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Ukuthula Bush Camp, Winterton, Northern Drakensberg, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

On the Rolling-M Ranch, which is at Skietdrift on the banks of the Tugela River. Named after the crossing used by the Wenkommando en-route to the Battle of Blood River in 1838.  The original farmhouse was built by Voortrekkers and, during the Anglo-Boer war, it served as a pony post. The hilly, wooded terrain is steeped in history, having been occupied by humans for 300000 years. The ruined kraal of the legendary witchdoctor Mathlalo may still be seen, the remains of his sacrificial altar almost hidden by the roots of a giant fig tree.  Nurtured, they say, by the blood of his human offerings.

Ukuthula (to be quiet in Zulu) Bush Camp is on a bank below the hills just above the gorge.  Guinea Cottage, a thatched rondavel, and Gran’s House, both of which are self-catering, are close to the homestead. All accommodation is fully equipped with bedding, cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, etc. All you need to bring are towels and your food and drink. 

Ukuthula Bushcamp sleeps 8-16. Guinea Cottage sleeps 2-4. Gran’s House sleeps 6-10. Maid accommodation is available. A torch will be useful and perhaps a sleeping bag for cooler weather. Do not forget comfortable shoes, a hat, sunblock and a bathing suit. Activities include horse riding, hiking, swimming, fishing in the river or dam, tubing, canoeing and birding.  Every season has its particular charms but the fiery glory of the aloes in August is noteworthy.

Ukuthula is off the R74 north of Winterton, which is on the R600 southwest of Ladysmith, which is at the intersection of the N3 with the N11. Travel north on the R74 through Winterton and take the first right after the bridge at the sign to Spioenkop (the R600). Ignore the barrier and the residents only sign and travel for 2-km. Take the first right (sign to Spioenkop) and travel a further 14-km to the end of the road. Follow the drive to the farmhouse. BKUkuthula

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