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Durban, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I have just returned from a weekend at antbear lodge. My wife had been looking at going for a while and we saw a deal on on group on....However we were both extremely disappointed by the service,food and attentiveness and can not believe normal prices are R3000 per night ... ...we would have demanded my money back... More 

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Sungai Buloh, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We wish we had stay more than a night at the cave lodge. The lodge, friendly staff, good and nice homemade food for diner and breakfast exceed our expectation. The dining and lounge areas are all communal with long dining room tables where guests enjoy breakfast and dinner as a group. We love the view of the mountain and sunset.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to experience sustainable living in a beautiful setting with delicious food, gorgeous lodges, activities such as hiking, horseriding and micro lighting then Antbear is the place to be. I loved it!

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Thank Inge L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely one of the best accommodations decisions that I have made. The uniquely crafted furniture, friendly and helpful staff, great food, majestic views, jacuzzi, fireplace, hammock chairs etc etc etc makes this a very special place. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked my stay at Antbear Lodge based on the reviews. I can honestly say the lodge, staff and owner exceeded my expectations by far. I searched for something unique and this establishment is really that and more. I could have stayed at any of the other hotels in the mountains, but I am so glad I chose to stay... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pricing is rediculoius and creates a false exspectation of luxury based on the advertising. Dont expect compensation on your disapointment. Twin spoor farm road gets you past the rotting wooden buck at the main farm house gate. Enter the foyer having walked past old steel wagon wheels totally unplaced. An old delapidated farm shed at the back of the accomadation... More 

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AndrewAttwood, Owner at Antbear Lodge, responded to this review

Isn't it funny how the very next review gives us 5 stars? Every guest receives the same care and attention. This review is is just vindictive and is the second review for the same stay. This whole fiasco came about because we dont have TV in the rooms. We advertise the fact that we dont have TV as well as... More 

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked for the entire weekend for a group of Mindscape students who came from different parts of South Africa. What a setting! What hospitality. I teach this course all over the world, and THIS is the most spectacular venue I have ever had the pleasure to teach in. Of course, all participants will probably have to diet for the next... More 

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Thank Dale F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderfull place. In the middle of nowhere, which is great. Andrew is a great guy with many stories to tell. The lodges are strangely unique and stunning. When cold in winter, they will make sure a "bedpan"? (Warm water kruik) is installed. The sunsets are ridiculously beautiful. Very nice team, always willing to help. Fine food. It's very nice... More 

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Westville, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were shocked by the facilities at Antbear when based on the tariff and the "Luxury" description of the establishment. When compared to other resorts in the Drakensberg, this one falls short. We were also charged the same price for the "Luxury" Cave as the standard cottage per person. We decided to leave before we spent a night, as we... More 

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It hurts me to read a review like this and it has certainly taught me that Antbear Lodge is not for everyone. I love our place, am proud of what we have achieved over the last 16 years. I dont think we even dropped the ball here. This is a case of the wrong person at the wrong place. It... More 

Pretoria
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited Antbear for a romantic long weekend. On arrival we were greeted by Lechal who showed us around and explained how everything works. The dining and lounge areas are all communal with 2 long dining room tables where guests enjoy breakfast and dinner as a group. It was so much fun to meet new people with every sitting, everyone... More 

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Thank you so much for your compliments. It really makes things so worthwhile when we manage to meet and exceed the exceptions of our guests. I hope we see you gys again soon More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Antbear Lodge is situated in the Drakensberg Mountains and is a perfect base to explore the very best of what this region offers. The Drakensberg Mountains are renowned for their dramatic natural beauty spectacular mountain scapes, waterfalls and sunsets. And don't forget about the bushman rock art paintings made by the San people over a period of 4000 years. Come and be inspired by their history and spirituality. Essentially we are an accommodation provider offering 15 individually styled units as either en-suite doubles, family units or luxury suites. Our most unique accommodation is our luxury cave which blends into its environment to create an atmosphere of privacy and seclusion. Glass doors open on to a wooden deck with hammock chairs with an uninterrupted panoramic view of the Drakensberg Mountains. You could even consider a romantic private dining experience on the deck of your cave under the stars. The natural setting is stunning and we have managed to make the accommodation fit in with ease. Each of the units are different and are separate from each other creating a feeling of generosity. The rooms are smartly appointed and individually designed for comfort. And have the features like fireplaces and jacuzzi spa baths. We have put a huge amount of effort into making our own wooden furniture which includes tables, chairs, headboards, windows, doors and light fittings. In fact you will discover unique and eccentric wooden furniture everywhere in the lodge. Artistic design is captured through wooden hinges, engraved glass and mosaics. And if you feel like seeing how we make our furniture feel free to put your nose into our workshop. We are one of those places where everyone dines together. It makes for great conversation and is a perfect opportunity to plan your next day. We use our own organic vegetable garden. We have our own chickens for eggs, cows for milk, make own cheese. Butter and yogurt and bake our own bread. Sustainability is a huge part of the ethos of our lodge. We have used alternative materials like straw bales to build the place and use solar for heating water and a reed bed filter cleaning waste water. There is plenty to do here besides relaxing. I have a pilots license and a microlight at the lodge. If the weather is good I love to take guests with me. To glide together with the vultures or fly along the Drakensberg escarpment is often considered as the highlight of a tour. We practice the softer horse whispering techniques to train our horses and offer out rides that are particularly suited to beginners and first timers. There are hiking trails to fit every level of fitness, even guided. The vulture hides at Giants Castle are perhaps the best options available anywhere to see and photograph these birds. Or add a bit of adrenalin with a canopy tour. Visit the Nelson Mandela Capture site while you explore our local arts and craft route with cheese tastings, chocolate dipping and meeting some of the artists themselves. So if you're looking for a place where art, beauty and time away are important then Antbear Lodge is worth a second look. We invite you to came and share some of our dream, some of our alternative, sustainable and relaxed way of life. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Antbear Lodge

Address: Fernhurst Farm | P171 Moor Park/Giants Castle Rd, Central Drakensberg, Estcourt 3310, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Estcourt
Price Range: $105 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Antbear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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