It was quite cold and cloudy day when we arrived in Northern Drakensberg area. It was one of the last days of our trip to South Africa and we were on our way from the coast to Johannesburg. Despite the cloud cover we decided to check this area out and so we needed a place for the night. We found Hlalalanathi by chance.
The reception was already closed but the lovely lady at the gate told us that there is a place for us - "unfortunately" there were only chalets for 4 left (there were only 2 of us) but she gave it to us for the price of 2-person-chalet. Well, we did not mind :)
When we arrived to our chalet, we discovered that this was in fact a 2-storey-house with a large living room (that included fireplace, LCD TV, sofas), 2 huge bedrooms, a kitchen (with all the utensils), a toilet, a bathroom (with a full size bath) and a balcony with an amazing view to the valley! It was clearly the best value for money lodging of our whole 3,5-weeks trip. Although it was a bit chilly outside, the house was warm.
The negative side was the fact that everything was closed, even the restaurant. I guess it is expected that the guests use the possibilities of the houses and cook themselves. But that was not a big problem as the security guard told this upon our arrival and in the same time suggested a nice pizza place nearby.
All in all we were really glad we found Hlalalanathi. As I told before the value for money was incredible, surroundings absolutely fabulous (despite the clouds) and I would definitely go there again. But then I would stay longer than one night - the area deserves it.
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- Also Known As:
- Hlalanathi Berg Hotel Bergville