Montusi Mountain Lodge offers a different “berg getaway”. It is smaller and more intimate than the standard Berg Resort. It offers that rare combination of Space, Comfort and Peace with a breath-taking view over the foothills and plains of the Little Berg up to the spectacular cliffs of the 3000-meter high escarpment. It is owner-run by the third generation of the Carte family who settled in this valley in the 1940s. Generational experience has evolved into a fierce passion for the area for sharing of the beauty of this natural environment with all who visit.
Situated on a 1000 hectare conservation estate, the lodge offers unlimited space for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and horse riding.
The lodge complex is spacious and the suites are free-standing units within carefully designed indigenous gardens. Right from the private patio of every suite, guests can enjoy bird watching, while soaking in the magnificence of the ever-changing light and shadow playing on the face of the Amphitheatre wall. A relaxation massage is also a great way to unwind for those looking to simply relax and revel in “doing nothing”.
The suites all have one or two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and a lounge with private patio. They are specifically orientated to take full advantage of the mountain views while giving guests the privacy of their own space. All the little details to make for a proper pampering are covered: umbrellas, ceiling fans, heated bathrooms, excellent coffee, a fridge for fresh milk, a comprehensive information booklet about the area, a gas fireplace with real flames, fresh flowers, arrival treats and of course, gloriously soft dressing gowns.
The kitchen provides imaginative cuisine for all tastes. The dinner menu includes 5 courses of deliciousness that are just big enough to sate the appetite without feeling over full. The unusual flavour combinations accompanied by the extremely reasonably priced wines make dinners a highlight of the Montusi Experience.
Alfresco breakfasts on the Phumleni make the start to a day of adventure or relaxation unbeatable: the bird-song, views and delicious food on offer are the perfect breakfast combination. On chilly days, the crackling fire in the dining room makes for a cosy breakfast experience.
The Carte Family looks forward to welcoming all to Montusi Mountain Lodge!
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Set in the beautiful bushveld of the Natal Midlands, 10kms from Estcourt and the N3, Slievyre is a private nature reserve which provides the perfect place for family reunions, quiet holidays, romantic getaways or just an overnight stop.
The camp sits in over one hectare of fenced mature lawned gardens and consists of five traditionally built stone and thatch chalets. All have private/en-suite bathrooms and the kitchens are equipped with all self-catering facilities.
Phone: +27 36 352 1041 / +27 721241197
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Slievyre Game Farm
Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge. This eco-friendly lodge, which is Fair Trade in Tourism certified, places great emphasis on Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery and locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated. This intimate, luxury 18 bedded lodge is owner-managed by Simon & Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere in their four star family-run lodge.
Close to the base of Van Reenens pass, the lodge is also the ideal half-way stop between Johannesburg & Durban, only 27km from the N3 highway. This lodge is the perfect location to base yourself for exploring the major Anglo-Boer War Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal (Battles of Spionkop and Colenso), the Northern Drakensberg Mountains (world heritage site), and within easy (2hrs) reach of the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields (Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift).
The name Spion Kop, Spioenkop or Spionkop (Spy or Lookout Hill) was given to this impressive hill by the Voortrekkers in 1837 as they settled along the Tugela River Valley. Spionkop was the original Voortrekker or Boer spelling, and Spion Kop the English version, with Spioenkop as the modern Afrikaans spelling. ‘So, as you wish...’
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A self catering camp in a pristine valley of the Northern Drakensberg, which offers Chalets or Rondavels for groups wanting to get away.
In keeping with the Eco theme, all power is wind and solar generated. Gas is used for cooking, and water heating.
The Eco Camp is a great base from which to explore the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.
Contact: Peter / Rhona
GPS S 28 37.44 E 28 57.89
A magnificent youth camp situated on a game farm in the foothills of Cathkin Peak. Accommodating 100 guests plus support staff. We offer a variety of activities. BergVenture is an ideal venue for school, youth, church and wedding groups.
Situated in Estcourt.
Specialising in Drakensberg hiking trips ranging from one day to multi-day trips. All hikes are led by legal and registered guides.
Contact: Deon Small
We specialise in guided hiking in the Drakensberg. We can organise hiking experiences in any region of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site.
Contact: Carlos Gonzalez
Cell: +27 76 459 9127
Berg Bauhaus (German for 'Mountain Farmhouse') is a secure, pet friendly cottage situated on a working farm in the Central Drakensberg. With a magnificent view of all the major Central Drakensberg peaks, it is an 8 sleeper free-standing home overlooking three bass dams with beautiful walks and cycling on the farm.
Being based in the heart of the Berg, the Bauhaus is close to all attractions that the area has to offer, with the Nest Hotel and uShaka Horse Trails being immediate neighbours. The Champagne Sports Resort’s 18 hole championship course, as well as the world renowned Battlefields and Drakensberg Boys Choir, are a short drive away. An abundance of wildlife and birds live in and around the farm, a constant reminder of the beauty of the Berg.
GPS: S 28º 58.269 E 29º 28.445
Exploring the Drakensberg on horseback is an unforgettable adventure. We offer trails from 1 hour to full days in the Bellpark-Mtoti area with beautiful views of Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle.
We have two secluded, fully equipped cabins set high in the Monks Cowl Reserve of the Central Drakensberg (higher in the Champagne Valley than any other establishment). Step from your cabin into the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site and walk beneath the majestic Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. We offer an eco-friendly and completely off-the-grid experience with free access to the World Heritage Site. There are electric blankets and a fireplace in the bedroom. We also offer free WiFi. Activities include hiking, bird-watching and game-spotting.