Are you a digital nomad deciding on your next stop to visit? Well, the Drakensberg Mountains are best known for its laid-back relaxing vibe, spectacular views and clean fresh mountain air. With this pandemic, open space in nature and fresh air has become a premium making the Drakensberg the perfect place for digital nomads.
Many people are starting to realise the benefit of getting out of the hot zone and working in the middle of nowhere. We have a lot of people who have been working from home for the past year and are finding that they can just as easily also take up the digital nomad lifestyle.
So if you’re living the laptop lifestyle, here are some reasons why you should consider a longer stay at Antbear Lodge and get a real feeling for these mountains.
It might be a bit of a cliché as a digital nomad, but if coffee really does fuel your productivity then you’ll be well looked after here at Antbear. The best part is that Antbear Lodge just includes as much coffee as you can drink into its digital nomad deal
Chasing the sun isn’t a bad way to spend your days, but it can mean dodging wet seasons and planning your itinerary around the weather. Not so much in the Drakensberg. You might feel the temperatures dropping a bit in winter overnight but with a cosy fireplace its all but forgotten. Summer is never humid either. In short, it’s one of the most comfortable climates in the world.
When you spend a lot of time staring at a screen as a digital nomad, it’s important to step back and unplug sometimes. Getting that work-life balance couldn’t be easier than at Antbear Lodge – there are loads of ways to kick back, from just chilling to hiking, abseiling, stargazing, slackpacking, mountain biking, horse trails, hot air ballooning and we have not even gotten off the property yet. So much more to do in the area too.
One of the biggest considerations for any digital nomad has to be the cost of living. When you’re looking for somewhere to stay long term, you want to know that your hard-earned cash will stretch. South Africa is an affordable destination wherever you go, but Antbear Lodge is offering some really impressive long stay deals.
When you work for yourself, you probably spend a lot of time upskilling. But what about outside of work? Travelling is a great time to get out of your comfort zone and learn something new. At Antbear Lodge we offer volunteer opportunities to get involved in horse whispering, woodworking, alternative building, permaculture, cheese making, artisanal bread baking and more. We kind of do these things every day and offer opportunities to get involved and learn hands-on. We customise what we are doing to what you would like to learn.
Between clients and coordinating travel plans, you’re definitely too busy to be bothered by lengthy visa processes. No worries! Residents from many countries, including the US and those across Europe, can spend up to 90 days in South Africa visa-free. If you want to stay longer – and you probably will – then you can extend although it is a painful process. Some people just head over to a neighbouring country and then get a new 3-month visa coming back into South Africa.
We’ve left arguably the most important point on this list until last. Unless you’re doing a deliberate digital detox, no-one wants to be stuck somewhere without a Wi-Fi connection – especially not when your work depends on being online. Deadlines and dial-up just don’t go hand in hand.