At the foot of the Nelshoogte pass in Mpumalanga, lies a spectacular home of luxury:
Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge. Magnificent accommodation, superb cuisine, and impeccable service.
Dawson’s Game and Trout Lodge, a unique African Experience offers exclusive luxury in eight individually styled luxurious en-suite rooms with cosy fireplaces and large Victorian-style bathrooms.
All of our facilities are of the highest standard, large suites with dry-stone interior walls, percale linen, handpicked antique furniture, a walk-in closet and heated towel rails, a choice of king size or twin beds is available.
The Rich décor and the wrap around veranda with its stunning views creates an African ambiance which takes you back to the grandeur and splendour of the Colonial era. The original Dawson’s home houses the Reception, Three Lounges, Dining Room, Library, TV Room and Bar .
Marvel at our chef’s innovative talent while you sit back and soak up the atmosphere, savouring the taste and aroma of cuisine in its most exquisite form. Breakfast and lunch can be served either in the privacy of your own room, on the patio or enjoyed in our dining room.
Dinner each evening is a celebration.
For a romantic brunch or lunch , our chef will prepare a sumptuous picnic basket which you can enjoy at one of the trout dams, on the lawn, under the trees or at one of the many secluded picnic spots on the farm.
The Homestead is a country comfortable old farmhouse which has been gorgeously restored.
It accommodates 14 pax in 7 double bedrooms……4 en-suite, 1 inter-leading and 2 sharing a bathroom.
It has a TV room with DSTV and a large communal recreational lapa with an indoor and outdoor braai and its own swimming pool…..ideal for large parties.
The Crooked Creekside Cottage is rustic but comfortable and very secluded!
It ideally accommodates 4 pax but can accommodate an additional 2 pax on a Sleeper Couch in the lounge.
The Cottage is basically ‘semi’ open plan with Kitchen, Lounge (including DSTV) & Dining Room downstairs. Leading off in an alcove is a bedroom sleeping 2 pax on single beds with a separate en suite toilet / shower. On the mezzanine is a bedroom with a queen-size bed and a toilet & bath.
For those staying at the Homestead or Creek Cottage, meals at the Main Lodge are gladly accommodated
Welcome to the Dawson’s Experience, we hope that you are as excited about your visit as we are. At Dawson’s, there’s always enough to keep you busy, or little enough to keep you relaxed.
Below is a list of activities that you could look forward to:
QUAD BIKE TRAILS
This is a great activity for families to enjoy together as well as corporate groups as part of a team building exercise. We offer some thrilling and exceptionally beautiful trails with something for everyone to enjoy.
Dawsons does not have any dangerous animals on the property, so it is the ideal opportunity to view in complete safety the abundance of Game , Paper Bark Trees and Aloes on the many Plains. Our daily Bush drives will also provide you with the opportunity to either walk from a point or enjoy a unique bush picnic set up on top of a hill overlooking the valley.
In no time a total novice will be hitting the target in good groupings and notching respectable scores thanks to the expert tuition of our experienced instructors.
While away the hours by doing what comes naturally at one of our well-stocked dams. Let us offer you expert tuition or set up a gourmet picnic for you to enjoy whilst you practice the art of casting. If you would like to enjoy eating the fish you caught our kitchen would be more than happy to cook it for you.
HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS
The hiking or walking opportunities on Dawson’s are endless. Walk along the old water canals to a spectacular waterfall or climb to Leonard’s Rock, the highest point of the surrounding mountains, and enjoy the magnificent view overlooking the entire valley. Restricted by very little as there are no dangerous animals to be wary of, you can explore every inch of our 2000 hectare property. As a result, we are an ideal location for young children to experience nature and make the most of wide-open spaces.
MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS
A mountain bikers paradise with currently over 60kms of trails of various degrees of difficulty in unspoilt and stunningly beautiful terrain with the only ‘traffic’ being the abundant herds of game and cattle on the farm. (Bring your own bike)
The area hosts a unique combination of bird species to thrill even the most avid birder. Some species include Knysna Loeries, Malachite Hum bird, Olive Bush-Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbill and many more occasional visitors and seasonal migrants.
SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND DAWSONS
Hot-air ballooning and Helicopter flips can be arranged. We are situated in The Beautiful Mpumalanga Province (“a place where the sun rises”) which is well known for its spectacular scenery, wild life and historical interest. Exciting day drives can be done to the nearby Historic towns, Barberton and Pilgrims Rest, both home to the South Africa’s historic Gold Rush era, also visit Graskop, Sabie and Swaziland, as well as the Kruger National Park.
Dawson’s Spa & Wellness is proud to present to you our successful skills development project.
We specialize in body treatments, we spend enough time so that you feel looked after.
Full Body Swedish Massage
Full Body Aromatherapy Massage
Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage
You have the choice of having your treatment in the privacy of your room or in the nature, please let reception know where you prefer having your treatment.
A Detox Menu can be arranged.