This is a wonderful facility with tremendous potential. The site is on the Amphitheatres doorstep and on clear days you can see the horseshoe. The rooms are comfortable and the bar and communal areas are well equipped. There is a jacuzzi and a rock climbing wall! Don't be fooled however by the hostels location. Despite being able to see the Amphitheater, owing to the landscape, it is actually two hours drive from the hike departure point at the Sentinel.
The restaurant is warm and cozy. The food is average and consequently overpriced. The staff in the restaurant put meals at the end of the table and expected guests to pass them down. Not great service given the price of the food.
The real let down of this hostel are its management and staff. The bar and reception staff were abominably rude. Not just to us, but several other people. The obnoxious attitude exhibited by staff was towards people who were nothing but polite and pleasant with staff members. We witnessed staff swearing obscenities at shocked clients!
We also did a hike which was guided by staff members of the hostel. The guide was completely overpriced. The information provided to us about the hike was completely inadequate. They also took us onto the mountain on a day where they knew there would be no more visibility than 5 metres in front of us at any time. Disappointing. The guide again used obscenities.
Despite the lovely setting, I would not stay here again owing to the unprofessional people running the hostel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The venue is really amazing. The lodge is found on a stunning 300 hectares of land near the foot of the Amphitheatre (Royal Natal National Park) and Cathedral Peak. The Mpande River weaves through the lands. There are buck, small mammals and a fantastic array of wild birds near the 2 dams and a picture postcard view from the lawn, a 360 degree panorama that takes in the entire Northern range from the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak. The lodge is a base from which you can explore different sections and all the highlights of the Drakensberg Park each day. Built from stone, thatch and wood, the place is like an artist's sculpture with stained glass, metal and wooden carvings, mosaics and beautiful indigenous rockeries. ... more less