We have just been notified that our Best of the Drakensberg with Hot Air Ballooning Tour has been nominated as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by InfoHub.com, the #1 travel portal on the Internet specialized in the out-of-ordinary vacations. This is indeed the perfect trip for everyone who is looking for a getaway that really offers something different and is a unique compilation of the
best what Drakensberg has to offer!In connection with this, we are glad to offer our guests a special prize! Any of you who book a tour with Antbear Lodge before January 25, 2018 may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub’s sister-company GPSmyCity – publisher of travel apps for Apple and Android. The GPSmyCity app features offline city maps, self-guided walking tours and travel articles for 1,000 cities worldwide, using which you can turn your mobile into a personal tour guide. With this app in hand you can explore Durban , Johannesburg and any other major urban destination in Africa and anywhere else in the world on your own, at your own pace. The GPSmyCity app works offline so there’s NO need to worry about roaming charges when traveling abroad. A lucky winner, chosen at random, will get a one-year full membership of the GPSmyCity app including access to ALL the GPSmyCity content – over 6,500 self-guided city walks and travel articles – to the total value of over $8,000!!!

Looking for a Drakensberg Getaway that really offers something different. Float in a hot air balloon below the towering Drakensberg Mountains and experience the very best that this area offers with this 5 night package. Stay for 5 nights at Antbear Lodge and we will offer you a special deal of 20% discount off our normal rates.

Antbear Lodge offers accommodation in a luxury cave. This is an accommodation unit built under a rock. Glass doors open onto a wooden deck with hammock chairs and a spectacular view of the Drakensberg Mountains. This is an up market Eco experience. The cave is cozy and comfortable and has features like a Jacuzzi spa bath, lounge with fire place and even has rock art on the walls. We also offer a private dining experience where we setup a table on the deck of your cave and you dine by candlelight under the stars.

So just what can you do to fill your days while you are here.

Day 1: Visit Giants Castle National Park and do some walking in the mountains. There are trails to fit everyone’s level of ability from half an hour stroll to 8 hours of heavy going. Whatever you choose you will be exposed to spectacular mountain views. And we can even supply you with a picnic lunch if you so desire

Day 2: Drive through the Midlands Meander with its quaint little coffee shops, arts and craft outlets and cheese, olive and wine tasting and visit the spectacular Nelson Mandela museum and sculpture. No need to take a packed lunch here as there are just so many great options. Our recommendation is the Bierfassl where you can also try some of the locally brewed craft beer.

Day 3: Visit Kamberg Nature Reserve and walk up to the rock art site called Game Pass Shelter. The Game Pass Shelter is commonly referred to as the “Rosetta Stone” of southern African rock art, for it was here that archaeologists first uncovered a vital key to deciphering the code of the Bushman rock art. It is nothing short of a world-class experience in Khoisan rock art and living Zulu and San culture. And to boot the walk to the rock art site is spectacular and exposes you to a beautiful waterfall and lovely views. Our tip is to view the video at the Rock Art Center before you start walking. It will change the dynamic with the guide to become a conversation rather than a lecture.

Day 4: Visit the bubbling Champagne Valley starting with a bird of prey show, visiting some beautiful waterfalls and having lunch at the Valley Bakery. The opportunity to do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour or downhill scooters offered by Scootours and then finishing off the day with the amazing Drakensberg Boys Choir performance (only avail on Wednesdays so perhaps its worth mixing the order of the days to accommodate this concert)

Accommodation Rates are R1750 per person per night and includes breakfast and dinner.

5 night special deal is R8750 R7000
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Additional activities:

  • Hot air ballooning. Experience the awesome thrill and peaceful serenity of hot air ballooning on the edge of the Drakensberg mountains. Giants Castle, the Champagne Valley, the Kamberg Vallay. The hot air balloon take-off site is from Antbear Lodge and within sight of Giants Castle. What the launch of your balloon while enjoying a morning coffee with rusks. Once the hot air balloon is heated and you are in the balloons basket you will love your flight of around an hour. Views of the mountains, the possibility of flying over the neighboring game reserve, Wagondrift dam and the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands make this are perhaps one of the most spectacular areas to fly in anywhere.  After helping to pack the hot air balloon you will return to a location to the lodge for a Champagne breakfast. (R2900 per person)
  • Include horse back trails through a game reserve. An Exclusive Equestrian Experience is offered by Zulu Waters amongst an incredible array of game including two of the Big Five (Cape Buffalo and White Rhino). Two or Three hour horse trails are available with scrumptious picnic lunches on request. (From R350 per person)
  • Horse trails for beginners. The horse trails offered by Antbear Lodge are ideal for first timers. The horses are calm and slow and we use the gentler horse whispering techniques to train our horses. The landscape on the farm is beautiful. (R300 per person)
  • Much more … quad bikes trails, game drives, battlefield tours, white water rafting and so much more. or just relaxing and taking things easy with us at the lodge


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