We stayed here mainly to do the amphitheatre hike, and because we had a rental car wanted to do it independently. However, the manager was emphatic that we couldn't take a 2WD to the car park and she also wouldn't offer any help such as directions or maps. This is because they want everyone to take an expensive tour. We ended up taking a tour, but found 2WD cars at the car park, although the road was rough! Also tour was unprofessional. late leaving, long stops and two hours late getting back. The actual accommodation was okay, though more expensive than other Drakensberg backpackers. We didn't eat at the restaurant as there was only a 3 course meal which didn't appear to be good value. Overall we wouldn't stay here again or recommend this place.
- 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