A Place For All Seasons!
2006 Winner of Getaway Magazine’s award for best self catering destination in Southern Africa.
Highover is an eco-adventure destination in KwaZulu Natal that offers you an adrenalin rush as you shoot white river rapids, experience the thrill of seeing the endangered blue swallows in flight, opt to enjoy the spectacular indigenous tree trail or relax with a good book. A base from which to explore the Southern Natal Midlands. This might include Sani Pass, trips on the Steam Trains, Byrne Village, the Southern Berg and the Umkomaas Valley.
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Highover Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the scenic Hele Hele (Hella Hella) route between Richmond and Donnybrook. The nature reserve straddles the Mkomazi River and has approx 11km of river frontage. Highover is 3 000ha in extent and adjoins the Soada State Forest which comprises approximately 500ha of spectacular mist belt forest. Highover has Natural Heritage Status (Natural Heritage Site No 44) on account of its scenic beauty and numerous rare and endangered plant and animal species. Dramatic landscapes comprising cliffs and mountain tops, waterfalls and rocky river beds, steep forest-clad gulleys, rolling plains, clear star-strewn night skies, and ethereal morning mists combine to make Highover a magnificent destination. Our rustic Bushcamp offers a variety of accommodation to suit your budget from lodge, riverside cottages, and chalets to bunkhouses and camping.
Offers the visitor accommodation in a very special atmosphere, it sleeps 10 people, is fully equipped, and boasts a unique outdoor bathroom with a spectacular view of the HeleHele Kop. It has its own private boma and spacious lapa. A unique lodge with an intriguing blend of African architecture and decor.Rooms: a Double story with 3 bedrooms upstairs and a bedroom downstairs with bed linen, please bring your own bath and swimming towels. Sleeps 10 – two rooms have a single bed in addition to the double bed. The comfortable living area downstairs with a fireplace for cold winter nights!Features: Private Lapa and Boma, open-air bathroom with a view of the mountains, total privacy, and access to all amenities. There is a small dam nearby for game viewing and birding. Self-Catering: the Fully equipped kitchen. Covered lapa with gas stove and braai area. Supplied with filtered drinking water and 1 crate of firewood free, thereafter R30.00 per crate. Check-in:14h00 – earlier check-in by prior arrangement.Check out:10h00 – check out of rooms, but you are more than welcome to stay on the property and enjoy the rest of the day.
CELEBRATIONS & FUNCTIONS:
Highover is the perfect venue for weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. We have hosted small weddings (up to 120 guests), special birthday celebrations, engagement parties, bachelor parties, corporate year-end celebrations, and other social get-togethers. The bush atmosphere provides the backdrop for these memorable occasions! Features: Central lapa area leading onto an expansive wooden deck overlooking the river. There are sufficient lights and plug points for functions and conferences. Day Functions: Cost of these functions is dependent on the number of people and catering required. Stay Overs: For group bookings and extended stays please contact us for these rates.
There are lots to do at Highover…Or simply relax in the peace and quiet of this wilderness area.
Highover is the place to have an uninterrupted ‘bosberaad’, conference or workshop with a stunning bushveld ambiance without interruptions of traffic noise, cell phones etc. Our central lapa with a wooden viewing deck overlooking the mighty Mkomazi River offers this ideal bushveld setting. Features: Central lapa area leading onto an expansive wooden deck overlooking the river. The lapa has sufficient lights and plug points required for functions or conferences. A flip chart and overhead screen are available on request. Catering: By prior arrangement.Day Functions: We welcome day conferences. The cost of a day function is dependent upon the number of people and catering required. Stay Overs: For group bookings and extended stays please contact us for rates.
For special and unusual Team building Highover is an exceptional venue for either day or overnight trips. Our central location makes us an attractive venue; less than an hour’s drive from Pietermaritzburg and one and a half hours from Durban. Activities range from quite peaceful discussions to some extreme and challenging experiences. Facilities available are a foefie slide, self-drive game drives, hikes and trails to name but a few… You set the pace …Bring your own Facilitator or we can arrange suitable Facilitators for you. Features: Mighty Mkomazi River for water activities and large open spaces for group activities. Central lapa area leading onto an expansive wooden deck overlooking the river for discussions. The outdoor cooking area which is ideal for participative cooking competitions.Catering: By prior arrangement.Day Functions: We welcome day trips. The cost of a day trip is dependent upon the number of people, activities, and catering required. Stay Over: For group bookings and extended stays please contact us for these rates.
