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In a valley among the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg a World Heritage Site lies a secluded lake, a natural sanctuary far from the distractions of modern life.

This is where Paul and Jenny van Tichelen chose to set their dream, and to share it with others. Lake Naverone is an idyllic Berg retreat where you and your family can enjoy a true natural experience amidst this World Heritage site, all year round.

The lake and surrounding 400-hectare estate, provide an awesome environment for a variety of outdoor activities such as trout fishing (river and lake), hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, birding and photography.

The picturesque stone cottages, some situated on the lakeside and some in tranquil clearings shadowed by the surrounding woods, provide fully serviced, self-catering accommodation.

Lake Naverone is situated 30km from Underberg on a newly tarred road. A well maintained 1000m landing strip and hireable lock-up hangar make it easily accessible by air.

Accommodation at Lake Naverone:
We have 21 picturesque stone cottages, some situated on the lakeside and some in tranquil clearings shadowed by the surrounding woods. Our cottages vary in size from 2 sleepers to 12 sleepers

The cottages are positioned to provide magnificent views and to ensure privacy with convenient access to the Lake. In addition to electric lights, fridge (with freezer compartment), stove and plug points, they all have fireplaces and private braai facilities. A free basket of firewood is supplied daily. The cottages are fully equipped and serviced daily by cleaning staff, all linen (i.e. blankets, sheets, pillowcases and towels) is supplied. Cots can be provided on request.

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and then most of the time is spent waiting for you to come home

So we have decided to make a change if you enjoy holidaying with your pet. No 9 is a wonderful spacious cottage, giving you the views of the castle, while relaxing in your garden knowing you have a fully fenced area where your pet can roam free. Of course we have some rules which you have to abide to but that is such a little to expect if your pet is able to be with you.

- Dog Friendly Cottage (small dogs only)
- Dog must sleep indoors
- No dogs allowed on furniture or beds and must be tick and flea free.
- Dogs must be on a leash when walking outside of the cottage perimeter.
- A R550.00 dog damage deposit will be required.
- Please make sure to use a poop scoop at all times
- Dogs will not be allowed to continuously bark
- Please bring your own dog bowls and food
- Please note that we are in a natural area and that snakes and baboon are common here.
- We are surrounded by a world heritage site and therefore dogs will be shot on site if they are found within the park. It is therefore advised that you keep a close eye on your pup.
- Consideration must be given to resident dogs.

Lake Naverone is nestled some 1,660m above sea level on a magnificent lake in a hidden valley at the base of the majestic Southern Drakensberg mountain range. This unique position brilliantly lends itself to an idyllic destination for a relaxing and romantic honeymoon or anniversary holiday, far away from the outside world and rigors of city life. Our four cosy cottages situated on the lake edge all with four-poster beds and fireplaces offer privacy with sweeping views across the water to the nearby misty mountains.

Our malaria free resort adjoins the Drakensberg World Heritage Park where there are numerous hiking trails and San Rock Art to be seen and your stay at Lake Naverone can be as busy or as peaceful and tranquil as you would like it to be. Our fully equipped self-catering cottages give you the freedom of having your meals if and when you want, and if the whim arises you can enjoy a night out in one of the four nearby restaurants.


These include trout fishing, boating, horse riding, tennis, birdwatching, walking and hiking, either on the estate or into the adjoining mountain wilderness.
A free rowing boat goes with each cottage, but guests are welcome to bring their own canoes, float tubes, sailing boats and windsurfers. No powerboats or other motorized craft are allowed. There are four restaurants and a golf course within five minutes drive.

The stables at Lake Naverone are a source of pride for Sixtus the head groom. The horses are in excellent condition and have been professionally trained to be responsive and obedient. Scenic out rides along the river is the perfect way to experience the spectacular setting. There are also ponies available for hand-guided walks for kids.

There are several rugged mountain biking trails on the estate and in the surrounding area. Low traffic means the trails are unspoiled and you can always be assured of an endurance-testing ride.

Rooms and Units Available:

01 - Dove
Comfortable cottage consisting of 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. A double bed, 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds provide comfortable sleeping accommodation. Lovely garden for children to play in and adults to enjoy the serenity and ample bird life in the resort
Sleeps 4 Adults and 2 children

02 - Coot
Stone, thatched cottage situated on the edge of the lake, newly decorated. Lovely private patio provides stunning views of 'The Castle' as well as the everchaging reflections in the lake. A few steps down to the jetty with rowing boat waiting.
Sleeps 4 Adults and 2 children

03 - Dabchick
Newly renovated and enlarged. On the main lake with a wooden deck over the water, a lounge with windows all round to enjoy the ripples or stillness of the water. Enjoy the comfort of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one en suite).
Sleeps 8 Adults

04 Kingfisher
Stone cottage in the trees, situated near the lower dam, tennis courts and playground. It has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Ideal for small children as it is not on the water, yet in close proximity to it.
Sleeps 8 Adults

