Oaklands Country Manor

Oaklands Country Manor

Oaklands Country Manor is located halfway between Johannesburg and Durban – an easy three-hour drive from either King Shaka International Aiport and OR Tambo, just 7 kilometres off of the N3 highway. A small, country hotel off the beaten track, we are a short drive from spectacular battlefields and an ideal stopover on the way to Fugitives Drift, Nambiti Game Reserve, and the Drakensberg.

We offer award-winning food and a multitude of activities – from mountain biking to birdwatching or simply sipping the country’s amazing wines and reading a great book.  Whatever your pleasure, we are here to create a home away from home for everyone – with kids, without and those looking for a romantic getaway.


The Tully Family

Oaklands Country Manor is owned and run by Caroline Bruce, together with her sisters Kathy Romer-Lee, Annie Barnard, and her brother Simon Tully.

This fun-loving family grew up in close-knit communities in Lesotho and then the eastern Free State, and trace their heritage back to Irish fortune-seekers who settled in the Northern Cape during the early diamond-mining days in the area. Between them, their hospitality, knowledge of the land, and care for the community are second to none.


Activities at Oaklands

Whether you would like to hike, ride, read, fish, paddle, birdwatch, play tennis, swim or just relax there is something for everyone at Oaklands.


We have well-schooled horses – so no matter your level of expertise you will be able to enjoy the ride. If you are wanting to do it for the first time, play a great game of polo or go for a wonderful out ride it is all available.


In the Area

Battlefield Tours

Several old battle sites surround Ladysmith, a 45-minute drive from Oaklands, namely Spioenkop, Wagon Hill, Colenso, Elandslaagte, Nicholson’s Nek, Thukela Heights, Gun Hill and Lombard’s Kop. The historical importance of these locations is marked by monuments, sculptures, gun emplacements, museums and military cemeteries. Registered local tour guides can accompany visitors to the old battlefields, and detailed maps and brochures are available from the Ladysmith Tourism Information Office.



Spioenkop is steeped in South African history and natural beauty. The battlefield is an easy 30 km drive from Oaklands, with Spieonkop Dam a further 10 km away. Discover how the brutal battle of Spioenkop unfolded during the First Boer War or, alternatively, spend a relaxing afternoon in the wilderness at Spioenkop Nature Reserve.

Sterkfontein Dam

Sterkfontein Dam is a vast expanse of crystal-clear water surrounded by lush plant life and rocky mountain slopes. Many hiking and walking trails guide visitors through this exquisite 18,000-hectare landscape, which boasts a rich diversity of vegetation and birdlife.

The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg is Southern Africa’s highest mountain range and one of the region’s most beautiful and fascinating geological features. A World Natural Heritage site, the Drakensberg boasts remarkably beautiful land formations, including snow-capped peaks, rolling grasslands, river valleys, plunging waterfalls and rocky gorges.


The Natal Midlands

The Natal Midlands is one of the province’s most remarkable and beautiful regions, prized for its rich natural splendour and charmingly rustic atmosphere. The landscape features rolling hills, lush forests, gentle rivers, tumbling waterfalls, mountain foothills and green farmlands – a perfect setting for a day of walking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or simply appreciating the great outdoors. The area boasts a number of pristine nature reserves where picnicking, trout fishing, watersports and birdwatching are popular pastimes.


Food at Oaklands

At Oaklands, we are blessed to have well-known chef Kathy Romer-Lee in the kitchen. With her expert team, Kathy will delight your palate with a memorable culinary experience, while you enjoy the splendid vistas and tranquil setting of your country retreat. We are also very passionate about farm to table – sourcing ingredients from local farms as well as from our own garden.



Accommodation at Oaklands Country Manor in the Central Drakensberg is stylish yet homely, reflecting the comfortable countryside lifestyle that the stunning location affords.

Each of the beautifully-appointed rooms at Oaklands offers guests a perfect sanctuary from which to experience the splendour of the Central Drakensberg. Exquisite views of the Oaklands gardens, polo fields and surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from the Bruce and Clifton Rooms, while the Garden Suites offer a more private and secluded setting. Oaklands can accommodate up to 34 people at any time and all guests receive complimentary breakfast.


Bruce Rooms

The Bruce Suites accommodate two guests per suite, with king-size or twin-bed options. All these suites have lovely private verandahs, fireplaces and bathrooms with a bath and shower or shower only. Each set of two suites has interleading doors, which makes them ideal for families.

Each Room Includes:

  • King-size or twin beds
  • Fireplace
  • Microwave, bar fridge, tea and coffee station
  • Television with selected DStv channels
  • Bathroom with a bath-shower combination or shower only
  • Outdoor patio with table, chairs, umbrella and sun loungers

Family Bruce Suites

Family Bruce Suites accommodate four people in king-sized and twin beds. The suites, which are complete with two bathrooms, two fireplaces, televisions and a private verandah, are perfect for families with children under the age of 16 years.


Each Suite Includes:

  • Double room with king-size and twin beds
  • Two fireplaces
  • Two small microwaves
  • Two small refrigerators
  • Tea and coffee station
  • Two televisions with selected DStv channels
  • Bathroom with a bath-shower combination
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Outdoor patio with table, chairs, umbrella and sun loungers

Clifton Rooms

The Clifton Rooms accommodate two guests per suite with king-size or twin-bed options. The suites all have fireplaces and bathrooms with a bath-shower combination. They also have lovely verandahs facing the garden and valley.

Each Room Includes:

  • King-size or twin beds
  • Tea and coffee station
  • Television with selected DStv channels
  • Bathroom with a bath-shower combination
  • Outdoor patio with table and chairs and umbrella

Garden Rooms

The new Garden Suites at Oaklands accommodate two guests per suite and feature luxurious bathrooms with full bath and shower and a private courtyard. Situated away from the main entertainment and children’s play areas, these suites afford privacy and seclusion.

Each Room Includes:

  • King-size or twin-beds
  • Fireplace
  • Microwave, bar fridge, tea and coffee station
  • Television with selected DStv channels
  • Full bathroom and shower
  • Private courtyard with table and chairs

Facilities at Oaklands

  • Childminding/babysitting
  • Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • MasterCard/Visa/AmEx/Diners Club accepted

For further information and bookings, please contact Annie or Simon on bookings@oaklands.co.za or give us a call on +27 (0)79 529 2314.

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