All cottages are on a septic tank system, please do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. NO nappies, sanitary items, wet wipes, dental floss, etc.
- Our water is from a natural spring and is perfectly drinkable.
- We are currently experiencing a drought in the region and ask that you be responsible with your water use and report any water leaks as soon as possible.
- The chalets are not enclosed with fences
- Each chalet is fully self catering, the kitchen is stocked with all cutlery and crockery, a gas stove and oven, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, pots and pans etc. We also supply two towels per guest (one hand towel and one bath towel), all bed linen and extra blankets in case it’s cold.
- Each chalet has a bathroom and a lounge with indoor fireplace except the Apartment, 3 and 4 bedroom chalets. They each have 2 bathrooms. The apartment has a gas fireplace.
- There is an oil heater in each bedroom. Please switch these off during the day when not in use.
- Each chalet has its own private garden and braai area and parking space for your vehicles.
- We supply free firewood but recommend you bring charcoal to braai with as the wood burns quickly.
- Check in is at 14h00.
- Check out is at 11h00.
- Chalets are not serviced daily. Should you require a chalet service, the 1 and 2 bedroom chalets are R50 per service while the larger chalets are R100 per service.
- Service includes washing dishes, making beds, cleaning braai area and your fire place as well as restocking your wood. Cleaning floors is not included in the service.
- Please do not remove any bedding or blankets from the chalets for use on the grass. Please ask at Reception for a picnic blanket.
- Please note that the roads to Greystone Lodge are not suitable for low clearance vehicles, standard cars will manage the roads.
- Please check with us during rainy season as the roads could get muddy. Don’t fret though as we have 4×4’s and tractors to pull you out of the mud 🙂
- Please also note that Belfast and/or Dullstroom are the closest towns with shops to guy groceries, so please purchase last minute essentials before coming to the lodge as it is a long drive back to town. We are 22km from both towns, 13km on a gravel road.
- Please see our Contact Us tab for various directions to Greystone Lodge.
Tuition and practice are available at Greystone Lodge, with all equipment and safety items supplied for all ages. Cost to hire is R200 per bow. (we have kiddies archery also)
GOLF & DRIVING RANGE
We have a golf driving range at Greystone Lodge which is available for guest use during daylight hours. Clubs can be hired from reception at R150 per set, or you may bring your own. Buckets of golf balls are also available at R50/bucket.
The beautiful Highland Gate Golf Estate (designed by Ernie Els) is close-by and a definite must for guests if you are an avid golfer. Please ask us to book a 4-ball for you as Guests of Greystone Lodge get special discounted rates. There is also a golf course in Belfast if Highland Gate is fully booked.
- Dullstroom often sees four seasons in one day, regardless of the time of year.
- Evenings are cool to cold all year round with a mountain breeze blowing through – it is always advisable to bring something warm to wear.
- We are in an area that experiences lightning all year round, please do not fish if you hear thunder or see lightning in the vicinity.
- Should the electricity go off during a storm, please use your paraffin lamp or the emergency light provided in the chalet. Usually power is restored within 4 hours.
- Summer is our most erratic time of year weather wise, we can go from extreme heat, to heavy rain to cold mist over a period of hours. Bring a light rain coat or umbrella as well a something warm to wear. Don’t forget to pack your swimming costume in case you want to take a dip in the dam.
- Winter offers mild days and cold nights. July – September are our windy months, August being the worst making fishing very challenging.
- Spring & Autumn are our most temperate seasons, but it is still advisable to pack for all seasons.
ACTIVITIES AT GREYSTONE
- Forest walks – leave only footprints.
- Archery – R200 per bow per 2 hours (we have a smaller bow for kiddies archery). Children must be supervised by an adult.
- Golf Driving Range – R50 per bucket, R150 for club hire.
- Horse Riding inside Dullstroom – http://dullstroomonhorseback.co.za/ or just outside Dullstroom – www.dullstroomhorseriding.co.za.
- Board Games available at Reception.
- Full DStv in the Bar and Function Room for sports etc. Please note that Chalet 8 and 9 DO NOT have TV’s. All other chalets have TV’s with Corporate Package DStv (no 201).
- Fly-fishing – R50 fishing permit per person per day (use your own fly-fishing equipment with barbless hooks).
