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.
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We only spent one night at Antbear and I am so sad we couldn't stay any longer! We had the most incredible time - Accommodation was beautiful, very clean and comfortable. And the food was out of this world. Andile was an incredible host, and nothing felt like too much trouble! We can't wait to go back!
A cave in the mountain
We stayed at the cave at Antbear lodge. The owner Andrew and his staff are wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. Stying at the cave is a unique experience and it is well equipped with a fireplace with ample wood, small fridge and kingsize bed. The cave have a private deck with great views of the river and Drakensberg. Breakfast and dinner were good. Located close to Giants Castle and Kamberg nature reserves. The road to the lodge from the N3 is gravel and in poor condition but accessible with a normal vehicle. All the woodwork and furniture at the lodge is special and very unique
We stayed 3 nights at the lodge, and we enjoyed it so much. It started with a warm welcome by Andile and handpicked flowers in our room. We stayed at no. 8 which is a very spacious, beautiful unit, with a fenced garden for our pup to play. All the woodwork is impressive, from the doors to the furniture. The fact that our dog was allowed to roam freely everywhere added so much pleasure to our stay. She met up with all the animals, and the highlight was of course meeting Angel! The circular hike is beautiful and our dog loved running in the fields and jumping in the dam. The scenery around the lodge is stunning, it is so peaceful! The first evening it was very cold, but the fireplace kept us warm. Breakfast and dinner were delicious, with lots of homemade treats. It is such a great place to unwind, highly recommend it.
Wedding anniversary celebration
Thoroughly enjoyable stay at Antbear. Accommodation in cave was comfortable, well set out, secluded & quiet with wonderful views of the mountains. Loved the outside shower and sherry was a welcome night cap for the chilly evenings. Staff were fantastic. So friendly & went out of their way to make this occasion special for us. Food was delicious. All home cooked & home grown which made it taste even more heavenly. Compliments to the chef. Wood work too throughout the lodge is absolutely stunning. Only one suggestion that I could make is to perhaps includes a games room especially for those rainy days and for people travelling with children.
Simon Van Der Mullen
Couple · Holiday
Just an amazing place to stay the night. we took her of with a hot air balloon that we booked before. the staff is super friendly they did our laundry and everything. the view is breath taking. the rooms are super cozy. just a place to visit!!!!
Carlea van der Linde
We were completely blown away by our stay at Antbear Lodge. It was by far the best accommodation and service we received on honeymoon. The luxury Cave is a must and the food was of the highest standard. We felt so welcomed. We are already planning when we can return. A little gem in the mountains.
A truly great experience
We had an absolutely wonderful and very relaxing time at Antbear lodge. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, from the moment we arrived until we left. Both breakfast and dinner were really well prepared. The woodwork is truly something to see everywhere in the main area as well as the rooms. The farm and animals, especially the horses, are well looked after. I will definitely return.