River Rafting at Hella Hella – this is entirely dependent on river levels. Contact Luke on 066 472 4227 •Canoeing – The Mkomazi River is home to the Umkomaas Canoe Marathon and offers some of the best canoeing water in the country. Accommodation and on-site transport available including drop-offs and pick-ups by prior arrangement only and for a small fee (subject to availability of drivers). Bring your own canoe.•Foefie slide – Try the thrill and rush of the foefie slide. Equipment for hire. •Fishing – Catch and release fly fishing for the Natal Yellow Fish in autumn and winter. •Swimming – There are some lovely spots where you can swim. Alternatively, relax and suntan at the water’s edge.
HIKING & RAMBLING:
Numerous trails, paths, and tracks traverse Highover offering the visitor the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of habitat, the scenically spectacular landscape, and the rare animal and plant life. Highover is proud to be a joint winner of National Sappi Tree-Trail 2002 competition. Please enquire at Reception for our Tree List. Farm maps with hiking trails also available at Reception. Hiking trails range from challenging climbs to gentle rambles. Try our 18km Soada Falls Hike, the 2km Spectacular Tree Trail Ramble, the Aloe Amble or the Plateau Trail 9.7km.•Scenic Soada Fall hike (a day hike – 5 to 8 hours approx 18km hike, not too strenuous, but not for the faint-hearted).•Sappi Tree Trail (a gentle 1.5 to 2-hour stroll)•Plateau Trail (A challenging 9.7km hike)•Aloe Amble (gentle rambling)
Over 240 bird species have been recorded at Highover. We welcome day visitors, but to make the most of this top birding spot try booking into our lodge or riverside cottages or riverside chalets for a night or two. Bird sightings may include:•Blue Swallow – sightings guaranteed in summer•Broad-tailed Warbler•Narina Trogon•African Emerald Cuckoo•Black-winged Lapwing•Black-rumped Buttonquail•Bush-Shrikes•Eagles•Whitethroats•With Luck, the Dwarf Bittern•and more … a Bird List is available at Reception
Highover is a must for the serious tree enthusiast.•National Sappi Tree Trail joint winner 2002•Over 140 species•Rare and unusual species like Vitex obovata wilmsi (White Vitex), Obetia tenax (Mountain Nettle) and the Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) and Boscia albitrunca (Shepherd’s tree) are both unusual species for this area.•Spectacular specimens can be seen of Commiphora harveyi (Red-stem Corkwood), Berchmia zeyheri (Red Ivory), Ficus thonningii (Common Wild Fig), Celtis Africana (White Stinkwood) or Harpephyllum caffrum (Wild Plum) to name but a few.•Easily accessible•Network of tree trails around the Bushcamp•Some trees are numbered•Tree lists and maps are available at Reception
4×4, QUAD & MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS:
Some 40kms of off-road and tracks are available for 4×4 enthusiasts and quad or mountain bikers to try their skills. Bring your own machines and come and enjoy yourselves. We can supply the accommodation and farm maps are available at the Reception.
SELF-DRIVE GAME DRIVES:
Our vision as the Owners of Highover is to:•Eradicate poaching.•Nurture the endangered species i.e. the blue swallow, blue duiker, oribi, African rock python and samango monkey.•Increase the number of zebra, blesbok, impala, bushbuck, eland, reedbuck and mountain reedbuck.•Introduce new species in collaboration with KZN Wildlife e.g. waterbuck. We are thrilled that our anti-poaching efforts are being rewarded with more frequent sightings of relaxed animals. The reserve now boasts large herds of blesbok, reedbuck, impala and a growing number of zebra, bushbuck, and impala. We are now experiencing more frequent sightings of genet and aardwolf. Book into our unique lodge and watch the wildlife on your doorstep.