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“We had our little dream wedding here”

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Montusi Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed June 24, 2009

We travelled from Ireland to get married here. We picked it as it seemed high quality without been frilly. It was an excellent choice as the 2 of us stood out on the green grass and under that amazing view on a beautifull sunny day in March got married. As strange as it may seem every other place seemed to be trying to be a high quality urban style hotel in the middle of nature, with all, without exception, failing. Montusi is quality top to bottom to the point I had to ask the Manager, why their website so underplays the place. Which as most of you know is pretty much the opposite of every other accommodation on the planet. I am not saying this as I got married there, as I am the most pedantic in the world when it comes to getting what I expect from Hotels et al.
This place is absolute paradise with plenty to do and great food. As for our wedding the team there could not do enough for us. We wanted a simple wedding with just 4 people under an amazing setting. They helped us in our organisation and in any way they could. This is the best Nature and luxury can bring together without the crazy rates we seen some places look for. Its a true family run diamond in the rough. We look forward to going back, maybe for an anniversary..

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2009

We just finished a lovely visit to Montusi for a quick mid-week holiday. Our stay was only 2 nights, which is not enough time to take advantage of this resort and the beautiful surrounding area.

Upon first impression, it seemed very remote and the drive was down a dusty road with a few small bridge crossings. But the resort itself opened before us with lovely green lawns and thatched-roof cabins on a beutiful property.

This resort is worth every one of its four stars. We loved the teatime cake in the louge (served at 4:00), drinks at the bar, and a lovely dinner in the main dining room every day. Breakfast was delightful and served on the patio. We enjoyed interacting with the staff, who were particularly warm and friendly. Montusi is a family-run operation and it was nice to see small trappings of the familial atmosphere, with a few friendly puppies in the lounge and such.

Most importantly, Montusi differentiates itself my working very closely with the local community. They've helped establish a school for children in the surrounding area, and sponsor several children in the nearby townships to go to school and receive a well-rounded education. Apparently, some previous guests have now opened an orphanage in the nearby township, as well. The warmth and generosity of the staff was very evident.

The highlight of our stay was an afternoon hike to Tugela Falls, which was gorgeous. The staff packed a hearty picnic lunch for us that included everything we needed. We didn't use a guide (as was suggested), but had a very lovely hike on our own. We hope to return sometime soon and take the Amphitheatre hike, which requires a bit longer stay (it's about a 90 minute drive from the resort, so it takes an early morning to make it work).

I would definitely recommend Montusi for a family getaway or a romantic holiday like ours.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MJGv
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Reviewed January 13, 2009

brilliant place amazing food weather a a base to explore the drakensberg region or a secluded mountain retreat a truly great plce

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2009

We stayed at Montusi during Christmas 2008 with two kids (4 years and 10 months). This place offers you a lot to do but suits equally well for those who just want to relax. The service and meals are excellent and the quality of the accommodation is of high standard. The units offer you a lot of space and good level of privacy.

They have special meal times for families with children so can recommend this place for both families with children and couples looking for complete relaxation.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2009

The setting in the Drakensberg Mtns of S. Africa is absolutely beautiful. The staff is dedicated to your pleasure and comfort. And then there is the wonderful food. We were there on Christmas Day and the family that manages the facility invited all the guests to join them in a 3-4 km walk to the river to share hot chocolate and cakes and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. If it wasn't so far away from my home in NYC I'd go back often. If you're going on safari in South Africa you should schedule a few relaxing days at Montusi Mtn Lodge.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed December 23, 2008

Very nice Lodge far far away from the next road or city. If you want to relax, this is a place where you can do this. The food is excellent, the rooms are very clean, the offered activities are very good.

Note: This is not a small B&B, it is quite a big Lodge (appr. 20 rondels) with a business hotel character. It is only 3h from Joburg and the rich South Africans from Joburg are spending their weekends here. This is not a bad thing but you should consider this for your travel schedule.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2008

We were greeted by the family who run the lodge and they are all absolutely wonderful. We stayed at Montusi for three nights and wish we could have stayed longer. The lodge is beautifully located and is a great base to explore the Northern Drakensberg. There are also several hikes on the property.

The cottages are very spacious and well equipped. There are heaters in the bathroom for cooler nights and winter days, a hairdryer, the lounge area has a TV and fireplace, the large beds are extremely comfortable and the private terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the valley. A laundry service is also offered.

The food was delicious and different every evening. We enjoyed the variety and nice wines. Be sure to stop by the bar and play a game of pool pre-dinner. The lodge also prepared a packed lunch for us to take on our hikes.

Overall we had a fantastic time and will definitely be recommending Montusi to our friends. Thank you Carte family.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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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: $247 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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