Clivia Hill, situated on the banks of Bell Park Dam in the Central Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal, offers bed and breakfast accommodation for up to six guests in a tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful setting within the ambit of the Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

Clivia Hill is on The Drakensberg Experience route, one of the newest tourist routes in the Open Africa network.

The thatched double-storey guest unit comprises a well-equipped open-plan living area and three double bedrooms, each with its own bath- or shower-room adjacent or en suite. The two north-facing upstairs bedrooms open onto a balcony offering scenic views through 180 degrees.

All the rooms are provided with wall heaters for cold winter nights and ceiling fans and mosquito burners for summer. The living area, which has DSTV and a log fireplace, opens onto a secluded covered porch equipped with a built-in braai and a Weber. Stone steps lead down from the porch through an indigenous rockery into an extensive clivia-filled garden from which a gate gives direct access to Bell Park Dam, known for its exceptionally pure water and its bird life. A two-seater canoe is available for hire.

Depending on the weather and guests' preference, breakfast is served either in the open plan living area, on the covered stoep, in the garden or in the adjacent breakfast room. Menu available on request.

Activities and amenities at or near Clivia Hill

  • Water sports of various kinds on Bell Park Dam, which lies just beyond the garden gate (swimming, canoeing, sailing, motor-boating, and water-skiing).
  • Fishing. The dam is well stocked with bass, carp, Natal yellowfish and grass cob.
  • Bird watching. The abundant bird life around Bell Park Dam includes fish eagles, ground hornbills, crowned cranes and a wide variety of waterfowl.
  • Walking in the Bell Park Dam area. Options range from 30 minutes to four hours in duration.
  • Mountain walks. There are mapped trails and walks from Bell Park Dam into the Little Berg and beyond.
  • Horse riding. Horse trails through beautiful, little-known Bergscapes available within 2 km of Clivia Hill and pony rides for children within 8 km.
  • Quad biking, paintball, zip lines, and white water rafting within 10 km of Clivia Hill.
  • Canopy tours. The Drakensberg Canopy Tour is 20 minutes' drive from Clivia Hill, the Karkloof Canopy tour less than an hour away.
  • Battlefields and historical sites. The haunting battle site of Spioenkop and the key Boer War town of Ladysmith are both approximately 45 minutes drive from Clivia Hill, while a visit to Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift is a comfortable day trip.
  • Tennis, golf and bowls. Courts, courses and bowling greens are all to be found in the general neighbourhood.
  • Game Reserves. The Spioenkop and Weenen Game Reserves are both within easy reach.
  • Music. The renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir School presents mid-weekly concerts during term time and hosts the annual Music in the Mountains festival at the end of April.
  • Eating out. The six hotels, three restaurants and four coffee shops situated within eight to 25kms of Clivia Hill provide a range and quality of food to satisfy all tastes.
  • Shopping. There are two small shopping centres each within 12 kms of Clivia Hill. Cedarwood has a supermarket, bottle store, laundrette and coffee shop as well as several speciality shops, while Thokozisa, set in an indigenous garden with a play area for children, has an information centre, restaurant, delicatessen, wine cellar, hair salon, art gallery and a variety of boutiques. Breads and baked treats can be bought at the Valley Bakery, which also has an art gallery and coffee shop. Winterton, 20 minutes drive from Clivia Hill, has two supermarkets, two petrol stations, a coffee and gift shop, a butchery, pharmacy, bottle store and post office. The Midlands Meander, which starts approximately 75 km from Clivia Hill, affords an outing that combines lovely scenery with an interesting variety of shopping and eating options.
  • Medical. GP in Winterton, dentists in Estcourt and Bergville, two hospitals in Ladysmith

Seasonal highlights

  • Music in the Mountains at the Drakensberg Boys' Choir School in late April.
  • Snow on the High Berg in winter.
  • Clivia season in early spring (end of August to mid-September) when this spectacular indigenous lily is in full bloom throughout the Clivi Hill garden.

Clivia Hill Facilities

  • Canoe for hire
  • Ceiling fans
  • DSTV
  • Electric under blankets
  • Garden vegetables when available
  • Homegrown herbs
  • Large garden giving access to dam
  • Log fireplace
  • Microwave
  • Parking on site
  • Pet friendly (by arrangement)
  • Private entrance
  • Tree house for children
  • Wall heaters
  • Weber & built-in braai
  • boat / marine slipway onsite
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • DSTV in room
  • fireplace
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • lake onsite
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail onsite
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • private airfield (less than 15km)
  • private entrance
  • water skiing onsite

From Johannesburg

Take the N3 toward Durban, past Harrismith and over Van Reenens Pass.
Go through Tugela Plaza.
16 Kms beyond Tugela Plaza take the off ramp to the R616 (Bergville, Ladysmith etc)
Turn left toward Ladysmith and travel 4 Kms.
Turn right onto the R 600 toward Winterton and travel 30 Kms.
Turn left toward Winterton, travel 1 Km then turn right onto the R600 toward the Central Berg.
After 13 kms, continue through the crossroad at Thokozisa.
After 5 kms, take the D53 right to Bell Park Dam.
After 6,5 kms, look for the Clivia Hill entrance sign on the right.

From Durban

Take the N3 to Johannesburg.
Approximately 97 kms north of Pietermaritzburg take the Estcourt North offramp - Exit 179.
Take the left option to Loskop.
Travel 30 kms and then turn left at Thokozisa into the R600 towards Central Berg.
After 5 kms, take the D53 right to Bell Park Dam.
After 6,5 kms, look for the Clivia Hill entrance sign on the right.

Our co-ordinates

S 28 deg 57' 47.9"
E 29 deg 26' 9.3"