About Us

Tugela Rapids is a self-catering rustic lodge that is solar powered, located on the banks of the Tugela River, in the district of Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal. Ideal for guests looking for a bush breakaway, away from city life.

The property contains 2 separate chalets, each of which sleeps 4 guests. These units have a loft-style inside, with 1 bedroom downstairs and the other room upstairs. These rooms are equipped with either a double bed or 2 single beds, and bathroom facilities include an ablution block with 2 toilets and a shower to use. The water is heated by gas and the lodge has a solar lighting system, so there is no need for electricity.

The kitchen is adjacent to the lapa area and contains a gas stove and a gas fridge with a deep freezer. The lapa has an open deck area where guests can relax and enjoy sundowners. There is also indoor as well as outdoor braai facilities to make use of.

The farm is situated off the R74 freeway, between Bergville and Winterton which are farming villages that offer basic shopping needs.

Activities available on-site at Tugela Rapids are 4x4 trails, bird watching, hiking and fishing at the river.

Guests must bring their own food, drinks, towels, mountain bikes, torches, binoculars, bird books, charcoal, fishing tackle and canoes.

The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.

- Daniel J. Rice

Tugela Rapids

Is a retreat for adventurous people who are 4X4 enthusiasts, birders, hikers, folk who enjoy river activities [tubing, canoeing, fishing, river swimming] picnicking and mountain biking.

We experience hot summers and cold winters, with winter days being sunny and warm.

Tugela Rapids is a self catering resort facility for one party, please bring your own food, drinks, towels ... Mountain bikes, canoes, binoculars, bird books, torch and charcoal.

"Tugela Rapids" is built on a rocky hillside, therefore, the terrain is uneven, thus, not suitable for toddlers, and under 4 yr olds.




All within half hour drive of us

  • Quad Biking
  • Bungee Bounce
  • Abseiling
  • Zip Line
  • Canopy Tours
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Boating
  • Various golf courses
  • Epic MTB Trails
  • Reptile Park

Small Well Behaved dogs are welcome with prior arrangement ...


Also within a half hour drive...

  • The Winterton Museum is well worth visiting
  • Spioenkop Battlefields & Nature Reserve
  • Tugela-Vaal Hydro Electric Scheme
  • Drakensberg Boys Choir School - Public concerts every Wednesday
  • Falcon Ridge Flight Displays
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Bushmen paintings and talks on the Bushmen Culture
  • Game drives at Spionkop, Quaggashoek or Nambithi



An interesting fact

There are also spectacular Iron Age ruins on the farm that have been declared a national monument.