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Penwarn Country lodge

Found in: Drakensberg, Guesthouses / B&B, KwaZulu Natal, Lodges, Self Catering

Penwarn Country Lodge is a country retreat just outside Underberg in the foothills of Southern Drakensberg of South Africa, that is part of the Ukhahlamba World Heritage site.Penwarn lies in a beautiful valley traversed by two rivers and forms part of our Waterford Farm operations to which guests also have access. There is much to be seen and enjoyed, be it on Penwarn or on Waterford.

The Penwarn/Waterford Estate is a 3800 hectare spread bordering the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site. A variety of game including zebra, wildebeest and other antelope roam free across the hillsides and plains, while the blue heights of the Drakensberg rise up to the west.

Waterford Farm is home the to the largest single dairy farm in KZN milking between 1700 and 1900 cows at any one time. It also comprises an unusual and large horse business that breeds and trains a variety of horse breeds.
The farmyard is home to variety of typical farmyard animals including Chickens, Geese, Turkeys, Peacocks, rabbits and ducks.

The horse enterprise consists of breeding herds of Shire, Clydesdales, Percherons, Shire cross Thoroughbreds, American Quarter horses, Arabian horses, Paint horses and our own herds of dun coloured horses and ponies.

Waterford and Penwarn is home to some of the most renowned fly-fishing waters in the country

Accommodation varies:

  • Indabusche Lodge consists of the “hotel-type” rooms with standard rooms and suites available. All rooms are Dinner, Bed and Breakfast only.
  • Mtini Lodge has 4 large suites and is available on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast or self-catering option.
  • Our self-catering only options are: The Log Cabin, Kudu Lodge or The Manor House.


Unless you simply want to put your feet up and soak in the peace and tranquillity of Penwarn and its amazing environment, activites to fill the day abound - fly-fish on a stretch of the farm’s Ngangwane river, in one of 4 trout dams, or 1 bass dam, or enjoy scenic horse rides or game drives. Relax at a picnic along the banks of a river pool, cool off in its refreshing waters, or go tubing, abseiling, mountain biking, or wing-shooting. Even archers find their mark at Penwarn.

Discover the secret beauty of San rock art, where we boast one of the biggest paintings of Eland in the Southern Hemisphere. Scout around for wild flowers, or visit the vulture restaurant, perchance catching a glimpse of the lammergeyer. The black eagle, osprey and marsh harrier are also resident at Penwarn. Go hiking and take in the scenery of our magnificent mountains that are a World Heritage Site.

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