Welcome to Lake Naverone, self-catering cottages in the Southern Drakensberg of South Africa
In a valley among the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg – a World Heritage Site – lies a secluded lake, a natural sanctuary far from the distractions of modern life.
This is where Paul and Jenny van Tichelen chose to set their dream and to share it with others. Lake Naverone is an idyllic Berg retreat where you and your family can enjoy a truly natural experience amidst this World Heritage site, all year round. The lake and surrounding 400-hectare estate, provide an awesome environment for a variety of outdoor activities such as trout fishing (river and lake), hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, birding and, photography.
The picturesque stone cottages, some situated on the lakeside and some in tranquil clearings shadowed by the surrounding woods, provide fully serviced, self-catering accommodation.
Lake Naverone is situated 30km from Underberg on a newly tarred road. A well maintained 1000m landing strip and hireable lock-up hangar make it easily accessible by air. Fly fishing only is permitted at Lake Naverone and is available year-round on the 23ha lake and the 3 ha lower dam which are well stocked with brown and rainbow trout. In season, the 7km stretch of Umzimkulu River can be fished for wild rainbows. There is no rod fee and rods are available for hire.
Try your skills on the lake or the river.
The lake and ponds both hold rainbow and brown trout, from smaller stock fish to magnificent specimens of 3kg and more. The Naverone angling record has stood at 3.75kg for some years, but Parks Board hatchery managers have netted fish of up to 4.5kg (about 10lb) for breeding. We stock with top quality wild spawn trout (80% rainbow, 20% brown) which, because of the near-perfect conditions at Lake Naverone, grow rapidly from 50g or so at stocking, to around a kilogram within 12 months. They are also exceptional fighters, on account of their genetic makeup, so be warned that you should use at least a 6lb tipped, together with a decent length of backing, in case your fly tempts a heavier fish. Our 7km of rivers teem with wild rainbows, providing some of the best angling of its type in South Africa. The section of the Mlambonja River immediately upstream of our eastern boundary has been improved with stone weirs to retain more holding water for trout. These fish tend to be small, (mostly under 30cm), but they are superb fighters. Light tackle and fine tippets are advised.
We have 21 picturesque stone cottages, some situated on the lakeside and some in tranquil clearings shadowed by the surrounding woods. Our cottages vary in size from 2 sleepers to 12 sleepers
The cottages are positioned to provide magnificent views and to ensure privacy with convenient access to the Lake. In addition to electric lights, fridge (with freezer compartment), stove and plug points, they all have fireplaces and private braai facilities. A free basket of firewood is supplied daily. The cottages are fully equipped and serviced daily by cleaning staff, all linen (i.e. blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and towels) is supplied. Cots can be provided on request.
These include trout fishing, boating, horse riding, tennis, birdwatching, walking, and hiking, either on the estate or into the adjoining mountain wilderness.
A free rowing boat goes with each cottage, but guests are welcome to bring their own canoes, float tubes, sailing boats and windsurfers. No powerboats or other motorized craft are allowed. There are four restaurants and a golf course within five minutes drive.
The stables at Lake Naverone are a source of pride for Sixtus the head groom. The horses are in excellent condition and have been professionally trained to be responsive and obedient. Scenic out rides along the river are the perfect way to experience the spectacular setting. There are also ponies available for hand-guided walks for kids.
There are several rugged mountain biking trails on the estate and in the surrounding area. Low traffic means the trails are unspoiled and you can always be assured of an endurance-testing ride.
For your dream wedding that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime choose Lake Naverone. Surrounded by the majestic Southern Drakensberg mountains mirrored in the two large lakes you will feel very special in this perfect setting while your guests can enjoy a weekend of tranquility in one of the 21 very private cottages at their own expense. The resort offers from one bedroom ‘honeymoon’ type cottages to a large five bedroom lakeside cottage sleeping in all a total of 130 persons per night.
Lake Naverone is nestled some 1,660m above sea level on a magnificent lake in a hidden valley at the base of the majestic Southern Drakensberg mountain range. This unique position brilliantly lends itself to an idyllic destination for a relaxing and romantic honeymoon or anniversary holiday, far away from the outside world and the rigors of city life. Our four cozy cottages situated on the lake edge all with four-poster beds and fireplaces offer privacy with sweeping views across the water to the nearby misty mountains.
Our malaria free resort adjoins the Drakensberg World Heritage Park where there are numerous hiking trails and San Rock Art to be seen and your stay at Lake Naverone can be as busy or as peaceful and tranquil as you would like it to be. Our fully equipped self-catering cottages give you the freedom of having your meals if and when you want, and if the whim arises you can enjoy a night out in one of the four nearby restaurants.