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Tugela River Lodge

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Tugela River Lodge is a self catering Eco Lodge on a working game and cattle farm on the banks of the Tugela River. Situated between Johannesburg and Durban, it provides an ideal meeting place for groups of friends or families who wish to get together in rustic, private and comfortable surroundings. It sleeps 28 guests in 4/5 cottages. Solar power, gas appliances and donkey boilers complete the African experience. Tugela River Lodge is a mountain biking and trail running mecca for enthusiasts who like natural, cattle and game tracks on a private estate. All of our trails are marked and sign posted and some of them are used for the famous Berg and Bush cycle race as well as the Oxpecker Trail Run. Guests are looked after by Bheki, our camp manager and his wife Thoko, who make up your evening fires and service your rooms daily. Experience a true bush experience with no electricity, TVs or WiFi and enjoy a million stars at night on this affordable game farm in the Central Drakensberg. Disconnect from your gadgets to reconnect with your family and friends!
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Free parking
Lazy river
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Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Bicycle tours
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Outdoor fireplace
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Private balcony
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R600, Winterton 3340 South Africa
Tugela River Lodge
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Stacy wrote a review Nov 2021
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This is definitely one of the best accommodations I have been to to date. Not only did it have everything we needed in terms of self-catering, and had unbelievable views, but the host, Julian, is so accommodating with anything and everything. He will go the extra mile to give you advice on the area and make sure that you feel welcome and have a great trip.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tim wrote a review Sept 2021
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A TRUE dog friendly place. All the cottages are completely fenced and even outside of this your dogs can enjoy themselves freely. The cottages are amazing, cozy and have all that you need. Realise this is off the grid, so no microwave. Also cell / Wifi signal is poor to intermittent but then you go to the Tugela to get away from it all. We stayed for 7 nights and Julian took care of us (even giving an upgrade for 2 of the nights. We WILL be back here.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: ALL roms are amazing but only one has Wifi and is newer.
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Richard Y wrote a review Jun 2021
Pretoria, South Africa9 contributions1 helpful vote
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It is with deep regret that I am righting a review as I would like to keep this gem a secret for a bit longer, but alas I cannot. I was unable to rate Tugela river lodge a 10/5 but if I could, I would. We had one of the most spectacular times and it is truly a place where we could unwind and get the stink of the city off us. We took our two pups with and I know that they miss that sort of freedom everyday. Bheki provided the most amazing fresh farm eggs and stocked the wood bundle everyday. Super important being on the river bank. Thoko did a splendid job in keeping the place neat and tidy, a difficult task with two woollygans in the house. All in all we will be back sooner than you know running, paddling, riding and having a ball. Thanks to Julian and Rox for the super special time. See you soon.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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DeidreMunro wrote a review Jun 2021
Walkerville, South Africa5 contributions
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What a hidden gem. Such a great place to stay, calm, relaxing, blissful, clean and neat. The units (we were at River House and Hideaway) were so clean, luxurious and well equipped with everything one needs for the stay. Bheki and his wife, Thoko were always available when needed, Bheki ensured we had firewood at all times, and Thoko was always on time to service the units. The hiking/walking trails are clearly marked and have spectacular views. The flow of the river lets you sleep so peacefully at night. The bonfire at night under the stars with a warm cup of hot chocolate is just what one needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Julian, his wife, Bheki and Thoko keep up the good work.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paul A wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions2 helpful votes
We went to Tugela river lodge for a quick 1 night getaway and cant wait to go back. Easily accessible from landsmith or winterton. The rooms were better than we expected and the fireplace in the bedroom makes it ideal for a winter stay. We knew the place was pet friendly which was why we chose it but i would say its more like pet heavan. The fenced garden is secure and big, the gate that leads straight onto the well marked trail is perfect for dogs to run and swim. Well marked running and bike trails take you through the game reserve side which is an amazing experience. The Kingfisher chalet has the most beautiful view of the river and the sound of the rapids at night is amazing. Everything is in such great condition and the kayaks, life jackets and paddles are right on the river. For somewhere so easily accesible we were amazed by the birdlife right around the chalet and river. Great fly fishing spot for Scaly, carp and barbel with deep pools and shallow rapids. For us Tugela river lodge ticks all of our boxes. Not often do we find affordable, pet friendly, fishing, trails, game viewing. Well done to Julian and the team. You will be seeing us again
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 11 Jun 2021
Thanks for coming to stay Paul. We enjoyed having you, the dogs and even the cat! We look forward to seeing you back again soon with family and friends in the Main Lodge!
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Lelanie wrote a review May 2021
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Had such a great experience here this past weekend. Such a beautiful place, lovely views and hiking trails, super clean and has everything you need. Very affordable and lovely friendly staff. Would love to go again soon.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Julian Pearce, Owner at Tugela River Lodge
Responded 04 May 2021
Thanks Lelanie! Look forward to having you back sometime soon!
