Mkomazana Mountain Cottages – an amazing Drakensberg accommodation offering

Mkomazana Mountain Cottages accommodation Drakensberg

Mkomazana Mountain Cottages, Himeville, Drakensberg

Fresh mountain air, the wonderful natural surroundings and beautiful accommodation are just some of the experiences you can enjoy at Mkomazana Mountain Cottages in the Sani Pass valley in Southern Drakensberg. The location makes it a nature lover’s paradise!

The cottages are perfectly nestled in a magnificent World Heritage Site at the foot of the Sani Pass. First built in the 1800s, each cottage has been lovingly restored and has its own unique character. They are surrounded by the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Mkomazana River and the four dams which attract a wide variety of bird life.

The Southern Drakensberg boosts a wide variety of fun outdoor activities this includes water sports, hiking, golfing and fly fishing. The Sani Pass Hotel golf course is just 4kms away and there is fly fishing not only on the property but also there is access to 60 dams and more than 160km of the river through the Underberg-Himeville Trout Fishing Club.

Accommodation at Mkomazana Mountain Cottages

Mkomazana Mountain Cottages, accommodation, Himeville, Drakensberg

There are five different types of accommodation to choose from at Mkomazana Mountain Cottages, Stone, Rose and Coot Cottage, Valley House and Stone House. Each cottage is uniquely and beautifully decorated, and filled with modern amenities for your comfort.

All the cottages and houses are tucked away in secluded areas so that your stay will be tranquil and private.

Stone House and Valley House can accommodate up to six people each and come with three bedrooms. There are two bathrooms, one with only a bath and another with a bath and shower, a lounge with a log fireplace, dining room and an old-fashioned farm kitchen that comes fully-equipped with all your self-catering needs.

The Rose Cottage and Stone Cottage can accommodate two people and comes with one bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. They come with a cosy lounge that has a Jetmaster fireplace to keep you warm during those cold winter nights and a fully-equipped kitchen for your self-catering needs.

Coot Cottage can accommodate six people and comes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The cottage has a thatched roof and has an open-plan lounge with a log fireplace, dining room and fully-equipped kitchen that have views of the beautiful lake. One of the bedrooms is a comfortable loft room situated above the lounge.

Facilities at Mkomazana Mountain Cottages

Mkomazana mountain cottages accommodation Drakensburg

All cottages are serviced on a daily basis for your comfort and you will find freshly baked scones delivered to your door every morning as a treat to start the day.

Braai facilities are available at each cottage or house and extra firewood can be bought in the reception area.

Mkomazana is blessed with some of the Drakensberg’s most spectacular trails right on its doorstep, from the Giants Cup trail which crosses a few kilometres up the road, to two distinct trails leading directly from the property.

Take the 30-minute walk to Heartbreak Ridge for a birds-eye view of Mkomazana and beautiful views up the Sani Pass, or continue up to Salt and Pepper, a four-hour walk to the top of the ridge and back, offering spectacular views of both valleys. Alternatively, two kilometres down the main road towards the Sani Pass Hotel, will take you to the start of a three-hour walk to Gxalingenwa Pools and back.

There are a number of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area for all ages. These include trout fishing, horse riding and golf. For those who love to explore you can enjoy a tour of the Sani Pass (arranged separately) or tackle it on your own, however, this can only be done in a 4×4. There is also mountain bike riding and one can enjoy prolific birdlife at Mkomazana.

For the time you don’t feel like cooking you can take a trip to the Sani Pass Hotel and pay a visit to their restaurant for a quality meal. The hotel is just 4km away and serves up continental and local cuisine. You can also enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in their Wellness Centre.

What do people say about Mkomazana Mountain Cottages

“Rose Cottage is very comfortable, well equipped and spotless, and Mkomazana Mountain Cottages is a beautiful place with great mountain views and lovely walks. The staff were excellent. We’d give the place 5 stars for value and service.” – Venture TripAdvisor.

“Quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The freshly baked scones in the morning is a great treat. Kitchen well equipped, beds comfortable, braai is good for wood fire, cleaning staff friendly. Will visit again but stay a few nights. Must be good in winter with fire place in living room.” – Climber TripAdvisor.

Excellent venue and accommodation, one of the best self-catering venues we have been to. All the extra pampering (scones) was really a wonderful surprise and it made the weekend even more special. Spectacular views of the Sani pass and mountains were the best!

Tamsin Puren, South Africa

Top reasons for staying at Mkomazana Mountain Cottages:

  1. Each cottage is in a secluded area, offering total peace and privacy.
  2. The cottages and houses are well-kept and beautifully decorated.
  3. The complimentary scones every morning are a special treat.
  4. A restaurant and spa are nearby in case you don’t feel like cooking or want to enjoy a relaxing massage.
  5. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area that the whole family can enjoy.

To find out more about Mkomazana Mountain Cottages, give them a call on 082 521 6343 or email Visit their website at Find them at Sani Pass Road, Himeville, 3256.

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