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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A superb setting to unwind and relax. Wonderful hospitality, super friendly staff and always obliging.. Meals that we did have were great. Accommodation was comfortable and clean.Will definitely return.

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful getaway, the cottage we stayed in was well appointed and comfortable. A treat for us was the trip along the river in a tube. Sun downer's on the deck on a long summer evening unwinding was just what we needed.

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had 1 night at Umzimkulu lodge with my 2 boys. we had an awesome time tubing, playing snooker and canoeing. The food is amazing and so reasonable. If you are looking for somewhere to unwind, this is definitely the place to stay. Beautiful clean accommodation with comfy mattresses. I cant wait to come back to this piece of heaven. Thank...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The overriding impression of Umzimkulu is how much it is loved. Lynn and Steve have made a beautiful place, all of the staff are engaged and happy, the general sense of it is a place of happiness. The room was nicely decorated, clean, and simple. This isn't 5-star accommodation, it's somewhere you'll be glad to kick your shoes off, or...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved our stay. The Gaint Cottage is very spacious and prefect for a large extended family. We loved walking a few times daily burning energy and the river tubing and river swim/splashing was a highlight!!!

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great holiday lodge! The entire family loved our stay and the beautiful surroundings. Our chalet was spacious, cleaned every day. The beauty is in what nature offers at Umzkulu River Lodge - it is beautiful! We arrived to rolling mist on the mountains (we loved it!). Owners are extremely helpful and go out of their way to make the...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

A cosy and absolutely beautiful location right along the river. Each room is very private with unbelievable views and is a warm farm style cottage with modern amenities. Very friendly staff and resident pets. Kept us comfy and happy even though it rained our whole stay. Great spot to go from for any Underberg activities.

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Umzimkulu is an incredible spot to take the whole family. If you enjoy the outdoors and exploring the southern Dakensburg then this is definitely the place for you. Extremely comfortable. Wonderful and relaxing - very nice to be able to order meals in the restaurant if you don't feel like cooking! I would really like to see the animal farm...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful family holiday with the dogs included. We stayed in the Mangrove cottage which a gorgeous little cottage with lots of character. A lot of love and thought had gone into making it very welcoming and comfortable. Our kids were in the river or in the games room and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the their holiday...

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Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute cottage with all you need for a comfortable stay, good distance from neighbours and friendly Hosts made for a great holiday break. The one disappointment was the low water level as we had hoped to go tubing so maybe on the next trip.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umzimkulu River Lodge offers serviced, DB&B, B&B or Self catering accommodation on one of the most picturesque bends of the Umzimkulu River in the Southern Drakensburg. We are situated 2 hours from DBN and 6 hrs from Johannesburg in the foothills of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. Our peaceful valley resort which is 22km out of Underberg provides the perfect location for a retreat from city life. Here’s your chance to rest and listen to the river and the sounds of nature or spend some wholesome outdoor time with your family. Families love it for the unhurried old world country atmosphere with days spent picnicking under the huge oaks on the river island, boulder hopping in Thrombosis Gorge or just “messing about in boats”. Honeymooners revel in the privacy of a luxurious suite and private deck just meters from the river bank.Fishermen love it for the unrivalled opportunities to catch rainbow trout along our 2.5km stretch of river. Come and experience restoration of body and soul in truly lovely surroundings. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umzimkulu River Lodge

Address: Coleford Road | Kwa Zulu Natal, Underberg 3257, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Underberg
Price Range: $57 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umzimkulu River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Bower cottage has the best privacy & great private deck.”
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