Penwarn Country Lodge is a country retreat just outside Underberg in the foothills of Southern Drakensberg of South Africa, that is part of the Ukhahlamba World Heritage site.

Penwarn lies in a beautiful valley traversed by two rivers and forms part of our Waterford Farm operations to which guests also have access. There is much to be seen and enjoyed, be it on Penwarn or on Waterford.

The Penwarn/Waterford Estate is a 3000 hectare spread bordering the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site. A variety of game including zebra, wildebeest and other antelope roam free across the hillsides and plains, while the blue heights of the Drakensberg rise up to the west.

Waterford Farm Social_FB is home the to the largest single dairy farm in KZN milking between 1700 and 1900 cows at any one time. It also comprises an unusual and large horse business that breeds and trains a variety of horse breeds.

The farmyard is home to variety of typical farmyard animals including Chickens, Geese, Turkeys, Peacocks, Ostriches, rabbits and ducks.

The horse enterprise consists of breeding herds of Shire, Clydesdales, Percherons, Shire cross Thoroughbreds, American Quarter horses, Arabian horses, Paint horses and our own herds of dun coloured horses and ponies.

“The video we made of Penwarn is a gift for the excellent hospitality we enjoyed. It is really a lovely place.”

  • “We absolutely fell in love with Penwarn! Thanks so much For everything!

    To all at Penwarn for your kindness, hospitality, Wonderful food and companionship!
    We will most certainly be back.”

    Gavin & Kim – Jhb
  • Ek wil net baie dankie se vir jul gasvryheid vir die 2 yskoue daggies daar by julle. Dit is verseker 2 dae wat ons nie vinnig sal vergeet nie.
    Ons het vreeslik lekker gebly en ook die vreeslike mooi uitsig van die plaas geniet.
    Ons sal verseker weer kom kuier en hopelik vir n paar dae langer.

    Antoinette & Chris Pretorius
  • Thank you very much for arranging lunch for us on Sunday.
    We had the BEST Giant Burgers EVER!!
    We thoroughly enjoyed the time spent over lunch at Penwarn.

  • “Rough road to piece of heaven”

    Beautiful place with excellent walks and birding. Vulture restaurant interesting extra! Bowman the chef and his ladies went the extra mile. A place where you can really relax and chill out. Management very helpful. We will definitely return. Mtini self catering lodge looked and excellent option.

    Jonothan – East London
  • We had a great stay at Penwarn Country Lodge (The Log Cabin). It was so relaxing up on the hill with beautiful views and no one around. Lots of time to do nothing at all and just enjoy the quiet. The Log Cabin might not be every city slickers taste – we loved it though not having electricity (there is solar energy available for the fridge and a light if you really must) and only using the lamps and fire place to light the cabin. I would definitely suggest going on horseback around the lodge. All the staff are very friendly and attentive and happy to make suggestions/recommendations. We enjoyed our stay at Penwarn very much and definitely recommend it to those who enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

    Paul – SA
  • Best place ever, we love Penwarn.

    Robert, Lizelle, Bronwen & Emile
  • Back again, wonder why? Very relaxing and lovely to see the snow!

    Shuttlworth – Hillcrest
  • “God’s country”

    Quite the most magical place to stay with excellent accommodation, friendly and knowledgeable staff and what must be one of the finest horse studs in South Africa. The setting of majestic vies of the Drakensberg combined with a wonderful showing of some of the finest horses and wild game makes this a must for serious travellers in Kwazulu Natal.

    John – Cirencester, United Kingdom


Thank you to Wade Howard for taking awesome photographs

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