Are you looking for a private venue for a group booking. Central Drakensberg.

There needs to be a minimum of 8 adults to book out the venue. When you book it, the entire place becomes yours exclusively.

All accommodation is in cottages on the banks of the Tugela River. These stone and thatch cottages nestle at the footholds of the majestic Spioenkop Mountain where the famous battle of Spioenkop took place. Next door is Spioenkop Nature Reserve with its beautiful dam and game. Many of our guests go horse-riding among the game (including rhino's) and rave about an unforgettable experience.

To complete the African experience, Tugela River Lodge has no electricity. Ovens, hobs and deepfreezes are all gas and lighting is powered by solar panels. A donkey boiler ensures 24-hour hot water.

The lodge is home to the famous Berg and Bush cycle race (Winner of 2009 Best race in SA). From the lodge there are many Mountain bike tracks which will provide hours of fun. Guided tours are an option. Permission to ride on Berg and bush routes will need to be confirmed before guests venture out. Tubeless tyres are essential!

Tugela River Lodge is a very tranquil spot that will appeal to nature lovers. The rippling river below provides the only accompaniment to the sound of the many birds. Pets are welcome. On private game farm. Golf nearby (not 5kms but within region of Champagne Sports and Racquet golf course, Cathedral Peak, Monks Cowl and Hlalanathi). Biking (mountain and road biking Not Quad). Mountain bike and trail routes Fresh water fishing friendly. Sleeps 10 or more. Interesting places (at Spionkop monument).
We suggest that you bring canoes and tubes for lots of fun. Animal paths through the game farm provide hiking trails for the energetic. You can test out you 4x4 by taking it round the 4x4 route used to put out salt licks for game and cattle.

Each cottage has a fireplace, shower and loo and accommodation for 4. There are 2 beds downstairs and 2 beds upstairs.

The central entertainment area has an eating area, shower/loo, lounge area with fireplace and additional accommodation for 6. This consists of 1 enclosed double room and 2 mezzanine levels. Both mezzanine levels have 2 single beds. These are open plan.

Staff are on hand to assist you. A domestic will make beds and wash all you dishes. She arrives at 8am and will depart at 4pm. Catering available for groups of 10 or more on special request

What to bring: Towels, binoculars, charcoal and ice, sunscreen, fishing rods (fly and bass) , bicycles, puncture repair kits, portable radio's/CD, board games, torches, food and drinks.

Tugela River Lodge is a bush experience. Forget about the bright city lights. The only mind boggling lights that you will see are the brilliantly lit stars. One guest even insisted on sleeping outside on the deck as he had never seen stars like ours!

Minimum number of guests per night: 8 adults. Single booking only.
Nearest town: Winterton (20kms)


  • big game (less than 30km)
  • big game onsite
  • fireplace
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives onsite
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • nature trail onsite
  • parking all onsite
  • private airfield (less than 15km)

Directions from Gauteng: Take N3 towards Durban. Go straight through Tugela Toll Plaza. After 10 kms you will find the Bergville offramp. Go left up the off ramp and then LEFT TOWARDS LADYSMITH. After 4,6kms turn right towards Spionkop/Winterton. After 11kms at the bottom of the 2nd steep hill you will find the lodge on your left.

Directions from Durban: Take N3 west. After Ultra City take the 1st offramp LEFT TO BERGVILLE/CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG. Proceed left towards Winterton. GO STRAIGHT THROUGH WINTERTON IN THE DIRECTIONS TOWARDS BERGVILLE. After 1km turn RIGHT on the R600 towards SPIONKOP DAM. Proceed 22 kms. You will see the lodge on your right hand side before the steep hill.