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Off D119 Northern Drakensberg, UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park 3350 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
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/09/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/09/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 7 Specialty lodging in UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
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Montusi is a four-star, family-run lodge in the Northern Drakensberg World Heritage Site offering Space, Comfort and Peace in uncluttered, unpretentious luxury. Each free-standing suite enjoys stunning views of the Amphitheatre Mountain. Suites have one or two bedrooms, all en-suite with bath and walk-in shower, and lounge with patio, fireplace, fridge and tea/coffee facility.Imaginative gourmet cuisine makes for sumptuous dining.Activities: hiking, fishing, tennis, swimming, horse-riding, birding, mountain-bike and 4x4 trails (bring your wheels), relaxing.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Hiking
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Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
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Non-smoking hotel
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Keith C wrote a review Jul 2022
Huntingdon, United Kingdom605 contributions189 helpful votes
An absolutely wonderful place where all the lodges had a view of the amphitheatre. Very friendly and helpful staff with wonderful food. The grounds were gorgeous to sit in or walk around, with the royal natal park close by.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Keith, Thanks so much for taking the time to share about your time with us. We loved hosting you and hope the rest of your great South African Adventure was as amazing:) We hope to welcome you back to our sunny shores in the future. All the best, Lindsay
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Amisha wrote a review Jul 2022
Durban, South Africa65 contributions43 helpful votes
Firstly, the manager allowed us to move our booking due to a family emergency in April. We were so looking forward to our weekend away! And boy did it prove to be worth it. The service from management to staff were amazing. we stayed in a family lodge (2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, one with a shower and with a bath tub). The lodge was immaculate. Having 1 vegetarian, a son that has an egg allergy and the other that does not enjoy red meat, the chef went out of his way to accommodate us. After the first dinner I spoke with the Chef and mentioned a few things to him about vegetarian meals, and the very next day I could see he listened and accommodated me. This shows that Montusi Lodge is serious about making their patrons happy and comfortable. The grounds, facilities and gardens are perfect, well maintained and with the views and blooming aloes, the scenery was magical! A hike is scheduled each morning and our guide, Victor was so good, considerate and knowledgeable. Our waitress, Analete (please forgive my spelling) was entertaining and very good at what she does. Overall the weekend away was just what we needed and we will recommend Montusi Lodge anytime. Keep up the great work!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: easy walk to lodge
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Amisha, Thanks so much for choosing Montusi for your family getaway. It was wonderful to host you all. Thanks for communicating your needs with us so that we could provide you with the best possible experience - it is such a help when our guests give us on-the-ground feedback so we can make the necessary changes. I will pass on your compliments to Victor and Amilette - our staff are what make this place! We wish you all the very best and hope to welcome you back again soon, Lindsay
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Lena_Ti91 wrote a review Jun 2022
Georgsmarienhutte, Germany12 contributions1 helpful vote
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The Montusi Mountain lodge was the final destination of our SA round trip. We spent 3 nights there in a lovely tiny house with a large comfortable bed, a modern bathroom with tub and shower, a terrasse and a living room with our own fireplace. Everything was very clean and the whole lodge was well maintained. During our stay the staff was always friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and there was a good selection of drinks for cheap prices (from a German point of view). :) We had a nice guided walk one morning with a great guide (this is inclusive every day) and the staff also helped to arrange a mountainbike tour and spa treatments easily. I definitely recommend booking a picnic lunch by the small waterfall! We really enjoyed our time here and would 100% recommend the lodge to everyone.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 08 Jun 2022
Dear Lena, Thank you very much for choosing Montusi as part of your great South African Adventure! We are so excited to have our international visitors returning and it was wonderful to have you use your time at Montusi so fully! There is indeed a lot on offer around Montusi and at the lodge so it is lovely for is when our guests take part. We hope the rest of your trip was beautiful and you will be able to return to South Africa in the future. All the best, Lindsay
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Jacques.dt wrote a review May 2022
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Absolutely perfect!!! Wonderful scenic environment Beautiful setting and surroundings Wonderful staff and management Superb accommodation, food, staff, venue and obviously location!!!!! Had a wonderful and memorable 3 day stay
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: All suites have superb vies of the Amphitheater
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Responded 08 Jun 2022
Ah, how you've made our day! Thank you for choosing Montusi and for loving it. It was a great pleasure to host you. Kind regards, Lindsay
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travellerLDN wrote a review Apr 2022
London12 contributions4 helpful votes
We visited again after 3 years and Tage place is even better now. Rooms, Food and setting are top. We will definitely come again. We had a familiy Suite - very good. Especially the View and the tranqulity are Superb. Hiking is a must there
