We offer 10 semi-detached, 3-star graded chalets, each accommodating two people in twin beds. They are self contained with electricity, a kitchenette (with crockery and cutlery), bed linen and en suite ablution facilities.
Situated near the reserve entrance, they make an ideal stopover site for those travelling through the Midlands. The zebras are regular visitors to our verandahs too!
The three cottages are 5kms from the office, overlooking the spectacular uMngeni Valley. They are an ideal getaway with convenient access to walking trails. They do not have electricity, but have gas appliances (stove and fridge, with small freezer compartment) and solar lighting. The cottages are equipped with bed linen, crockery and cutlery and have twin beds. There is a braai area at each cottage, please supply your own fire-wood and charcoal or purchase firewood from reception during office hours. Cottages are not serviced during one's stay. Cottages must be vacated by 10am on the last day and are available from 2pm on the day of arrival.
uMhlangeni Cottage is a secluded 4-bed cottage nestled between two streams. It looks across the escarpment onto the Dwarf's Dawdle trail where zebra and blesbuck are common. There are two separate bedrooms with a bathroom and toilet.
Hepburn Cottage is a family cottage with large living room and fireplace. It has three bedrooms, sleeping 6 people in total. A separate shower and toilet are provided. The cottage is perched on the edge of the cliff line looking east over the uMngeni River towards Albert Falls Dam. In the summer, the sunrise is a sight to see.
Anniversary Cottage is a small comfortable two-bed cottage situated close to the Hepburn Cottage. Boasting a wonderful view it is popular with young couples and pensioners. Its proximity to Hepburn Cottage allows larger family groups to flow over into Anniversary Cottage, yet it still retains its own privacy.
Rustic camps are suitable for large groups of school children, church groups and families. There are three large camps accommodating up to 60 people. The fourth (Cycad Camp) sleeps 30 people. There is no direct vehicular access other than 4x4 vehicles to any of the camps, but parking is provided at the top of the hill. All camps have wooden bungalows raised off the ground, with open doors and windows. Mattresses, showers and flushing toilets are provided. A separate teachers hut is provided with a toilet and shower.Visitors are required to bring the following:
- sleeping bags
- pots and pans, crockery and cutlery
- candles, matches, rubbish bags and
- toilet paper
- collect hiking mattresses at the office
Shelter Falls is the closest camp to the offices. A short, steep walk gets you to the camp which is nestled in a narrow valley with a bubbling stream. It is an ideal camp for a quiet weekend and swimming, but hikes within this area are limited.
Inkonka Camp is reached by a narrow winding footpath with numerous steps, making the descent very steep. This is about half a kilometre in length. The camp is sheltered by Celtis africana trees, and has bungalows arranged in a semi-circle with a central fireplace. It is close to the river spot known as Fish Jump Falls and has access to three trails.
Indulo Camp is nestled on the side of the valley slopes at the end of a steep road. The position of its bungalows lends itself to being used by two separate family groups without any imposition. Dombeya trees dot the wooded slopes above the camp. Sunrise Rock which is situated below the camp is an ideal spot from which to greet the mornings. This camp is centrally placed allowing easy access to five trails.
Cycad Camp is the fourth and smallest camp, sleeping a maximum of 30 people. It has communal showers and toilets, and a basic kitchen all upgraded in 2009. There is no separate staff accommodation. Parking for the camp is above Indulo camp. A walk of about 3km past Indulo Camp and eastwards towards the grasslands gets you to Cycad Camp where antelope and giraffe may be seen. Large boulders covered by sprawling Fig trees surround the camp, and numerous old Cycads can be found at the back of the camp.
uMngeni Valley offers guests self catering units and Goldfields Centre dormitary accommodation.Baumann Cottage - a doubled bedded, thatched roof building located near the Reserve Managers' house.
The Garden Cottage - a four bedded self-contained flat situated adjacent to the Chalets and Goldfields Education Centre.
Goldfields Centre - a conference facility with dormitory accommodation sleeping 50-60 people, a fully equipped kitchen, (where tasty, value for money meals are prepared) a diningroom, hall and small meeting room. The Centre is easily accessible by bus. It is essential to bring your own sleeping bags/blankets. Catering is provided. The Chalets are close to the centre and are suitable for occupation by teachers and facilitators.
R30 – Adult
R15 - Child under 12yrs
No charge for children under 2yrs
uMngeni Valley Season Ticket
R300 for an individual
R240 for an individual pensioner
R420 for 2 adults (not pensioners)
R300 for 2 pensioners
R580 for a family (max 5 people)
Chalets and Cottages
R380 – Adults sharing
R500 – Non sharing
R200 – Additional mattress (no bed)
Rustic Bush Camps
R100 – Indulo Bush Camp
R110 – Cycad Bush Camp
Goldfields Conference Facilities
R500 half day - Small meeting room
R800 full day – Small meeting room
R750 half day – Main hall
R1100 full day – Main hall
Note: All accommodation rates are per person per night. WESSA members receive a 10% discount on accommodation rates. Conference rates include conservation levy for attendees.