We believe that Orchid Valley Lodge offers the most spectacular self-catering accommodation in the Southern Drakensberg. The privately owned lodge accommodates a maximum of nine people and comprises two twin rooms (one with 3 beds) and two double rooms, all en suite. One of the double rooms is a detached "honeymoon cottage" next to the lodge and has its own private wooden sun deck.
The main lodge is set in an attractively landscaped garden with indigenous plants which slope down to the Umzimkulu river below. It has a
breath-taking panoramic view of the main Drakensberg escarpment as well as that of Mvuleni (Bamboo) mountain. The lodge nestles on the side of a ridge of the Garden Castle mountain and adjoins KZN Wildlife conservancy land as well as having its own 200 hectares which is yours to enjoy.
The lodge has a main lounge and dining area with central fireplace as well as a sunlounge / bar area with sliding doors opening onto the garden and mountain views. The kitchen and pantry are gas equipped and modern with 2 fridges. Each of the large double bedrooms has its own fully tiled bathroom with shower and/or bath and are furnished in an attractive ethnic theme with only the best linens and fittings used throughout.
Orchid Valley is conveniantly located for hikes into the berg or for river based adventures such as tubing and canoeing as well as those who love to be surrounded by nature. The farm extends from the upper slopes of the 2400m high Garden Castle down to the Mzimkulu River and has approximately 1 km of private river frontage on what is considered some of the best trout fishing waters in the country.
The lodge is serviced by two resident maids and is immaculately maintained. We are confident that you will find Orchid Valley a very special mountain retreat. Once having visited you will be back again soon.