ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
We’re a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the spectacular Sani Pass, a notorious stretch of South African / Lesotho mountain pass road. Confront it if you’re bold and brave. It’s recommended that you tackle it in a 4x4. A trip up Sani Pass will take you to the highest pub in Southern Africa. If you don’t drive a 4x4, we’ll arrange your Sani Pass adventure for you.
For those who love to fish, we're proud to say that our area offers more fly-fishing opportunities than anywhere else in South Africa. Bentwood Inn’s proximity to Ukahlamba Drakensberg Park, a hiker’s paradise, makes it an ideal base for day walks and hikes. Savour the pristine air and rivers.
Picturesque and challenging golf courses ensure that those who love a drive and a putt won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your golf in the mountains. Sporting activities like tennis, squash and bowls are well-catered for in the Underberg area and visitors enjoy attending local events like our agricultural shows, polo matches, fairs and fetes which attract scores of visitors.
Horse riding is a favourite activity for both novice and experienced riders. We can arrange your rides on the sure-footed Basotho horses through the mountains. At nearby Bulwer, paragliders can experience the ultimate high when they take off from the village’s renowned mountain and soar into the blue skies for an eagle’s eye view of our lovely countryside. Micro-lighting is also catered for in the area.
Go on a guided tour and discover the lost world of the Bushmen who once roamed these ancient mountains. The San Rock Art in the area is legendary. Guests can go mountain biking and in summer, the rivers provide tubing and canoeing for the more adventurous. Quad-biking is also popular in the area.
When the snow arrives, our mountains and fields, trees and hedges are cloaked in a mantle of white. This is when snow-lovers head for the hills to build snowmen, romp in the snow or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular vistas which winter creates.
We live in what is described as a bird-watcher’s paradise. The Underberg area is home to a huge variety of our feathered friends and many of them visit the seed trays and bird baths in the garden at Bentwood Inn.
Lilac-Breasted Roller Cottage The main guest cottage is a charming split-level unit comprising an upstairs bedroom with queen-size bed, bathroom, lounge/dining area with double sleeper couch, TV and a small kitchen complete with microwave oven and fridge. Relax on the patio overlooking the tranquil garden and spot a bird or two. Braai facilities are available. Giant Kingfisher Cottage This pretty cottage consists of a double bedroom with queen-size bed, TV, shower, toilet and small kitchenette with fridge and microwave oven. A table and chairs on the small patio provide an opportunity for you to put your feet up and enjoy the garden. Braai facilities are available. Crested Barbet Cottage A cozy Bentwood Inn cottage comprising a comfortable double bedroom with twin beds, TV and a shower and toilet. Tea and coffee-making facilities are provided. Table and chairs under the trees allow you to relax in the garden. Braai facilities are available. Our dining-room is in the main house and this is where you’ll enjoy a hearty country-style breakfast. It’s tastefully decorated and looks out over our picturesque garden. Dinners are available on request and we will willingly prepare a picnic lunch for you to take on your daily outings.
Breakfast & DiningOur dining room is in the main house and this is where you’ll enjoy a hearty country-style breakfast. It’s tastefully decorated and looks out over our picturesque garden. Dinners are available on request and we will willingly prepare a picnic lunch for you to take on your daily outings. We cater for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements.
DirectionsDIRECTIONS Coming from Bulwer, take the turn-off to Old Main Road in Underberg which is a kilometre (plus/minus) after Pucketty Farm. Look for our brown–and-white sign on your left. Right turn off the R617 into Old Main Road which will take you past the Underberg School (on the left) and the Congregational Church (on the right). Please watch out for two very big speed bumps. Drive along until you reach a junction and at the D8 sign turn right into Woodford Road. We’re No 5 just around the corner. If you’re coming from the KZN South Coast via Kokstad and Swartberg, you drive into Underberg. Carry on along the main road until you reach Underberg Meat Supply. Just after this you’ll see our brown-and-white sign. Turn left here into Old Main Road (watch out for a huge speed bump). Drive along Old Main Road until you reach the D8 sign. Turn left here into Woodford Road. We’re just around the corner at No 5.