a couple
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Ross_Hartley wrote a review Nov 2011
Pretoria, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Amazian for three nights on our honeymoon. It was pretty expensive by our budget, but we decided to splash out for 3 of our 15 nights. It was odd. Hugely pretentious in fact. Perhaps we should have known by the name. The first sign was that the sign by the dirt road looked tacky. We drove up a rough dirt road to the main building....beautiful thatch with a loft room. The owner/managers live nearby or on-site.

The lodge is decorated in 'out-of-africa' style, but feels overdone. Most rooms are cramped with ornate leather furniture and decor. Our room was in a duet a short walk or drive across thorny grass. Outside parking.

The duet was built facing the main building instead of the river, so we had no view, while the room next to us had total river frontage. The room was again too crowded to be comfortable, with the bed and huge wardrobe taking up all the space. The owner took some time to show us how to operate the jacuzzi bath - and warned us not to underfill it or the jets would spray everywhere, and not to overfill it or the bubbles would spill on the floor and cause some problem? It sounded complicated so in the end we stuck to the shower. The shower walls were large stones cemented together and varnished, but with no door or curtain. The bathroom itself was open plan to the bedroom, screened by a cumbersome tea trolley and rickety japanese screen...offering no real privacy.

The prices of the snacks and drinks in the mini-bar were so exorbitant that we didn't touch them. In addition, there was a stern warning that as the terms were 'full room and board', that NO guest food was to be stored in the fridge. I assume the maids would have removed any 'contraband!'

There was a little TV, but no reception, so all we could watch was DVD's. The owner took us up to their collection to pick a DVD, from a small and rather strange assortment.

The food was excellent, tasty, and with a huge variety, prepared by the owner herself and taken in the cramped main dining room overlooking the river.

The swimming pool was half empty and green, with one or two frogs floating in it. We were eager to float down the river on tubes, an activity on offer, but were asked R300 for an afternoon hire. The owner perhaps sensed our quiet hesitation and gave us the self guided tube ride 'on the house'. Drifting down the river in a tube was great fun!

Oh, and the wine cellar....marketed as The wine cellar OF AFRICA!...mind you. I was mildly surprised to see they offered wines from 2 or 3 little-known cellars in the Cape, nothing from Natal even.

All in all, odd, and not great value for money, but we enjoyed drifting down the river on tubes, and the fantastic food! Oh, and I haven't time to mention 'LABYRINTH at Amazian'....
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Date of stay: December 2010
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The duet pair overlooking the river, not the back
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Johan K wrote a review Jun 2013
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Yes we know it gets cold in Underberg, but I guess that is why you would like a warm and cosy room.
The room was freezing upon arrival (perhaps a bit a thoughtfulness could be applied)
The 'climate control' is most likely for a smaller room as it never managed to make a difference to the room temperature
The underfloor heating was not working either.
Mr Price Home finishing - paying for Boardman's

The food was fantastic - but that was it. We cut our visit short (wrote off the money as school fees) and moved to Sani Valley Lodge - WOW what a difference.
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Date of stay: June 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Try Sani Valley Lodge - the WoW factor was overwhelming
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Response from Brents874, Owner at Amazian Mountain River Lodge
Responded 05 Jul 2013
Dear Sir: We wish to express our sincere thanks for taking a few minutes of your time to send us your concepts regarding the presentation of our facilities and our service throughout your experience with us. We also wish to convey our sincere apologies for the remarks that we did get, specifically with regards to our Weatherly’s furniture and our new eco-friendly heating systems. We are taking into account each valuable comment which will help us to constantly improve our services and procedures. Comments like yours are the most important reason to continue to refine and improve our standards of service to all visitors. We further understand that you did require a smoking room, and as indicted we were unable to supply We hope that in the future you will allow us another opportunity to show our friendly and efficient service. Sincerely Brent Snyman
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andriesv v wrote a review Nov 2011
Pretoria
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The first time we went to Amazian Mountain River Lodge was in April 2011, and that was a fantastic experience. In November 2011,we went once again and this time on our honeymoon,! All that I can say is Amazing and Amazing once again! If I may add, I have never eaten so many variety of foods (Cooked by the brilliant hostess Trudie herself) and could say it was fantatice each and every time!! The wine is brilliant at the Wine Gallery situated on the property and complements the food!

