Welcome to Valley Lakes

Proud places of peace and tranquility

A private collection of 6 different self-catering country stays and an intimate function venue, ranging between 30-40km from Underberg, KZN, South Africa.

Located on pastoral and productive farmlands that reach up into the valleys and onto the mountains that lie between the Ndawana and Ngwagwane rivers.

We invite you to come and celebrate life, relax, connect with nature, explore the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and for the fishermen, enjoy some of our country’s finest fly-fishing waters.

Let us help you choose where you would like to stay

The Lodge at Valley Lakes

For lake life choose Valley Lakes Lodge

Sleeps 8 (Lodge)

Flyfishing • Kayaking • Birdwatching • Footpaths

30km (20min) from Underberg

Valley Lakes Chalets

For lake life choose Valley Lakes Chalets

Sleeps 8 (Chalets)

Flyfishing • Kayaking • Birdwatching • Footpaths

30km (20min) from Underberg


For ranch life, choose Redversdale

Sleeps 10 (Home)

4×4 • Mountain Biking • Altitude Training • Flyfishing

45km (40 min) from Underberg

Ndawana River Lodge

For river life choose Ndawana River Lodge

Sleeps 8 (Lodge)

Flyingfishing • Riverwalks • Tubing •

30km (20min) from Underberg

Pear Tree Cottage

To touch the mountains choose Pear Tree Cottage

Sleeps 4 (Cottage)

Flyfishing • Mountainbiking • Hikingtrails • Countryroads

40km (35min) from Underberg


For a digital detox, choose Adare

Sleeps 14 (Cabin)

4×4 • Riverwalks • Reset • Reconnect • Roots

45km (40min) from Underberg

Book your stay with us

Can we help you celebrate a special occasion or host a workshop?

Birthdays • Reunions • Weddings • Workshops

Make it personal by sealing it with your very own signature sunset

Well-appointed to tailor-make your own occasion, our Function Venue has breathtaking views over the lake and of the sun setting at the top of the valley.
For your nearest and dearest, we have 24 of our own beds on-site and a further 17 within 6km. Underberg is 20 minutes away.

“Come fill up your senses”
– John Denver

About Us

From farming backgrounds and as newlyweds, Rory and Karen lived in Pear Tree Cottage in the late 1980s and then moved into the “main house” on Elton Farm in August of 1991 when Rory was appointed to manage the pasture fed dairy operation and Karen, the farm books. Since then they have developed the farm, together with their employees, and raised their two children and plenty of pets. Their son has “come home to roost” with his family and also shares in the work and growth of the mixed farming operation and family holiday destination that it is today.

Dairy • Beef • Maize • Farmstays •
Gratitude • Sustainability • Continuity

Making Memories

A sensory escape to float, fish, swim or boat. Relax, read or nap in the sun. Dance in the rain. Walk in the twilight. Cook and stargaze under African skies. Gather at the fireside to laugh, play to win or to toast a marshmallow or two.




A 30m paddle from your chalet/lodge puts you out onto the stocked still waters of the 60ha Curragh Lake – the soul of our Valley.
Plus the Ndawana River beds that feed into the lake, and are home to wild rainbow trout.


Enjoy stretches of the Ndawana River below the lake wall and 2 small stocked dams. All within easy walking or driving distance.


Enjoy the still waters of Mount Sutherland Dam, stocked with rainbows and browns, while stretches of both the Ndawana AND Ngwagwane Rivers are available via 4×4

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”

– Lovelle Drachman

Nature Lovers

The Southern Drakensberg is home to the majestic Eland. For those with an interest in birds and indigenous flora and fauna; there are from Fish Eagles to Shell Duck, River Otters to Mountain Reedbuck, Everlastings to wild Agapanthus and Abelia scattered on our slopes. And all the delicate miracles of nature that exist in between.

Sani Pass Is Nearby
Passports Are Required


Footpaths, mountainbiking, hiking and 4×4 tails. From rough and rugged to gentle farmland, there is something for the resilient and the hopeful. From Thaba Msila at Valley Lakes to Mount Sutherland at Pear Tree Cottage, our summits will put you on top of the world where you can inhale fresh mountain air, see your problems from a bird’s eye view and exhale your stresses.