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Port Shepstone, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very relaxing and beautiful scenery. Friendly and helpful staff. Will recommend it to anybody who wants to relax and find themselves in this rat race again. Lots of attractions and restaurants to visit nearby.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is no run of the meal lodge. It is in the middle of nowhere accessed from a long and winding dirt track, there is no TV in the rooms and no locks on the doors. What a fantastic surprise and pleasure! The staff are very helpful and Andrew the owner an absolute mine of knowledge. Both our days were...

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Houthalen, Belgium
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at Antbear and Andrew just was already coming outside to welcome us. He's such a gentle person. He took his time to explain everything in the lodge and helped us out with some tips what to do the next days, taking into account the weather and our previous and next steps in our trip. The central house itself...

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Thank Johan B
Trompsburg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed every minute of our stay and will definately go again when we are in that area. We came by it quite by accident, but what a find! Next time we will stay for longer, because one night is much too short!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We regretted not staying longer. The place is very quiet and comfortable. The rooms huge and very individual. The manager and his staff are very lovely and planned out everything we needed to see and go to on our stay. The lodge is very sustainable and everything is build and designed by the manager boss himself. The food was great!...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful experience. Something completely different. The woodworking is inspiring and uplifting. Take time out to talk to the owners Andrew and Connie and the experience becomes so much more when you understand the passion and drive to develop this Lodge using alternative building materials. We only spent a night on our way back to Joburg from the coast but...

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Howick, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were lucky enough to be able to spend two days at this unique, but awesome place. I am a fussy eater, but the meals were out of this world, and I was not disappointed once. We went on a long walk up the hill behind the Lodge and the views were breathtaking. Andrew was a gracious...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very special accommodation but on the weird side. People are friendly but not very helpful. We had rather cold weather so this made clear that windows and doors let in a draft. It was cold and windy in the room as outside. Having a warm shower was no choice as the warm water ran out after few minutes or...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Andrew and his wife share a passion for nature and simplicity and they have Found a Marketing Mix which works for both them, the guests and their volunteers And permanent staff. A sot of sustainable hippy farm if you like. I felt distinct nostalgic links to my student years in Yorkshire in the late 60's . Food and Accommodation is...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for the weekend, comfortable cave suite, very peaceful, kept company by sunbirds / starlings/ bulbul / hoopoe. 45 min drive to giants castle game reserve ( at a reasonable pace ), where the cave hike to view rock art offered rewarding views. Breakfast was special with home made breads, cheese, jam, cream cheese and milk - a guilt free...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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: $195 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Antbear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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“The luxury cave has a nice view and is amazing to be in”
 of 5 bubbles 749johanb, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Cave room but all rooms are special”
 of 5 bubbles , 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Views galore from where ever you are”
 of 5 bubbles DaleF477, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“"The Cave" is superb.”
 of 5 bubbles DonPackett, 11 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Stay in the cave!”
 of 5 bubbles Webjorns, 23 Jul 2016 | Read review
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