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YoWi wrote a review Jan 2020
Pretoria, South Africa48 contributions2 helpful votes
Wow, no words will be able to describe Don Don River Mill Lodge!!! We used it as a stop over, but will one day go back to be able to really appreciate all the beauty. It is located on the Lesotho border, with only the river in between. The accommodation is excellent, and we had the privilege of going on a tour through the old mill. Sidney, thank you for your warm hospitality :)
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marc Derveeuw wrote a review Sep 2019
Maseru, Lesotho339 contributions173 helpful votes
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I found the Don Don River Mill Lodge on Google maps while I was plotting some routes out of Maseru to travel with a bicycle. I contacted the owner Sydney if I could start my bicycle trip from the mill. The place is stunning and has a very rich history to share. I guess the mill contributed considerably to the economic development of the young Freestate and Lesotho. It is a unique example how arid land can be developed and how natural resources like a river can be used to make a region grow. Most of the machines, wheels, rotors and drive belts are still intact and functioning. The Caledon river was low, so I had access to the white beaches. The place is self catering, but is also recommended for a picnic, or for camping.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Charles v wrote a review Oct 2017
Darling, South Africa19 contributions7 helpful votes
Do not be put off by the first bit of road through the town of Hobhouse when you follow the signs to Don Don as once you join the main (gravel) road to the farm the surface is excellent. Remember to stock up on supplies at the last big town you pass through as the facilities in Hobhouse are quite limited. The setting of Don Don is superb on the banks of the Caledon River. The peace and quiet is similar to that which you would find the remote parts of the Cederberg. We stayed in the cottage (2 large bedrooms each with a bathrooom), fireplace well stocked with wood (and firelighters), milk in the fridge, chocolates on the pillows, full set of barbeque tools, table already laid for us - need I say more. Mobile phone coverage roams onto Lesotho and obviously no wifi but who needs that in that setting. The buildings and the mill are fascinating (dating from the 1860's). WARNING: plan to stay more than one night as once there you will not want to leave in a hurry.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If the river is in full flow the cottage is quieter, otherwise the mill is the most romantic
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Riki1502 wrote a review Aug 2016
George, South Africa104 contributions25 helpful votes
What a setting! Absolutely stunning views and interesting history. We stayed in the Old Shop Suite, which was beautiful. You arrive to a table already set for your dinner and wood at the ready for your braai, to keep you warm outside and inside. You literally just have to light a match - which is also provided. Yes, the place does get cold despite all the heat provided - due to the thick stone walls and stone floors. It was interesting to page through the old photographs and the visitors book. I would like to know though: 'waar was ons pap?' ;-) Seriously - I recommend this place to anybody who needs to recharge the old batteries. Lastly, if you need to be connected to the outside world via cell phone, make sure you have international roaming. Our Vodacom signal thought we were in Lesotho, so we had no coverage.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: This is not a hotel, but a self-catering establishment.
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Daniel H wrote a review Jul 2015
Cape Town Central, South Africa9 contributions20 helpful votes
I heard about this from a film colleague and decided to take a detour on my long journey to Cape Town after shooting for 3 months. Took a while to find at night due to ignoring the owner and trusting my GPS. I should have listened to the owner haha. When I arrived the fire in my gorgeous little cabin/lodge was lit and a little bottle of sherry awaited. It was so cosy I slept well. In the morning I lit the braai to cook myself breakfast but more for fun than anything else. The little kitchen had more than enough equipment to cook a proper breakfast. James to old caretaker then took me on an incredible tour of the old mill and we chatted over a few cups of tea. Beatiful historical and natural place. Very well priced too.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: All rooms are cosy
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