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About Kwela Lodge

Kwela Lodge is the ideal getaway for the holiday maker or business traveller, nature lover and bird watcher - anyone wanting to relax and seeking tranquillity, peace and security in country surroundings for a weekend or longer stay. The original farmhouse was built in 1841 and belonged to Par Otto, one of the first settlers to the valley.

Otto’s Bluff Mountain is named after him. In the fifties Otto's Bluff Farm - as Kwela Lodge was then called was a working farm with dairy cattle, maize and wattle tree plantations and a mill. In 1936/7 the movie King Solomon’s Mines based on Rider Haggard’s book was shot on location at the foot of Otto’s Bluff Mountain.

Enjoy our beautiful gardens and trees which are home to an abundance of birds and make friends with our farm animals. Explore the unspoilt African bush on our property or simply relax at the pool and listen to the rustle of the palm leaves above you. Be inspired by the history of this magic place.

The lodge is situated in country surroundings at the foot of Otto's Bluff Mountain with a stunning panoramic view over the Albert Falls Dam and Umgeni Valley - only 15 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, 20 minutes from Albert Falls Dam Reserve and 50 minutes from Durban.

Wedding Venues: Beautiful country scenery and a unique view of Albert Falls Dam and the Karkloof Mountain make the perfect setting for your wedding or function. 2 venues for 150 guests and a country chapel allow for various options to celebrate your special day.

  • Response Rate: 95%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 17 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 19
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 38 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

We reserve the right to charge the following cancellation fees:Cancellations 7 -14 days before the arrival date: customer forfeits 50% of the amount paid.Cancellations 2 - 7 days before the arrival date: customer forfeits 75% of the amount paid.Cancellations 0 -2 days before the arrival date: customer forfeits 100% of the amount paid.

Kwela Lodge Rooms

Reviews for Kwela Lodge

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John Black
13 June 2018

Lovely people.. Clean.. Peaceful

Christa Jordaan
03 December 2017

When I arrived I was greeted very friendly and everything was explained to me. The view from the patio was breathtaking. I will recommend it to all my friends

Prishen Reddy
19 June 2017

loved the hospitality of Birgit and Rene. They made us feel at home.

Chris Müller, South Africa
06 February 2017

The owners Rene and Birgit was very friendly, we arrived much later than expected but was immediately made to feel welcome. The accommodation is clean and tidy and the view is to die for. We will definitely visit again.

Anita Norwie, South Africa
29 December 2016

This was a good base to do day travels and sight seeing to Midlands Meander. Tranquil and nice to come back to after a busy day.

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Kwela Lodge Map

Kwela Lodge is 15.3km from the centre of Pietermaritzburg , the nearest airport 85km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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