Khotso Lodge and Horse Trails is a perfect base for enjoying the Southern Drakensberg

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The Southern Drakensberg is simply magnificent and Khotso Lodge and Horse Trails is a great place from which to explore this wonderful region.

Located close to Underberg, Khotso Lodge is a working horse and sheep farm that has become famous for its horse trails and sweeping views of the towering Drakensberg and the Underberg Valley.

If you are at all familiar with the Southern Drakensberg you will be aware that this area has a huge amount of adventure activities in addition to horse riding.

Accommodation at Khotso Lodge

All the accommodation at Khotso Lodge is self-catering and ranges from shared accommodation in a backpackers to the large Yellowwood Cabin that can sleep 16.

There are two rondavels that can sleep up to five people each.  All the amenities that you would expect for a self-catering stay are available.  The rondavels have a deck that overlooks the valley, a braai stand and for those cold winter nights and internal firestove!

The large, rustic log cabin has four rooms with bunk beds and a twin room.  There are two bathrooms as well as an outdoor shower. The ground floor is open plan and has a kitchen, lounge, dining room and a braai area. Ideal for large groups, staying in the log cabin is an experience in itself!

The rondavels and log cabin are grouped in the same location and positioned to enjoy the view of the Underberg valley.

Further up the farm road is the backpackers and campsite.  Campers have access to the lounge and bar at the backpackers.

The backpackers, as one would expect is basic but cosy and comfortable.  There are two en-suite rooms and then the rest of the accommodation which includes a twin room, double room and a six bed dorm, all share bathrooms.

The campsite location is well chosen and lies beneath a koppie and close to a steam. There are electricity points at each site and for the comfort of the campers the pitches are level and shaded by established trees.

Meals can be ordered and the backpackers have an honesty bar.

Click here to check pricing and make a reservation.

Horse riding, tubing and hiking

Khotso Lodge is nestled at the foothills of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been recognized for exceptional natural beauty. Riding, hiking, tubing or biking, this is an incredible place to explore.

The horse trails are open all year round and include 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour, full day and sunset rides.

All the trails start from the Khotso Backpackers Lodge and criss-cross over 1,300 hectares of rolling Khotso land. The trails are led by experienced grooms and volunteers who guide you along the ridges and through the valleys.

Five kilometers of the beautiful Mzimkulu River flows through the farm too and tubing down this fast flowing river is exhilarating.

To book a ride on horseback or tube call 082 4125 540.

The Khotso farm offers some great hikes with plenty of beautiful scenery, lots of local wildlife and rivers and waterfalls that offer a refreshing swim.

The Southern Drakensberg has some of the most beautiful hikes in the country and Khotso Lodge is a great base from which to spend your time hiking.

So if you are looking to spend a night or weekend or a whole holiday in the Southern Drakensberg, look no further than Khotso Lodge and Horse Trails.

Find them on Google Maps here.


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