Rustic camp situated in a peaceful orchard and forest setting in the Lions River Valley

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Shawshack is a family owned, rustic camp situated in a peaceful orchard and forest setting in the Lions River Valley on the touristy Midlands Meander route. This region of beautiful KwaZulu Natal stretches from just beyond Mooi River in the north, Hilton in the South, Karkloof in the east and the foothills of the Drakensberg in the west. Minutes from attractions like the famous Mandela Capture Site, Steampunk Coffee and Piggly Wiggly, Shawshack is the perfect place to recharge, or use as a base to explore the many craft, coffee shops and breweries on the Meander Route

Outdoor enthusiasts are also spoilt for choice, from world class Mountain biking trails, accessible from our backdoor, to trail running, hiking and river activities. The area also hosts sporting events such as The Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event and Sani2C, a three day mountain bike adventure from the mountains to the sea.


  • Kids Adventure parties & teambuilding
  • Venue hire for weddings (Forest Chapel included)
  • Retreats (Artists, Craft making, Journaling, Nature Therapy)
  • Meander Paddle – base camp for day trips / overnight camps on request
  • Outdoor pursuits: Mountain biking, trail running, paddling & tubing on the Lions River
  • Refuel Ride – Experience the countryside on two wheels, you set the pace, we organise the route including local highlights (coffee, deli’s and local breweries)


Rustic, quirky but comfortable forest cabins with outdoor ablutions and showers

The camp consists of a cabin “The Shack” with two rooms (1 x double room & 1 x 2 single beds) with a separate fully equipped kitchen/living area and an outdoor braai.

The “Forest Cabin” is hidden away in the trees. A room with a double bed opening out onto a deck with a kitchenette under the forest canopy. The open air bath and shower add a special “at one with nature touch” for guests to enjoy.

Army dorm tents x 2 (sleeping up to 20 in total) Perfect for kids camps, youth groups, parties


  • Martie
    Lundy's place is a hidden treasure. The space that was available to us was much bigger and even better than I expected. The setting was rustic yet comfortable, stylish and clean. So many little touches and details that amazed us. We LOVED the outdoor toilets and showers, private, clean and secluded. We enjoyed the comfortable lounge /kitchen area, played board games, made a nice camp fire and braai outside. The kids enjoyed the big trampoline, play area and the outdoor nature. The two bedrooms and beds were comfy and clean, and colourfully decorated. The 3 resident little doggies were just adorable, so loving and friendly. I would love to visit again, and I cannot recommend it enough to my friends and family. Thank you Lundy. And thank you to your lovely parents who welcomed us and showed us around
  • Sam
    We loved our stay here so much. The perfect spot to escape the city and have a relaxing nature break. Beautiful views and an amazing outdoor bathroom. You don't often get to bath under the trees! We found it to be very clean and comfortable with everything we needed and so appreciated the extra little touches. Will definitely be back.


Strong Heart Retreats

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John Roff of Strong Heart Retreats offers guided nature walks and retreat experiences for groups and individuals in a wide range of natural environments.

When is the last time you took a walk in the woods? Numerous studies suggest that taking in the peaceful atmosphere of a forest can have significant health benefits. Now, the practice of “forest bathing” is becoming more popular around the world

Nature Therapy sometimes referred to as ecotherapy, describes a broad group of techniques or treatments with the intention of improving an individual's mental or physical health, specifically with an individual's presence within nature or outdoor surroundings. In this fast paced world we need to be intentional about making time to de-stress and relax. Time out in nature with Strong Heart Retreats will make you realise that this exercise should not be a once off experience but rather needs to become an integral part of our lifestyle.

The idea is that in order to balance the stress of urban life, we need to expose ourselves to nature. It's very simple: Just get yourself into nature and be present.

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We specialise in nature focused, ecologically minded adventure, hiking, slackpacking, and cycle tours utilising exclusive trails through some of the most beautiful parts of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands and Eastern South Africa. We understand that the needs of our customers may be different, for this reason we custom design a range of trekking and cycling tours to suit your every expectation. We take the hassle out of planning your holiday offering a uniquely personal experience providing carefully selected routes off the beaten path.

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