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Address: St Bernards Peak Road, Swartberg, Drakensberg, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Contact : Andrea Jooster
Cell : +27-83-2689357

We invite you to visit this small piece of paradise situated in the Southern Drakensberg. Lake St Bernard is a 68 hectare lake on a privately owned farm that is home to many species of buck and wildlife. Come and stay at one of our 3 beautiful Lake Side cottages. This is the perfect spot to spend with family & friends, unwinding in a truly spectacular environment.


  • Trout fishing Hiking trails into the mountains
  • Hike to view Rock art and Wild Protea flowers
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Game viewing, Eland, Blesbok, Zebra and Emus
  • Swimming at the bamboo pools
  • Bird Watching - many species found on the farm
  • Stunning Picnic spots
  • Horse riding at the local Mountain Lodge

We call ourselves big fish country, this Lake has only recently been available to the public as a fishing spot and being catch and release we are able to maintain the fish holding. The water was previously named Ferndale dam by farmers/fisherman in the area. We regularly stock with 8 inch and 1 kg trout and with the catch and release policy our fishermen continually catch big trout. The biggest fish caught in our waters are 13lbs, many 7, 8, lbs fish are caught.

Location: 70km south of Underberg 200km From Pietermaritzburg 200km From Port Shepstone 280km from Durban 680km from Gauteng 300km from Umtata

Details of Accommodation:

Cottage No. 2 - Thatch Chalet On The Water (sleeps 7)
This is an open plan thatched chalet with stunning mountain and lake views. The chalet has a main bedroom and upstairs loft room The bathroom is complete with shower, bath and toilet Open plan lounge/dinning/kitchen with a central jet master fire place All kitchen essentials are supplied, microwave, oven and fridge/freezer included A webber braai and scottle are also supplied

Accommodation Layout:
Main bedroom downstairs has a luxury queen bed
Upstairs loft has 3 singles beds and a double bed

Cottages No. 1 & 3 - New Lakeside Cottages (Fish Eagle Cottage & Crowned Crane Cottage - sleeps 8 each)
Two new luxury 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroom cottages are right on the water. These cottages have stunning views and are something special to see. The open plan lounge/dining kitchens are heated by a central fireplace Kitchen is fully fitted with oven, microwave and fridge/freezer combo The stunning outdoor living area includes a built in braai

Accommodation Layout:

  • Room 1 has a luxury queen bed
  • Room 2 has 2 single beds
  • Room 3 has 2 single beds
  • Lounge has a sleeper couch for kids-young adults.
  • Country Houses are not on the waters edge but have stunning mountain and Lake Views.

Leydn Country House (sleeps up to 12 people)

This is a large, spacious farm house set in the mountains with breathtaking views of the lake and mountains. There are 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 2 lounges (one with fireplace), dining room, a large kitchen and verandah. All kitchen essentials are supplied, microwave, oven and fridge/freezer. Ideal for large families, family reunions or groups of friends looking for a peaceful escape.

Accommodation Layout:

  • Main bedroom has a luxury king size bed, 2 single beds and a fireplace
  • Room 2 has a double bed and 1 single bed
  • Room 3 has a twin bed and 1 single bed
  • Room 4 has two single beds

Please Note:

  • TV's are not supplied
  • No pets allowed
  • No power boats
  • There are no shops in the area, family, value for money meals can be enjoyed at the local hotel.

  • Take the Southern Drakensberg/Underberg turn, off the N3 just north of Cedara.

  • Proceed towards Underberg on the R617.

  • Pass through Underberg head towards Swartberg.

  • 10km before Swartberg on the right take the St Bernard's peak turn off D609.

  • Follow on this gravel road 24km to Lake St Bernard.

GPS Co-ordinates
S 30 deg 02.900'
E 029 deg 07.474'
  • Bed Configuration
  • Lake side cottage (Sleeps 7) x 2
    • Room 1 - queen, single
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
  • Leydn Country House (Sleeps 12) x 1
    • Room 1 - queen, single, single
    • Room 2 - queen, single
    • Room 3 - twin, single
    • Room 4 - single, single
  • Stone & Thatch cottage (Sleeps 7) x 1
    • Room 1 - queen
    • Room 2 - double, single, single, single
  • Special Categories
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Fishing equipment for hire
    Can bring own fishing equipment
    Boat available for use
    Boat available for hire
    Can bring own boat (no petrol motors)
    Catch and release
    Catch and keep
    Limited number of fish per day allowed
    Fly fishing
  • Guest Farm Accommodationdetails
    Is your establishment on a working farm?
  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
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