You have not lived until you have spent time at Amazian Mountain River Lodge !

Once again, well done to Brent and Trudie!
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Date of stay: November 2011
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 as a couple
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boblin2010 wrote a review Sept 2011
East London, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just come back from a wonderful relaxing week spent at Amazian Lodge. Trudie and Brent are fantastic hosts and are always very attentive to one's needs. Trudie is a Cordon Bleu qualified chef and her meals were absolutely "amazian!" My only comment other than fantastic prepared meals, is perhaps the portions were too large........but we really enjoyed well presented food at it's best. 5 star treatment all the way. The rooms were VERY comfortable and spacious and look out over the farms below and mountains nearby.Very relaxing. We feel our batteries are recharged and will definitely consider booking there again. Brent's knowledge of wines during the wine and cheese tasting was very informative, having run their own upmarket restaurant in Gauteng a few years back. The main reception area is also very comfortable and our hosts spent time chatting to us around the fireplace, with a glass of wine, after dinner most evenings. Nothing was too much trouble.Bob & Carol.
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Date of stay: September 2011
3.0 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
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you like a quite well run facility then Amazian is for you. Just make sure you have your own...
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Kamante wrote a review Jun 2009
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Not very hospitable and too expensive

We booked 2 rooms for 1250 zar each, per night, including dinner, single rate, the most we paid for a B&B/guesthouse in South Africa, and we had been staying in quite nice ones! We later found out that the rate in Amazian is very much negotiable, so do bargain!!!!
After only 2 minutes inside, we were asked to sign the registry book, with in very very fine print the indemnity clause.
It was not appreciated, when I politely refused to sign the indemnity clause (if it holds up in S-A court, it may make my travel insurance void in case something serious does happen, if it does not hold up in court, why bother your customers with such clauses that say you are not liable even if you have been negligent!). Although they did not refuse us as customer, we had to hear remarks about it all day (and throughout our stay as became clear later).
It made us think about leaving earlier, and asking for our money back, if they seem to be so uptight about me not signing, but we had booked a tour to the Sani Pass for the next day, so we did not want to spend that day looking for different accommodation instead.
What did not look very hospitable either was when checking in they asked us to pay the whole bill up front. This was even while we had made a 50% credit card deposit beforehand, which meant we had paid the first night of our two nights and they knew our credit card was valid. In none of the places in Africa where I have been, did they ask to pay the whole bill up front!
Breakfast is between a rigid 8.30-9.30 time frame, which is the latest and shortest breakfast serving I have ever encountered in S-A. It gave us the impression that the place is not very adaptable to its guests.
To cover the time until breakfast I thought I would sleep in, but that proved to be impossible as from 7 or 7.30 on somebody was sweeping the patio right in front of my window (which is next to the bed).
The rooms were o.k., the bathrooms were very nice with a big bath and a separate rain shower. If you are not a couple and want to share a room, be aware that the bathrooms are open, so there is a lack of privacy.
In room 1 the bathroom also faces one of the (2) windows, which makes that you have to close the curtains when using the bathroom.
The tv only has one channel, a dvd is provided. Some music would have been nice though.
I found out too late that hairdryers were on request –apparently it is in the rules and regulations book but I only remembered the part in their brochure which said rooms 4 to 5 star quality and the 1250 ZAR price-tag for which you would expect a hairdryer in the room! So with wet hair off to the restaurant to request a hair dryer.
There is a lounge/poolhouse for guests. The small plunge pool is not heated and the water was very cold.
Sitting down in the nice looking poolhouse /lounge we saw at least 4 signs telling us the same thing: not to sit on the low tables and not to move the cushions.
The steam room/sauna was not working, and the meditation labyrinth was a bit overgrown (but it was maybe meditative to remove all the sticky needles one by one from my trousers). So instead we admired the pretty views. We were blessed with nice clear skies, but be aware that in this part of the country it can be quite cold and rainy. And you do need to a car to get around.
Dinner was o.k., but it certainly did not have a wow factor. And there seemed to be a timing problem, as on both nights, part of the dish (e.g. the vegetables) would be luke-warm.
Breakfast is average and quite minimal except for the French toast we requested the last morning, which tasted very nice.
In short, we did not have a good impression of the place –compared to the price it felt like a rip off- and the hospitality of the hosts. On top of that; even when leaving another remark about indemnity was being made.
Some positives though (I already mentioned the rooms and views): the hostess is a great wine expert and it was fun to hear her talk passionately about the wines they have and wine making in general.
The host gave a enjoyable star gazing session.

