Antbear Drakensberg Lodge

Location for Antbear Drakensberg Lodge


South Africa



City / Town: 

Mooi River

Street Address: 

Central Drakensberg near to Giants Castle Fernhurst Farm Estcourt
Directions: Directions to Antbear Drakensberg Lodge for Johannesburg. Exit N3 at 2nd Escourt tun off (175) signposted Wembezi. Turn right and cross over the N3. After 500 meters turn left onto a dirt road signposted Zulu waters / moor park. travel for approx 8 km. At the Y junction take the left fork signposted Zulu Waters / Moor Park. Continue on this road for 15km. The lodge is on the left signposted Antbear Guest House 5 km after you cross the metal bridge. Drive up the farm road for 2 km

Directions to Antbear Drakensberg Lodge for Durban. Travel along the N3. Take the off ramp 152 between Estcourt and Mooi River. Travel in the direction of Hidcote. After 7 km you will encounter a T-junction. Turn right towards Giants Castle. After 14 km turn right towards Moor Park onto a dirt road. After 5.3 Km you will pass a right hand turn off called “The Rise”. 300 meters passed this road is the farm entrance on the right. Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is 2km along the farm road up the hill and is the thatched cottages that you can see from the road.
Description for Antbear Drakensberg Lodge
14 Years ago an antbear lived in ruin on a dilapidated farm in rural kwazulu natal. Conny and I discovered this ruin and our journey of sustainable living started. We were sad when the Antbear moved out but its spirit lives on through the name of our lodge.

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.
Accommodation in a luxury cave in the Drakesberg Mountains near to Giants Castle

Essentially we are an accommodation provider offering 14 individually styled units as either ensuite 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.
Artistic design with self engraved glass and wooden doors

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. Infact 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.
All furniture at the lodge has been made here ourselves

We are one of those places where everyone dines together. It makes for great conversation is 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
Microlight flights along the Drakensberg escarpment

And 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. And 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.
Horse trails in the Drakensberg Mountains

So if your 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
Info for Antbear Drakensberg Lodge

Pet friendly for

Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, Cats, Caged Birds, Horses

Accommodation Type

Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, Guest House, Resort, Guest Farm, Nature Reserve, Game Lodge


Dogwalking, Bird Watching, Fishing, Hiking, Trail Running, Game Viewing, Shopping, Wifi, Quad-biking, Mountain Biking

Other Activities

Microlight flights and hores trails

Pet Accommodation Types

Sleep inside, Stables

Pet Bedding

Bring your own

Pet Bowls

Bring your own

Pet Food Supplied


Enclosed Garden Option


Weather Conditions

Mostly sunshine but we do get a bit of rain occasionally

Nearest Vet Name

Estcourt Veterinary Clinic

Vet Phone Number

036 352 3100
Requirements for Antbear Drakensberg Lodge
Pets must be kept on a leash when visiting us: No Pets must be treated for ticks and fleas before they get here: Yes

Name tags are important for all visitors: 


Rules for all our Best Friends visiting: 

Upon arrival, please keep your pets secured in your vehicle until our Manager has established communication with you. All pet owners are responsible for their pet faeces and clean up afterwards. During your stay with us, your pets are not to be left alone in the car or the room. Please ensure your pets have sufficient food and water at all times. No pets are allowed to climb onto or sleep on any of the beds or furniture.
Cost for Antbear Drakensberg Lodge (Subject to change)

Cost for human guests

Rfrom R890 pppn including dinner and breakfast

Small Dogs Cost Per Day

Rno charge

Medium Dogs Cost Per Day

Rno charge

Large Dogs Cost Per Day

Rno charge

Cats Cost Per Day

Rno charge

Birds Cost Per Day

Rno charge

Horses Cost Per Day

Rno charge  
Contact for Antbear Drakensberg Lodge
Phone: 0363523143
Cell phone: 076 4412362
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