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  • Verdant setting in a private wildlife reserve on the lower slopes of the majestic Drakensberg
  • Beautifully appointed modern elegance throughout the venue
  • Numerous activities and interests abound on site, in the valley and in the Natal Midlands nearby

Qambathi Mountain Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

33km from Nottingham Road


-29.3399, 29.7115


Situated at the foot of the Kamberg mountains in a spectacular garden setting, Qambathi Mountain Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine, magnificent views, and a host of activities.

Sink into total comfort of the meticulously designed rooms defined by a blend of natural colours and contemporary use of natural materials with luscious textures. Local and renowned South African artists such as Bron Stofberg, Hillary Grant Curry, Clive Hatton and Franco Esposito, to name a few, have been commissioned to complete the decor of this stylish getaway. The furniture is handmade with beautiful hand crafted Zulu beads and glass medallion light fittings. 

The Chill Lounge and pool deck area offer panoramic mountain and garden views, ideal for enjoying a late afternoon sundowner or simply relaxing in the sun in one of the amazing hanging chairs or loungers. There is a TV lounge for those who want to follow the latest news or sports. This area also has Wi-Fi access. At night a boma fire creates the perfect setting for star gazing, while there is a well stocked wine cellar beside the dining and library area. Experience fine dining, where each meal becomes an event, interacting with the chef in discussions on food combination and selective pairing of wines with the mouthwatering courses.

Local resident wildlife on Qambathi Mountain Reserve includes zebra, hartebeest, blesbuck, oribi, reedbuck, eland, bushbuck, duiker, and various small cat species. Onsite activities include walking trails and hikes. Summer months bring about a beautiful waterfall within the mountain streams, and the indigenous forest offers exceptional bird life. For the less energetic yet adventurous, scenic drives are on offer, and picnic lunches are available on request at special spots.

The Kamberg Mountain Reserve & Kamberg Rock and Art Centre is only a short distance away and the Midlands Meander only a few kilometres down the road. Own transport is recommended although transfers from anywhere in the country can be arranged.

Qambathi Mountain Lodge also offers tailormade weddings to include a special weekend of bush dinners, picnics, game drives in the mountains, fly fishing, hiking, horse riding and golf.

Rates & Summary

2 Luxury Lodge Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King/twin bed
Timber bedroom floor 
En-suite bath and shower
Close to Chill Deck and garden

3 Superior Garden Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King/twin bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck with hanging chairs
Views of garden and mountain


  • R 1 200 - R 1 300 pp B&B
  • R 1 500 - R1 600 pp DB&B


Full breakfast and gourmet fine dining
Lunches and picnic baskets on request


Children older than 10yrs are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set in a private wildlife reserve against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, Qambathi Mountain Lodge is a stylish getaway in the heart of the Kamberg valley with breathtaking views, excellent service, superb cuisine, and a wide range of on site and nearby activities on offer. Qambathi Mountain Lodge offers walking trails with a beautiful waterfall within the mountain streams in summer, and the indigenous forest offers exceptional bird life. Scenic drives are on offer and on request picnic lunches are available at special spots. The Kamberg Mountain Reserve and Rock and Art Centre is only a short distance away with the Midlands Meander only a few kilometres down the road.


  • Verdant setting in a private wildlife reserve on the lower slopes of the majestic Drakensberg
  • Beautifully appointed modern elegance throughout the venue
  • Numerous activities and interests abound on site, in the valley and in the Natal Midlands nearby


The garden rooms are more private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, golf clubs, fly fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The approach is on 2km of dirt road in good condition.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming in the pool
  • Cooking, art, & lifestyle courses
  • Plant a Tree Programme
  • Walks on the Reserve
  • Indigenous forest walks
  • Game drives
  • Birding
  • Fly fishing
  • Stargazing
  • Hiking trails
  • Scenic 4x4 drives
  • Horse riding - 4km
  • 9-hole golf course - 4km
  • Kamberg Nature Reserve - 5 km
  • Kamberg Rock Art Centre - 5km
  • Highmoor Nature Reserve - 5 km
  • Midlands Meander - 35km


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal


The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of our spectacular country. It’s blessed with a little bit of everything.

