Natal Midlands – Antbear Drakensberg Lodge in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains gives you more than just the luxurious comfort of home , its a whole experience of eclectic and quirky art, alternative and sustainable living and there is no doubt you will leave relaxed and inspired.

The view from Antbear Drakensberg Lodge

The view from Antbear Drakensberg Lodge

Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is perched high above the bushman’s river valley and looks out with a spectacular view across the Drakensberg Mountains. The nearest is Giants Castle but dont be fooled you can see right across to the Amphitheater some 120 km away. This view is perhaps one of the most breathtaking views ever encountered.

To really appreciate this little hideaway, guests should ideally spend at least three nights there to fully experience the rural ambiance of this charming country hotel with its understated modern comforts of jacuzzi spa baths and what seems like unlimited hot water. There are fireplaces in the rooms and comfortable beds with beautiful freshly pressed linen and duvets. Buts it is the wooden furniture and finishing that will just take your breath away.  And its all make right here at the Antbear Lodge.

This is a place for happy animals

This is a place for happy animals

Andrew is clearly and artist and some of the creations are simply mind blowing. Its not often you find things like wooden hinges, complicated closing mechanisms for doors and windows all using wood and some ideas that few people will ever have seen before anywhere else. In fact its funny how some guests spent hours just walking around the lodge looking at the furniture as if they were in an art gallery. The passion and love that has gone into this lodge is clearly visible everywhere.

Conny is the passion that’s behind the garden and the mini farm. She trains her horses using the softer horse whispering techniques and most of the many animals here have been rescues. Well its clear that they have now found animal heaven and will live out their days in comfort and a loving environment. She has a few cows and uses the milk to make her own cheese, yogurt and butter. Conny has  a collection of various colorful chickens and ducks and geese and supplies the lodge with fresh eggs too. And there is everything imaginable that grows to be found in the garden.

The main lodge door with wooden hinges and integrated melted bottles

The main lodge door with wooden hinges and integrated melted bottles

Dinner at Antbear Lodge is a communal affair. Everyone sits together and conversation is very interesting. Andrew has some very different perspectives on just about everything and this is a place where laughter and fun is impossible to miss. And there is lots of advice of what to do for your coming day as well as shring the highlights of your day. The food served is excellent. Its an eclectic fusion of South African faverites and a touch of somewhere else. Its all cooked from scratch and not overdone into something overly pretentious. In fact its like just about everything here its got its own flair and own way of things.

Weddings are a new aspect that Antbear Lodge is getting involved in. Its really geared for the smaller occasions with up to 100 guests and of course they have their own take on things. The little chapel looks out through glass windows onto the spectacular view and the lodge is used as the reception venue. The whole lodge is hired out for the exclusive use of the wedding couple. This is a place that’s like getting married in a special art gallery and it seems that its a place where the wedding gets talked about for a long time after the ceremony.

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