The Summit Lodge is the sort of place where memories are made. So many people have had their birthday parties there, have been married there, have had second honeymoons there. Literally thousands of pictures have been taken by our guests and international visitors of the cute round rooms (rondawels) and the garden and the dining room and fire place.
Yes, the lodge is the kind of place where you visit and make friends with the staff and when you leave you feel like crying. Far away from the city's noise, the traffic congestion and smog.
Come experience the beautiful quietness, the laid back atmosphere and the warmness of the people of Summit Lodge. Its truly something wonderful!
The Summit Lodge has 13 en-suite garden rondavels (African style thatched, round
rooms), 2 wooden cabins, and 2 large family units. All rooms have en-suite
The lodge is safely fenced with 24-hour monitoring and there is a large, indigenous garden, swimming pool, braai facility, cosy pub and a restaurant.
Bed Only, Bed & Breakfast and Dinner, Bed & Breakfast options are available. Contact us for rates.
The Summit Lodge has a unique old SA Railways train coach on its own platform that is very popular as basic, backpackers accommodation. The train has 8 private compartments that sleep 1 to 2 persons each. There are two toilets on board the coach and 6 showers and 4 additional toilets and hand basins next to the train coach. A small, basic outside kitchen (no utensils) with a gas stove and hot water is also available.
There is a large campsite, a pub, restaurant and swimming pool.
Back Packers' Train
There is an old SAR rail wagon with 3 coup's and 5 compartments. The train has its own platform and bedding is provided. The facility is unique and clean and fun for kids and young adults. The train sleeps up to 20 persons. There are 2 toilets on board and men's and ladies' ablution next to the train. For this back packers facility, Summit Lodge has a small veldt kitchen adjacent to the train.
The area has much to offer. This part of the Drakensberg is extensively used for forestry and the natural beauty is awesome. At God's Window (only 5km from Summit Lodge) one can see for many kilometres and from there one can see a vast piece of land, several 100 km2, known as the lowveld. These mountains are known for its many waterfalls, hiking trails, flowers, tree ferns and places of historical value. These are, inter alia, Lisbon falls, Berlin falls, Lone Creek, Mac Mac, Horse Shoe falls, Bridal Veil falls, Pilgrim's Rest, The Pinnacle Rock, The Potholes and so on. The Mpumalanga escarpment in the vicinity of the Blyde River Canyon is known for its good rainfall, cool wreaths of mist. There are many popular hiking trails in the area and each one reflects its own charm and distinction. For the visitor, the serene green canopy of pine and indigenous forests and the age old tree ferns reflects its own charm and distinctive attributes.
Walking through the dense evergreen forests, verdant with lush ferns and undergrowth may yield the glimpse of a Lourie, its wings covered with dark metallic green. Samango monkeys stutter their staccato calls in the living silence where rivers tumble over rock faces and the tourist is rewarded with the welcome sounds of cool streams tumbling over shaped rock faces. The wide panoramic views and seasonal grasslands are strewn with wild flowers, aloes and proteas supplemented by terrestrial orchids and species of heath. Many streams are rich in trout and the relaxing and recharging effect of fly fishing is good therapy to the stressed city worker.
The Lisbon and 150m high Berlin falls is a must-see. So whether you are sight seeing or just breaking away, the crime free relaxing atmosphere of the Mpumalanga escarpment will revitalize your soul. Pack a back pack and make a day of it - Visit the Lone Creek, Mac Mac, Maria Shires, Forest, Bridal Veil and Horse Shoe falls. Have picnic and a swim in the crystal clear water of the Mac Mac pools or stroll around the historical Pilgrim's Rest. See the diggings and go horse riding in the Mountains.
This facility obtained 3 star status from the Tourism Grading Council in January 2002 and re-evaluation took place in January 2003, whereby the Lodge once again retained its status with flying colours. The homely atmosphere has resulted in a large percentage of return business, which shows that people enjoy staying at the Summit Lodge. The lodge is situated on a 1-hectare property with a lush garden, safe parking, 24 hours security and a safe in the office where guests can hand in travel documents for safe keeping.
The Summit Lodge Pub is very popular and the lodge also has a restaurant, conference centre, swimming pool, campsite, braai lapa and public card phone. Cash breakfast is available at between R20.00 to R40.00 per person.
The Graskop Gorge big swing and zip line ride, Pilgrim's Rest horse trails, Quad Bike Safaris, Motorcycle rental, white water rafting and abseiling.
Summit Lodge is a known motorcyclists' destination and is also known for its high level of hospitality.
It is always more fun staying at the SUMMIT LODGE