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  • Incredible setting offers breathtaking views onto the Drakensberg Amphitheatre
  • Luxurious accommodation, with service to match and on-site restaurant
  • Huge variety of outdoor activities on offer, including miles of mountain biking on the property

Montusi Mountain Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 2 years and older

50km from Bergville

 

-28.6225, 29.026

About

Situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi Mountain Lodge provides an opportunity for guests to intimately indulge in the freedom of the Drakensberg experience. The spacious, tastefully decorated, individual garden suites are among the most luxurious in the Drakensberg. Each suite is decorated in the earthy colours of Africa and each of the Honeymoon Suites features a corner tub for two. All suites have a carport for one vehicle. 

The large thatched main building includes the dining room, terrace, bar, lounge and massage treatment room. An unusual and beautifully crafted, fenced swimming pool looks out at the escarpment. The intimate restaurant with under-floor heating and log fireplace is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus. In summer meals are served outside on the Phumleni, with the Amphitheatre view enhancing the delicious meals. Breakfast and dinner are included for lodge guests. Light lunches are available between 12.30pm and 14.00pm.

Activities on the 1 000ha estate are diverse. Montusi provides daily morning walks to popular destinations such as the top of Montusi Mountain, Bushman Cave (with paintings), Waterfall Cave and various streams and rock pools for summer swimming. Guests can safely hike the Estate on their own using the Montusi Hiking Guide as well as at the uKhahlamba National Park 15 km away, with the Tugela Gorge being the favourite. On request, Montusi will even organise day hikes to the top of the Amphitheatre.

Two dams on the property are stocked with trout (and a beautiful view). Fishing rods can be hired and flies are for sale. This ‘Catch and Release’ activity is strictly reserved for Lodge residents. Montusi has access to 45km of mountain bike trails ranging from gentle 4 x 4 trails to technical single track. It is worthwhile bringing your own mountain bike to enjoy this beautiful terrain. Customised horse trails depart from the Montusi Estate. The stables are within easy walking distance from the Lodge and all levels of rider are catered for. 

Anyone approaching Montusi will not fail to notice the impressive Adventure Centre 10 minutes drive from the Lodge, that offers a Cable Tour, Free Fall King Swing, Flying Trapeze, Bungee Bounce, Zip Line, Forested Paintball and Quad Bike Tours to the river. There is also a Tea Garden and New Kidz zone with sit and zipline.

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14 Luxury Garden Suites

King or twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace & DSTV
Private patio
Panoramic Amphitheatre views

Pricing

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Catering

Breakfast and dinner included.
Set meal times for guests with children.
Restaurant opens for light lunches.

Kids

Montusi welcomes well-behaved children under strict parental supervision.
Max 2 Children sharing with 2 adults.
No unaccompanied children in the main building and pool at any time.

Why Stay Here?

Montusi Mountain Lodge is the only upmarket destination in the area with a full and uninterrupted view of the Drakensberg's famous Amphitheatre escarpment, inviting guests to intimately indulge in the freedom of the Drakensberg experience or simply wind down and relax. Montusi boasts the privilege of space with large, tastefully decorated, individual garden suites set in open gardens, each with spectacular mountain views. This is an idyllic escape to nature, comfort and peace, offering awarded-winning cuisine, genuine hospitality, and a diverse range of activities to suit all tastes.

Summary

  • Incredible setting offers breathtaking views onto the Drakensberg Amphitheatre
  • Luxurious accommodation, with service to match and on-site restaurant
  • Huge variety of outdoor activities on offer, including miles of mountain biking on the property

Privacy

The private individual garden suites are set well apart.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, hiking boots, fly fishing gear, golf clubs, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Good tarred road to the door.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming in the pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Fly fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Adventure Centre - 10mins
  • Golf course - 8km
  • Township tours

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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uKhahlamba Drakensberg

KwaZulu Natal

About

The Drakensberg mountain range begins its rise in the Eastern Cape, running along the length of KwaZulu-Natal’s western border. It also extends in fits and starts into Mpumalanga and covers a vast area stretching into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

It is generally agreed that the ‘Dragon mountains’ got their name from their ragged, irregular silhouette that looks like a dragon’s back from a distance. It was so-named by Dutch settlers. Another, albeit less popular, explanation is that early settlers were told by the locals that dragons lived in the mountains. This theory was given a bit more credence when numerous dinosaur footprints were discovered in the Eastern Free State.