05 Heron
Stone cottage with lots of character, consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area and a patio under cover. The tennis courts, playground and dam are in close proximity to it. Ideal for families with small children.
Sleeps 8 Adults

06 - Crane
Comfortable cottage situated on the Lake side. Consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Beds consist of 1 double bed, 4 single beds and 2 bunk beds. Cottage has 2 bathrooms. Beautiful views.
Sleeps 8 Adults

07 - Ibis
Lovely large family cottage, situated on the shores of the lake, consisting of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. A double bed, 6 single beds and 2 bunk beds provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for the whole family.
Sleeps 10 Adults and 2 children

08 - Hadeda
Lovely large cottage for those family/friends get- togethers. Situated on the lower lake, with ample garden space for the children and those young of heart to play in.
Sleeps 10 Adults

09 - Hammerkop
Comfortable family cottage with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. 2 Double beds and 4 single beds provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for all. A semi-enclosed verandah with a built in Jetmaster braai provides a lovely view over the horse paddock.
Sleeps 6 Adults and 2 children

10 Goose
Large stone house, tastefully furnished, with a large private garden in the trees. Lovely views of the mountains in winter. In close proximity of the large dam. Ideal for groups and small children.
Sleeps 10 Adults

11 - Gosling
Very comfortable cottage situated in the trees within close proximity of the lake. It has one bedroom with a double bed, a day bed in the lounge and a lovely modern bathroom.
Sleeps 2 Adults

12 Robin
Stone, farmhouse in a private garden with large kitchen and living area. Five bedrooms and four bathrooms. A large semi-enclosed verandah with built in braai and views of the main lake and 'Castle' mountain is ideal for family gatherings.
Sleeps 10 Adults and 2 children

12B - Weaver
Lovely modern thatched cottage amidst the trees on the edge of the larger lake. A four poster queen size bed, towel warmer, corner bath, day bed, lovely patio providing views of the reflection of the mountains and night sky in the lake.
Sleeps 2 Adults

14 Cuckoo
Lovely stone thatch cottage situated on the large dam. Two bedrooms with their own bathroom and doors opening onto the patio. Kitchen, lounge and dining area in the centre. Beautiful views of the 'Castle' and sunrise.
Sleeps 4 Adults

15 Crake
Stone, thatched cottage on the large dam, situated amongst large trees. Two bedrooms each with their own bathroom and doors opening onto the large patio. Beautiful views of the 'Castle' and the sunrise.
Sleeps 4 Adults

16 Plover
This lovely stone, thatched cottage, elegantly furnished with high quality finishes is situated on the edge of the larger lake. The lounge has a fireplace and has french doors opening onto the lakeside deck. Most suitable for honeymooners.
Sleeps 2 Adults

17 Owl
Lovely thatched cottage on the shore of the larger lake with beautiful mountain views. Watch the sun set behind Rhino from your patio. Sleep comfortably in either of the 2 bedrooms or the loft room. It has 2 bathrooms.
Sleeps 6 Adults

18 Wagtail
Luxury 3 bedroomed cottage, close to the larger lake, consisting of 2 bedrooms on the lower level and a loft room. Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and the sunset from the large patio. Two bathrooms allow all to stay in comfort.
Sleeps 6 Adults

19 Swallow
Lovely luxury lake side cottage with stunning views of the mountains and the sunset behind Rhino. It consists of 2 bedrooms downstairs and a loft room. The lovely large patio ensures that all can enjoy the views and the outdoors with shelter.
Sleeps 6 Adults

20 Flufftail
Lovely stone, thatched cottage situated on the larger lake with lovely views of the mountains and beautiful sunsets behind 'The Rhino Horn'. Provided with easy access to the lake and rowing boat. Four poster bed and modern furnishings .
Sleeps 2 Adults

21 Nightjar
Lovely modern thatched cottage amidst the trees on the edge of the larger lake. A four poster queen size bed, towel warmer, corner bath, day bed, lovely patio providing views of the reflection of the mountains and night sky in the lake.
Sleeps 2 Adults

22 Kite
Situated on the edge of the lower lake with stunning views of the ever changing mountains, and the reflections in the lake, including "Rhino Peak'. A three corner bath, towel rail warmer, modern tasteful furnishings complete the romantic scene.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Limited Room Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Cots available
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Other Language
Hiking / Walking Trails
Horse Riding
Mini Golf
Tennis Court


From Durban, Pietermaritzburg & Gauteng.
- Take the R617 (exit 99) from N3 highway at Howick south. Follow the road through Boston & Bulwer to Underberg.. Drive through Underberg and continue along the road for 4km.

- Just before you get to a large bridge there is a Drakensberg Gardens Resort signpost indicating a turn to the right. Follow that road for 27km.

From the KZN South Coast:
- Take the N2 exit to Kokstad at Port Shepstone. Then take the R617 from Kokstad via Swartberg.

- Follow the directions to Underberg. About 4km before Underberg cross the bridge over the river and turn left into the Drakensberg Gardens Road.

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