South Africa accommodation hospitality at its best
Welcome to the Antbear Drakensberg Lodge where we offer South Africa accommodation hospitality at its very best. Our stunning Drakensberg lodge is situated centrally and provides the perfect destination for your Drakensberg holiday. This incredible getaway delivers unique South Africa accommodation options with a choice of en-suite doubles, luxury suite accommodation and a luxury cave for those special occasions. Yes the Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is a perfect place to stay to explore the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands.
But we think there is more to accommodation than the bed and that a lot of what makes us so hospitable are the people who live and work here. We are a team and we love what we do and all work together to spoil you and make your stay memorable.
Antbear Drakensberg Lodge employs local Zulu staff from the local area. Most have no previous work experience or formal training. We provide continues training and skills development with workshops and practical training. Our vision at Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is based on responsible tourism including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. Perhaps this is why we have such a low staff turnover and also a commitment from all to make this business successful.
Andrew and Conny
Andrew used to be involved with computers and ran a small IT consultant business in Germany. That was many years ago but that has kept us in good standing especially with things like web sites. Andrew moved back to South Africa in 2000 and has looked for a slower pace of life and a more rural way of living. That resulted in the creation of the Antbear Drakensberg Lodge. Andrew now has time to spend on new ventures. He is currently publishing a coffee table book about the Drakensberg and has just learned to fly a microlight. Spend some time with him and talk about the many places in the world he has been from Antartica to the Sudan
Conny has made here home in South Africa. She married Andrew in 1996 and was the inspiring drive to come here and start a lodge in the Drakensberg Mountains. Conny grew tired of her stressful life in Cologne has found here place creating our own little paradise. She has established an organic vegetable garden, learned to ride and train horses, has created masterpieces with alternative building styles and is the glue that holds the Antbear together. It had always been a dream of hers to look after animals and here at the Antbear she has fulfilled them completely.
Thoko, Nomusa and Bongiwe
Thoko has been a part of our Antbear family since the very beginning. Without Thoko something would be missing from the Lodge. She helps out where ever it is necessary from welcoming you to our lodge to making sure the garden is not being neglected or that the raspberries are being cooked into jam. She has recently together with Conny started to learn to spin wool, knit and weave as we slowly start our new home weaving venture.
Nomusa and Bongiwe make sure that everything is clean and are responsible for the rooms. The take pride in their efforts and we are indeed thankful that they are around
Velopie, Che and Londiwe
There is no doubt about it. These three women who work in the kitchen have come a long way. They started at the lodge with no skills what so ever and have gained a passion for cooking and hospitality.
So if you also think that your South Africa accommodation experience should be more than just a comfortable bed and delicious food then come and come and be spoiled by us.