- Fly-fishing rod hire – R150 per person per day includes fishing permit.
- We work on a catch and release system but if you want to keep the fish it’s R100 per kg ungutted. We do not have a gutting service.
- Fly-fishing tuition available at Mavungana in Dullstroom – 013 254 0270 – https://www.flyfishing.co.za/contact-us/. Book in advance please.
You are welcome to bring your own mountain bikes along. We do not allow quad bikes or off road motorbikes to be ridden around the lodge.
INSECTS & WILDLIFE
- Being situated in the countryside the environment is completely natural and therefore animal and insect life is to be expected, the type of creature and their activity is very dependent on the time of year and weather conditions.
- We have bats in the area, these are small bats who eat mosquitoes and other small insects, they are harmless but one will occasionally fly into a cottage, particularly if doors are left open at night with lights on inside.
- Insects and moths hatch mainly in summer when there is high rainfall and heat, the number of hot days determines the number of “goggo’s” that hatch.
- Most insects, moths in particular are attracted to light so it is not advisable to leave the windows and doors of the cottage open at night if there are many lights on.
- The grasslands are an ideal environment for a variety of field mice and shrews, occasionally one braves its way into a cottage through an open door, they are not harmful. Another creature endemic to the grassland and bush of South Africa is the infamous “bush roach”, this insect looks like a “normal cockroach” but has longer wings. These insects, though ugly, are not the same as the “city roaches” and are not indicative of dirt. They tend to occur in small numbers during the high wet heat of mid summer.
- There is a variety of frogs in the area and you will enjoy their song on summer nights, do not be overly alarmed, however, if your dog gets hold of one and starts retching and foaming at the mouth, this is a natural reaction to the slime that covers the frog and as far as we know none of them are poisonous and the effect shouldn’t last more that a few hours at the most, just ensure that your dog has lots of water to drink.
- The grassland is also home to snakes and scorpions, though they are rarely seen. Please watch where you put your feet when hiking and be careful when lifting or moving any rocks. The venomous snakes that occur in our area are puff adder and rinkhals.
WALKS AND TRAILS
At the highest part of the Property at 2000 meters is Maraiskop – one of several natural outcroppings of rock and site of one of the last major battles in the Anglo/Boer war. Views from this area are outstanding and the rock valleys below it offer many natural picnic sites and walking trails. Owners of 4×4 vehicles and mountain bikes are welcome to explore the many trails on the property. Mountain bikes are also available for hire from the Lodge. We are pet-friendly, but to avoid disturbance to other guests dogs must be on a lead near the chalets. Please do not leave your pet unattended in your chalet as to not disturb your neighbour.
GAME AND BIRD VIEWING
On the 183 hectares of our Private Nature Reserve you will see a considerable amount of game and birdlife. Large herds of Blesbok roam the property, together with Duiker, Springbok, Oribi and Steenbok. Smaller game includes the fascinating Meercat, Serval, Aardvark, Porcupine, Guinea Fowl and Francolin. The trout dam and the wetlands beside it are home to a very wide variety of birds and small mammals. Blue crane and Secretary birds are frequent visitors.
- Vodacom – Fair for calls and data but has moments when the signal fluctuates. We use Vodacom at the lodge.
- MTN – Very weak.
- Cell C – Very weak.
Our spring-fed dam is always well-stocked with Trout and guests are welcome to try their hand on either a catch and release or, if they prefer, a catch and eat basis! Fly-fishing tuition is also available but booking a day in advance is essential. We have rods and other equipment for hire. Please use barb-less hooks for catch & release.
- Fly-fishing – R50 fishing permit per person per day (use your own fly-fishing equipment).
- Fly-fishing rod hire – R125 per person per day includes fishing permit.
- We work on a catch and release system but if you want to keep the fish it’s R100 per kg ungutted.
- Fly-fishing tuition – R150 per 1 hour session
DAY TRIPS / TOURS
Greystone Lodge is well situated for tours around Mpumalanga and is about 21km between Belfast and Dullstroom.
Beer Tasting and a Brewery Tour is available at Anvil Ale House & Brewery or Whisky Tasting is available at Wild about Whisky in Dullstroom. We are happy to arrange visits for you.