Activities For All Ages




  • Fishing: We have 3 Bass dams reserved only for our Lodge Guests to fish in. These dams are not open to the general public for fishing. Our Dams are home to Bass as big as 6,6kg and more recently 4,6kg have been caught and released. All our dams are catch & release only.St Ives has become known as one of the best bass fishing spots in the Midlands. Bringing your own rod and fishing equipment is Essential. 

  • Walking Trails: We have a 3.5 km or a 5.5 km scenic walking /running trail. Indemnity forms must be signed for each guest before using the trails. The indemnity forms are available from the main reception or at the Boma . The Trails Start at the small gate of the BOMA.

  • The BOMA also host a run/walk every Tuesday at 5pm, where people from all over come and enjoy a social group run/walk.

  • Bird watching and Game viewing : An abundance of bird species have been found here (as much as 18 species in 1 hour) with the midlands being home to many Cranes such as Crowned Cranes and Blue Cranes which can be found nesting on the Estate. Our beautiful Zebra often have young all year round so you will be sure to see the cutest baby Zebra along with Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbuck & other antelope that Roam the estate freely.

  • Kids Pump Track : A Fun dirt track design for kids and adults is an absolute must for those who remember to bring their bikes and Helmets! A small shaded area is provided but please make sure you keep this area clean. It is a NO fire zone as it falls in the hazardous area close to SAPPI forests. Guests must bring their own bicycles & helmets. Indemnity forms must be signed for each guest before using the track. The indemnity forms are available from the main reception or at the BOMA . 

  • Kids Play Outdoor areas: The Kids will enjoy endless hours of entertainment at the BOMA while socialising and enjoying the Trampoline, mini ziplines and the wooden jungle gyms. The lodge also has wooden jungle gyms at the pool area.

  • Swimming Pool with Braai facilities: The pool area has 2 braais and Lighting which are perfectly situated to enable you to relax and  watch the wildlife grazing while the sun goes down. The Pool area is open from 8am - 9pm only in order to keep noise levels to a minimum for other guests. The pool area is strictly Only available to Lodge Guests.


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  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site- Defintaly worth your while to stop and see this world reknown scuplture in Honour of the Late Nelson Mandela-

  • Karkloof Canopy Tours - One of the best things to do in the Midlands - Zipline between forests & cliffs at speeds of upto 80km/h . This is one highly recommended activity . Bookings Essential - All St Ives Guests will get 10% discount - Ask for it when booking :) -

  • Karkloof Farmers Market - Every Saturday local farmers and their wives gather at the old shed on the Karkloof rd from 7am - 11pm with tasty treats and fresh produce along with some decent local coffee and brews. perhaps a stop on the way to the Canopy Tours? -                  

  • Golfing: We are surrounded by some of the best golf courses in KZN & if you are a keen golfer then bringing your clubs is a must! Both closest clubs (Gowrie & Boschoek) host comps on Saturdays and the locals are more than welcoming if you want to join a 4 four ball if you are on your own or enter your own team.                          

  • Go Karting - Adreniline Junkies paradise with over track bridges in some of the latest state of the art race karts . A mere 15min drive away will take you into a world of motorsport racing. suitable for 10yrs and older this indoor track is one of the funnest ways to enjoy your midlnads trip!

  • World Class Beauty Spas - So whilst the boys are occupied why not enjoy some you time or Mother Daughter Massages at State of the Art Day Spas such as Brookdale Hydro or Fordoun Spa. Where highly skilled massuesses explore the art of relaxation & beautification.                                                                                            

  • Craft Beer Tasting :  Some of SA's best beers can be found along the Midlands Meander route. Be sure to have a designated driver or contact our front desk to put you in touch with a transfer company. Exploring old english pubs with age old recipes of beer making is loads of fun for an adults afternoon.                                                                       

  • Piggly Wiggly: Piggly Wiggly being directly opposite St Ives is such a pleasure. From Chocolate & Candle dipping to Fine Wines and Boutique Kitchen Shops. Other true meander curios, Local produce and wonderful gifts can be found as well as a Mini Steam Train for rides on Weekends and Holidays. A Great start to a full day of fun!  Piggly Wiggly also host the ParkRun every Saturday at 8am for the running enthusiasts.                                                      

  • Swissland Cheese Farm: An all time favourite stop ! Take your Cooler and Wine and attend to some of the best Goats cheese varients found in SA. a Family Run farm on the R103 . The ideal Midlands Picnic Spot . Please make sure you support the shop to fill your picnic basket as this will be your entry to the farm. Watch how the cheease is made from goat to cheese!

  • A Midlands Meander information board can be found on the St Ives estate for more information of the area or download the app from their website free of charge to give you an interactive guide to the Midlands! If you require any other info please see our ladies at the front desk!!they will be more than happy to help you.                                                                         

There is always plenty to do whether its relaxing with friends while fishing or taking long walks around the estate. St Ives has something for everyone.

Dear Catherine
Many thanks for the lovely few days we spent with you.
Linda Downsborough
Water Research Node
Monash South Africa
144 Peter Road, Ruimsig