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Weekend Breakaways: Mpumalanga

The ultimate escape from city life, nestles amid a lush 4 500 ha pine forest estate, about 10 km north of Belfast on the Dullstroom Road in the Eastern Highlands of Mpumalanga province. This area is famous for its cool summers, frosty winters and of course, trout-filled streams and dams, for the ultimate fly fishing experience.

Lakenvlei's thatched log chalets overlook a wetland area, which has been declared a Natural Heritage Site. The estate offers a tranquil and unsurpassed experience in nature.

The main lodge is situated at the edge of the wetland, surrounded by reed beds, pine forests and tranquil hills. The chalets are in close proximity to the lodge, where you will find a country-styled restaurant, specializing in country cuisine, as well as a cozy pub. The chalets are majestically constructed, using solid pine logs from the surrounding area and are finished to perfection with a fireproof thatch.

All the chalets are beautifully furnished in comfortable cottage style and fully equipped for self-catering. The huge and cozy fireplace (with a generous supply of firewood) will make your stay feel ever so homely.

Luxuriously equipped and serviced daily, the self-catering chalets provide a peaceful haven for you to relax and unwind. Each chalet has at least two mountain bikes for adventurous exploring, and a boat for rowing or fishing on the lake.

There are twelve, self-catering luxury chalets, constructed from solid pine logs from the surrounding area. Beautifully furnished in comfortable cottage style, with a large open-hearth fireplace as focal point in the living area.

Chalets include:
- Six, eight person chalets, with two en-suite double bedrooms and an open plan loft, sleeping four people
- Serviced daily
- Each chalet is provided with ample firewood, and a boat for rowing or fishing.


Fly fishing - The Dullstroom and Belfast areas are synonymous with fly fishing. Fly fishing for trout can be done from boats on the main dam and bass fishing from the shore of the separate bass dam. The main lake in front of the lodge is well stocked with large Rainbow trout and fly fishing is done from sturdy bass boats. Fish of up to 2 kg are regularly caught. Mayfly hatches in summer and other natural foods are abundant. No supplementary feeding of trout is done.

Horse riding - Equestrian facilities include up-market stabling with morning and afternoon guided out rides. Special provision is made for novice, intermediate and advanced riders. Pony rides are available for children, as well as horse cart trips along the wetlands and through the forest, specially for the less energetic or more romantically inclined guests.
- R150.00 One hour guided outback trail
- R60.00 Pony Rides

Bird watching - Until now, more than 220 bird species have been recorded and the numbers are increasing. Bird lovers will find the wetlands especially rewarding, with the opportunity to tick off species not normally encountered. The bird hide on the edge of the bass dam provides the ideal opportunity to observe the water- and wetland bird species in their natural habitat.

Tennis - Enjoy a game of tennis on our court with its unique forest setting. Bring your own equipment or rent from reception.

Day trails - Several marked trails are laid out around the wetland and lakes. These trails range in distance and difficulty, from 4 - 12 km. Maps available at reception.

Mountain bike trails - The 4 500 ha estate offers a vast array of possible routes by mountain bike. Guests are welcome to bring along their own mountain bikes. A limited number of small bikes are available for children.

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