Accommodation and Facilites at Tugela River Lodge

The lodge is proudly powered by the sun, no ESKOM here! Deep cycle batteries provide lights at night, and a small generator is run for 3 hours after sunset to pump water from the borehole. Hot water is made for you in donkey boilers. The thick thatch roofs are a wonderful insulation against both the cold in winter, and the heat in summer. In winter coal fires, down duvets and extra thick basotho blankets keep you warm. In summer the waters of the Tugela River, and a few extra ice cold beers, keep you cool!

The kitchens are fully equipped with gas stoves and ovens, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and gas chest freezer / fridges.

All beds have linen and down duvets. Extra blankets are provided for winter. Towels are not provided, guests are to supply their own.

All of the units have wooden decks overlooking the river, outside furniture, an inside fireplace and there are braai areas at the Lodge and Hideaway.

The accommodation is serviced daily by husband and wife team, Bheki and Thoko. Dishes will be washed and beds made every morning.

The Lodge

Ideal for group bookings, The Lodge sleeps a total of 18 people. The main lodge has 3 bedrooms and one bathroom, with a shower, toilet and basin. There is a double bed in the bedroom downstairs, and 4 single beds in the 2 upstairs mezzanine level bedrooms. The kitchen, lounge and bar are central to this building. All units are pet friendly.

Three cottages, each with 2 bedrooms, are located separately alongside the Lodge. Each cottage has a king size bed downstairs (that can be split into 2 twin beds upon request), and 2 single beds in the upstairs open plan mezzanine level bedroom. Each cottage has it’s own en suite bathroom (shower, toilet and basin).

The kitchens are fully equipped with gas stoves and ovens, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and gas chest freezer / fridges.

All beds have linen and down duvets. Extra blankets are provided for winter. Towels are not provided, guests are to supply their own.

All of the units have wooden decks overlooking the river, outside furniture, an inside fireplace and there are braai areas at the Lodge and Hideaway.

The accommodation is serviced daily by husband and wife team, Bheki and Thoko. Dishes will be washed and beds made every morning.

The Hideaway

The Hideaway is a 6 sleeper unit, with a kitchen, lounge and dining room downstairs, and 2 bedrooms upstairs. One room has a queen size bed and the other has 4 single beds. This unit is ideal for smaller groups and families.

 

Umthole CampThis picture is taken from the top of Vaalkranz, the Umthole camp is visible down below.
(Click for a larger view)
Vaalkranz was the site a famous battle during the 2nd Anglo Boer War.
On the 5 - 7 February 1900 it was the third failed attempt of the British
to push through to relieve the siege of Ladysmith.
The second failure was the Battle of Spionkop, just a few km's away, on 24 January 1900.