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Montusi Mountain Lodge
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Dollar, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Another visit, another great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

We have been here most years. This time we had only one night but it is always so relaxing and special here.

Everyone is friendly, the Lodges are well cared for and the food is tasty.

On the morning we left, the clouds cleared away and revealed the Amphitheatre in all it's splendour. Worth the trip for that sight alone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Another visit, another appreciated review!
Thank you for giving of your time to post another review of Montusi. We look forward to welcoming you back next year!!
The Amphitheatre is waiting:)
Lindsay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Montusi Mountain Lodge is a truly special and unique place. The landscape that surrounds the comfortable and spacious lodges is breathtaking...the photos can't adequately convey the beauty of the area.

The food was also fantastic and all staff were helpful and friendly.

I look forward to returning in the future!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear Simon,

We so enjoyed hosting the wedding at Montusi in February! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit. It was such a blessing having you all with us. I was so relieved that the weather held out and we were able to enjoy the outdoors.

We hope to welcome you back to Montusi again soon.

Kind regards,
Lindsay
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Montusi is located in a spectacular position in the Drakensberg. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the food is very nice. I would have to agree with a previous review that the cabins snd communal areas, whilst lovely, do need some modernisation and more decorative touches to make this truly spectacular. But we had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear Suzi,

Thanks for your review of Montusi. We are glad that you had a good time with us. We are embarking on some upgrades of the suites and the public areas. We hope that you might return to Montusi one day to have a snoop:)

Kind regards,
Lindsay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

The Lodge overlooks the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. The individual lodges are spacious and luxurious, making for a very tranquil stay. The food was excellent and the family were on hand making sure our 4 nights stop was up to expectations. The guided walk up Montusi Mountain was a bonus.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Thanks for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your four night stay with us.
The Montusi Peak hike is always a great option for guests looking for a great view.
We hope to welcome you back to Montusi again soon.

Kind regards,
Lindsay
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Fenstanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

We picked here as the first part of our holiday and we were glad that we did, it is a great place to unwind in spectacular scenery. Its location is even more stunning than the pictures on the web. The Lodge is still family run and they are ever present ensuring standards are maintained, they even take their meals with the guests quietly keeping a watchful eye. Not that they need to because the service and food is first class. I have read in some reports about the quality of the approach road, the section of road being referred to, is over 30km away on a public highway, hardly the fault of the Lodge owners! After all this is Africa and not Europe! Rooms are individual thatched cabins and ours was well equipped with even an open fire for those chilly evenings. DVDs are available in the reception and we watched Zulu which was filmed using the view from the Lodge as a back drop, miles from the real location. If there is one small suggestion - the pool is down from the main building and the bar, and it would be great if when around the pool the staff came and checked if you wanted drinks or whatever. But having said that, we would go back if we were in the area again. Well done Montusi team.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Dear Mr Ferrier,

Thanks for your review of Montusi and for your advice during your stay. It is always lovely to chat to our guests and I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us.
Your suggestion about service at the pool side is a very good one and we will work on implementing this.
We are delighted that your overall South African experience was positive and hope to welcome you back to Montusi in the future.

Best regards,
Lindsay
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Maastricht, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We decided to visit Drakensbergen because we read lots of reviews about the magnificent views. We googled and found the Montusi Lodge. The route to the lodge is very scenic, the tension is built up and finally you arrive at the premisses. The photos on the internet are great but once you're there you have to admit that everything is much nicer! Just sit in your chair on the terrace of your garden suite and look at the Amphitheatre!!!.
The suite is very well equiped, very spacious room and bathroom (with nice details on the tiles) and shows very high quality. Everything is great: service, staff, views, lodge.
There is just one small remark. On this website, and others, the travellers mentioned the dinner, which was said to be Michelin-star quality. The pictures on the Montusi site showed it too. We didn't feel that way. After discussing this with some staff they told us that their chef had left and they didn't reach their expected level. Fortunately we saw some reviews that a new chef has been hired so we hope that the quality of the dinner can again compete with the quality of the suites and the views to the Drakensbergen!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thanks very much for taking the time to post a review of Montusi. We really appreciate the feedback.
We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and are delighted to report that our new head chef is settling in very well and has already implemented a few tweaks to our menus and food presentation. We do hope that you will be able to visit Montusi again one day and hopefully you will find an improvement in the cuisine.

We trust the rest of your South African adventure was a delight.

Kind regards,
Lindsay
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Montusi truly is a gem of a place. My husband swept me away to this secret hideyhole and asked me to marry him (all superbly orchestrated as a surprise with the Carte family in cahoots). We loved our stay so much that we decided to get married there too. I cannot explain how the whole montusi family (staff included) made our wedding a magical day to remember for us and friends who travelled from around the world. If you want complete relaxation and peace then come here. The culinary delights are to die for (new chef recently started and I am sure he is brilliant), there are numerous hikes that suit all abilities and great mountain biking trails so make sure you bring a bike (helmet is a must for those wicked descents). We keep coming back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Lindsay C, Manager at Montusi Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Dear Sarah,
Thanks so much for making your Montusi experiences public! We have loved getting to know you and look forward to welcoming you back to Montusi:D
Kind regards,
Lindsay
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Property: Montusi Mountain Lodge
Address: Off D119 | Northern Drakensberg, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park 3350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Montusi Mountain Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Montusi is a four-star, family-run lodge in the Northern Drakensberg World Heritage Site offering Space, Comfort and Peace in uncluttered, unpretentious luxury. Each free-standing suite enjoys stunning views of the Amphitheatre Mountain. Suites have one or two bedrooms, all en-suite with bath and walk-in shower, and lounge with patio, fireplace, fridge and tea/coffee facility.Imaginative gourmet cuisine makes for sumptuous dining.Activities: hiking, fishing, tennis, swimming, horse-riding, birding, mountain-bike and 4x4 trails (bring your wheels), relaxing. ... more   less 
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