Honeyguide Cottage and Aloe Cottage
HONEYGUIDE SELF -CATERING COTTAGE
HONEYGUIDE Self-Catering Cottage is a six sleeper cottage situated on the famous Sani Pass, nestling at the base of the little Berg on Stromness Farm, which borders directly onto the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. The small holding is owned by Russell and Simone Suchet who are both passionate about the wilderness, animals , birds, flowers, art and photography. The cottage has magnificent views of Hodgson's Peaks (The Giant's Cup) which forms part of the escarpment dividing Lesotho from South Africa. This peaceful country haven is owner run by Simone and Russell Suchet (author of "A Backpacker's Guide to Lesotho"), who have been involved in tourism since 1992. The stress of city life will simply melt away, as you kick off your shoes and relax on the veranda, whilst inhaling the pure air in tranquil surrounds, with pristine nature right on your doorstep. Named after one of the bird species found here, the cottage is a good base for observing the prolific birdlife with 19 endemics on the property alone and a total of 92 species sightings recorded. The gardens have been carefully planted with a variety of indigenous shrubs, trees and flowering plants, to attract birds and butterflies and where duiker and reedbuck are made welcome
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more" (Burroughs 1837 - 1921)
Honeyguide is compact with three bedrooms , all with mountain views and is ideal for a large family or two couples with one child each. The main bedroom en-suite has a double bed , the second room has twin beds and third bedroom is small with a bunk bed. There is a second bathroom with shower for these two bedrooms. There is an open plan fully equipped kitchenette with fridge, stove, microwave, cutlery, crockery, kettle, and breakfast nook with stools, plus a cosy lounge with open fireplace, bathroom and outdoor braai area. All linen and feather duvets, bath towels and toiletries are provided. Firewood is available to purchase from the shop on site. This is a non- smoking establishment. No pets are allowed, in keeping with our policy of nature preservation. The cottage has basic servicing daily. You can park your vehicle right next to the cottage. Complimentary tea, coffee, organic Fair Trade plunger coffee and farm milk provided. There is a braai facility. Guests are allowed to use the swimming pool at Sani Lodge Backpackers on the same property.
ALOE SELF-CATERING COTTAGE
ALOE Self-Catering Cottage is a cosy, private cottage on the Sani Pass road, nestling at the base of the little Berg on the 75 acre Stromness Farm , which borders onto the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park world heritage site. The cottage is set in indigenous gardens beside a gurgling stream which provides pure drinking water and also has uninterrupted views of Hodgson's Peaks ( The Giant's Cup) and the escarpment bordering onto Lesotho. This peaceful country haven is owner-run by Simone and Russell Suchet, who have been involved with many aspects of tourism for several years.
Aloe Cottage sleeps four people .There is one main bedroom with a double bed and a second small bedroom with twin beds. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom ( one has a shower and the other a bath from which you can recline with a view of the mountains). A child's campcot is available on request. The kitchen is fully equipped with large fridge, gas stove, cutlery, crockery, kettle, microwave, pots and pans. There is a cosy lounge with open fireplace (firewood is provided) and dining table with four chairs. Cypress floors and pine ceilings add to the rural charm. All linen including feather down duvets, bath towels and toiletries are provided. Complimentary tea, coffee, organic Fair Trade plunger coffee and farm milk provided. The cottage has basic daily servicing detailed in the guest information file. Laundry service available at set rates. You may park your vehicle right next to the cottage. The garden has a braai facility and is a birder's haven with bird bath and feeder. Tame duiker visit from autumn through winter. Please note that there is a new swimming pool at Sani Lodge on the property which cottage guests are most welcome to use. This a non smoking establishment. No pets are allowed, in keeping with our policy of nature preservation.
Activities for guests staying in the self-catering cottages
Simone and Russell lovingly created this haven in 1992 and welcome you to their property!
This is an ideal place for a healthy family holiday, as there are plenty of activities and tours which can be arranged including hiking in the mountains , Sani Pass tours into Lesotho, and walks to Bushman paintings. The tours run by Russell and Simone's company called DRAKENSBERG ADVENTURES, are designed for the intrepid explorer and are led by experienced, highly qualified guides.
