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About Beacon Vlei Guest Farm

Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Beacon Vlei Guest Farm offers comfortable B&B and self-catering accommodation with unrivalled views over our 23 hectare private dam, and the surrounding wetland area, which is home to hundreds of beautiful bird species, as well as a few large mammals.

Five charming self catering dwellings exist on the farm, The Boat House, Crane Cottage, Otter Cottage, Rose Cottage and Heron Cottage. Guests need not leave the farm to enjoy Bass fishing, birding, boating or a picnic after a leisurely walk around beautiful Beacon Vlei. Other outdoor activities that can be arranged in the surrounding countryside include, mountain biking, horse riding, canopy tours, battlefield tours and even paragliding.

Beacon Vlei Guest Farm is a family friendly establishment centrally located on the famed Midlands Meander, and only 1 km from Michaelhouse School. The Midlands Meander offers visitors an abundance of art and craft shops. There are also many fine restaurants, delicatessens and cheese farms in the Balgowan district, within 3 to 5 km of Beacon Vlei.


Our 23 hectare private dam provides excellent Bass fishing for all levels of ability, we provide boats for guests to use and life jackets, please bring your own rods and tackle. Although bass can be caught throughout the year, the best times for fishing are from September until May.

We are dedicated to providing our guests with a relaxing and therapeutic stay. Whether this means taking it easy at one of the top quality day spas in the area, or challenging yourself to something more adventurous, such as mountain biking, horse riding, canopy tours or birding the Natal Midlands Birding Route, Beacon Vlei and the KwaZulu Natal Midlands has it all! We can arrange bookings for these and other activities in the region, as well as advise on the many arts and crafts shops found on the Midlands Meander. We are also surrounded by a selection of great restaurants, and can make these reservations as well.

Beacon Vlei is a birders paradise. Some of the birds of special interest found on Beacon Vlei include the Crowned Crane, Purple Heron, African Fish Eagle, Olive Woodpecker, African Jacana and Marsh Harrier. We are confident that during the spring and summer months the multitude of birds that flock to our dam and the surrounding wetland will delight most birders. We are also extremely lucky to have a pair of Crowned Cranes nesting in the wetland around the dam. Trails, viewpoints and picnic spots around the dam and property provide our guests with hours of entertainment and relaxation.

Depending on the season, duiker, reedbuck and bushbuck can be sighted. Other wildlife on Beacon Vlei includes otters, jackal, porcupine Serval and Rooikat.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 26
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Beacon Vlei Guest Farm

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Elchanet Don
30 April 2017

We absolutely love Beacon Vlei - Alec is always doing more than you expect - love the time we spent there. Especially Hugo grunting while we have breakfast :)A lovely space not too far from the activities, but far enough to have some peace and quiet.

Willecia Vermaak, South Africa
07 December 2015

We stayed at Beacon Vlei Guest Farm for the second time now. The first time was in the main house and this time in the Heron Cottage with our baby daughter.The farm is beautiful with a view over the dam and expansive lawns and gardens. It is quiet and peaceful but centrally located in the Midlands which makes visiting most attractions very easy. Heron Cottage is a spacious, rustic cottage with two in-suite bedrooms with king size beds and cosy linen. It has a well-equipped kitchen and fireplace inside which adds to the full-Midlands experience.Very fairly priced, hospitable and comfortable...
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Kurt Laureau, South Africa
14 June 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Emma Jamieson, South Africa
17 September 2010

Beacon Vlei was wonderful. The lake is stunning, the dogs and pig are cute and the overall feel is just one of peace and tranquility. Thanks.

Meera Naidoo, South Africa
20 July 2009

Very relaxing with beautiful scenery.

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Beacon Vlei Guest Farm is 1.4km from the centre of Balgowan , the nearest airport 120.4km (King Shaka International Airport).
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