Verlorenkloof Lodge, a hidden gem in the heart of the Eastern province of Mpumalanga, offers a variety of nature-centered activities for the discerning traveler. 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg or 1.5 hours drive from Nelspruit airport, the rich cultural history and ecological diversity begs a day or three to stop over, to explore, and absorb the magic.
Situated in a beautifully secluded valley along the Eastern escarpment of the province, the Crocodile River forms a natural border to Verlorenkloof. The land then sweeps up through wetland and open grassland to the forested kloofs of the Steenkampsberg and the Dullstroom highlands, creating a biodiverse landscape that is a joy to visit in any season.
The Yesterday of Verlorenkloof is represented by the Koni people, an extinct tribe who lived in the valley during the late Iron age (1500-1830)AD, who left behind the remains of a heritage of rich, intricate stone walls, cattle tracks and terraces leveling the sloping hills.
The Today of Verlorenkloof is represented first and fore-mostly by the warmth and friendliness of the re-instated indigenous people who now work at the Lodge.
The lodgings are warm, comfortably large and invite guests to relax and savour the serene environment, when not participating in one of the many activities. It is no wonder that Verlorenkloof is a popular destination for Hikers of all ages, bird watching enthusiasts, who can marvel at over 300 species, and naturalists, who can enjoy over 450 plant species, many protected and indigenous to the area.