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Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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 1 week 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're a lover of wood carved furniture you'll be bowled over by the creative use of wood here. Everything has been handmade. It is a bit off the beaten track but certainly worth a visit. Visitors stay in thatched cottages which are all unique.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Antbear Lodge is not just a very hospitably guesthouse (where we immediately felt at home), but it is also an ongoing creative project of owners Andrew and Connie. As a woodworker, Andrew and his dad (and many volunteers over the years) built the Lodge, the guest buildings, furniture, lighting and decorations all themselves, with great love and artistry. It's...

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Antbear Lodge is a very welcoming and warm place to stay. The beauty of the woodwork, the service, big luxurious rooms, the food and the friendly hosts Andrew and Connie make the drive op to the place very worthwile

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Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay at Antbear. The hospitality of the staff is wonderful and refreshing. Rooms are cozy and the dining lounges are inviting. Do consider, nicely situated for day trips around the central berg.

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London
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guest house is really unique - so much of it constructed by hand and with very interesting detail. A very quiet location with good views Staff were very pleasant and hospitable and added to the stay. Meals are substantial and good home cooking. Only minus was the wet weather = which was outside the control of the staff

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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Thank you Antberg lodge for a nice stay. We were amaized for what you have made this place into, from nothing. All is made with respect for wood crafting and with amazing nature as long we could se. Especially your wood "nerds" and funny creating I wood amazing us.

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Frankfort, South Africa
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We had a water problem. The water was very dirty we couldn't take a bath, but what was worse is we didn't get an apology because of it! We got an upgrade on the room that was nice.Otherwise it was not too bad.

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  • Breakfast included
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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: £119 - £158 (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"”
 of 5 bubbles SholinH, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“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
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