Rolling hills, burbling brooks and surging rivers… history, game reserves and haunting battlefields. Not bad for only a section of one of our nine provinces. 

It’s pressed up against the Drakensberg-Ukahlamba mountains in the west, stretched along the coastal belt in the east and hemmed in by the mighty Tugela River in the north. The Midlands is a fertile area that is dominated by agriculture and wide open spaces.

For many, the Midlands has become synonymous with a small area around Nottingham Road. While this is indeed a cornerstone of the region, the Midlands encompasses a far greater and more diverse area than it is often credited with.

It begins in the south-east where the Umgeni River runs through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its crags and cliffs, aloes and thorn trees. Further west is the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. 

This is a small part of Victorian England painstakingly recreated in Africa - complete with an ornate cricket pavilion and the largest red-brick building in the southern hemisphere as its city hall. 

It was after being thrown from a train here that Mahatma Ghandi was inspired to take the first steps of his peaceful protests against discrimination. A statue of the great man still stands in the city centre.

Another great man, South Africa’s iconic Nelson Mandela, also has a firm link to the region and its railways. Just outside Howick one can visit the spot where Madiba was finally arrested, while travelling by train. A plaque marks the otherwise nondescript spot.

The history continues to the north, where the English, Zulu and Afrikaner fought each other at various times in history. While the more famous battlefields are to be found further north and east in Zululand, there are fascinating places to visit in the Midlands, too. These are most notably around the towns of Colenso and Weenen.

In the more westerly parts of the Midlands, where it comes up against the buttresses of the Drakensberg, the Midlands offers some exceptional fly-fishing for trout in rivers and dams. 

Midmar Dam outside Howick is a popular venue for carp and bass fishing, as is Albert Falls Dam further east. There also are a number of excellent courses vying for golfers’ attentions.

Of course, no visit to the Midlands is complete without exploring the Midlands Meander for at least a day or two. The best way to do this is to head north from Howick on the R103, a good tar road that ambles and winds through forests and farmlands. This road is regularly dotted with interesting attractions. 

But don’t stick resolutely to this one road. Pick up a Meander map and explore. Head out to the Dargle, the Karkloof or Curry’s Post. It’ll be quieter, but is just as interesting and picturesque.

Look out for

The Midlands Meander – is what the majority of visitors think of when they hear ‘Midlands’. It deserves its reputation, too. It has become a successful, sustainable tourist attraction that focuses on quality, handmade products and local produce. A few of the highlights are Ardmore Ceramics, the Woodturner, Shuttleworth Weaving and the Zulu Quilt Centre.

Sports – are a major attraction in the Midlands. Every year the Duzi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and, three days later, ends in Durban. The Midmar Mile is an open-water swim that takes place annually in Midmar Dam. The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultramarathon in the world, running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, or vice versa in alternate years.

Howick Falls - are a big drawcard in the region, but don’t think that all one can do is gaze at them.  Take a walk into the gorge, through thick indigenous bush filled with bird calls. You’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the falls, and with a refreshing swim. Adventurers can also abseil over the 107-metre drop, past precariously perching aloes, caressed by the waterfall’s drifting spray.

Hartford House - is a destination worth visiting just for the food. It is also worth spending a night in this historic, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated just outside Mooi River, this romantic getaway on a working horse stud farm is home to an award-winning restaurant. It offers splendid set-course dinners coupled with excellent wines.

Fly-fishing - the first trout to be imported into South Africa were brought to Balgowan in the Midlands. It’s hard to find better fly-fishing than in this region. The dams around Nottingham Road, in the Rosetta/Kamberg District and in the Dargle, are renowned for the trophy rainbow trout. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg are similarly famed. Indigenous yellowfish are becoming increasingly targeted on fly. They can be fished for in the Tugela, Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers, amongst others.

Mountain biking - A number of high-profile mountain biking events are held in the Midlands every year. Pietermaritzburg has even hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup. This should give some indication of the quality of the cycling available in the region.

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