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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent 1 night in their Cave room which is stunning! Very romantic with a fireplace and Jacuzzi bath to complete the picture. And the views from the private deck are out of this world!! Loved the little extra touches like sherry and biscuits in the room on arrival; and the fact that they put a hot water bottle in your... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Anther Guest lodge is conveniently located and accessible - a short distance from the main road. It is quiet and has a relaxed atmosphere. Hosts were friendly and flexible in order to facilitate last minute changes. It was great being able to take my dog.

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Hi Peter, It was lovely having you and Sarah stay with us. We are always willing to help and make things comfortable. We hope that we see the three of you again soon! Kind Regards, Lechal More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Antbear Lodge is really off the beaten track. Driving to get there is a bit messy on dirt roads, but the place itself is a rare gem. We stayed in the cave for 2 nights, which in it self was a worthwhile experience. The cave is amazing, definitely not something you have tried before, and the view from the... More 

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Hello to the Newly Wed Webjorns, Thank you for your review and spending 2 days with us. It was lovely meeting the two of you. We are glad you enjoyed the Cave as your Honeymoon suite. When you are in South Africa again, let us know and we can suggest a different route to hike. Pity two days went by... More 

Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this superb and remote farm and guest house. Not necessarily easy to find (the road is long and curvy but reasonably well ppsted). But when you get there, you will appreciate the hospitality of the owners. Diner room is impressive but quite friendly. Excellent dinner and breakfast. Nice sofas and TV room. The chalets are very well equipped.... More 

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Hi Francois, We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Antbear Lodge! We hope to see you again soon in the future! Kind Regards, Lechal More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We won a prize to spend 2 nights at the Antbear Lodge--a destination that we had never heard of! And what a truly great surprise. The lodge is quite a long way off the main route between Johannesburg and Durban that we had driven many times. Andrew Attwood, the owner, greeted us and showed us to our room--the Cave, their... More 

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Hi Mike, We are so glad that you enjoyed staying in our unique Cave! As well and the tranquil feeling that we like to portray at Antbear Lodge. We hope that in the near future you will come back and experience this all again. Kind Regards, Lechal More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Antbear Lodge is an amazing place to enjoy some peaceful time in a wonderful landscape. The hand-made wooden furniture in the rooms and all around the lodge creates a warm and natural environment. The staff is very friendly, the meals were fresh and delicious. My girlfriend and I had a great time. We are definitely going back again soon.... More 

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Hi Kgolofelo, We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! Its always so nice to see that our guests enjoy the different aspects of Antbear Lodge, and ofcourse the meals here! We hope to see you and your girlfriend soon! Kind Regards, Lechal More 

Darmstadt, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Antbear Lodge is a wonderful place to enjoy some relaxing days in a wonderful landscape. The rooms are cosy, the staff very friendly, and the food excellent. We have been there the second time now and would love to come back at any time.

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Hi 471gertw, Thank you for the lovely review! We are happy to know that you will be back the third time, hopefully there will be a few more after that as well! We look forward to hosting you again. Kind Regards, Lechal More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am staying here with my son. The facilities are great and service excellent. I will return. Lots to do. Pet friendly. One word of caution. Do not use Google maps. It will send you in completely the wrong direction. You need to cross over the metal bridge and keep going and do not go right at the fork where... More 

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

My husband and I have a great time at Antbear Lodge the food was good the staff was amazing and Andrew was a great host . I will recommend this place to my friends and relatives. we found the honesty bar interesting. I was impressed with it because people like Andrew still have trust and faith in human beings. Keep... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had an amazing, relaxed weekend, surrounded by nature. I enjoyed the fireplace in my room during the cold winter evenings. The staff is exceptional, very friendly and courteous. I made some lovely friends too.

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Amenities

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • 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: $128 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Antbear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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