Lady Grey Accommodation
Lupela lodge is situated in a scenic valley on the farm camp in the Witteberg mountains on the R58 between Barkly East and Lady Grey. There are three dwellings on the farm that provides the accommodation, a ten sleeper lodge, a two sleeper silo and a four sleeper river cottage.
The view on the farm is spectacular with deep valleys and sheer sandstone cliffs cut out of the mountains by the majestic Karnemelkspruit and its many tributaries. The seasons offer a favour for any intrepid traveller, from the snow capped mountains in the winter months to the hot and rainy summer months, this is a destination for any season. Game on the property includes Blesbuck, Mountain Rheebuck, Vaal Rheebuck, Cape Grysbuck and a variety of smaller buck species.
Durning the 1860’s the land surveyors of the Cape used the farm as a base camp for their operations in the area and was then aptly named “The Camp” as it is still known by today. Prior to the completion of Joubert’s Pass on 17 December 1914, the farm was used as an access road to Lady Grey for the mountain farmers to transport wool, livestock and supplies, the dwelling they used as the drift over the river can still be seen today. This dwelling was typically used in times of high waters preventing a crossing and as stop over before the last leg of their journey.
The main farmhouse is situated just a little way form the Lodge. The original house was built in the late 1800’s and in 1926 was enlarged with sandstone quarried on the farm. The large sandsone shed was built during the Korean War at the time of the wool boom. The farm is a working cattle farm and is 1254ha, originally leased by the present owners in 1978 and then bought in 1980.
The accommodation was started in 1998 with the conversion of the old milking shed into a ten sleeper en-suite unit. Since then the accommodation has expanded to include a two sleeper and a 4 sleeper river cottage.
"Lupela means "where the road ends" and I can assure you that you really won't want to travel further once you see the beautiful stretch of stream that runs sparkling in the sun below the lodge" - Tony Kietzman