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Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails

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Drakensberg Gardens Road, Underberg 3257 South Africa
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#3 of 26 Speciality lodging in Underberg
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Khotso Horse Trails and Accommodation, deep in the Southern Drakensberg, is both a working horse and sheep farm and a perfect base to either explore, adventure or relax. Khotso is famous in the area for its spectacular horse trails, which range from 1-hour rides to 3-day cross-border expeditions into Lesotho. There is the very cosy Backpackers Lodge, a new campsite with kitchen and ablution block in the orchard next to the mountain stream, as well as 3 newly refurbished self-catering rondawels overlooking a private gorge behind. Enjoy the idyllic life that comes with living in the mountains, far away from the hustle and bustle in the towns and cities. Spend precious time with friends and family in your own rondawel or head to the Lodge for the sociable atmosphere to embrace the wonderful characters that travel here from all over the world. With the full 1 000 hectare farm at your disposal, ride over the ridge tops on horseback, hike to one of the mineral water pools, swim or fish the Umzimkulu river, mountain bike the extensive single track routes, or just take time out from your hectic day-to-day routine to relax and unwind by a fire under the stars in the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Drakensberg.
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Free parking
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Canoeing
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Complimentary instant cofffee
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Horseback riding
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Outdoor fireplace
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Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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Paul W wrote a review Apr 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions2 helpful votes
Traveling by car back to JHB, this was a one night stop on our journey, recommended by a friend. We arrived just in time for a short evening walk around the estate, before enjoying home made supper, superb after a long day's driving. We met the owner and the staff and had a lovely evening chatting by the fire. The bar works on an honesty system, which is a refreshing approach, and perfect given the surroundings. In the morning we got to see the sheep dogs do their bit to get the flock moving for the day, something of a novelty for someone unfamiliar with farms. Spring water is tapped and bottled on location, a case of which made it's way home with me. Our stay was simply too short to experience everything on offer. We will be back! We stayed in the dorm, which was clean and
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Date of stay: April 2013
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ruud p wrote a review Apr 2013
Bangkok, Thailand80 contributions95 helpful votes
stayed there beginning of 2012. This did not feel like a guesthouse to me. It felt like they had some extra room and decided to make an extra buck on the side. They run a horse farm, so it's an easy extra to have pony-tours in the mountains. Nothing wrong with that of course, but it all was too hippie-commune-minded for me. Every wall in the house, including the bathroom (which was not very clean) was covered with dreamy hippie wisdoms, I wish I took pics of them... the hippie-guitar playing in the evening also was not necessary for me. Food was being cooked for the residents and the people working with the horses and you could join them for dinner in the evening. That was it. Also nothing really wrong with that, but when we arrived there was a fat, hairy cat sitting on the
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Date of stay: May 2012
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Monika B wrote a review Feb 2013
Glasgow77 contributions54 helpful votes
I have visited Drakensberg for a weekend in early spring and it was absolutely breathtaking.I booked a tour- first day drive up to Lesotho and on the second day horseriding in Drakensberg an a walk to bushman painting. We were accommodated in Khotso with an option to stay either in backpackers or a private cottage. Eventually I opted for backapackers as it was nearly empty and I could have a room to myself .I also never regretted- the place has got a fanstic friendly atmosphere. The staff made me feel like I was among friends- mostly young people that came to work with horses in South Africa from overseas and the friend of the family who popped in for dinner. We sat in the common area by the fireplace, sipping wine and everyone had some stories to say, mostly from their travels
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Gallin M wrote a review Jun 2012
Denver, Colorado1 contribution2 helpful votes
I had my girlfriend join me half way through my tour of South Africa, and her interests weren't quite the same. I wanted the wine and the history of the Western Cape, and she wanted the wild spaces that Africa has so much of. The savanah plains with the wildlife weren't really an interest to me, so we made a compromise by heading for the Drakensberg mountain range. The Southern bit being most accessible to Durban - the closest international airport. She likes horses, and that's how we chanced upon Khotso. Horses, mountains (which I far prefer to the beaches), and a lot of space. They were also offering a 3 day overnight horse trek into Lesotho, which I can honestly say changed my perspective upon life. They call Lesotho the Kingdom of the sky, and for good reason - there's a lot
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Date of stay: March 2012
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Jaxeline wrote a review May 2012
Nelspruit, South Africa4 contributions8 helpful votes
We've stayed here a couple of times and every time was memorable... The facilities was clean and accommodation homely. Activities on our budget included taking a short hike to a little waterfall for a picnic and a jump into a beautiful pool, floated on tubes down the river organised by the owner and later had a super supper by the bonfire. There are horse rides as well and great scenery. Just love the berg!!
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Date of stay: July 2011
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PRICE RANGE
US$36 - US$45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Khotso Adventure Farm
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionUnderberg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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