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Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg, South Africa

Since the year 2000, the Carte family has provided guests of Montusi Mountain Lodge with a relaxed, idyllic escape, offering space, comfort and peace. The lodge is a wonderful base from which to explore the Drakensberg Escarpment and there are many activities on offer, either at Montusi or close by. There's a large, well-landscaped swimming pool area with exquisite mountain views, and the dining room is thoroughly charming with lots of historical photographs and artefacts. The Carte family will go out of their way to make sure your experience at Montusi is a memorable one.

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Rooms

Accommodation is in luxury thatched suites in three different styles which differ in terms of size, views and amenities. All are en suite and offer amenities such as TVs with DVD players and gas fireplaces. Garden Suites have a small private patio and most feature a king size bed, whereas others will have two single beds. Mountain Suites are more spacious and modern in design, offering a separate lounge and a private patio with expansive views of the Amphitheater Mountain. There are also several two bedroom Family Suites, which can accommodate up to four adults, featuring two en suite bathrooms. Bedrooms open onto an entrance area and lounge with a private patio. For those seeking further space and luxury, there are a handful of privately-owned self-catering cottages situated on the estate. These offer between two and four bedrooms and are ideal for families looking to explore the Drakensberg region. 

Location

Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg region, the lodge is located halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. Montusi is in the 'Little Berg' region, not far from Mont-aux-Sources, and lies facing the magnificent amphitheatre of the Royal Natal National Park. 

Food and Drink

Guests have the choice of a continental or full English breakfast. Montusi’s intimate restaurant, located in the main lodge, is known for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus. A roaring log fire gives the dining area a very special, cosy atmosphere during the winter months, while in the summer you can dine al fresco on the terrace. Breakfast and dinner are included for lodge guests, and light lunches are available. Please note that children are not permitted in the restaurant past 8pm. There's also a two storey bar, which makes the perfect place for a sundowner.

Families

The lodge is very family-friendly, welcoming children of all ages. The Family Suites and cottages are good options for families of all sizes, while the variety of activities offered here will keep guests of all ages entertained during their stay. 

Facilities and Activities

The lodge has a large pool area, a spa, a tennis court and a small curio shop with gifts and basic snacks & toiletries. A laundry service is available, and all suites include a driveway and free parking. Wi-Fi is only available at reception.

The activities offered on site are endless. They include hiking, fly fishing, horse riding, quad biking, golf, tennis and more. For the less active, lounging by the pool or reading a book on your private patio can be equally enjoyable on this beautiful estate. 

Local Excursions

The area is known for its outdoor activities, and the lodge provides guests with an optional guided hiking tour, covering popular destinations such as Montusi Mountain and Bushman Cave, where guests can observe ancient paintings. The Carte family also owns the nearby attraction, All Out Adventure, which is just a five minute drive away and offers activities including the 'Flying Trapeze' , canopy tours and forested paintball. 

Our opinion

Enjoying a truly spectacular setting, Montusi is one of the best retreats in the northern Drakensberg region. The large estate offers endless amounts of outdoor activities for the adventurous, while also providing guests with a peaceful space in which to unwind. This means that Montusi draws a loyal repeat clientele year-round.

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