Tillietudlem offers an extraordinary eco-experience with a variety of activities available and is set on 2000 hectares in a secluded valley on the southern side of the Inhluzane Mountain, in the Upper Dargle, KZN Midlands.
Fly fishing, birding, Nguni Cattle interaction and game walks, there are many ways to explore the diversity of this ecological treasure, available exclusively to guests.
If it`s a quiet retreat you prefer, simply relax amidst the tranquility of Tillietudlem – host to a myriad of wildlife including rare and endangered animal and bird species plus a plethora of wild flowers and indigenous trees. If you have never had the pleasure of walking amongst our Nguni herd, you are in for a treat!
Accommodation is available in two lodges. Whether you are looking for the pampered surrounds of the lovingly restored 105 year old Ogram’s Colonial house (rated 4-star and AA Superior Accommodation status with full catering) with its splendid views of the dams and mountains, or the seclusion of the self-catering Hleka Manzi Lodge set over a spectacular 30 m waterfall and indigenous forest.
There is nothing like the magic of Tillietudlem Game and Trout Farm. Join us and unwind in the unique ambience of our ecological paradise.
We invite you to experience our exceptional hospitality in a relaxed and magnificent environment.
Ogram’s ColoniaL House
Ogram’s lodge is a luxurious classical colonial farm house dating back to the late 19th century, set under a huge oak tree overlooking several tranquil dams, rolling lawns and a magical feeling of absolute peace.
Roaring fires, original Oregon pine floors, sash windows and high ceilings capture the magic of a bygone era….
This luxuriously furnished 4 star graded guest lodge accommodates 10 guests in 5 double bedrooms with 5 en suite bathrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with electric blankets, gas heaters and hairdryers.
Surrounded by a wide flagstone covered veranda, it’s easy to while away the days watching the otters playing in the dam below, taking advantage of the excellent trophy fly fishing literally on your doorstep or dining at your leisure whilst watching the herds of wildebeest grazing on the hillsides.
Telephone, satellite internet connection and DSTV are just some of the facilities on offer. Ogram’s Colonial house is fully catered, providing delicious farm fresh fare. Guests may take advantage of our full board rates, or just enjoy dinner and breakfast and meander off for lunch.
Voted a finalist in the AA Excellence Awards for 2011, Ograms Colonial House is a rare treat for the discerning guest.
Hleka Manzi Lodge
A comfortable and well appointed self catering lodge perched over the spectacular 30m Hleka Manzi waterfall on the upper reaches of the Elands River.
An expansive wooden deck overlooks the canopy of indigenous forest with spectacular views of the Inhluzane Mountain. Tranquillity and seclusion make this an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the Tillietudlem reserve.
The lodge sleeps 8 people in 4 double bedrooms with two bathrooms. Relax in the spacious open plan lounge and dining room with welcoming fireplace for those cold mountain evenings. A sleeper couch is available in the lounge to accommodate 2 extra people.
A fully equipped kitchen provides all the necessary amenities for self catering. Linen is provided. The lodge is serviced daily. Other facilities include DSTV, electric blankets, gas heaters and braai facilities.
Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge Activities:
Tillietudlem is a paradise for fly fisherman, game viewers, birders, mountain bikers, photographers, artists, hikers, anblers, and those who simply want to relax in the most tranquil environment
Ecology & Reserve
Tillietudlem is a part of one of the most threatened eco-systems in Africa – the mist-belt (or mountain) grasslands. Only 2,2% of the South Africa’s mountain grassland biome is under formal conservation.
Tillietudlem is passionately committed to protecting and encouraging the conservation of the area and a visit will expose you to much of this bio-diversity should you take even a short walk in the open grassland or indigenous forests.
The reserve is home to large herds of African game animals including eland, zebra, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, and blesbok, plus family groups of endangered small antelope species such as Oribi, Vaal Reebok and mountain reedbuck.
The quiet observer may have the chance to see some of our smaller no less interesting animals such as porcupine, ant bears and mongoose or illusive predators including: mountain leopard, caracal, serval, genet and black back jackal.
We are proud to be home to a large and healthy population of cape clawless and spotted necked otter species, which will often be found frolicking in the dams and along the rivers. T
Tillietudlem is an official "Birder Friedly Establishment". Due to the diversity of habitats at Tillietudlem, including wetlands, grasslands, indigenous forest, open waters and rivers, the bird life is bountiful, from the tiny sunbirds to the commanding secretary birds.
Whether you are an avid twitcher or a novice birding enthusiast, you will definitely be able to add to your checklist, hopefully including a number of rare, protected or endangered birds which includes: crowned blue and blue cranes, blue swallows, cape parrots and half-colared kingfishers. It is remarkable to think that the reserve has 5 different king fishers and three species of sun birds.
For those interested in raptors Tillietudlem is truly a Pandora’s box with more than seven species of eagles, five species of buzzards, kites, harriers, kestrels, hawks and vultures.
Flowers & Trees
Tillietudlem is truly a wonderland for the keen botanist with many thousands of different wild flowers, shrubs, trees and grass species many of which have been exported around the world (agapanthus, gladioli, arum lilies, grass orchids and Watsonias). Guided or casual walks through the grassland, along crystal clear rivers and read fringed wetlands reveal hidden blooms and floral treasures each day.
The reserve has several areas of indigenous hardwood forest with a wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants which thrive in the climate of the area. For those prepared to walk into the mountains there is the prize of seeing the protea forest and the aloe gorge.
Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge Map:
Health & Climate:
Beautiful spring and warm summers, although cold snaps are possible even in mid summer. Winters are cold, and snow can be expected a few times through the winter months.
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