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About Umzimkulu River Lodge

Our peaceful valley resort, which is 22 km out of Underberg, provides the perfect location for a retreat from city life. Here’s your chance to rest, 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 hanging 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 2.5 km stretch of river. To make sure you have a relaxing break, we have babysitters on hand to offer you solitude or an opportunity to enjoy a meal without having to mop up any spillages. Umzimkulu River Lodge has recently been awarded 3 Star grading in the self-catering category.

All our fully-equipped, self-catering units are situated just meters from the river bank with stunning views. All the units, except the log cabin, are equipped with log fires. All units have individual braai facilities. In winter a complimentary bundle of firewood is supplied on arrival and additional firewood is available to purchase thereafter. The units are serviced once daily in the mornings, excluding Sundays and Public Holidays. Should you require additional assistance, we can arrange to have a housekeeper available at an additional fee of R 15 per hour.

Activities at the lodge include bass and trout fishing, swimming, boating, tubing, canoeing, walking and birding. We have an a la carte breakfast and lunch menu and a set two-course dinner menu available. Meals are served in the dining room or on the deck overlooking the river. Come and experience restoration of body and soul in truly lovely surroundings.

We also have a restaurant and full-board bookings are available.

Family friendly: Animal Farm, Jungle Gym/tree house/swings, sandpit, trampoline, crochet, mini golf, splash pool, boating, fishing, volleyball. For rainy days we have a kiddies TV lounge with DStv, table tennis and table soccer.

  • Response Rate: 96%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 29
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 35 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • The Bower The Bower Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Free standing, thatched cottage with kitchenette, Large Tub and Shower, Oak King Size Canopy Bed, Private garden and... see more Features:  King beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, River views
    • Adults
      • Malachite Cottage Malachite Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering A free standing cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1 double & 1 twin room (easily converted into king), Separate shower and additi... see more Features:  King beds, Bath only, Shower only, Single beds, Garden views, River views
        • Adults
          • Giant Cabin Giant Cabin Sleeps 12 Includes: Self-catering Secluded log home, 2 dbl en suite rooms, 1 en suite twin teen pad with sep entrance, 3 twin rooms, additional 2.5 bathro... see more Features:  Queen beds, Single beds
            • Adults
              • Pied Unit A Pied Unit A Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Double storey semi detached cottage with double en suite room upstairs (king size bed, large tub & shower). Fairly steep... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Self-catering, River views
                • Adults
                  • Pygmy Cottage Pygmy Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Free standing dbl story unit, steep staircase info double en suite (shower only) loft room, kitchenette, small dining/si... see more
                    • Adults
                      • Mangrove Cottage - Pet Friendly Mangrove Cottage - Pet Friendly Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Free standing cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with bath & shower, full kitchen, lounge/dining area with log fire &... see more Features:  Twin beds, Shared bathroom, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views see more Twin beds, Shared bathroom, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views, Heater, Television, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
                        • Adults
                          • Pied Unit B Pied Unit B Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Double storey semi detached cottage with double en suite room upstairs (king size bed, large tub & shower). Spiral stair... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Self-catering, River views
                            • Adults

                              Reviews for Umzimkulu River Lodge

                              35 guest reviews Reviews of

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                              Doug Varkevisser
                              30 August 2019

                              Pet friendly ,quiet and comfortable accomadation ,staff always ready to help and please wherever they could provided a great 2 days out from the madding crowd.

                              Serrenilla de Wet
                              18 April 2018

                              We've really enjoyed our stay at Umzimkulu.Having a real pet friendly unit with a fence was wonderful, Saarkie and Lienkie had a wonderful time.

                              Clinton Long
                              24 December 2017

                              Great place to unwind and relax. Very friendly and accomodating hosts and loads to do for every age group and interest.

                              Brian Dougherty
                              27 November 2017

                              Great personalised service in a very tranquil and relaxing environment

                              Taryn Brown
                              27 November 2017

                              Stunning place, loved the gardens and scenery - will definitely go back again. Owner was very friendly and accomodating

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                              Umzimkulu River Lodge is 14.2km from the centre of Underberg , the nearest airport 137.5km (Margate Airport).
                              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling