Mkomazana Mountain Cottages

About the Accommodation

Nestled in a magnificent World Heritage Site at the foot of the Sani Pass, Mkomazana Mountain Cottages have been lovingly restored and are a part of an historic 1800’s trading station. Surrounded by the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, the sprightly Mkomazana River and four dams on the property attract a multitude of birds and wildlife to enjoy. We are perfectly situated for a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain biking to bird watching and trout fishing.

Altogether there are two two-bed cottages and three cottages each suitable for six people. The cottages are beautifully appointed, each with its own character, private garden, and wood burning fireplace. Delicious freshly baked scones are delivered to your door each morning.

Some of the cottages look out over a large and tranquil dam that boasts a resident Half-collared Kingfisher and a pair of African Black Ducks. The garden spotted a pair of Southern Boubous as well as Cape Rock Thrushes.

Activities and Birding

Mkomazana is blessed with some of the Drakensberg’s most spectacular trails right on our doorstep. Two short walks lead from the garden. One is to and around another large dam. Below the dam is a wild marsh with patches of open water, reeds and long grass. It feeds a small stream that flows into the Mkomazana River. This can be reached on a different short walk and there is safe swimming in the shallow pools.

Most of the vegetation surrounding the developed area is alien but support forest birds, including Cape Batis, Bar-throated Apalis, Terrestrial Bulbul and Buff-spotted Flufftail. A flock of Swee Waxbills can also be spotted foraging in a small grassland patch.

From the Giants Cup trail which crosses a few kilometres up the road, to 2 distinct trails leading directly from our property. Take the 30 minute walk to Heartbreak Ridge for a birds-eye view of Mkomazana and beautiful views up the Sani Pass, or continue up to Salt and Pepper, a 4 hour walk to the top of the ridge and back, offering spectacular views of both valleys. This close to the escarpment, birders have a good chance of seeing the Critically Endangered Bearded Vulture. Two kilometres down the main road towards the Sani Pass Hotel, will take you to the start of a 3 hour walk to Gxalingenwa Pools and back.

Contact details:

Mkomazana Mountain Cottages
Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: +27 (0)63 699 4666