Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Fordoun Hotel

I recently stayed at Fordoun Hotel & Spa in the Natal Midlands. What a fantastic property it is. I have to confess that before my visit  I had rather assumed that Fordoun was just a lovely relaxing country house hotel with a great spa. Nothing wrong with that and these places are wonderful at the start or end of a holiday. But in fact there is so much more to do there.

Fordoun Hotel is a family-owned and run property in the heart of a dairy farm so you get a good slice of rural life in South Africa. They set up the hotel and decided to offer a really good Spa as well.

However they have taken the whole Spa concept one step further by introducing African healing concepts. Fordoun works very closely with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, a herbalist and ethno-botanist, who is a traditional African Healer. You can visit Elliot’s garden where there are over 120 different species of healing plants. Fordoun Spa also has two African therapy rooms and Elliot’s consulting room, all built and designed in Zulu style. Under his guidance, a signature range of products has been created from indigenous traditional healing plants and apparently they really work for conditions like eczema and asthma etc.

Outside you can be as active or as chilled as you like. As well as their wellness centre, you can enjoy gentle walks around the farm, ambles around the herb garden of Dr Ndlovu, or mountain biking through the estate. Fordoun Hotel has set up a Crane Foundation to protect the endangered African Blue Crane and this makes for a fascinating visit. They are also happy to take you to the local school which they support which is an authentic and positive experience. If you are keen on fishing, they offer fly-fishing on their lakes complete with tackle provided.

Fordoun Hotel has three types of rooms (see our website for more details) ranging from supremely comfortable to positively decadent. The newest suites have stunning vistas over the nearby Drakensberg mountains. Though the hotel is not in the mountains, it is an easy hour’s drive to Giants Castle from Fordoun so this can be your base for exploring.

Overall I think Fordoun would be perfect at the beginning or end of your holiday as it is supremely relaxing (with things to do for the chronic over-achievers amongst us).  I also think that the fascinating mix of African and western wellness influences and healing is so interesting.

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...


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