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Antbear Lodge

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06/04/2017 06/05/2017
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you don't enjoy Antbear Lodge then you might not have a soul. What an extraordinary place! Everything the place seems designed both to relax the body and stimulate the mind: comfortable rooms; exceptionally friendly management and staff; ingenious fantasy carpentry; great food; marvellous views of the Drakensberg; and easy access to excellent local hiking routes. And if you get...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a little difficult getting there at night, due to the darkness, but once we got there WOW, the wonderful lights of the mail complex and the warm reception that we got upon arriving, was out of this world. After a short tour of the lodge, we retired to a cosy fire in the unit well stocked with a...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely loved this place! A really charming spot with so much character, great value for money and staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. I would definitely come stay again. And the breakfast was amazing!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Antbear is a haven of peace set in beautiful countryside where we could relax the moment we arrived. The dirt roads leading to the lodge are accessible, even for my Kia Rio, and lead to a really cool spot. Doors, cupboards, stair cases are all hand made and original, the food is well-prepared and very tasty, and the staff are...

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Franschhoek Wine Valley, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a quiet place with unique rooms/cottages with a beautiful view. We stayed there in autumn and it can be quite cold in the rooms, (only a fireplace which is very romantic but the room smells quite strong of smoke). A small electrical heating unit is also available. Very friendly staff and the owner himself is very helpful giving...

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Grahamstown, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Antbear Lodge is utterly unique. You will not find a space like this anywhere else in the world, The location is just stunning with the most magnificent views, rolling out over lakes and mountains as far as the eye can see. But it is also the Lodge itself which is so special - hand-built with creatively carved wooden features by...

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Durban
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We truly enjoyed our visit at Antbear Lodge - both as a private holiday and as a source of inspiration and valuable contacts within organic and sustainable hospitality. Incredible architecture and interior design, meaningful talks, nice food, wonderful nature and relaxation. We hope to host the staff at Antbear Lodge at our site in Durban - The Green Camp Gallery...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A special place filled with peace and the kindest of hosts, great food, pet friendly and close to both the Midlands and Drakensberg. My child wept when we left she loved it so much. We made many new friends both human and animal.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very unique lodge in between the Drakensberg and the Midlands Meander. We enjoyed our beautiful rooms, the beautiful surroundings and all the lovely meals. It is a destination on its own so if you go I would suggest, you just stay near the lodge and enjoy the tranquility, the farm, the views and the labyrinth.

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed April 17, 2017

A wonderful wedding venue. Unique setting and perfect attention to detail. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and were friendly and polite. Food was outstanding . Breakfast eaten at leisure and the surroundings so peaceful and beautiful. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Free Parking
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  • Room Service
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: $147 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Antbear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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“All rooms are good, with excellent views and all the amenities you'll need. There's also a honeymoon suite cut into a cave.”
PNC151, 6 days ago | Read review
“Get the "cave room/chalet"”
SholinH, Jan 5, 2017 | Read review
“The luxury cave has a nice view and is amazing to be in”
749johanb, Nov 23, 2016 | Read review
“Cave room but all rooms are special”
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“Views galore from where ever you are”
DaleF477, Aug 23, 2016 | Read review
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