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Nicky E wrote a review Apr 2021
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We stayed in Kingfisher cottage which was lovely and comfortable. Well-equipped kitchen, comfy bed with a fireplace in the bedroom and a nice hot shower. Wonderful views of the river as well as the central Drakensberg. Beautiful walking and mountain bike trails. Lots of activities but also very relaxing for the less active! The dogs had an absolute ball and were safe in the fenced garden. Fresh farm eggs at the farm stall and daily firewood delivery by Bheki added to our already wonderful stay. Will definitely be back to stay again.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Julian Pearce, Owner at Tugela River Lodge
Responded 30 Apr 2021
Look forward to having you and the dogs back again sometime soon! Thanks for the amazing review!
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rjkc wrote a review Apr 2021
Durban, South Africa27 contributions5 helpful votes
Recently spent 4 days booked in at The Rapids accommodation, and had an action packed holiday filled with lots of activities! After many years of not having visited the place, it was lovely to see great improvements, and to be greeted by the host Julian and the wonderful team of Bheki & Thoko who are always on hand to help. There are various accommodation choices, to suit the size of your party, and a lovely farm stall operating with an honesty policy, selling fresh farm eggs, brinjals, cabbages, and bottled delights. The best part of this accommodation is that you get direct access to the Berg & Bush, as well as Oxpecker Trail Run routes, with different distances to chose from, amongst wildlife of giraffe, buck and zebra. Then the river directly in front of the lodges offers fishing and great paddling options too. It's the ideal place to either relax and do nothing, or keep very busy with the numerous outdoor activities on your doorstep. And the sunset from the top of the nearby koppie is outstanding! It's pet friendly for those with dogs, and it's nearby the famous Spionkop historical site. Highly recommend it!!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Julian Pearce, Owner at Tugela River Lodge
Responded 30 Apr 2021
Thanks for the amazing review guys! It was great to have you back after so many years and to see you out and about on the trails and up and down the river! Look forward to having you back here again soon.
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Harriet J wrote a review Apr 2021
Somerset West, South Africa29 contributions4 helpful votes
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Such a convenient getaway from the Midlands, beautiful situation, great views of the Tugela and the berg on a clear day. Julian was a wonderful host answering questions promptly prior to arrival and checking to see if all was well. We stayed in the lodge which I can highly recommend for a group of mates or family get togethers. Bheki and Thoko, a married couple who have lived/worked on the property for many years, were delightful and efficient. A short wander will take you to 'up close and personal' meetings with giraffe and zebra. We used the free kayaks to explore up river a bit and our dog Charlie was in heaven. He even made friends with the rabbits. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Julian Pearce, Owner at Tugela River Lodge
Responded 26 Apr 2021
Thanks Harriet! Loved having you to stay and look forward to having you back sometime!
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African Safari Guru Travel Company wrote a review Dec 2020
Komatipoort, South Africa52 contributions5 helpful votes
This is our second time staying at Tugela River Lodge in the Hideaway Unit and once again we had another fantastic 6 nights stay. Tugela River Lodge is simply perfect for our family as we are able to bring our dogs along with each unit fenced off for the dogs to enjoy their own space as well. Units are off the grid and rustic with spectacular views over the Tugela River making one feel calm as you hear the water flowing down the rapids and are cleaned every day (Besides Sunday & Public Holiday) by the fabulous Bheki and his family helpers Tobecca (Wife) and children... Julian the General Manager also a top class young man who has certainly got a passion for Tugela River Lodge and growing strong and certainly makes you feel welcomed. Overall a top team of staff members at Tugela River Lodge. Tugela River Lodge allows for fantastic walking trails with the dogs or not, a great canoeing experience down the Tugela River view the mecca birdlife and lovely scenery. Take your time and suck it up as you paddle down stream with the current and over a few calm rapids... Enjoy a jacuzzi in the rapids also a lot of fun as you cool down and allow the water to rush over your shoulders... Fly fishing down the rapids also offer some fantastic opportunities to catch some Yellows... Tugela River Lodge is just an amazing place overall. Tugela River Lodge is also a fantastic accommodation to visit the nearby attraction from Curio Market, Wine and beer Tasting, Historical sites, other adventure activities like white water rafting, canopy tour, hot air ballooning... to some fantastic restaurants offering a variety of cuisine for the taste buds... We have already booked our December 2021 family trip again for 8 nights. If the above fits the shoe for you, I strongly recommend Tugela River Lodge for your next family or couples trip, especially for those who have extended family (Fur babies) only 3.5-hours from Johannesburg. Fee free to contact me anytime for further overviews of my opinion Units are fenced off for the dogs to enjoy their own space
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Date of stay: December 2020
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R 1,491 - R 1,529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionWinterton
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tugela River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Tugela River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Spion Kop Battlefield (4.7 km) and Spioenkop Nature Reserve (7.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tugela River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a lazy river, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Tugela River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a dining area, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Tugela River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Tugela River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Tugela River Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Tugela River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Tugela River Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.