Tillietudlem Nature Reserve

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Tillietudlem Nature Reserve, Impendle, South Africa

Tillietudlem Nature Reserve is a 2000 ha nature reserve situated in unquestionably the most scenic part of the Midlands Meander. Its main function is to protect one of the most threatened eco-systems in Africa – the mountain mist-belt grasslands. More than 60% of all grassland biomes have already been modified, mostly under forestry or arable agriculture. Subsequently, only 2.2% of the South Africa’s mountain mist-belt grassland biome remains under formal conservation. This is despite it being one of the richest and most diverse habitats in the world.

About Tillietudlem Nature Reserve

A visit to Tillietudlem Nature Reserve will expose you too much of this biodiversity should you take even a short walk in the open grassland or indigenous forests. You cannot help stumble across many of nature’s treasures here, from the largest of all antelope species, the gracious Eland, to the delicate wild flora found along the banks of the streams.

Tillietudlem is also a veritable treasure trove for the botanist and acclaimed as hosting one of the richest and most diverse flora sanctuaries in the world. Therefore, even the casual walker will be enthralled with the variety of wild flowers that abound the grasslands, river banks and wetlands. Every season seems to introduce a new set of blooms, making a visit at any time of the year a pleasure.

In addition to wildlife, the reserve also boasts with a beautiful registered herd of indigenous Nguni cattle. These beautifully marked animals are free roaming and are used to simulate the movement of massive herds of game that migrated through this area. The reserve also has a stable with 6 horses which are used for anti-poaching and fence patrols.

It must be noted the owner and staff of Tillietudlem Nature Reserve are passionately committed to conserving this sensitive area and it’s vulnerable and endangered species.

We do fall under the winter snow region of KZN and we are proud to announce that we host one of Snow Reports Cameras overlooking one of our trout dams. You can view and stay updated with the winter snows on our website

Our sprawling Tillietudlem  Accommodation boasts scenery most spectacular, with our free-roaming herd of Nguni cattle always ready for a photo opportunity against a picturesque backdrop of the rolling Natal Midlands hills.

Ogram Luxury Self Catering House

Luxury accommodation at its best! Ogram’s is a lovingly restored country house dating back to the late 19th century. The house is set under a huge oak tree with rolling lawns that overlook several trout dams. Roaring fires, original Oregon pine floors, sash windows and high ceilings perfectly capture the magic of a bygone era. It is a setting of absolute peace and tranquility.

The house accommodates 10 guests in 5 bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom. 3 of the rooms are in the main house where as the other two rooms are cottages, each with fireplaces in their own small private sitting rooms. All bedrooms are equipped with electric blankets, gas heaters and hairdryers.

The main lounge is furnished with enough seating space for all, television, and a fireplace. The dining room has a large 8 seater teak dining table, a smaller 4 seater children’s table, and a 105-year-old fireplace. The bar has its own mini refrigerator, comfortable couches.

The kitchen contains all the modern amenities for easy self-catering, and braai facilities on the veranda make for perfect outdoor cooking. Alternatively you can choose our fully catered options and enjoy our healthy and sumptuous meals.

Other amenities include wireless internet connectivity and the full DSTV bouquet. There is no cell phone reception on the reserve.

Hleka Manzi Standard Self Catering House

A comfortable and well-appointed self catering accommodation lodge perched over the spectacular 30m Hleka Manzi (Laughing waters) waterfall on the upper reaches of the Elands River. An expansive wooden deck overlooks the canopy of indigenous forest with spectacular views of the Inhluzane Mountain. Tranquility and seclusion make this an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the reserve. Fisherman can access several exceptional trout dams within easy walking distance. Trophy Brown and Rainbow Trout of up to 4.2 kg have been caught. For nature lovers, there are well marked walking trails along the river and through the indigenous forest.

The lodge sleeps 8 guests in 4 twin/double bedrooms with two bathrooms. Relax in the spacious open plan lounge and dining room with a welcoming fireplace for those cold mountain evenings. A sleeper couch is available in the lounge. A fully equipped kitchen provides all the necessary amenities for self catering. Other facilities include DSTV, electric blankets, gas heaters and braai facilities. No Internet or Cell phone reception

Both houses are serviced daily


Fly Fishing

Nature Walks and Game Viewing

Mountain Biking

Nguni Stud Herd


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