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Drakensberg Mountain Retreat
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

An absolutely Amazing setting, comfortable rooms and relax feel to the lodge, with some nice hideouts to relax, take in the view and read. the food was delicious and the staff very friendly and helpfull.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

My friend and I spent 4 nights at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat and were absolutely Amazed at the Service provided by the very capable and pleasant staff!
On our arrival, we were informed that our room had been Upgraded, from the cheapest room, to the most expensive room, at no extra cost, because the lodge was not fully booked up. The service was outstanding and all the staff members were pleasant and polite. Sean and Tracy, who manage the lodge, made us feel totally at home and relaxed from the moment we stepped through the door! We were made to feel welcome and were treated with friendliness and respect at all times. The lodge was really a 'home away from home', where we could literally kick off our shoes and lie down on one of the couches and read a book or even doze off! The meals provided, were delicious and the tables in the dining room were properly set with clean table cloths, for each meal. Candlelit dinners with pleasant music in the background, made for a pleasant ending to each day. The views were breathtaking and the wild horses strolling across the property during mealtimes, just added to our enjoyment.
Thank You, Drakensberg Mountain Retreat for a Memorable and Most Pleasant stay... We will Definitely be Back!!!
-Pat Maurick and Mercia Kok-

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at DMR.Experienced great hospitality by Sean and crew!
Staff was very helpful and food was amazing!He also guided/advised us about places nearby for sightseeing.

The Sunset and other views are breathtaking from hotel,and weather was lovely.

They catered for supper for kids early evening followed by lovely candle light dinner for parents which we enjoyed the most.

Another lovable thing was fireplaces at every place/room.

Dirt Road a a bit demotivating for smaller cars but views are worthy,and more signs should be included.

Overall a great experience!

Room Tip: Choose the mountain view rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We spotted the sign and wandered off the beaten track to find this place. Travelling 12 kms on dodgy roads not even sure that there was in fact a lodge open at the end of it. When we arrived, it was breathtaking. This place is one of those "take it as you find it" places that just left us speechless. Gorgeous views, a delightful room with fire and excellent food. the breakfasts were great and dinner divine with a view that can not be captured on film.

Room Tip: Every room is different and seem to cater to everyone ....
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

The setting of this lodge is truly superb. The building itself and decor are also impressive, and our room was well-situated, with a very effective wood-burning stove and private patio.

Unfortunately, the rest of our experience was not as delightful - it appears that guests are encouraged to mingle here, and the communal area has music playing for much of the day. A piano in the lobby was played by children on numerous occasions during our three day stay, and we found that in order to find the peace and quite we had hoped for, we ended up having to vacate the premises and go for a walk. The walks, however, were indeed special.

The lowest point of our stay was the food provided. Breakfasts were average, at best - lukewarm eggs, soggy bacon, salty mushrooms and very limited options. Dinners were also nothing special, for the meat eaters (served lukewarm, on cold plates) and vegetarians had a reheated soya product for supper on three out of three nights, with hardly any fresh vegetables - hardly 'home cooking', and we had given ample warning for dietary requirements.

It is possible that the self-catering option for a large group would be a better choice next time. This was one of the pricier options in the area - we had hoped it would provide a lot more than it was able to.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

I stayed three nights in the Retreat and the whole experience has turned out to be well above what I expected.

Relaxed and friendly atmosphere was so engaging that you do not want to leave the property. An idyllic landscape around with wild houses glazing. Good hiking trails just from the property and indoor pool to cool down. Stunning views on the Drakensberg mountains. A dinner with the candles.

I did daily trips to the nationals parks and the hike up to the Amphitheater was the hike of a lifetime. The length of this hike could be adjusted but the views from any point of the route are breathtaking.

Tracy and Sean, the Retreat's managers, went well boyond their duties in responding to all my requests. When my car broke in the mountains they quickly arranged to solve the problem.

Could not imagine better African experience with the highest comfort and safety.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

This is the kind of place you go to, to reconnect and revive yourself, we unfortunately brought kids with us and this demanded that we travel around to ensure that they are entertained! A lot of activities around including hiking trails (if you are into that hardship!), but generally the views of the Drakensberg Mountain continue to give your heart a skip every-time, especially during sun-downers. The road is a serious deterrent, but you cant really blame the establishment for that, its a government planning issue. Sean's team is really amazing and I must caution the urban rats to take things as they come, there is no need to rush here; and if you are a coffee junkie like me, a self-service facility is available in the main lounge around the clock which is next to an honesty bar, which you need to manage because there can be too much beauty to celebrate. All round an excellent experience.

Room Tip: There are two rooms upstairs that have an amazing view, try these first!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

Address: Scheepersrus Farm | Bergville District Okhahlamba, Bergville 3350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Bergville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Bergville
Price Range: £63 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Drakensberg Mountain Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Drakenberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the northern Drakensberg with breathtaking views. Accommodation at the Lodge is fully catered for breakfast and Dinner. Lunch can be ordered and can be enjoyed on the patio or a picnic basket for your walk in the mountains. The rooms range in quality and size so chat to the management if you want something specific. There are 2 luxurious rooms for romantic couples wanting a totally private retreat. Our pet friendly rooms have enclosed gardens and our large family rooms are wonderful for relaxing with the kids. There are no fixed entertainment activities for the kids. There are marked hiking trails for the fit and not so fit. Enjoy the streams, rivers and just be captured by the quiet of nature. Bring some board games for kids and some of their books from home. Useful on rainy days. The Lodge is set high on a ridge overlooking the northern Drakensberg, the Maluti mountains and most of the central Drakensberg. A wonderful base from which to experience what this part of the Drakensberg has in store for you. The BARNHOUSE is our Self Catering option on the same premises. It offers accommodation for groups and conferences. Enjoy the "homely" atmosphere and caring hosts. ... more   less 
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