Aberfoyle Lodge Rooms
All of our rooms are tastefully decorated to match the colours of the special bird that the room is named after. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, coffee and tea station, desk, ceiling fans and verandas overlooking either the golf course (executive suites) or the forest ( all standard suites). Should you require a baby cot for your little one or a mattress on the floor we can supply these.
Fish Eagle (executive suite) 1 King
The majestic Fish Eagle is always a beautiful bird to see in Southern Africa. This room overlooks Aberfoyle’s beautiful golf course. It boasts an en-suite bath and shower as well as a small veranda to sit and enjoy your early morning cup of Eastern Highlands tea whilst watching over the golf course.
Seedcracker (Honeymoon Suite) 1 King
The Lesser Seedcracker is one of Southern Africa’s rarest bird. This small but beautiful bird is very difficult to see; we are lucky to have had one male visit us every year for the last couple of years on the first fairway. The deep red and brown colours of this little bird are reflected in the interiors of this room. The room is the largest room at Aberfoyle lodge. It has an en-suite bath and shower as well as a large veranda that overlooks the golf course.
Variable Sunbird (family room) 2 Singles
The Variable Sunbird’s melodious twitters can be heard every morning as it darts from flower to flower in front of your room. This room boasts an en-suite shower and inter-leads with Bushshrike next door.
Olive Bushshrike (family room) 1 King
The Olive Bushshrike is one of a number of special bushshrikes that we find at Aberfoyle. Their beautiful calls and colours make the siting of one of these birds very special. This is a large room the inter-leads with Sunbird and is perfect for families. It has an en-suite shower as well as a little veranda out the front of the room that overlooks the forest below.
Livingstone’s Turaco – 1 Double
The Livingstone’s Turaco’s call is often heard echoing around the Aberfoyle Hills. The famous Turaco Trail is named after these birds because you can hear and see them along the whole 5 day trail. The colours of the Livingstone’s Turaco are breathtaking, so keep an eye out for these very shy birds as they hop around the Forest Newtonia’s. This is one of our smaller rooms but boasts an en-suite shower and a small veranda out front.
Rock Kestrel – 2 Singles
The Rock Kestrel is one of Zimbabwe’s more common birds but is still a beautiful bird to see. The rufous colours of this bird are reflected in this rooms decor. With an en-suite shower a small patio out front and the easiest access to the central areas of the lodge this is a very a nice room.
Narina Trogon – 1 King
What an incredible bird to see. The Trogon is an extremely sort-after bird by all birders due to its vibrant colours. The colours of this room reflect this vibrant bird. The room has an en-suite shower and a small veranda out front.
Buff-spotted Flufftail – 2 Doubles
The Flufftail family are all very shy birds. You can often hear this birds deep, spooky whoooo call in the evenings and early mornings. They are very good ventriloquists which often make finding them very difficult. This room is very large with two double beds and an en-suit bathroom, with shower and bath as well as the usual veranda out front, making it perfect for small families.
Red-faced Crimsonwing – 2 Singles
Another special that you can find at Aberfoyle. Again a beautiful looking bird with its colours reflected in the rooms interiors. This room has two single beds, an en-suite shower and a small veranda out front overlooking the forests.
African Pitta – 1 King
Considered the holly grail of birds. The African Pitta was found at Aberfoyle until around 10 years ago. For the first time since then we have heard it nearby and are searching to hopefully see it soon. This room has a king size bed, an en-suite shower and a veranda overlooking the forest below.
Kingfisher – 1 King
Of the many Kingfishers found at Aberfoyle, the most special is definitely the Half-collared. Found along the Nyamkombe river in front of the lodge we are very fortunate to have regular sightings of this special bird. With a king-size bed, en-suite shower and veranda overlooking the forest below this is another favorite room of ours.
Marsh Tchagra – 2 Singles
The Marsh Tchagra also known locally as the Wamba Bird is another very uncommon bird that we have at Aberfoyle. The room consists of 2 single beds, an en-suite bathroom with shower and a small veranda overlooking the forest below.
Green-backed Woopdpecker – 2 Doubles
Another very special bird found in the forests around Aberfoyle. This very large room boasts 2 double beds and a large bathroom with bath and shower. The veranda also looks out over the forest below too.
Red-throated Twinspot – 1 King
The Red-throated Twinspot is another special seedeater found at Aberfoyle. Just to the right of this room is our seed-eaters area where you can often find these beautiful little birds eating grass seeds. This room has a Kingsize bed as well as an en-suite shower and veranda overlooking the forest below.
Blue Swallow – 2 Singles
A very special and protected bird due to its dwindling numbers. Mainly found up near Far and Wide but can be seen on a hike up to Gleneagles too. This room has two single beds, an en-suite shower and a veranda that overlooks the forest.
Hornbill House – 3 rooms and 1 small external room
NB* Currently under repair due to storm damage – update Jan 2019
Originally built in the 1950’s as a house for one of the tea estate managers. In 2012 after demand for a cheaper accommodation option in the area it was decided that we needed to breath some life back into this little house. The house had a small renovation to ensure that is was usable. The idea was that it would have a proper refurbishment in the coming years once the main lodge had been renovated. In October 2017 the renovations began. Although still an old fashioned house with lots of character it has certainly been upgraded.
Hornbill House is set within the rolling tea estates of the Eastern Highlands Tea Plantation. The property is about 5 minutes drive from Aberfoyle Lodge. This area is renowned for its diverse and stunning beauty and its unique birdlife. People travel from all over the world to glimpse our very rare and special birds and butterflies.
The property has extensive mature gardens with many beautiful trees. The house consists of three bedrooms (one bedroom with bathroom en suite – bath only), as well as one room on the outside of the house, a family bathroom (shower only), and an open plan lounge and dining area.
The lounge is a warm and welcoming area that is spacious. It leads onto a large veranda that overlooks the Honde Valley and Wamba dam. With Panoramic views of the whole estate you will certainly fall in love with this quaint little house.
The Kitchen is fully equipped and has been fully renovated with new gas stove, electric oven, granite counter tops and modern kitchen fittings. The fridge/ freezer is fairly small so if you are coming for a long stay then please bring cooler boxes with ice. You can also always leave some of your meat down at the lodge. There is a big braai outside the front of the house which can be lit upon request. We do not sell charcoal and provide a limited amount of wood but we suggest that you do bring charcoal.
The dining room has panoramic views of the spectacular scenery that surround the Eastern Highlands. Double doors lead out onto a veranda under the shade of stunning trees.
We do have a swimming pool on the property however this is currently down for maintenance. We hope to get this sorted out in the next couple of weeks.
The bedrooms each have twin beds which can easily be converted into doubles. One room has three beds. The room attached to the house has a double bed in. The rooms are large and can easily accommodate mattresses, if more beds are needed.
The house is serviced with a person coming in daily to clean.
Linen is provided. Eastern Highlands Tea Plantation have their own hydro power, so power is usually very good. We do get faults which are normally sorted very quickly as we try our best to ensure that you always have power.
We do not have a generator as we aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The property is secure with a fence surrounding the whole property.
What you need to bring
1) All of your food and drinks. 2) Swimming towels.