There is something for the whole family; trout/bass fishing on nearby dams, mountain biking up the challenging Sani Pass or playing golf at the hotel 1km up the road, birdwatching( there is a bird list in the cottage file showing 19 endemic species on our property and 92 species in total), macro-photographing or painting the plethora of flowers in spring and summer and inhaling pure mountain air, or simply relaxing in the tranquil ,indigenous gardens enjoying the magnificent view. River rafting for all levels is available in the district in summer . Children can play on swings at the tea garden 100m away from the cottages ,enjoy milkshakes and pancakes in the restaurant, play a game of table tennis and watch our Jersey cows being hand milked during milking season in the afternoon. The whole family can enjoy the 2.5km nature trail with illustrated booklet as a guide and there is a small fresh water dam on the trail which guests may swim in. The GIANT'S CUP CAFE AND CRAFTS onsite is definitely worth a visit as we directly support small suppliers of unique handcrafts, stock organic Fair Trade products ( coffee, tea, chocolate) and make our own ice-cream, cultured yoghurt and butter from our dear Jersey cows milk plus a wide range of homemade jams and preserves from our own fruit trees. Russell has an indigenous gardening nursery based at the Cafe with innumerable species of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers name tagged for easy identification in the garden next to the Greenhouse. Free WIFI available at the restaurant.
Once you are here, you need not step back into your vehicle, as the cottages are perfectly situated for exploring the Drakensberg Mountains on foot. The 5 DAY GIANT'S CUP TRAIL may be started from here, as well as numerous day hikes, where you can dip in crystal clear streams and idyllic mountain pools, see reedbuck, eland, duiker, rhebok, baboon, rock hyrax, bearded and Cape vulture, or capture the plethora of wild flowers on film or sketchpad. This is an area poets and artists dream of.
Meals available for guests staying in the self-catering cottages
A restaurant on the property called "THE GIANTS CUP CAFE AND CRAFTS" is open daily for breakfasts, savoury and sweet pancakes, toasted sandwiches, homemade chocolate cake or scones with homemade jams and farm cream, farmhouse cheese, trout in season, teas, good cappuccino coffee made from freshly ground organic. Fair Trade coffee beans, milkshakes and lots more. The craft shop offers a range of African crafts, FAIR TRADE products, foodstuffs, books, maps, woollen wear, snacks, soft drinks.
Dinner must be ordered in advance along with accommodation booking. Dinner is only prepared for guests making confirmed advance bookings and is served at 6.30pm promptly. If you plan to arrive later than 6.30pm, please let us know so that your meal will be dished up for you and you can reheat it in your cottage.
The cottages are child friendly with a camp cot available on request for small children. The restaurant offers children portions for dinners, and has a small playground for children. Please note that there is a swimming pool now at the main lodge on site ,so bring your children's safety tubes. Toffee the daschund dog and Tana the loveable cat are always entertaining for children. You can watch our beautiful , happy Jersey cows being milked in the afternoon and in calving season , the small calves are hand fed with their mother's fresh milk. The family guided nature trail is fun for all. Children under 10 years pay half rates in cottages.
FAIR TRADE IN TOURISM CERTIFIED SINCE 2011
- Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
- Fair Trade in Tourism Certified since 2011.
- Silver Award Winner for Poverty Reduction from Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2016.
- Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence 2013
- Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence 2014
- Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence 2015
- big game (less than 30km)
- communal pool
- guided nature walks
- horse riding (less than 5km)
- internet facilities
- laundry facilities (less than 2km)
- laundry facilities onsite
- Malaria free
- mountain biking
- nature trail onsite
- outdoor pool
- parking all onsite
- restaurant onsite
- tea / coffee making facilities
An easy 3 hour drive from Durban central or 6 and1/2 hours from Johannesburg.
Take the N3 motorway from Johannesburg or Durban until you reach the R617 turnoff to Underberg. In Underberg, turn right to Himeville which is 5km from Underberg. Drove on through Himeville for approximately another 4km until you reach the Sani Pass Road on your left which is tarred.Honeyguide, Aloe and Guineafowl cottages are 10.5km down this road on the left hand side. Please park in the Sani Lodge main parking area and report to reception in the main office upon arrival. You will then be directed to the cottage you have booked.