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P171 Moor Park/Giants Castle Rd, Central Drakensberg Fernhurst Farm, Estcourt 3310 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 21/02/23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/02/23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Estcourt
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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.
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Free parking
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Fishing
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English, Afrikaans, German, Zulu

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P171 Moor Park/Giants Castle Rd, Central Drakensberg Fernhurst Farm, Estcourt 3310 South Africa
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Travel10827410921 wrote a review Jul 2021
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
We only spent one night at Antbear and I am so sad we couldn't stay any longer! We had the most incredible time - Accommodation was beautiful, very clean and comfortable. And the food was out of this world. Andile was an incredible host, and nothing felt like too much trouble! We can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Responded 07 Jul 2021
Thank you for such a lovely review.
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sac0012016 wrote a review May 2021
Fourways, South Africa43 contributions13 helpful votes
We stayed at the cave at Antbear lodge. The owner Andrew and his staff are wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. Stying at the cave is a unique experience and it is well equipped with a fireplace with ample wood, small fridge and kingsize bed. The cave have a private deck with great views of the river and Drakensberg. Breakfast and dinner were good. Located close to Giants Castle and Kamberg nature reserves. The road to the lodge from the N3 is gravel and in poor condition but accessible with a normal vehicle. All the woodwork and furniture at the lodge is special and very unique
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from andrew attwood, Owner at Antbear Lodge
Responded 24 May 2021
It was lovely to have the two of you stay over and we do appreciate the great review. We look forward to you coming again.
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Evelyn V wrote a review Apr 2021
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We stayed 3 nights at the lodge, and we enjoyed it so much. It started with a warm welcome by Andile and handpicked flowers in our room. We stayed at no. 8 which is a very spacious, beautiful unit, with a fenced garden for our pup to play. All the woodwork is impressive, from the doors to the furniture. The fact that our dog was allowed to roam freely everywhere added so much pleasure to our stay. She met up with all the animals, and the highlight was of course meeting Angel! The circular hike is beautiful and our dog loved running in the fields and jumping in the dam. The scenery around the lodge is stunning, it is so peaceful! The first evening it was very cold, but the fireplace kept us warm. Breakfast and dinner were delicious, with lots of homemade treats. It is such a great place to unwind, highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from andrew attwood, General Manager at Antbear Lodge
Responded 24 Apr 2021
Hi Evelyn We love hosting guests with pets and it was an absolute pleasure to also have Leila here too. Particularly that she played so nicely with our little one Angel. I know we will be seeing more of you an Co. We are already plannnig a visit to the south coast
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tuomolekkerimaki wrote a review Apr 2021
Umgababa, South Africa1 contribution
Antbear Lodge - nice & cosy place at middle of nowhere , with lots of beautiful details made of wood , Service was very good, and view to the mountains - great. I made walks and visits to Champagne Valley area.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from andrew attwood, General Manager at Antbear Lodge
Responded 24 Apr 2021
thanks for the review. Its always nice to get positive feedback
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Lyne M wrote a review Mar 2021
Varennes, QC5 contributions3 helpful votes
We were fortunate to visit the Antbear Lodge on the weekend following Valentine’s Day. We arrived late (after 6pm because of huge traffic jam on N2) and it was becoming very dark. Make sure you’ll be driving in daylight, because the potholes are extremely dangerous and it’s hard to see the signs to get to the lodge. We were the only customers at the lodge that weekend and Andile made us feel very comfortable ! We were able to walk around the lodge and appreciate the wood work - wood ART - everywhere to see. The meals were nice and big portions were given. They have a « honesty bar » for drinks, which is something enjoyable, especially as it was only the 2 of us and we didn’t want to bother anyone ! We booked the luxury cave room and enjoyed the balcony and the sunsets. Keep in mind that the bathroom is outside the room, so it can be tricky at night to get out quickly ;) Spiders are everywhere, not for the scary kind... If you are planning to go hiking in Giants Castle, keep in mind that it’s a +/-1hr drive on very bad roads with potholes. You can enjoy many activities on site and we did a walk around the lodge! And we managed to get lost, ending up on the other side of the mountains, on the neighbor’s farm... Gosh! Please put signs on the trails by the lodge so that other people won’t be doing like we did !
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from andrew attwood, General Manager at Antbear Lodge
Responded 06 Mar 2021
hi Lyne thanks for review and particularly for the heads up with the signs. I will start to attend to that next week. Its had just not occurred to me and now that you say that I wonder why I did not do that 10 years ago. regards andrew
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US$133 - US$177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalEstcourt
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Antbear Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Antbear Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Antbear Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Antbear Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Antbear Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Antbear Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Afrikaans, and Zulu.