A unique blend of luxury, nature and activities! Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge
is a private nature lodge, situated in the World Heritage site of the uKhahlamba Drakensburg, at the foot of the well known Sani Pass. It is only 9 km from the village of Himeville, in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a 2 hour drive from Durban. The area is malaria free.
Sani Valley Lodge offers five styles of luxury private nature lodges with the choice of full / self catering accommodation and daily housekeeping services. Situated on a 260 acre lake, the luxury lodges, well stocked game reserve and trout fishing lake provide a chance to relax and absorb the panoramic mountain views.
One can enjoy a massage, go fly fishing, game viewing on horse back or be active on the lake. The adventure of the Sani Pass, hiking to the Bushmen paintings and exploring the beautiful Underberg / Himeville area makes opportunities for all.
Sani Valley offers a range of special honeymoon lodges, family accommodation and also caters for groups looking to escape and experience something memorable. It welcomes international guests and values its loyal local support hugely.
Accommodation at Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge:
Is the largest chalet at Sani Valley. It has 3 luxurious en-suite bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate up to six people.
Is a 2 bedroom en-suite lodge exquisitely decorated in African themes with original African artifacts & embroideries. This unit has magnificent elevated views of the lake and mountains. Accommodates 1 - 4 people.
Consist of three beautifully decorated semi-detached one bedroom units. Each unit has magnificent lake and mountain views from lounges & bedrooms. There are two units downstairs and one unit upstairs. We do not allow babies or young children in these units due to them being semi-detached.
Are exquisitely decorated, double story stand-alone units. You will have magnificent lake and mountain views from living area, bedroom and bathroom. Each one ideally sleeps 2 people (ideal for honeymooners) but does have a small nook behind the main bedroom with a double stack bed suitable for young children. If the jacuzzi doesn`t do it for you, taking a bath overlooking the lake will blow your mind!
Early Mist Lodges
Consist of 3 lodges, 2 beds in each with an additional smaller bedroom at the back.
Experience the privacy and luxury of individually designed and decorated lodges situated on the lake side, surrounded by game, bird life and the picturesque mountains. Luxury crisp fabrics, hand-embroideries, cotton linen, hand-painted lithographs and marble finishes are just a few of the details that complement the beauty and the tranquility of the area.
The five different set ups of lodge’s offer spacious open plan lounge/dining room/fully equipped kitchen areas. Large glass sliding doors open from the lounge and bedrooms onto private wooden decked areas seamlessly inviting you out to enjoy the fresh mountain air and surround nature and views.
Whether you are looking for full or semi-catered Drakensberg accommodation Sani Valley’s lodges provide a warm atmospheric homely, private and personal experience with daily housekeeping and a variety of lodge services. In winter you can enjoy the comfort of a cosy fireplace in the lounge, electric blankets, overhead heating along with heated towel rails in the bathrooms.
You can relax and enjoy the tailored service we provide at your request. Simply tell us exactly how you imagine your holiday at Sani Valley, and we will endeavour to exceed your expectation.
Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge Activities: Wildlife, Hiking and Horse Riding
Sani Valley doesn't have the big five, but you will be able to walk among the zebra, wildebeest, eland, springbok and many other antelope. Other game, such as jackals and baboons, are able to pass through from the bordering Heritage site mountains. Often you will wake up to find a herd of Blesbuck in front of your lodge!
The Drakensberg is a hiker's and rider's paradise with an abundance of well-marked trails. Hikers will be fascinated by the magnificent trails hugging the contour of the slopes. You will also come back for the spectacular routes zigzagging to the top of the escarpment.
Areas outside our boundary fences are either privately owned or controlled by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Should one wish to hike in these areas permission is required from the necessary authorities. Hiking permits from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife can be obtained from Sani Valley Lodge or the nearby Sani Pass Hotel. Some of the more popular hikes are to Balancing Rocks and the nearby Bushman Paintings.
Over and above the hiking in the area Sani Valley boasts the unique ability to go on a game viewing experience on horse back.
Fly-fishing and Boating
The main 260 acre lake is well stocked with trout and offers excellent fly-fishing opportunities with brown and rainbow trout ranging from 1 pound to 12 pounds
Sani Valley is the perfect spot for boating and swimming. The lake has a dugout edge so there is no need to wade through reeds and slush. There are a number of boats available for guests to use (fishing or leisurely cruises). Guests can either opt for a motor for their boat or they can utilise oars. (Boats & motors are an optional extra) .
If fishing boats aren't for you, then you can try out one of the Kayak canoes.
Hikers from Sani Valley Lodge can take an easy trip or undertake a full day excursion to go and discover the San rock paintings.
Sani Pass Trip
A 4X4 vehicle is necessary for this road, especially if the weather is bad. Never underestimate the changeability of the weather. A common truth is that you can have four seasons in one day, so be prepared. Have lunch at the top of the Sani pass at the highest pub in Southern Africa.
Please do not forget your passports, visas are not required.
Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge Map:
Health & Climate:
Thanks to its high altitude, the Drakensberg region, where Sani Valley is located, enjoys great seasonal contrasts; it makes it wonderful to visit, at any time of the year.
Summer temperatures are warm, with short afternoon rain falls bringing welcome relief from the heat (Summer: December, January, February).
In Autumn, as the heat diminishes, the landscape slowly turns into a symphony of warm colours (Autumn: March, April, May).
Winters are dry and warm at daytime, but it gets considerably colder at night with temperatures often dropping well below zero (Winters: June, July, August).
Spring is a season of great contrasts with trees beginning to blossom and temperatures starting to rise. This is the time for the early growth of the bush and flush of green colours (Spring: September, October, November).
Other Accommodation near Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge:
Accommodation options within 8km from Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge include:
The Old Hatchery is just 10km from the town of Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg. We offer B&B and self catering options. Together with the restaurant on our little haven in the country, you wil have a wonderful, peaceful time here in the Berg.
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At the foot of Sani Pass it is perfectly situated for a range of outdoor activities - walking,, backpacking, nature rambling, trout fishing, swimming, mountain biking, bird watching