Sani Valley Nature Lodge

A unique blend of luxury, nature and activities!

Sani Valley Lodge is a private nature lodge only 2 hours from Durban. It sits within the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, borders a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the closest luxury lodge to the famous Sani Pass.

The reserve has a very limited number of secluded luxury lodges designed to accommodate couples, families and small groups, all with the choice of full/self catering. Within the valley sits one of the largest privately owned lakes in South Africa. The lodges are scattered on the edge of the lake which is surrounded by a variety of antelope, zebra, baboons and other wildlife. This is one of the very few animal reserves in the Drakensberg, further enhanced by the vast lake which attracts unparalleled birdlife. The fishing is well renowned with regional records being attributed to the size of the lake.The low number of secluded lodges makes Sani Valley feel like your very own private holiday home and is the perfect place to relax and have fun. One can indulge in a massage, be taught how to fly fish, go otter spotting by canoe, lounge in the Jacuzzi, be taken game viewing on horse back, drive a 4X4 up the famous Sani Pass, hike to the Bushmen paintings and more.

Come visit. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!

Activities at Sani Valley

Enjoy the freedom of 260 acres of lake, surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and game. Sani Valley doesn’t have the big five, but you will be able to walk among the zebra, wildebeest, eland, springbok and many other antelope within its well stocked boundary fence. Sani Valley offers some of best game viewing and bird watching in the Drakensburg region.


Explore nature

You can walk, ride horses, drive and explore over 1500 acres of Sani Valley’ s nature reserve enjoying the variety of indigenous forna and flora and game. There are some wonderful vantage points around the reserve providing spectacular views, all of which reflect a beauty of tranquilly and nature brought to life by the changing moods of shadows and light, all year round. You can also experience our very own vulture restaurant where up to 165 vultures have been sighted on occasion along with the sights and sounds of frogs, inserts and calls of the wild from baboons, jackal and raptors which echo off the mountains.

Be active on the lake

On the lake you can experience a variety of boats for fishing or leisure paddling. You can also enjoy a refreshing swim during the warmer months of the year or relax and enjoy the shade from the clubhouse at the water’s edge. Order a spa massage to completely distress and energise your spirit while gazing onto the balancing rSocks in the distance.

Go Fly Fishing

Sani Valley offers some of the most exciting Fly-Fishing opportunities from its annually well stocked lake with some fantastic catches of over 10lbs of rainbow trout regularly reported. The lake has laid host to a couple of South African national fly fishing and provincial calendar events in the recent years too, demonstrating its respected trout fishing capabilities in the Underberg, Himeville area as well as Kwa Zulu Natal.

Sani Adventures

If you are looking for adventure the surrounding mountains offer hiking and mountain bike trails, Bushmen paintings, waterfalls, caves, 4×4 experiences and of course the famous Sani Pass linking Kwa Zulu Natal with Lesotho offering a passage to a Kingdom sitting at the roof of Africa. You can even experience Africa highest pub from the top of the Sani Pass, its certainly a experience you will never forget.

Enjoy Sani Valley

Be it as a newly married couple honeymooning or a quite week/end escape with your partner, friends and family, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For more details go to sanivalley.co.za