• Guest Rating: (13)
  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Lotheni - Drakensberg Park is situated in the southern section of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and is noted for its magnificent scenery and hiking.

Accommodation at Lotheni - Drakensberg Park
Lotheni Hutted Camp
- The comfortable hutted camp, electrically lit by generator form 17:00- 22:00, consists of 12 self-contained chalets, each with its own refrigerator, two- plate gas stove (with a small oven), bathroom and toilet.
- In addition to the chalets there are 2 six-bed fully self-contained cottages.
- Visitors must bring all their won food supplies and do their won cooking.
- The nearest source of provision is at the Lotheni store, which is 14 km form the camp.
- The curio shop at Lotheni supplies some basic groceries.
- A deep freeze is situated in the camp kitchen and is available for use by camp visitors, as is a single large gas stove.

Accommodation - Skimes Cottage
- Simes cottage is a converted old farm house and can accommodate 10 people in four rooms.
- It is equipped with gas and visitors do their own cooking and need to bring their won towels, sheets and pillow-slips.
- The cottage is situated next to a small dam, which is regularly stocked with trout.
- The dam is reserved exclusively for visitors staying at Simes cottage.

Accommodation - Campsites
- There is a campground containing 14 campsites and served by an ablution block with hot and cold water, situated 2 km from the camp, further up the Lotheni Valley into the mountains.

High Season:
High Season dates applicable for 2018:
12 December 2018 to 8 January 2019
20 March 2019 to 8 April 2019
19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
14 June 2019 to 15 July 2019
8 August 2019 to 11 August 2019
20 September 2019 to 6 October 2019

Activities at Lotheni - Drakensberg Park:
- Wildlife includes species such as common and mountain reedbuck, grey reedbuck, eland, grey duiker, oribi, Cape clawless otter, mongoose and baboon. There is a diversity of birds, including black stork, verreauxs eagle, bearded vulture, lanner falcon, Cape vulture and giant kingfisher.
- Many delightful walks and climbs may be undertaken and there are excursions of this nature to suit all ages. It is advisable to carry warm clothing at all times as the weather is often unpredictable.
- Mountain biking is allowed in designated areas. Picnicking is popular and visitors are encouraged to take packed lunches with them.
- Although chilly, swimming in the Lotheni River is safe unless it is in flood. There is a very good swimming spot approximately 1 km below the camp at Cool Pools. The park is popular rendezvous for trout fishermen. Approximately 16 km of the Lotheni River is stocked with brown trout. Should you wish to fish, the payment of a daily rod fee is required to be made at the Camp Office. Only fly tackle is permissible.

Settler`s Museum
Visitors should make a point of visiting the Lotheni Settlers Homestead Museum. An interesting collection of early settler farming implements and home utensils is on display at the old Root homestead, which as been restored and refurnished in the style of the period.

General
- No pets are permitted in the park
- Camping anywhere other than in designated areas is forbidden

Gate entry time
Summer (1 October- 31 March) 05: 00- 19:00
Winter (1 April- 30 September) 6:00- 18:00

- The making of fire is strictly prohibited, except n designated areas in the camp and campsite, because of the hazard of veld fires.
- Hikers are reminded that all refuse must be brought back to the camp for disposal
- Hikers must complete the mountain rescue register at the camp office before and after their hike

Shop:
Limited curios and supplies.

Special Precautions:
The weather is subject to change at short notice and can become very cold. Hikers need to be well equipped.

The nearest town which has a full range of services is Underberg which is 50 kms away.
Cancellation Policy:
All bookings are confirmed once payment or partial payment is received.
Cancellations greater than 45 days prior to arrival = 10% of amount (min R100)
Cancellation within 45 to 30 days of arrival = 25% of the amount.
Cancellation within 29 to 15 days of arrival = 50% of the amount.
Cancellation within 14 days & arrival date = 100% of the amount.
Amending booked dates is as good as cancelling a booking if it falls within the cancellation period. Same policy applies to amending a booking.
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 years
Curio Shop

Lotheni - Drakensberg Park is a Self-Catering in Himeville Southern Drakensberg KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Directions:

From the south turn off the N3 at the Underberg Bulwer on R617 and proceed to Underberg.
Lotheni is 50km away on a gravel road except for the first 5km.
From the north turn off the N3 to Nottingham Road and follow the signs in the village.
The reserve is 62km away about half of which is gravel.

Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Saturday - Thursday: 06h00 to 18h00
Friday: 07h00 to 19h00
No access after these times.

Cell phone signal is limited at the camp; public phone is available and please provide your own phone cards.

Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 4km

Check Out Time: 10h00
Check In Time: 14h00

The nearest source of provision is at the Lotheni store, which is 14km form the camp.

The curio shop at Lotheni supplies some basic groceries.

The nearest town which has a full range of services is Underberg which is 50km away.

Special Precautions:
The weather is subject to change at short notice and can become very cold. Hikers need to be well equipped.

The camp is electronically lit by a generator from 17h00 - 22h00.

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Rooms and Units Available at Lotheni - Drakensberg Park

3-Bed Chalets
Each unit has a refrigerator, two-plate gas stove (with a small oven), cutlery, crockery, bedding, bathroom and 3 single beds. The communal camp kitchen is available to all and has a single large gas stove plus deep-freeze. Please provide your own towels.
Maximum Persons per: 3
3-Bed Chalets (high season)
Maximum Persons per: 3
6-Bed Cottages
Includes cutlery, crockery and bedding. Has a refrigerator, two-plate gas stove (with a small oven) in kitchen, bathroom and toilet. Fireplace. Please bring your own towels.
Maximum Persons per: 6
6-Bed Cottages (high season)
Maximum Persons per: 6
10-Bed Rustic Cottage (Simes)
Simes cottage is a converted old farm house and can accommodate 10 people in four rooms. It is equipped with gas and visitors need to bring their own towels, sheets and pillow-slips.
Maximum Persons per: 10
10-Bed Rustic Cottage (Simes) (high season)
Maximum Persons per: 10
Latest Reviews
We had nothing but great friendly service from the staff at the reception and in our rooms. The grounds are in immaculate condition and facilities are in good working order.
I will recommend this place to all

Gavin O'Brien Nov 2018
We All Loved Lotheni. We loved that is remote and there were very few people. Cottage 1 is lovely. Loved the layout and the way it was situated. Looking out onto the mountains. Also that the neighbors were not close. The Staff were most helpful. And sorted the water heater immediately.
We have every intention of going back. Would love to stay in Simes Cottage. The children felt safe and were able to explore. Without being nervous. KZN Wildlife's best kept secret. Don't tell too many people. Definitely will be going back to paint the flora. And bird-watch too.


Alynne Cole Mar 2018

We had a lovely stay, and found staff to be very friendly and helpful, accommodation was very clean and well maintained. Guided trails could perhaps have been a little better marked. We did the eagle train and a few times were unsure which path to follow and where to go, although as my family have been going to Lotheni for over 50 years in the old days there were no marked and laid out trails, you just found you own way across rivers and to locations of interest. So not a major issue about marked trails but somebody who is following the markers may not be as pleased.
Everybody in our party of 6 had a really good long weekend and stay, and all the first time visitors in our party all said they would definitely be back again.

Megan Tarpey Apr 2017
One of the best holidays. Friendly service at reception, amazing views from the room and awesome nature trails. Will be back again for sure!
Sarah Schofield Jun 2014
Friendly staff members, beautiful surroundings and a variety of hiking trails for all. Will definitely visit again!
Ross du Plessis May 2014