You have chosen to come to the most beautiful part of the Drakensberg in Kwazulu Natal. There is nothing quite like Southern Berg hospitality. Our little haven is just 10km from Underberg, nestled amongst some hills overlooking rolling farmlands and the Umzimkulu River on the Drakensberg Gardens Road.

We are situated 1 hour from Howick on the N3 and 1 hour from Kokstad.

Whether you prefer bed & breakfast or some privacy in your own home away from home cottage, or just some time out in a rustic little fishing hut, we can offer you the perfect solution.

For larger groups, we can sleep a total of 40 people utilizing all of our units.
R480.00 per unit

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Facilities & Services:

  • Limited Room Service
  • Other
  • Self-Braai / Barbecue
  • Dining room
  • Other
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Other
  • Garden
  • Parking (off-street - covered)
  • English
  • Other Language
  • Hiking / Walking Trails
  • Communal Television
  • Horse Riding
  • Swimming Pool
  • Communal Satellite TV
  • Other


Oak Tree Lodge
These rooms are serviced daily.
This double story guesthouse has 6 en-suite bedrooms with temperature control facilities in each bedroom (either air-con or floor heating).
There is a TV in each bedroom with access to Movies, sport, news.
Upstairs in the lounge there are 4 different seating areas set up for your enjoyment.
Breakfasts and dinners are served on a la carte menu in our restaurant that overlooks the trout dam and waterfall.

Otters Den
This unit is serviced before arrival and after departure.
This majestic thatch house has 4 beautifully decorated bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large entertaining covered patio with braai facilities, underfloor heating, TV in this unit (please bring your own DSTV).
The house has a fully fitted kitchen.

Fishing Cabins
Self-catering cabin or Bed and Breakfast.
These units are serviced before arrival and after departure.
There are 3 little fishing cabins that each sleep 2 adults and perhaps a small child.
The cabins are equipped with fireplace, bath and kitchenette with cutlery, crockery and cooking and braai facilities.
There are no TV’s in these units.
The fishing cabins are PET FRIENDLY but do not have enclosed areas for dogs. Please keep your animals under control at all times as there are 3 jack russells that live on the property.
Although you cannot park your car right next to your cabin, it is not a far walk from the car park to each cabin +- 100m

Dragonfly Cottage
This unit is serviced before arrival and after departure.
This is a 3 bedroom unit that has a main bedroom en-suite and 2 twin bedrooms with separate bathrooms.
There is a fireplace, kitchen, lounge and dining room and braai facilities outside.
There is a TV with a small selection of movies on a hard drive.One extra room with sleeper couch.
Although you cannot park your car right next to your cabin, it is not a far walk from the car park to each cabin +- 100m

Check in time at 2.30pm
Check out time at 10.30am

The Old Hatchery Activities:

Trout Fishing:
Underberg is well known for its trout fishing waters in the local rivers and dams which are regularly stocked by the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club (UHTFC) and a permit can be arranged to fish in these waters through The Old Hatchery’s Corporate membership.

All fishing takes place on private farms and there are strict rules governing the behavior of members and visitors alike so that the land owners are inconvenienced as little as possible and their interests and farming activities are fully protected.

The still waters are open for fishing every day of the year, but there is a closed season on the rivers from 15 May to 31 August every year. The closure dates may be amended in times of severe drought, when low water levels make fishing difficult or impossible.

In the area/surrounding:
Sani Pass 4x4 tours
San Rock Art
Mountain Biking
Horse Riding

Horse Riding can be enjoyed at Khotso Horse trails, which is just next door to us. Enjoy riding through forests and over hilltops with stunning views of the mountains and farmlands.

The Southern Drakensberg boasts some beautiful scenery which can be seen on some of stunning hikes in the area. Hiking down to a waterfall or up to a cave amongst the majestic mountains is a way to re-charge your soul. The Drakensberg Gardens and Cobham Nature Reserves both offer a variety of hikes for any level of fitness.

Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing is most enjoyed in the summer months and is conveniently done on the stretch of the Umzimkulu River just in front of The Old Hatchery. The Drak Challenge canoe race has become an incredibly popular event in the South African canoeing calendar and is hosted in Underberg in January every year.

Trips up Sani Pass happen every day and are led by well-informed guides in 4x4 vehicles. For this your passport is essential, as you will enter into Lesotho to have lunch at the highest pub in Africa at the Sani Top Chalet.

We have 3 golf courses in the vicinity that can be enjoyed by all golfers, amateurs and pros alike.

Sani Spoors (link) offers an incredible MTB course that ranges from pine forest single track descents to riverbanks and through farm pastures offering some of the finest MTB trails in KZN.

The annual migration of the Amur Falcon sees thousands of these birds coming to roost in Himeville. Their breeding grounds are in Eastern Russia and they fly this incredibly long journey across Asia, part of the Indian Ocean and then down to Southern Africa where they spend their winter enjoying our summer weather. They are most visible in this area during March.

There is the Yellow Wood Church, an historical landmark, in Bulwer en route to Underberg which was built over a century ago. A visit to Reichenau Mission on the Polela River just 15km from Underberg is a must, as is a trip to the Himeville Museum.

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Other Accommodation near The Old Hatchery:

Accommodation options within 8km from The Old Hatchery include:

Himeville Arms Hotel

Himeville Arms Hotel

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The hotel comprises of 12 en suite garden cottages. Some of the rooms are family suites and most of the rooms come equipped with fireplaces for the winter chill. Backpackers accommodation with shared ablutions is also available.

Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge

Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge

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A unique blend of luxury, nature and activities! Sani Valley is a private nature lodge only 2 hours from Durban. It sits within the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, borders a World Heritage Site and is the closest luxury lodge to the famous Sani Pass.

Malachite Manor

Malachite Manor

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Malachite Manor is a ‘one of a kind’ luxury Guest Lodge situated on the outskirts of Underberg rated Superior by the AA. It is an ideal getaway for discerning Guests wanting to get away from the stress and bustle of city life.

Eagles Rock  Mountain Retreat

Eagles Rock Mountain Retreat

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Our owner run retreat is situated on a mountain plateau overlooking lush farmland and the Umzimkulu river . Fly fish in our well stocked dam or go birding up Sani Pass in a 4x4 or just relax in your comfortable cottage in a country atmosphere

From: R295.00
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Mkomazana Lodge

Mkomazana Lodge

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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