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About Penwarn Farm Lodge

Situated in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal, Penwarn Farm Lodge offers a captivating escape for those seeking a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. With only six self-catering cottages, this picturesque retreat is situated just 25 kilometres from the quaint town of Underberg. Travelling along the scenic Khyber Pass, visitors are welcomed by the breathtaking scenery that Penwarn Farm Lodge has to offer. The ambience of the farm offers a relaxed yet refined atmosphere, perfectly suited for a range of occasions, family adventures and romantic getaways.

Set within an idyllic valley, surrounded by lakes and adjacent to Highlands Farm established in 1886, Penwarn Farm Lodge spans over 3400 hectares of land owned by the fifth generation of Nicholsons. The expansive grasslands are home to zebra, hartebeest and blesbok, with abundant birdlife, including cranes and wild geese, often visible from the comfort of one's room. Truly a haven for animal enthusiasts, Penwarn Farm Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in nature.

Penwarn Farm Lodge Setting

Exploring picturesque trails and encountering moments of natural beauty are par for the course at Penwarn Farm Lodge. Guests can visit the cascading waterfall on the property's grounds or embark on exhilarating horseback rides offered nearby. Situated in the vicinity of Underberg in South Africa, Penwarn Farm Lodge serves as a gateway to the lesser-known captivating Sani Saunter. Stretching from Loteni in the north to Bushman’s Nek in the south, and eastward to Bulwer, the Sani Saunter encompasses charming towns and the region provides access to numerous hiking trails and walks. Whether seeking tranquillity or embarking on an exploration of the surrounding landscapes, Penwarn Farm Lodge promises an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is there a swimming pool?

  • Do we need an off road vehicle to access Penwarn?

  • Is there a gas stove?

  • Is there wifi?

  • Is there a restaurant?


  • Amazing Place With Beautiful Views

    Everything the place is exactly like the pictures beautiful, clean and spacious. Staff are friendly and always on time to clean. Overall an amazing experience.

    Conservio.com review

    K. Branq

  • Stunning

    So beautiful! It was very tranquil and quiet relaxing. It’s a hidden gem with all the amenities you need to get by comfortably. It is very well maintained and the service staff were just amazing. If you want to get away and go offline for a while - this is the place to do just that. Rest, relax and reset!

    Conservio.com review

    G. Burton

  • Tranquil

    What a gem of a spot to get off the grid .The view from the house overlooking the mountains and privacy provided was great .The free lifejackets and canoe are a nice touch for the kids .The staff were very professional and friendly .

    Conservio.com review

    R. Neem

Penwarn Farm Lodge impact highlights

Recognised for their commitment to bird conservation, the property owners have garnered acclaim for their dedicated efforts in protecting the thriving crane population across both farms. They also take great pride in the preservation of the wetlands nestled on their land, fully acknowledging their ecological importance and their indispensable role in upholding biodiversity.

With a steadfast commitment to community engagement, the owners exclusively recruit from the local area, emphasizing the employment of family units on the farm. This approach fosters a cohesive work environment where spouses, siblings, or other family members can collaborate side by side, not only bolstering solidarity within the workforce but also bolstering the financial stability of their households.

In their continual pursuit of environmental stewardship, the owners actively combat invasive plant species on the property, striving to maintain its natural integrity. Furthermore, as guardians of the aquatic ecosystem, they operate a catch-and-release policy, ensuring the preservation of the abundant fish populations inhabiting the numerous dams and rivers that meander through their land.

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