About Antbear Lodge
The Antbear Lodge is situated in the foothills of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg. The guest house overlooks the Bushman's River Valley with one of the most spectacular views of the high Drakensberg from Giants Castle to the Amphitheatre. A breathtaking view of 160 km. The Antbear Lodge is an ideal place to base yourself while you explore the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands.
There is plenty to do and see and the accommodation is of the highest standard. Everything at the Antbear has had the skilled hands of your craftsman-host laid upon it. The lodge is filled with gorgeous hand crafted furniture, wonderful wooden sculptures and a seemingly never ending collection of artistic aspects to discover. This is the hallmark of the Antbear, firmly stamped on the newest room with its quirky bathroom mosaic and carved reading / smoking chair. Just across from the lodgeís leafy, colonnaded front patio an old tractor shed has been converted into four other bedrooms. Billowing white curtains frame the view and the rooms have intriguing fireplaces and plenty of humorous sculpture.
You are invited to spend time here and share some of Andrew and Connyís dream. The Antbear Lodge is a place for feeding your soul and rekindling your spirit. Built in the 1940ís the quaint and charming cottage puts its arms around you and reminds you that there are things more important than everyday life.
The Guesthouse is a thatched, whitewashed cottage built high on a natural platform overlooking the Bushmans River and Giants Castle. It is a bit off the beaten track and is more of an insider tip than just another bed and breakfast. It caters for small intimate groups and never have more than 12 guests at a time. Itís a laid back, lovingly cared for kind of place where you feel a sense of happiness and peace.
The Antbear Lodge has six double ensuite bedrooms. Each room is differently decorated with uniquely eccentric and artistic wooden furniture. The luxury room has its own private lounge and a fireplace and its bathroom includes a jacuzzi spa bath. Another ensuite double consists of a loft overlooking a private lounge with a cozy fireplace. Of course each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom, and there is a main lounge and dining-room for your exclusive use. The kitchen has a fireplace which makes for an exciting cooking alternative. That rustic country feeling has been kept without losing any comfort. Candles are used extensively for atmosphere, as are the fireplaces.
Plan for slow and decadent dinners by candlelight prepared by your hosts Andrew and Conny. Sometimes itís a Moroccan spread including a genuine Moroccan tagine prepared on wood coals or maybe itís a surprise of just how delightful Chinese food can be.
Breakfast is served with freshly baked bread and scones and often it becomes a 2 hour affair.
Activities & Attractions
There is plenty to do in the area too. We encourage guests to go for walks right here, and picnic baskets can be arranged for a light lunch on the hill. Of course there is plenty to do in the area but if you want to lie back and chill thats's a great option too.
Visit the bushman paintings, horse trails though a private game reserve, canoe trips, canopy tours and the Midlands Meander to mention but a few. Wagondrift dam and Moor Park are two small conservation service nature reserves where bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and impala abound. Moor Park is renowned for its bird life including a pair of nesting black eagles. A major feature of the park is the old Boer furrow trail which visitors can follow.
For anglers interested in not only catching trout, but also learning about their lifecycle, Kamberg is a special treat. White water rafting is available on the Tugela River. Half day and full day tours and even horse ride rafting combinations are on offer. The Spieonkop game reserve, through its small size, allows for excellent game viewing throughout the year. A feature is gave viewing on horseback This is also one of the most interesting battle sights of the Anglo Boer War.
The Midlands craft meander starts just 15 km from the Antbear. The old world charm and tranquil countryside has attracted a new breed of people who have taken residence among the farmers. These are creative crafters, sculptures, potters, weavers and leather workers who ply their trade in quaint old cottages and farmhouses and welcome the curious. The Midlands is dotted with cozy country inns just perfect for unhurried lunches or just tea and home made jam scones. The Howick falls makes a worth while day trip. The waterfall falls some 90 m and the little trail down into the gorge is wonderful.
The Southern Drakensberg is as easily reached from the Antbear as the Northern part. Why not go on a day trip to the Sani Pass, if you have a 4x4 then it makes for wonderful driving. So if your looking for a place where art, beauty and time away are important then Antbear Lodge is worth a second look. Whichever way you decide to explore our area your journey will pass through some of the most inspiring landscape and wildlife areas in South Africa.