About Us

Escape from modern day life.... just absolute peace and nature...

Toplodge is self-catering destination, situated in the Northern Drakensberg, midway between Durban and Johannesburg. We are tucked away high in the mountains in the Mont-Aux-Sources district in beautiful natural surroundings - the perfect mountain wilderness experience offering the ultimate getaway destination in a completely secluded mountain wildlife sanctuary. Toplodge is only accessible by off-road 4X4 vehicles, or by pre-arranged transfers from our neighbouring resort, free of charge.

Our three luxury self-catering cottages are very private, charmingly appointed and beautifully comfortable, each with an open-plan ground floor comprising lounge and fireplace.

Explore our amazing hiking routes and natural forests with historic rock carvings.

Guest Reviews

Caroline Belrose

"Peaceful getaway

Toplodge is a hidden gem. There are not many places which give you absolute peace and quiet in an unspoilt location up in the mountains - I have tried to hunt them out over the years, but this is one of the best, and close enough from JHB for a weekend away.

There are only 3 cottages and they are beautifully built -solid, natural, equipped with everything you need (and we are fussy when it comes to kitchen utensils etc) and spotlessly clean. The view and beautiful fireplace is all you need to truly unwind, and there are some lovely walks around.

If you want a resort and entertainment on tap for kids this is not for you. If you want true peace, beauty and nature, this is a haven”.

Aug 2019

Natalie Cardus

"Toplodge stay

We had the most amazing stay at Toplodge. The cottage was spotless and had everything we needed. The hikes were absolutely spectacular with the most amazing views you could imagine. The peace and tranquility was exactly what we needed to recharge and refresh. An absolutely stunning place to stay and we will definitely be back again”

July 2019

Bradley Mc Manus

"The Quiet

My wife and I had the most relaxing three days at Toplodge. The hikes are incredible and Gavin is always willing to go above and beyond. The road is definitely part of the adventure and I would recommend you take an appropriate vehicle. If you don't have one, ask and Gavin will help you out.”

July 2019

Hayley Wagner

"A piece of Heaven

If you are looking for absolute down time to recharge your batteries this is the place! We stayed in Teakwood, which had uninterrupted views of the Northern Berg. The cottage was immaculate, fully equipped and very clean. The tranquility of Toplodge is something I am already craving, and we only left yesterday! The hiking trails are varied enough to suit all tastes, and if you are just looking for somewhere to rest, relax and recharge then this is it. Gavin, the host, is an awesome and very knowledgeable person. The road from Alpine Heath to the lodge is definitely 4x4 only - and the transfer in Gavin's landy was a lot of fun. Rather leave your car as he suggests and let the expert handle the road. I cannot wait to go back - this lodge is really one of a kind and I sincerely hope it stays this way.”

June 2019

Herman Steyn

“Spirit of the Soul

Normally you expect certain standards with a first visit but Toplodge exceeded everything expected.

We spent 3 days there and were completely well rested and peaceful after our stay. The Cottage is nice and clean and equipped with everything needed. The views and closeness to nature from the Cottage is breathtaking and no TV can make up for that.

The trails caters for everybody from easy to difficult for fitter persons in a stunning surrounding. The access road to Toplodge is for 4x4's only but Gavin will shuttle you to Toplodge if needed.

Gavin made us feel very welcome and ensured us that they're available and close if needed.

We will definitely go again and will recommend Toplodge to friends and family for an ideal getaway.”

May 2019