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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Well, I really enjoyed my time at Antbear Lodge recently. A group of friends and I went up to Antbear for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised by many aspects of the property. I really enjoyed all the woodwork and passion that has gone into creating the physical buildings and rooms. Each room is seriously 4/5 * quality... More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Having read a number of great reviews and a handful of not so great ones we looked forward to our stay at the lodge. There were a handful of slightly critical reviews but everywhere has those which we generally take with a pinch of salt. The lodge and our accommodation (the cave) are great and I really like what has... More 

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Thank LiamHum
Sandton, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2016

My expectation of the Lodge, based on the marketing material, was somewhat different... luxury cabin, amazing views..... did not experience this at all. Cabin had no view whatsoever, would definitely not call it "luxury" at all, except for the amazing wood creations it's pretty ordinary & extremely dark even during the day as there is very little natural light. Was... More 

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Thank Andre H
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious- it really is great to have breakfast and supper taken care of. Beds were so comfortable. Fireplace in our room was much needed and a real treat. Jacuzzi was awesome. Complimentary biscuits were very delicious. The directions are tricky but once you have been once it's easy. The staff were welcoming and the dining area creates... More 

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Thank Ashleigh T
Polokwane, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Location of the place was not comfortable to reach because of the dirt road . The staff was very friendly. The food was nice .The view of the mountains was spectacular . The weather was not up to my expectation because of the windy conditions .

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Loved the communal table and being able to chat to guests from around the world. Good food and conversation always goes well together. Comfortable bed in such a beautiful room and the fireplace was very appreciated. The woodwork in the main lodge and rooms is incredible! Loved my horse ride and glad to see that the horses are loved and... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

My wife and I have just returned from a weekend at antbear lodge. My wife had been looking at going for a while and we saw a deal on on group on....However we were both extremely disappointed by the service,food and attentiveness and can not believe normal prices are R3000 per night ... ...we would have demanded my money back... More 

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Sungai Buloh, Malaysia
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We wish we had stay more than a night at the cave lodge. The lodge, friendly staff, good and nice homemade food for diner and breakfast exceed our expectation. The dining and lounge areas are all communal with long dining room tables where guests enjoy breakfast and dinner as a group. We love the view of the mountain and sunset.... More 

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Thank chae S
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

If you want to experience sustainable living in a beautiful setting with delicious food, gorgeous lodges, activities such as hiking, horseriding and micro lighting then Antbear is the place to be. I loved it!

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Thank Inge L
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Definitely one of the best accommodations decisions that I have made. The uniquely crafted furniture, friendly and helpful staff, great food, majestic views, jacuzzi, fireplace, hammock chairs etc etc etc makes this a very special place. Highly recommended.

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  • Free Parking
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  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Antbear Lodge is situated in the Drakensberg Mountains and is a perfect base to explore the very best of what this region offers. The Drakensberg Mountains are renowned for their dramatic natural beauty spectacular mountain scapes, waterfalls and sunsets. And don't forget about the bushman rock art paintings made by the San people over a period of 4000 years. Come and be inspired by their history and spirituality. Essentially we are an accommodation provider offering 15 individually styled units as either en-suite doubles, family units or luxury suites. Our most unique accommodation is our luxury cave which blends into its environment to create an atmosphere of privacy and seclusion. Glass doors open on to a wooden deck with hammock chairs with an uninterrupted panoramic view of the Drakensberg Mountains. You could even consider a romantic private dining experience on the deck of your cave under the stars. The natural setting is stunning and we have managed to make the accommodation fit in with ease. Each of the units are different and are separate from each other creating a feeling of generosity. The rooms are smartly appointed and individually designed for comfort. And have the features like fireplaces and jacuzzi spa baths. We have put a huge amount of effort into making our own wooden furniture which includes tables, chairs, headboards, windows, doors and light fittings. In fact you will discover unique and eccentric wooden furniture everywhere in the lodge. Artistic design is captured through wooden hinges, engraved glass and mosaics. And if you feel like seeing how we make our furniture feel free to put your nose into our workshop. We are one of those places where everyone dines together. It makes for great conversation and is a perfect opportunity to plan your next day. We use our own organic vegetable garden. We have our own chickens for eggs, cows for milk, make own cheese. Butter and yogurt and bake our own bread. Sustainability is a huge part of the ethos of our lodge. We have used alternative materials like straw bales to build the place and use solar for heating water and a reed bed filter cleaning waste water. There is plenty to do here besides relaxing. I have a pilots license and a microlight at the lodge. If the weather is good I love to take guests with me. To glide together with the vultures or fly along the Drakensberg escarpment is often considered as the highlight of a tour. We practice the softer horse whispering techniques to train our horses and offer out rides that are particularly suited to beginners and first timers. There are hiking trails to fit every level of fitness, even guided. The vulture hides at Giants Castle are perhaps the best options available anywhere to see and photograph these birds. Or add a bit of adrenalin with a canopy tour. Visit the Nelson Mandela Capture site while you explore our local arts and craft route with cheese tastings, chocolate dipping and meeting some of the artists themselves. So if you're looking for a place where art, beauty and time away are important then Antbear Lodge is worth a second look. We invite you to came and share some of our dream, some of our alternative, sustainable and relaxed way of life. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Antbear Lodge

Address: Fernhurst Farm | P171 Moor Park/Giants Castle Rd, Central Drakensberg, Estcourt 3310, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Estcourt
Price Range: $183 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Antbear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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“The luxury cave has a nice view and is amazing to be in”
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“Cave room but all rooms are special”
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“Views galore from where ever you are”
 of 5 bubbles DaleF477, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“"The Cave" is superb.”
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“Stay in the cave!”
 of 5 bubbles Webjorns, 23 Jul 2016 | Read review
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