Would I recommend this lodge to others? If you are not fussy about indemnity clauses, and you can get a far better rate (I would say absolute max 850 ZAR incl dinner), yes. Otherwise, you can find other nice B&B’s or cottages in the Himeville/Underberg area that are much better value.
It may be obvious that we will not be returning to this B&B.

But absolutely superb was the 4wd tour to the Sani Pass and to Lesotho that we did with guide Rudi Botha (Kingdom in de Sky Mountain Adventures), listening to his great and funny stories while he steered the comfortable 4wd up the rocky pass. The views are spectacular. Rudi is a very experienced guide and passionate about the Drakensberg and it shows. He also does tours through Lesotho and one of us is definitely thinking about going back to do a Lesotho tour with Botha.
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Date of stay: April 2009
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Brents874, Owner at Amazian Mountain River Lodge
Responded 05 Jul 2013
Dear Mam: We wish to express our sincere thanks for taking a few minutes of your time to send us your concepts regarding the presentation of our facilities and our service throughout your experience with us. We also wish to convey our sincere apologies for the remarks that we did get, specifically with regards to our guest register sign in. We are taking into account each valuable comment which will help us to constantly improve our services and procedures. Comments like yours are the most important reason to continue to refine and improve our standards of service to all visitors. We further understand that you did require really large bed, which we did not have available at the time We hope that in the future you will allow us another opportunity to show our friendly and efficient service. Sincerely Brent Snyman
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Joey O wrote a review Feb 2012
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a good rest and were ready for the New Year and its challenges. The view was picture perfect and the food divine. Brent and Trudie handled us like royalty and nothing, no matter how small, was too much effort for them. The rooms were of high quality and very clean and comfortable. The variety of wine from which we could choose was extensive and the price was excellent. We strongly recommend this lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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 as a couple
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mawalker wrote a review Jan 2012
Durban, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazian was just that. My family and I booked 3 nights over Christmas and we were spoiled with wonderful food, great hospitality and a relaxing environment. Trudie and Brent are attentive but discreet...sharing company at times but giving us our space. The rooms were very comfortable and the combination of quiet nights, good beds and fresh mountain air meant we slept like babies. Days were spent lounging at the pool looking at the awesome view, tubing on the fabulous river, and experiencing one of Trudie's wonderful body treatment massages. We all agreed it was a fantastic time and we will be back. We wish them all the best and thoroughly recommend their lodge for a stress relieving break
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: They are all excellent
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Response from SouthernDrakensberg, Owner at Amazian Mountain River Lodge
Responded 24 Mar 2012
Thanks folks lovely having you here Regards Brent and Trudie
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549pawans asked a question Feb 2017
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Please tell us tarrif for single room
549pawans asked a question Feb 2017
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Please tell us tarrif for single room
Keukelaar wrote a tip Mar 2015
Hout Bay, South Africa1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I stayed at the double cottage, the furthest away from the main lodge. Quite a walk after dinner, but with a wrap around view."
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HappyDancerLincoln wrote a tip Feb 2015
Lincoln, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask to overlook the river"
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Biggles190 wrote a tip Sept 2013
Hong Kong, China4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are good!"
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Suzanne L wrote a tip Aug 2013
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were in room nr 5, which was lovely with a good view."
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TheJonesesJhb wrote a tip Jul 2013
Johannesburg3 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room nr 5 is very private and has a good view"
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,694 - R 3,874 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionUnderberg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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What are some of the property amenities at Amazian Mountain River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Amazian Mountain River Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Amazian Mountain River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Amazian Mountain River Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
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