Highly Recommended Self-Catering Cottages/Chalets
Your own piece of paradise
Amidst the exquisite high country of Haenertsburg / Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo Province, land of mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests, stands the elegant Stanford Lake Lodge, a tribute to those seeking the ultimate in idyllic privacy...
We offer self-catering single- and double-storey log cabins overlooking the 17-hectare Stanford Lake whose waterfall feeds the spectacular Ebenezer Dam. There is also three semi-detached self catering cottages only a stone’s throw from the indigenous forest. Stanford Lake Lodge is less than a three-hour drive from Pretoria.
Overlooking and just 50m from Stanford Lake, which feeds the Ebenezer Dam via a waterfall here on our farm. Trout and Bass fly-fishing available and our bird life is fantastic – Fish Eagles are the norm! The farm boasts a bird list of over 90 birds! Take a 2.4km walk through our indigenous forest – it is nothing but spectacular – nature at its best! Or get on your mountain bike for a 9km ride along a lake, dams, and indigenous forest! By choice, no TV in the cabins - there are places close by (pubs and restaurants) with TV screens for sports enthusiasts, etc...
Double Storey Cabin
3 bedrooms, 2 upstairs with a double bed and a single bed in each and a room downstairs that has 2 single beds. There are two bathrooms, one on each level. Open plan living area consisting of lounge, dining and fully equipped kitchenette with a stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, etc..Towels and linen provided. The fireplace inside is for those chilly nights here on the mountain. Weber Braai for braaing on the deck which overlooks our 17hectare dam also known as Stanford Lake.
Single Storey Cabin
3 bedrooms, 2 with a King bed in each and one with 2 single beds. One big bathroom with a shower. Spacious open plan living area consisting of a lounge, dining and a fully equipped kitchenette with stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, etc. Towels and linen provided. The fireplace inside is for those chilly nights here on the mountain. Weber Braai for braaing on the deck which overlooks our 17hectare dam also known as Stanford Lake.
You can take a 2.4km walk through our indigenous forest, which is situated 30m away from the cottages – it is nothing but spectacular – nature at its best! Our bird life is fantastic – Fish Eagles are the norm! The farm boasts a bird list of over 90 birds! Or get on your mountain bike for a 9km ride along a lake, dams, and indigenous forest! 50m away from the Growth Centre - this is available to guests! 500m away from our 17hectare dam also known as Stanford Lake which feeds the Ebenezer Dam via a waterfall here on our farm. Trout and Bass fly-fishing available. By choice, no TV in cabin - there are places close by (pubs and restaurants) with TV screens for sports enthusiasts, etc.
One Bedroom Cottage
This semi-detached one bedroom cottage has a double bed and a bathroom with a shower. This Cottage has an open plan living area consisting of a lounge and dining room. The separate kitchenette is fully equipped with a stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, etc..Towels & linen are provided. The fireplace inside is for those chilly nights here on the mountain. Use the built in Braai on the covered stoep and listen to the birds in the indigenous forest only a stone throws away!
Two Bedroom Cottage
This semi-detached two bedroom cottage has two single beds in each bedroom and both have on suite bathrooms with showers. The open plan living area consists of a lounge, dining room and a fully equipped kitchenette with a stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, etc..Towels & linen are provided. The fireplace inside is for those chilly nights here on the mountain. Use the Weber Braai on the covered stoep and listen to the birds in the indigenous forest only a stone throws away!
Three Bedroom Cottage
There are three bedrooms; 2 with queen beds in each and one with 2 single beds. The open plan living area consists of a lounge and dining room. The separate kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, etc..The Fireplace inside is for those chilly nights here on the mountain. Weber Braai outside on the enclosed Stoep, which overlooks our 17hectare dam also known as Stanford Lake with the majestic Volkberg Mountains in the background. You can also listen to the birds in the indigenous forest only a stone throws away!
Many soothing therapies are offered - after chatting a little, design an hour of different treatments to suit your needs. Also on Stanford Farm, just up the road from the cabins, Colleen Ballenden offers foot massages and more at The Growth Centre.
