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Grahamstown, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Reading, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The long drive from Durban was more than worth it as this place is an amazing getaway. You can enjoy peace and quiet, stunning scenery and spectacular thunderstorms! The lodge we stayed in was huge, spotless and the bed was very comfortable. The staff too were very accommodating and friendly making our stay very enjoyable.

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Alberton, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the rate and what you get is not the best. luckely i bought it on a auction. the water stink , not for the romantic, its yellow in colour. the food was great, the beds and pillows was terrible. Cleanliess was great. i would not pay that amount for a non romantic bath or bed. appart from that it was...

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Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing stay! Ayanda asset to Antbear Drakensberg Lodge, Andrew and his team's hospitality is the best. Food and atmosphere.....just everything in and around Antbear was amazing. Cannot wait for our winter visit to experience the fireplaces and snow.... Thank you team we really enjoyed our stay....just to short

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The silence was deafening in this amazing get away. We stayed in the luxury cave and it was awesome. Andrew and Connie are great hosts who have put blood, sweat and tears into this quiet corner of this planet. The night sky was the most amazing I have ever seen in my life.I have never been able to see so...

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Benoni
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Weather was nice. The lodge is perfectly located, with a great view. The food was very good and tasty, compliments to the chef. Breakfast was excellent. WiFi in the rooms would be nice, It was really great!

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  • Breakfast included
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  • 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
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Estcourt
Price Range: €134 - €195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Antbear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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“Get the "cave room/chalet"”
SholinH, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The luxury cave has a nice view and is amazing to be in”
749johanb, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Cave room but all rooms are special”
, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Views galore from where ever you are”
DaleF477, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“"The Cave" is superb.”
DonPackett, 11 Aug 2016 | Read review
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