Montusi Mountain Lodge

Mountain Resort, The Drakensberg


Perform a 360-degree twirl at Montusi, and the mighty Drakensberg Mountains will remain a glorious constant the whole way round.  They flank this friendly hotel in every direction, providing an idyllic setting for its 16 thatched garden suites, pool, excellent restaurant and main lodge.  Equally well-suited to daydreaming as pulse-quickening pursuits, Montusi is the northern ‘Berg’s most exclusive accommodation. 


Scattered around expansive gardens, every one of those spacious cottages affords incredible, silence-inducing Amphitheatre  – as the northern Drakensberg Mountains are known – views from a private patio.  Split into ten Garden Suites, four larger Family Suites and two larger-still, more modern Mountain suites, they each have lounges with DVD players, gas operated fireplaces and bathtubs.  After dinner, you’ll find homemade cookies waiting, plus a weather report for the following day.  


Using locally-caught trout, Karoo lamb and much more, dinners are dished up in the central lodge’s spacious dining room, with more stunning views.  So too are breakfasts with homemade breads.  There’s also a well-stocked, lounge bar, a massage room and a scenic terrace leading out to the large pool and tennis court.  Private dining can be arranged for suites if preferred.


Daily guided walks depart each morning around the 1,000-hectare estate, passing bushbuck en route to rock pools (for summer swimming) and caves filled with ancient rock art.  Self-guided options are available, too, as are treks into nearby Tugela Gorge and day hikes to the top of the Amphitheatre using vertical metal-chain ladders.  Horse-riding, cycling, quad-biking, birdwatching, fly-fishing and trips to see Battlefields or the Basotho cultural village are also possible, along with rounds at the nearby Amphitheatre Golf Course.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome, with many activities suiting youngsters.  Separate family mealtimes are provided.


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