The indigenous forest and well placed bird baths host a fantastic variety of birds, like the 'royal ' knysna lourie, the elusive narina trogon and the majestic fish eagle. Birds seen at Stanford Lake Lodge include:
The area with bracken
Some of the birds that you will see in the area with the ferns and low bushes that is found on the slopes that border Stanford Lake are the following birds: Tawny-flanked Prinia, Drakensberg Prinia, , Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Barrat’s Warbler , Cape White-eye, Dark-Capped Bulbul, Sombre Greenbul, Cape Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Cape Grassbird, Red-collared widow, Swee waxbill, Common waxbill, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Greater double-collared sunbird, Lesser double-collared sunbird, Amethyst sunbird, Fiscal Shrike, Southern Boubou, Lazy Cisticola, Neddicky, Stonechat, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Hadeda Ibis, Long-crested Eagle, Steppe buzzard, Forest buzzard, Cuckoo hawk, Black-shouldered kite, Crested Francolin, Helmeted Guinea Fowl
The area with reed and water
In the reed borders of the lake, and the lake itself the following birds could be found (depending on season as well):Thick-billed weaver, Little rush warbler, Great reed-warbler, Lesser swamp warbler, African reed warbler, Marsh warbler, Cape wagtail, African Pied wagtail. Mountain wagtail, White-breasted cormorant, Reed cormorant, Finfoot, Red -breasted flufftail, Buff-spotted flufftail, African Black duck, Yellow-billed duck, White-backed duck, Egyptian Goose, Giant kingfisher, Pied kingfisher, Little Egret, Green-backed heron, Grey heron, Black-headed heron, Moorhen, African Jacana, Knob-billed coot, Little Grebe, Sacred Ibis , Fish Eagle, Osprey
The indigenous forest
The forest is one of the most interesting areas and has the specials. Some work to know birdcalls is helpful. In different seasons the following might be seen:Black-fronted bush-shrike, Grey-headed bush-shrike, Olive bush-shrike, Orange-breasted bush-shrike, Black-backed puffback, Green twinspot, Black-headed oriole, Orange ground thrush, Olive thrush, Kurrichane thrush, Narina Trogon, Cape Parrot, Square-tailed drongo, Olive woodpecker, Olive pigeon, Grey Cuckooshrike, Chorister Robin, Cape Robin, Brown scrub-robin, White-starred robin, Black sparrowhawk, Little sparrowhawk, African Goshawk, Crowned Eagle, Emerald cuckoo, Red-breasted cuckoo, Forest canary, Cape Canary, Knysna Turaco, Yellow-throated woodland warbler, Bar-throated apalis, African dusky flycatcher, Spotted flycatcher, Blue-mantled crested flycatcher, Paradise flycatcher, Cape Batis
Right at your doorstep, the 17 hectare Stanford Lake, whose waterfall feeds the spectacular Ebenezer Dam, has trout and bass to test your fly fishing skills. The Haenertsburg Trout Association sells permits to two other fishing venues on the mountain and if you need any buy or rent equipment the local Fishing shop in Haenertsburg village will see to you needs.
Stanford Lake/ Ebenezer Dam – Blue Route
This 5.3km route is suitable for families with young children. It follows the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam on well used roads and is fairly flat with two uphill sections of about 150m towards the end of the route. It can be extended by 3km by following the road along Ebenezer dam further and returning the same way. It can be accessed from Stanford Lake Lodge.
Cheerio/Sequoia – Orange Route
This 5km route is suitable for families. It passes through the pine plantations, avo orchards and the beautiful gardens of Cheerio and Sequoia along grass paths and roads. The climb to the top of the hill is made worth the effort by the spectacular views of the Wolkberg and Cheerio Valley. It can be accessed from Cheerio Trout Lodge, Sequoia and Cheerio Gardens.
Cheerio/ Sequoia/Bramasole/ Stanford Lake College - Green Route
This 25km route is suitable for experienced riders and weekend warriors who want to test their strength and stamina. It follows roads through plantations, gardens and natural forest, passed secluded dams and babbling streams. The climbs are steep and long but the views from the top over the Ebenezer dam towards the Wolkberg make it all worthwhile. It can be accessed from Cheerio Gardens, Cheerio Trout Lodge, Sequoia, Bramasole and Zwakala.
Magoebaskloof Adventures – Black Route
This 10km route is for very experienced mountain bikers. 5km of single track hug the contours of the Letaba Gorge through riverine forest. A steep climb gives spectacular views of Georges Valley before a steep descent back to the start. It can be accessed from Magoebaskloof Adventures.
Known as “the capital of the land of the Silver Mists”, this enchanting corner of the Limpopo Province forms a natural gateway both to and from the Kruger National Park. Birdlife in the area is prolific, with Knysna and Purple Crested Loeries, several species of eagles and the very rare black fronted bush shrike. Over 187 species of birds have been identified on the mountain.
Plant life enthusiasts will be overwhelmed at the diversity of plant life. Some of South Africa’s most beautiful indigenous forests and grasslands occur here. The best known trees are yellow-woods, stinkwoods and cabbage trees. An exotic tree, the blue-gum, is the tallest man-planted tree in the world. The forests and grasslands are home to an incredible variety of plants and ferns.
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|GPS Co-ordinates for Stanford Lake Lodge : -23.941891, 29.93965|