About Stanford Lake Lodge
Your own piece of paradise, self-catering Single and Double Storey Log Cabins overlooking the 17-hectare Stanford Lake, whose waterfall feeds the spectacular Ebenezer Dam. There are also three semi-detached, self-catering Cottages only a stone’s throw from the indigenous forest. Located in Haenertsburg, Limpopo, it's the perfect getaway for those seeking nature at its best. Stanford Lake Lodge is less than a three-hour drive from Pretoria.
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. Stanford Lake Lodge is situated on a 127 hectare farm with surrounding areas neighbouring the Ebeneezer Dam, providing an abundant area of vast exciting trails of exploration for any avid mountain biker or hiker.
Thee Capricorn-Letaba Birding Route stretches from Polokwane in the west to the Great Letaba River beyond the Letsitele valley in the east. An interesting geographical feature of this route is its varying altitude. The extreme variations in altitude result in a great range of vegetation types within a relatively small area. It is within these diverse habitats that over 500 bird species are to be found. The open thornveld habitat of the Polokwane plateau supports a great variety of both bushveld and Kalahari-type birds. The afro-montane forests of Woodbush and Magoebaskloof offer amongst the best forest birding in the country with specials like brown scrub-robin, black-fronted bush shrike, barratt’s warbler, yellow-streaked greenbul and orange ground thrush. While the eastern lower slopes and valleys of Magoebaskloof provide reliable sites for the elusive bat hawk and green twinspot.
Stanford Farm boasts a bird list of over 67 birds – you will find these birds in three areas. Firstly, in the ferns and low bushes that are found on the slopes that border Stanford Lake. Secondly, in the reeds and water and thirdly, in the indigenous forest which is probably the most interesting of all the areas.
Also on Stanford Farm, just up the road from the cottages, Colleen Ballenden offers foot massages and more at The Growth Centre. Many soothing therapies are offered and after chatting a little, design an hour of different treatments to suit your needs.
There are varied accommodation units on Stanford Lake Farm. Upmarket log cabins affords visitors a beautiful wide view of Stanford Lake and three cottages offer budget accommodation. The Honeymoon cottage is a romantic getaway.
Equipped and decorated to the highest and most soothing standards, the first lodge is a self-catering double storey log cabin that has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and sleeps ten people. The room downstairs has 2 single beds and there is a double bed and three single beds in the first upstairs bedroom and the other has a double bed and one single bed. Such is its privacy, you can luxuriate in a bath looked upon only by a forest and an enormous sky. Centre-piece of the spacious open plan living area is a fitted log fire for those quiet, romantic evenings. A deck gives you a lake view and once sundowners are over, the built-in deck braai beckons.
The second lodge is a single storey log cabin that has three bedrooms, one bathroom and sleeps six people. It also has an open plan living area which includes a centre fireplace for those quiet, romantic evenings. There is a Weber braai that can be used on the amazing outside deck that leads out of the lounge and overlooks the spectacular Stanford Lake.
This cottage is ideal for a family and children's friends. The main bedroom of this cottage comes with a double bed, en-suite bathroom with bath, basin and toilet The loft room has four single beds. The unit has an additional bathroom with shower, basin and toilet, an open plan kitchen, dining area, lounge with fireplace. Braai facilities and a television set with DSTV are are included. The unit can house six guests and and the cottage has a sleeper couch for a seventh person at an extra cost of R200 per night.
4. Two bedroom cottage (front)
This semi-detached two bedroom cottage has two single beds in one bedroom and a double bed in the other. The bathroom has a toilet, basin and a shower. 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 Braai on the covered stoep and sit on the deck which overlooks our 17hectare dam also known as Stanford Lake with mountains in the background and listen to the birds in the indigenous forest right next to you!
There are four bedrooms; 3 with queen beds in each and one with 2 single beds. Two bathrooms with showers. The open plan living area consists of a lounge and dining room. There is also an enclosed stoep which overlooks the lake. 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. The Braai outside on the deck, which overlooks our 17 hectare dam also known as Stanford Lake with the majestic Wolkberg Mountains in the background.
This unique and intimate bungalow offers not only a romantic getaway but a break from the everyday hum drum. Beautifully positioned amongst the pines and overlooking Stanford Lake it is one of the jewels of the area. Well equipped with all you will need to make your getaway comfortable. it does not get better than this! Sleeps 2 persons - no third wheel here!
Fishing: 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
Birding: The forest in Stanford Lake Lodge is an amazing birding spot that I'd suggest to any birders novice or expert. The forest inside is amazing, filled with beautiful trees, flowers and an array of birds. In the space of two days I saw many rare and difficult to see birds including the Orange Ground Thrush, Narina Trogon, the Blue Mantled Crested Flycatcher, the White-Breasted and Grey Cuckooshrikes, the Square-Tailed Drongo, Black Fronted Bushshrike and lots of Knysna Turacos! The trails that you follow are beautiful and are placed in such a away that you are in the interior of the forest and are in a prime birding spot. One of these trails can be walked as an afternoon stroll or all of them as a whole day birding adventure! The trails are well maintained and allow for an easy walk through the forest. I would say that the Stanford Lake Lodge is a must stay for any keen birder and that you will be greatly rewarded with amazing sightings, I can guarantee that you will see at least one of the species that I have listed on a short walk through the forest... more information
Mountain Biking: There are various Mountain Biking routes suitable for all levels of riders. See here for more information.
Indigenous Forest Walks: Stanford Farm boasts some of the most beautiful indigenous forests in the area. Walks of varying lengths and difficulty is available.
In the area
Other places of interest, which are easily accessible, are the Ebenezer , Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen and Dap Naude dams, the Debengeni falls and the Woodbush and Agatha National forests. A visit to the Modjadjiskloof area, to the home of the Rain Queen, the cycad and tree fern forests.
Adventure activities are within easy distance from Cheerio at Magoebaskloof Adventures.
For golf enthusiasts, the Tzaneen and Polokwane Country Clubs are within an hours drive.
Take the N1 motorway from Johannesburg to Polokwane or the R71 from Tzaneeen to Polokwane (via Magoebaskloof NOT Georges Valley).
Approaching Polokwane on the N1, just after the Shell Ultra, the road separates into two and there is a sign (Tzaneen 600mts.) Slow down, as the turn is very sharp left onto the Tzaneen bypass.
Pass through two 4-way stops before reaching the R71 coming from Polokwane and turn right to head towards Tzaneen. Do not go directly across the road as you will end up in Modjadjiskloof (Duiwelskloof). If you miss the Tzaneen bypass, proceed directly to and through Polokwane and you will be directed to the R71 - Tzaneen. Proceed on the R71 for approximately 57kms.
After passing Zion Christian City and going up and down a winding mountain pass, you will come to the village of Haenertsburg
Just past the village is a signboard giving directions to Tzaneen. Make sure that you continue on the R71 (via Magoebaskloof). Do not turn right at the bridge (via Georges Valley). 4kms from Haenertsburg, turn right on to a sand road clearly marked Stanford Lake Lodge. From Tzaneen, the Stanford Lake turn off is 4 km from Magoebaskloof Hotel, about 100 meters from Stanford Lake College on the left.
Magoebaskloof Area Map