Things to do at Umzimkulu
We have 2.5km of rainbow trout inhabited river frontage. The rivers are open from 1st Sept to 31 May annually. Should the river conditions be unfavorable, there is a dam on our neighbouring farm (4km away) – booking essential. The dam is open for year round fishing enjoyment. There is free tuition for beginners. We also have a small bass dam which provides hours of fun for children. We keep a small selection of flies and lures for sale and rods to hire.
Walking, mountain biking and birding
There is a gentle walk along the river looking down onto Thrombosis gorge. We encourage visitors to add to our check list of over 100 birds. The more serious hiker can visit the Drakensberg conservation areas nearby where one can do trails of varying degrees of difficulty. There are several smaller nature reserves within the uKhahlamba World Heritage Area- Cobham, Loteni and Vergelegen Reserves. They are administered by KZN Conservation Services. Red Chested Flufftail spotted in Sept this year below!
We have a easy 4km scenic mounatian bike track suitable for the whole family.
Swimming, boating and tubing
The Lodge is situated at the finish of the Drak Challenge canoe marathon and the start of the Thromi XFest, an extreme sports event. Canoes, paddles and tubes are available to hire. Tubing is a favorite summer activity. Guests are dropped off about 5km upriver and tube back to the lodge. We have recently added a small splash pool for little ones.
Driving range suited to the better golfer. Bring your own clubs and practice balls. We will arrange to have them collected for you.
Children's outdoor fun
Animal Farm (Tortoises, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Turkeys, ducks & chickens), Jungle Gym/tree house and swings, Sandpit, Trampoline, mini golf & volleyball will keep your children enjoying this adventure playground all day long.
Picnics at the River
A great idea to enjoy the area is to have a picnic. There are various areas around the lodge for you to enjoy including the island under the oak trees, and on the river bank. Pack your own basket or order a picnic basket from the restaurant.
Television & indoor sports
DSTV is available in the communal adult TV lounge for those sporting fixtures that cannot be missed. There is also a dart board & pool table. We have a games room with table tennis, soccer game, TV with DSTV & DVD player for rainy days in the KTV lounge.
We have a restaurant on site for a la carte breakfast's, tea's and lunche's and a set dinner menu by prior arrangement with 2 options for dinner daily . The restaurant is open from 7-4 daily - except Mondays. The kitchen is closed on Mondays. Meals are served in the main dining room or weather permitting on the deck overlooking the river. We will also happily deliver your meal to your cottage. Please place your dinner order by 4:00pm.