Important Info


The Chalets are fully catered with linen, bath towels (one per person so bring along more should you require), kitchen crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and glasses. All you will need to bring is your food, clothes, and personal toiletries. One bag of charcoal and fire lighters is provided during your stay and daily cleaning service.

All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with a bath and a shower. Unfortunately, there are no amenities supplied, however, there is hand soap for the basin. Being a self-catering chalet, guests are required to bring their own toiletries and extra towels.

Guests staying in our self-catering chalets are most welcome to make use of the Skye Restaurant and Fordoun Spa, however, bookings need to be made in advance to avoid any disappointment.

Breakfast is served from 07:00-10:30, Lunch from 12:00-15:30 and Dinner from 18:00-21:00.

Our dress code for dinner is smart casual and we request that no shorts and sandals are worn.

Check in / Check out times: Check in 14h00 and check out 11h00



Take the N3 Highway south from Johannesburg heading towards Durban.
Approximately 15km after the Mooi River Plaza toll gate take the Nottingham Road off-ramp.
At the stop street turn right heading towards Nottingham Road for about 3km and we are on the right hand side.
At the entrance to the driveway you will see a large sign on the wall reading: “Fordoun Hotel / Spa / Restaurant”.
Follow the driveway for 400 metres to the hotel reception.

(Travelling time approx 4 hours)


Take N3 from Durban heading towards Johannesburg.
Take the Nottingham Road turn off, which is about 15km before Mooi River Toll Gate
At stop turn right and head towards Nottingham Road for about 3km and we are on the right hand side.
At the entrance to the driveway you will see a large sign on the wall reading: “Fordoun Hotel / Spa / Restaurant”.
Follow driveway for 400 metres to hotel reception.

(Travelling time is about 1 hr 30 min)


Durban to Nottingham Road 130km
Pietermaritzburg to Nottingham Road 60km
Harrismith and Nottingham Road 170km
Hluhluwe to Nottingham Road 320km
Howick to Nottingham Road 31km
Johannesburg to Nottingham Road 480km
Ladysmith to Nottingham Road 103km


The altitude of the uKahlamba-Drakensberg (11 000 feet) and Midlands region keeps summer moderate, with temperatures rarely reaching 30 degrees celsius.

Summer (December to February), the rainy season, is characterised by daily thundershowers. As a result the area takes on a healthy green hue – “green are the hills of KwaZulu-Natal”,

Winter days are warm – usually about 19 degrees celsius while the night temperatures can plummet to below zero. Snow regularly illuminates the peaks of the uKahlamba-Drakensberg.

Autumn, some say is the best time to visit. This is when the rainfall drops and the lush green mountain slopes change to golden blonde.

Spring is a time of abundance. Showers are the precursor to summer rains. Buds burst into blossoms – the area is alive with activity.

Average temperatures:

Summer 15-28 degrees Celsius
Autumn 11-24 degrees Celsius
Winter 0-19 degrees Celsius
Spring 11-24 degrees Celsius


We would like your Fordoun experience with us to be as comfortable and memorable as possible. We have put compiled a little checklist that will assist you with your packing.

We look forward to welcoming you for a memorable stay.

  • Fordoun is a malaria free area.
  • When visiting the area in summer, it is imperative to have a hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring out the woolies in winter – but not too many because the days are glorious.
  • This is a farming community so dress is casual – we, however, ask that you add smart to casual for meals.
  • A light weight raincoat is suggested.
  • A good pair of trainers or hiking shoes for our trails and surrounding walks.
  • Costume / swimsuit for outdoor, indoor (heated pool) and floatation tank.
  • Fordoun does have some mountain bikes on site; but if you prefer to bring your own bike please do.
  • Fordoun offers two dams stocked with trout, we do have rods onsite for hire. Should you prefer to bring your own rods, please do.
  • Camera, charger, spare memory cards, cell phone charger and binoculars.
  • A sufficient supply of prescription medication – there is a pharmacy in nearby Gowrie Village in Nottingham Road
  • Each room is equipped with basic amenities and hairdryers.
  • Tennis racquets