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Tel : 27 72 664 2993


28° 58' 06. 92" S

29° 26' 49. 83" E



Welcome to Monks Cowl Adventure, Ikhaya Mountain Lodge & Ushaka Horse trails.

Drakensberg South Africa

We are a horse trail , adventure tour operator, and a small selfcatering lodge in the Central Drakensberg , Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa. Relax and experience the peace and tranquility of the Drakensberg . The farm is situated in the middle of the Central Berg close to the peaks of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Mountain and offers a casual atmosphere and friendly staff.

Ikhaya Mountain Lodge is situated on Bergvlei Farm, a 245 ha Horse & Crop Farm 25km from Winterton in the Cathkin valley on the Bell park Dam Culfargie road. There is a beautifull refurbished farm house with spacious rooms and a large garden. and two self catering rondavels . Dramatic views of the Drakensberg can be enjoyed from the rondavels. This is a perfect place for those who love peace and privacy and a wonderful holiday place for families, couples or a starting point for berg adventures with endless rolling farmland and river frontage.

We also organise horse riding and overnight hiking adventures.

It will take you about 4 hours from Johannesburg an two-hours from Durban to arrive at the farm. We are situated in a malaria free area of Africa








We are recommended by the Lonely Planet Guide bookk

Ushaka Horse Trails

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Ardmore Art & guest house
In the museum you can admire different ceramic art pieces. The studio itself has moved to the Midlands and offers the unique opportunity of seeing the artists at work.

The battles of Spionkop, the most famous in 1900's, Colenso ( Churchill) , Mount Memory, Vaalkrans, Elandslaagte, Talana, Rorkes Drift and Blood River, can be explored.

Bell Park Dam
Boating and fishing in a majestic setting. Picnic sites are available but visitors must take their own food and drinks as no facilities are available at the dam.

Bass and carp fishing at the farm dam, bring your own fishing rods

Birdwatching in the Mtoti valley on the farm

Bowls At the Nest Hotel, ten minutes from the farm. Tel: 036 468 1068.

The Cabbage Tree bistro , a new relaxing place at Wisend resort. Good coffee & small lunches.

Champagne castle Adventure Center, . at Dragonspeak resort from paintball , tubing, kloofing,climbing . . Cel: 074 103 3613 Tel: 036 468 1031

Central Drakensberg Information for detailed information about the Dragensberg and what it has to offer, visit the office at Thokozisa or Tel: 036 488 1207

Cayley lodge Day Bliss Spa at Cayley lodge : massage treatments.

Drakensberg Boys Choir School, the Choir holds Concerts most Wednesdays during school term at 3:30pm. You can find all the information an their website. Tel: 036 4681012

Falcon Ridge situated fifteen minutes from the farm, Falcon Ridge specialises in bird of prey flying displays held daily except Friday at 10:30am, weather permitting. Tel: 036 468 1752

Four River Rafting & Adventures For all the adrenaline rush you need, visit Four Rivers Rafting, a ten-minute drive from us. White water rafting (in summer season), quad biking, mountain boarding, abseiling, archery, zip lines and adventure teambuilding. Enquiries Tel: 036 468 1693.

Golf Both a five minute drive from the farm, a 9 hole course at Monks Cowl Country Club and a prestigious 18 hole at Champagne Sports Resort. Monks Cowl Tel: 036 468 1300 Champagne Sports Tel: 036 468 1088

Helicopters flips ; with Westline Aviation starting from Dragonspeak resort. Check this link for prices and options.

Kwazulu Weavers & Waffle Hut Breakfasts, lunches, specialising in Belgian Waffles. Carpet and candle factory shop. . Fifteen minutes from us - Tel: 036 488 7085

Meadowsweet shop at Thokozisa: Sales therapeutic range of natural body care and skin care products in South Africa

Mountain Hiking access the High Berg region of the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site through Monks Cowl Reserve,twenty minutes from the farm. Guides available Tel: 036 468 1103

Paragliding sites nearby: Matterhorn, Arthur Seat, Steilberg, Bellpark kop or even short flights from the hills on the farm.

Pig & Plough: a new tea garden at the entrance of Winterton

Physiotherapy On Wednesdays at Dragon Peaks Resort. Tel: 082 352 5975

Spionkop Game Reserve and Battlefield Site On the R600 to Ladysmith, Rhino , giraffe, and most of the African wildlife can be spotted. Forty minutes from the farm. Tel: 036 488 1578

Thokozisa Deli, Restaurant, Wine Cellar, Art Shops, Souvenir shops,........ Ten minutes from us. Tel: 036 488 1827

Trout Fishing within close distance at Shariba or at Cathedral peak Hotel

Tugela/Vaal Hydroelectric System Below Oliviershoek Pass in the Northern Berg, hour and a half from the farm. Tel: 036 438 6046 for visits only on appointment.

Valley Bakery ; Coffee Garden & Art gallery Five minutes from us, an excellent selection Danish baked goods, relaxed coffee and tea garden. Small lunches available. Tel: 036 468 1257

Weenen Game Reserve on the Colenso/Weenen road, offers a variety of game together with an interesting mix of thorn veld and African savannah. Forty five minutes from the berg. Tel: 036 354 7013

WIinterton museum
The Winterton Museum is open Monday to Saturday 09h00 to 13h00. Telephone: 036 488 1885

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