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At the foot of the Ingeli mountain range, in southern KwaZulu Natal, surrounded by beautiful indigenous forests, lies Ingeli Forest Lodge – a wonderful retreat at which one can unwind from the stresses and strains of modern life in surroundings that are comfortable and designed to help you make the most of your country holiday.
Located between the towns of Kokstad and Harding, it is a family-friendly venue that offers guests a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area; whether doing so on foot, mountain bike or on a day-trip by car. Approximately 2.5 hours by car from the coastal city of Durban, the lodge is ideal for both romantic getaways, family holidays and small business breaks.
Accommodation is offered in a diverse range of country-style rooms, all of which take advantage of the beautiful garden and forest views set against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains.
- En-suite bathrooms
- Flat screen TV
- Tea/Coffee stations
- Covered parking
- Electric blankets.
Wining and Dining
The lodge's restaurant has an impressive a la carte menu served over weekends and also offers traditional pub meals. The Lodge Café is a great place for tea and cake, while the well-stocked Forresters’ Bar has a wide selection of drinks to be enjoyed on the outdoors deck or around the fire.
Facilities and Services
A variety of conference venues at this Hotel can accommodate both formal meetings and special events, making this also a unique wedding destination for news couples. In addition, this Hotel also includes many leisure facilities such as; a swimming pool, tennis courts, board games and hiking / mountain biking trails.
Facilities and Services include:
- In-house restaurant
- Entertainment such as various board games; darts and a pool table
- Outdoor tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Dstv in TV lounge and library
- Open fireplaces in communal lounge
- Ingeli Café coffee shop and Forresters’ Pub
- Conference venue including team building activities.
- Wedding venue (chapel), including access to an experienced planning team.
- Ample, safe parking
- Business center with fax and photocopying
- Cots for babies
Conferences at this Lodge are very well catered for with the prerequisite services available and a choice of 4 different venues ranging in size to choose from, as well as a private banquet venue. There is also an experienced planning team who can arrange team building activities for the event, if required.
Besides the leisure facilities at the Lodge itself, interesting day trips can be enjoyed during a stay here including the beach that is located on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. These include:
- South Coast Beaches
- South Coast Mall
- Kokstad Town
- Nelson Mandela Museum (Mthatha)
- Sani Pass
- Oribi Gorge Adventure Center (wild swing, wild slide, abseiling, white water rafting).
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- Beverage Maker in Room
- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Satellite TV
- Tea and coffee making facilities
This Lodge has an onsite restaurant that offers a delicious range of meals – notably the a la carte menu over weekends with an incredible carvery serving the finest meats of the region. Traditional pub meals are also available. The Ingeli Café boasts amazing views and is a wonderful place to enjoy rich coffees, a selection of teas and sample the delectable chocolate cake. The Forresters’ Pub has a handsome selection of malts, spirits and wines to choose from and enjoy either around the fire, on the Deck or in the Garden Courtyard.
The four star Ingeli Forest Lodge near Kokstad in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natals province, has a lovely communal swimming pool in which to refresh during the summer heat and spend time soaking up the sun between activities and meals.
The Ingeli Forest Lodge offers guests access to its Tennis Court which can be booked for a challenging match.
There are a number of excellent biking trails in the area, ranging in levels of difficulty and traversing beautiful mountain and forest terrains that start at the lodge.
Hiking and running trails
Enjoy trails of varying lengths that traverse bush, forest and mountains that loop out from the lodge.
Darts, pool table and board games
For the less-athletic, or those just wanting a break from serious physical exertion, there are a selection of games to choose from, including darts and pool.
With the diverse surrounding habitats, there are good birding opportunities to be had in and around Ingeli Forest Lodge.
- Horse Riding
- Oribi Gorg
There are a choice of four different conference venues catering for up to 100 resident delegates or 250 day delegates. You will be assisted in choosing the venue that is best suited to your conferencing/events needs. Full conference equipment is available, including data-projector, fax, internet and email facilities. Additionally, conference banqueting and catering is provided for.
- includes two breakaway lounges
- 35 delegates in u-shape
- 50 in classroom style
- 70 in cinema style
- 140 in banquet style (with round tables).
- 80 delegates in u-shape
- 200 in classroom style
- 250 in cinema style
- 180 in banqueting style.
- 20 delegates in u-shape
- 50 in banqueting style.
- 40 delegates in u-style
- 60 in classroom style
- 180 in cinema style.
- for banqueting only
- 160 guests on Deck only
- 200-220 on Deck and Restaurant.
- Barbeque & braai area
- Boardroom Facilities
- Business Centre
- Cocktail Bar
- Coffee Shop
- Conference venue
- DVD Library
- Games Room
- Garden Terrace
- Hiking trails
- Jogging trail
- Nearby golf course
- Outdoor patio
- Pool table
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis court
- Wheelchair accessible rooms
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Free wireless Internet in the main reception area and bar and lounge areas
- Housekeeping service
- Internet connection
- Laundry services
- Secure parking
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- Wake-up call
Ingeli Forest Lodge is family-friendly with cots available for babies and toddlers.
The Ingeli Forest Lodge, close to Kokstad offers comfortable accommodation that takes advantage of the natural surroundings. The room have en-suite bathrooms, satellite television, tea/coffee stations and heaters and electric blankets for chilly evenings.
- either twin or twin double beds.
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Directions from Durban to the Ingeli Forest Lodge (2h25 drive):
Travel South on the N2 towards Port Shepstone.
At Oribi Plaza take the Kokstad, N2 off ramp.
Turn right at first traffic light and follow N2 road to Kokstad.
Drive past Harding, at the T-junction (about 20km from Harding) turn left.
From the T-junction, Ingeli is about 7km and will be on your left hand side.
Directions from Pietermaritzburg to the Ingeli Forest Lodge (2h drive):
Take the R56 towards Richmond.
Drive past Richmond, Ixopo and Umzimkhulu.
Carry on towards Kokstad.
You will reach an intersection (R56 meeting N2) where you will carry on straight.
Ingeli is about 7km from here and will be on your left hand side.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.
The Ingeli Forest Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, was awarded 3 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
- Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)