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Tugela River Lodge

R600, Winterton 3340 South Africa
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#4 of 20 Speciality lodging in Winterton
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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Property amenities
Free parking
Lazy river
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Bicycle tours
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
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Room features
Dining area
Private balcony
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Tim wrote a review Sep 2021
4 contributions
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
Sleep Quality
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
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
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
Paul A wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa6 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
Response from Tugela Lodge, Owner at Tugela River Lodge
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
2 contributions
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
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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US$48 - US$114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionWinterton
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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.
Is Tugela River Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.