We absolutely loved our stay at Toplodge. Driving in Gavin's old Landy up to the lodge was one of the highlights. I could have listened to his stories all day. I would definitely recommend this option unless you are an experienced 4x4 driver. We stayed in Chestnut Cottage, which was everything we hoped for. Perfect for a couple seeking to get out of the rush of city life to relax and unwind. The sky deck was awesome and we used the outdoor shower a lot. We enjoyed doing the trails when the weather allowed us. We found them doable, not a complete walk in the park, but also not too difficult. We will definitely be back to enjoy the peace, tranquility and the beautiful views. Thank you to Gavin and his wife for your amazing hospitality and for the most wonderful time at Toplodge. See you again soon! …
Exclusive, quiet, escape from everything. You can’t even get there without a 4x4. Gavin, though will come to get you in trusty Land Rover, and it’s worth every meter of the journey. The accommodation is clean, comfortable, with all the equipment you need, Just bring your food and drink, that’s all you need. We got to stay in Chestnut Lodge, with its sun deck and outdoor showers. We walked for hours. The marked hiking trails leading to hill top views, valleys, water falls and more. Half of me wants to keep this place a secret, the other half says, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience this place.
The stay at Toplodge was just perfect and went way beyond our expectations. The accommodation was so cosy and inviting, perfect to get back to after a day of doing some of the hikes that are on offer. There are various hikes to go on which are really exciting and beautiful. There is a dam to take a refreshing swim in, Eland to spot and endless views of the Berg. Toplodge was peaceful and fun and definitely a place we want to go back to for longer than 3 days! It brought us back to what matters.
If you are looking for a place to get away from all the noise and people in a city, to take a moment to stop, breathe out the chaos and breathe in fresh air and peace there is no place better than Top Lodge. The surrounds are beautiful and you can be happy just sitting and looking at the mountains or you can explore some of the hikes in the property. To note, the hikes aren’t hard but there can be some spots that can feel uncomfortable if you aren’t used to hiking or scrabbling down one or two relatively steep declines so would be mindful of this if one is mobility impaired but manageable otherwise. Overall the stay was wonderfully restful and wish I could have stayed for a month. Can’t wait to go back!
One will need a 4x4, preferably with low range to currently access the lodge; apparently the road is due to be upgraded, which for most people will be great, for those of us who enjoy roughing it, the access road was great. The accommodation is excellent, clean, private and situated with awesome views. For birdwatchers and hikers, the place is a dream. The owners were top of everything, yet totally unobtrusive, giving us the solitude and peace we were looking for. Next time I go back there will be for longer than a weekend.