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Tugela River Lodge

Tugela River Lodge is a self-catering Eco Lodge, located on a private cattle and game farm on the banks of the Tugela River, near Winterton, KZN, South Africa. We use solar power and gas to run our lodge and are completely off the grid.

In the shadow of the famous Anglo-Boer Battlefield of Spionkop, the rustic and pet friendly accommodation is the ideal place for singles, couples, a family weekend, or a large group get together. We have a total of 28 beds in stand alone cottages which can be booked either as the Main Lodge – a 10 to 14 bed set up, the Hideaway – a 6 sleeper, the Rapids – 4 the River House – 4 sleeper and Kingfisher Cottage – 4 sleeper.

The lodge has been in the Green family for over 20 years. They have a passion for mountain biking, trail running and the great outdoors. An annual well-known mountain bike race and trail run take place in the area.

Trail run – The Oxpecker Trail Run

MTB ride – Berg and Bush Cycle Race

So pack up everyone, including the kids and granny and grandpa, and the mutts, and head out to Tugela River Lodge!

We do not have TV here. We urge people to come here to experience nature and to get out and walk, ride, hike, run, fish, swim, paddle and enjoy time away from their cellphones. In this modern day, it is sometimes difficult to catch a break from the fast paced life of technology, and we offer you a great opportunity to get away from it all!

Ideal for group bookings. The Main Lodge sleeps a minimum of 6 people and up to 10/14/18. It has an entertainment area which includes 1 bedroom downstairs and 2 mezzanine levels upstairs as well as one bathroom, a kitchen, lounge, bar and fireplace. There is one cottage on the right of the Main Lodge which has 1 room downstairs and a mezzanine level upstairs as well as a toilet, shower and fireplace. All units are pet friendly and fenced off with river access.

The river rapid runs right past the deck of this cosy 4 sleeper and the sounds of the running water really take you to a place close to nature. Sit on the deck in summer and enjoy a sundowner or light a fire in winter in the main bedroom to keep warm. The main bedroom leads onto a beautiful deck with a great view of the river. This unit can also be added onto the Main Lodge for bookings over 14 people. Pet friendly and fenced off with river access.

This 4 sleeper is slightly more modern than the rest of the cottages. The spacious lounge is part of an open plan kitchen which opens up to the verandah outside. There is a double bed in the downstairs room with an open plan shower and toilet. The upstairs bedroom has two single beds which can also be made into a double bed. This is the only unit with Wifi and is our most popular unit. There is a guest shower and toilet downstairs. Pet friendly and fenced off with river access.

The Hideaway is a 6 sleeper unit with a kitchen, lounge, fireplace, dining room and bathroom downstairs and 2 bedrooms upstairs. One room has a queen size bed with 1 single bed and the other has 3 single beds, which can also be made into a queen and single. This unit is ideal for smaller groups and families. Pet friendly and fenced off with river access.

Kingfisher Cottage is a cosy 4 sleeper and is our newest addition to Tugela River Lodge. The unit boasts amazing views of the river and Spioenkop Mountain... watch giraffe browsing in the game reserve from your kitchen window! This little cottage is perfect for a weekend getaway, week long stay or even just a one-nighter when passing through from JHB to Durban. We are 15 minutes off the N3 and 40 minutes from some of the Drakensberg's best hikes.

Mountain biking, trail running. hiking, walking, dog walks, farm stall, kayaking, fishing, private game farm, sundowners, swimming, 40 minutes from central drakensberg.