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Lake Naverone

In a valley among the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg lies a secluded lake, a natural sanctuary far from the distractions of modern life. This is where Paul and Jenny van Tichelen chose to set their dream, and to share it with others. Lake Naverone is an idyllic Berg retreat where you and your family can enjoy a true natural experience amidst this World Heritage site, all year round.

The lake and surrounding 450-hectare estate, provide an awesome environment for a variety of outdoor activities such as trout fishing (river and lake), hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, birding and photography.

We have 21 picturesque stone cottages, situated lakeside and in tranquil clearings shadowed by the surrounding woods. Our cottages vary in size from 2 sleepers to 12 sleepers. They are positioned to provide magnificent views and to ensure privacy with convenient access to the Lake. In addition to electric lights, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, stove and plug points. They all have fireplaces and private braai areas. Firewood is supplied free of charge. The cottages are fully equipped and serviced twice daily by cleaning staff. Cots can be provided on request.

These include trout fishing, row boating, peddle boats, horse riding, tennis, bird watching, walking and hiking, either on the estate or into the adjoining mountain wilderness. A free rowing boat goes with each cottage, but guests are welcome to bring their own canoes, float tubes, sailing boats and windsurfers. No powerboats or other motorized craft are allowed. There are four restaurants and a golf course within five minutes drive. There are several rugged mountain biking trails on the estate and in the surrounding area. Low traffic means the trails are unspoiled and you can always be assured of an endurance-testing ride.

Fly Fishing at Lake Naverone

Fly fishing only is permitted at Lake Naverone, and is available year-round on the 23ha lake and a smaller dam, which are well stocked with brown and rainbow trout. In season, the 7km stretch of Mlambonja River can be fished for wild rainbows. There is no rod fee and rods are available for hire. The Naverone angling record has stood at 3.75kg for some years, but Parks Board hatchery managers have netted fish of up to 4.5kg (about 10lb) for breeding.

Lake Naverone is situated 30km from Underberg on a tarred road. A well maintained 1100m landing strip and hirable lock-up hangar make it easily accessible by air.