Lakenvlei Forest Lodge

Belfast, Mpumalanga

The ultimate escape from city life

Situated in a declared Natural Heritage Site, Lakenvlei Forest Lodge is synonymous with unsurpassed tranquillity and natural beauty. Whatever your interest, Lakenvlei has some unique experiences in nature on offer. Step out for a hike, enjoy the serenity of fly fishing, or experience the outdoors horseback riding, and find inner peace watching the local birds in their natural habitat.

The Main Lodge is situated in proximity of the lake, surrounded by reed beds, pine forests and tranquil hills. The chalets are close to the lodge, where you will find a country-styled restaurant, as well as a cosy pub.

From the deck, you can enjoy a relaxing sundowner and bask in the spectacular African sunset accompanied by a splendid view of the little islands and channels along the vlei, from where a symphony of birdsong can be heard. Try to identify the birds for fun!

 

Beautiful Lakenvlei

Lakenvlei Forest Lodge, the ultimate escape from city life, nestles amidst a lush 4 500 ha pine forest plantation, about 10 km north of Belfast in the Eastern Highlands of Mpumalanga. This area is famous for its cool summers, frosty winters and of course, dams for the ultimate fly-fishing experience.

Various birds, including rare species such as the Crowned Crane, African Jacana and Purple Heron can be observed. The diversity of habitats on the wetland and dams provide refuge to a variety of birds. Smaller mammals, like the Cape Clawless Otter, Water Mongoose, Black Back-jackal, and Duiker, add to the charm of this delightful forest sanctuary.

 

Accommodation:

Luxury 4 Sleeper

There are twelve, self-catering luxury chalets, constructed from solid pine logs. Beautifully furnished in comfortable cottage style, with a stunning, open-hearth fireplace in the living area.

Chalets include:

  • Six, four person chalets, with one en-suite double bedroom and an open loft, sleeping two people
  • Serviced daily
  • Each chalet is provided with firewood once daily
  • Extra firewood can be purchased from reception during normal working hours

 

8 Sleeper Chalet

There are twelve, self-catering luxury chalets, constructed from solid pine logs from the surrounding area. Beautifully furnished in comfortable cottage style, with a large open-hearth fireplace a focal point in the living area.

Chalets include:

  • Six, eight person chalets, with two en-suite double bedrooms and an open plan loft, sleeping four people
  • Serviced daily
  • Each chalet is provided with firewood once daily
  • Extra firewood can be purchased from reception during normal working hours

 

Activities

At Lakenvlei you’re spoilt for choice with a host of outdoor activities in a breathtakingly beautiful.

 

Bird Watching

Until now, more than 220 bird species have been recorded and the numbers are increasing. Bird lovers will find the wetlands especially rewarding, with the opportunity to tick off species not normally encountered.  Explore their habitat, either on foot or by mountain bike and be in contact with species that frequent the grassland, rocky outcrops, and forest floor.

 

Day trails

Several marked trails are laid out around the wetland and lakes. These trails range in distance and difficulty, from 4 – 12 km. Maps available at reception.

 

Fishing

Largemouth bass can be caught in the area.  Fishing permit available at reception.  Please bring your own rods.

 

Mountain bike trails

Bring your own bike and discover your own trails along the picturesque 4500 ha estate.

 

Rates:

  • R300.00 pp.pn – Adult
  • R150.00 pp.pn – U/10

 

Admin Fee

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

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Office Hours: Monday - Friday / 08:00 - 17:00.

We hike on Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays.


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