The Zulu tribe has given the mountains its own, equally descriptive name – Ukhahlamba, or ‘the barrier of spears’. Whatever the language and whatever the explanation, there is no argument that the Drakensberg mountains are evocative and mysterious. It is a wild and beautiful area that can change from sunny to snowy in mere moments.

In 2001 a park was established that encompasses a huge tract of the mountains. Known as the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, it covers 13 000km² of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal. It includes the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site that by itself covers some 2 400km² and is 150km long.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a place of immense beauty and enormous spaces. It is one of the few true remaining wildernesses where hikers can walk for days without encountering other people.

It is no surprise, then, that this place is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and one must be well-prepared if tackling it on foot.

In the very north of the park is Royal Natal National Park. It is one of the jewels in the crown of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the proud guardian of the world famous ‘Amphitheatre’. This can be easily viewed from the road to the main camp of the park. A short walk along the river gives amazing photographic opportunities. The attractions of this park are many, from pleasant walks to fly-fishing and swimming in clear mountain streams. It is also home to the 850m-high Tugela Falls, the highest waterfall in Africa and the second highest in the world.

Other notable parks within the greater Drakensberg Park are Giant’s Castle, Kamberg and Loteni Nature Reserves. Each has its own attractions, capable of keeping the tourist busy for days on end.

The Drakensberg was declared a World Heritage Site for a number of reasons. It is an area of incredible natural diversity with over 2 100 plant species, more than 200 of which are endemic to the area. It is also home to over 60 species of mammal, including the threatened oribi and herds of eland and black wildebeest. It has nearly 50 species of reptile and more than 300 bird species. The naturalist will definitely find a visit to the Drakensberg incredibly rewarding.

No less interesting is the human history of the area. A prime drawcard is the San rock art. Excellent examples can be seen in Giant’s Castle. There is also a recreation of how these people prospered in the mountains until they were ruthlessly hunted out of existence by both black and white settlers.

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The Bushmen paintings are a unique art form that shrouded in mystery and deserving of at least an afternoon’s attention. The fact that they are almost always to be found in remote, beautiful caves adds to their allure. And the walk there adds to the attraction.

Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in the Drakensberg. Depending on fitness and time, hikers can choose from short but beautiful walks to multi-day hikes. On the latter one needs to be entirely self-sufficient and equipped for inclement weather - including snow - no matter what time of the year it is.

The Giants Cup Hiking Trail is the premier ‘Berg hike, totalling almost 60km and usually taking five days to complete. It runs from Sani Pass to Busman’s Nek in the south.

The Amphitheatre in the Royal Natal National Park is one of the first things that should be put on the ‘To Do’ list. You haven’t really been to the Drakensberg until you’ve viewed it from below - and then again from the top. Here you will encounter one of the most breathtaking views in South Africa.

Fly-fishing is another excellent reason to visit the Drakensberg. KZN-Ezemvelo has a collection of very good trout waters in their reserves. Other dams and rivers are privately owned, but many are accessible to fisherman for a day fee.

The Lammergeier Hide at Giant’s Castle is an amazing place from which to get incredible sightings and photographs of birds. Highlights are the bearded vulture, Verreaux’s eagle, white-necked raven, lanner falcon and Cape vulture. Many smaller species can also be spotted. Booking is essential.

Sani Pass is one of South Africa’s great drives. In winter the pass is often closed due to ice and snow and can be a very hazardous drive. Remember that a passport is necessary to get onto the pass and a 4x4 vehicle is required by law.

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