Kwela Lodge
Suite 168, P/Bag X6
Cascades 3202

South Africa

Cell: +27 83 758 44 77

e-mail to Kwela Lodge

Rene & Birgit Oegger
Otto's Bluff Road P9
Pietermaritzburg 3200

South Africa

Tel: +27 33 397 51 11
Fax: +27 33 397 51 74

Kwela Lodge is privately owned and managed by René and Birgit Oegger (Swiss and German). The property includes 4 ha landscaped and indiginous gardens with ancient trees and 54 ha unspoiled bush and grass plains with thorn trees and Aloes. It is situated at the foot of Otto's Bluff Mountain with a breathtaking panoramic view over the Albert Falls Dam and Umgeni Valley - and only 15 min. from Pietermaritzburg, 20 min. from Albert Falls Dam Reserve and 50 min. from Durban.

view over the damHistory: The original farmhouse was built in 1841 and belonged to P.A.R. (Pieter Albertus Rhyno) Otto, one of the first settlers to the valley. Otto’s Bluff Mountain is named after him. "Kwela" is the Zulu name for Otto's Bluff Mountain and means "climb on". 2 Oak Trees which have been planted by P.A.R. Otto can still be seen in the old farm garden.

From app. 1946 until 1953 "Otto's Bluff Farm" - as it was then called - was a working farm with dairy cattle, maize and wattle tree plantations and a mill. The old mill stone can still be seen in our front garden as well as the original stone work wall around the old kraal and cows' stable. Most buildings are made of red brick - the ceiling in the main house, the floor in "The Mill" and the beams in the "The Barn" are made from yellowwood.
In 1936/7 the movie “King Solomons Mines” based on Rider Haggard’s book was shot on location at the foot of Otto’s Bluff Mountain. Rider Haggard came to this area as a learner farmer employed by P.A.R. Otto.

Kwela Lodge is the ideal getaway for the holiday maker or business traveller, nature lover and bird watcher - anyone wanting to relax and seeking tranquility, peace and security in country surrounding for a weekend or longer stay.
Enjoy our beautiful gardens and trees which are home to an abundance of birds and make friends with our farm animals: the horses and donkeys, miniature pigs, chickens, ducks and guinea fowls and the dogs and cats. Or explore the unspoilt African bush on our property with a chance to see Nyala, Duiker, Reedbuck, Warthog and Vervet Monkey.

Facilities for our house guests include:
Saltwater Swimmingpool
Walks on 58 ha of bush veld
Bird watching and farm animals
Peace and tranquility in country surroundings
Cosy lounge with fireplace
Coffee and Tea making facilities
Arts & Craft Shop
Secure Parking
Laundry facilities