Exclusive Fly Fishing
Fly fishing for Rainbow Trout in the Spekboom River
Stay in one of our family cottages on the Spekboom River in the Finsbury Valley, and build unforgettable memories while fly fishing for trout, going for nature walks and enjoying a game drive. Situated en-route to the Kruger National Park and centrally located for day visits to great destinations such as Dullstroom, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Sudwala Caves and Pilgrim's Rest.
Scenery & Wildlife
Arriving at Rivendell Trout Estate you descend into the spectacular Spekboom River Valley on a winding road flanked by towering rugged cliffs, a magical place reminiscent of Middle Earth from J.R.R. Tolkein's book Lord of the Rings. Past owners felt strongly about this resemblance and thus the names of the Estate and the cottages will be familiar to fans of the book or the movies.
Rivendell Trout Estate falls within the Mount Anderson Water Catchment Reserve, a Conservancy of many thousands of hectares where kudu, bushbuck, duiker, bushpigs and baboons are prolific and untroubled, wandering the entire area at will and often grazing peacefully while visitors fly fish for trout. Klipspringer are seen almost daily and leopard are seen regularly – occasionally even during the day.
Except for The Old Stone House, all our cottages are situated on the banks of the perennial Spekboom River. Our river is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and we have noticed a steady increase in successful spawning activity. The river banks are groomed regularly to provide easy access for fishermen, and guests are encouraged to walk the river and traverse the surrounding roads and trails freely. There is plenty of varied birdlife to interest keen birdwatchers. Hiking routes and Bird Spotting Checklists are supplied in the guest information booklets in each cottage.
Rooms are fully equipped for self catering, and can be configured with either two single beds, or one king bed per your preference.
Hobbiton Cottage: Sleeps 8 adults (Our Flagship Cottage)
Enjoy your flyfishing trip in supreme comfort. Hobbiton is equipped to a very high standard and features creature comforts such as a Nespresso machine, and percale linen in four ensuite bedrooms, as well as a large open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area for lovely social evenings warmed in the winter by a huge fireplace. Outside is a lovely patio, fully equipped with both wood and gas braai (barbeque) area, overlooking what we call the Hobbiton weir, with the now famous 'Hobbiton Honey Hole' fishing pool right in front of the cottage.
Bag End Cottage: Sleeps 8 adults
Bag End has four bedrooms, as well as a large open plan living space with a large fireplace in the lounge to beat the winter chills. Outdoor entertainment is catered to by an enormous patio (extends the full width of the house) overlooking the river below , as well as a separate thatched braai (barbeque area) a few metres nearer the river. An expansive lawn between the cottage and the river further sets the stage for a quick game of cricket, or touch rugby for those taking the day off from fishing.
Bucklebury Cottage: Sleeps 4 adults
Commissioned in early 2022 after many years of deliberation, Bucklebury is now welcoming guests with open arms. A quaint little cottage perfectly sized for small families with two ensuite rooms, and a lovely flowing living area with a cozy fireplace. Well equipped for self catering, with a patio - lawn - river setting allowing for maximum enjoyment of the outdoors and fishing (almost) from your verandah!
Elvinbrook Cottage: Sleeps 2 adults
Renovated in 2022, Elvinbrook formerly acted as part of the trout packaging plant that was established on the property in the 80's. It has now been transformed into a wonderfully cozy couples retreat, with one ensuite room, and a fully kitted self catering living space, topped off with a fireplace. A perfect space to reconnect and focus.
The Old Stone House: Sleeps 6 adults (300m walk from the river)
Situated within the 'Farmstead' on Rivendell, Stone House borders on the horse paddocks, and is a mere 300 meter walk to the river if you do want to go fishing. From here you can enjoy the amazing views of the cliffs towering over the old trout hatchery complex, watch Fish Eagles patrolling the valley, or simply sit with your feet up on the verandah, with your favourite drink and enjoy some of the most amazing sunsets around. This is a spacious farmhouse, upgraded in 2022, fully self catering equipped, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Fly Fishing Rods
Map & Coordinates
Bag End Cottage:
Costa's Walk Shooting Range:
Please do get in touch with us via the enquiry form below if you have any questions, or give us a call on +27 (0)83 645 8313.