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 18 Apr 2022
Ah, what a lovely review! Thanks so much for sharing. We are delighted that you found the lodge improved. We look forward to seeing you again for more hiking...and good food! Kind regards, Lindsay
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Brian M wrote a review Feb 2022
9 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I just returned from a nice long weekend at Montusi with our young daughter. The spectacular views are an easy drive from Gauteng even with unexpected delays. In this case we very much appreciated the resort communicating with us so actively when a major accident temporarily closed the Pass around Sterkfontein Dam. While the environment is world class and the lodging very nice, my wife and I feel that the responsive and engaged management and staff have ensured our positive stays. And as we both mostly sit at desks each day, being able to explore the property's well-marked hikes to remarkable caves and waterfalls (we haven't yet summited Montusi Mountain) while also fitting in swimming and horses for our daughter make for wonderful days. This trip we also headed to Royal Natal for midday hiking and swimming, which was an easy drive from the resort. Seeing the fauna on the property is also exciting for each of us. I had to promise cartoons in the car, and a return to Montusi, before our daughter could be convinced to leave for home.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 27 Feb 2022
Hi Brian, Thanks so much for your lovely review. We so appreciate you returning to us. We loved having you explore and enjoy the surrounding environment. Your little girl's enthusiasm for all things is infectious:) We hope to see you again soon - hopefully without any road delays! All the best, Lindsay
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Mbali Ntobela wrote a review Feb 2022
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Peaceful and relaxing stay with the option to be adventurous and active if you want to. Loved everything, worth the 4 hour drive, worth every cent. It's a beautiful lodge but the staff is really what made my trip special. Friendly service with a smile. Doesn't hurt that the food is amazing too.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 22 Feb 2022
Dear Mbali, What a treat to read your review! We are so happy you had a wonderful Montusi Experience and hope to welcome you back again soon. Thanks so much for sharing this. All the very best, Lindsay
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vimnaidoo54@gmail.com wrote a review Jan 2022
Durban, South Africa36 contributions36 helpful votes
This was our 3rd visit.we noted a gradual indifference.I suppose we visited during Covid when tourism took a knock and there was need to be extra nice to guests. Sad in that there was not even a cursory greeting.The lodge itself is very comfy and squeaky clean.I aske for some fruit yoghurt for the kids.no response. Drove to Bergville to purchase.For 6 nights we paid 65.000 rand but yoghurt was a problem.for a non pork/beef person chicken was the staple diet.fish was served only once yet I heard the chef saying to a group of foreign white guests that he could make what they wanted.on one morning the request for 5 waffles materialised but at great inconvenience it appeared.The owners had guests who drove recklessly in the complex Drew this to the attention of the manager but no apology yet .we could have been knocked over that night.The breakfast team is ultra slow and easily confused . seemed ill equipped to deal with a family of 6.The wi.fi is a total curse.no reception most of the time No aircon....reason about carbon footprints is not acceptable especially during very warm nights.overall a great disappointment
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 10 Jan 2022
Dear Mrs Naidoo, Thanks for choosing to visit Montusi again. We hugely appreciate your ongoing support. I am terribly sorry that we let you down on this visit. I'm afraid that my accident on the 30th of Dec (your arrival day) definitely shook our operational ability. It shouldn't have impacted your experience, but having Mic and I removed so suddenly in the middle of the Festive Season left a management vacuum. While Cath and Andrew did their best to cover all our responsibilites (both at the lodge and in our personal lives), they did miss the opportunity to talk to you directly about the yoghurt and speeding car, leaving our manager Catherine to be the go-between: You requested strawberry yoghurt mid-morning on Saturday the 1st of Jan and then at midday on Sunday the 2nd you sent us a message through our website enquiry form that you had already purchased it. The message was up-beat in tone and so we did not know that you were disappointed. The reckless driver was not a guest of ours (as owners) - they were members of the public. It has highlighted the need for a speed limit sign at the entrance of the complex and we have put that on the list for this month's missions. Chef Russell would've made you fish every night, had you requested as much. We were not aware that you would've liked more fish. When I chatted to you upon my return from hospital on the 2nd, I see now that you, very kindly, didn't want to burden me with your requests, but I so wish you had. We could easily have added fish to your menus, rather than just doing the vegetarian options. The request for waffles for the birthday breakfast was a tricky one as we don't have a proper waffle machine at the lodge - this isn't one of our usual offerings. Thankfully we managed to get a waffle machine in time and produce the birthday waffles. I am very sorry that we as the owners weren't more available to you and that when we were we didn't pick up your dissatisfaction. At the end of the day the miscommunication cost us both. Please accept my apologies and best wishes for 2022. Lindsay du Plessis
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Jason Band wrote a review Dec 2021
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We had a great stay . Our room was comfortable and spacious . The staff were super friendly, food was really good, it’s an absolutely beautiful part of our country. The lodge is close to Royal Natal Parks.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 21 Dec 2021
Dear Jason, Thanks so much for choosing to visit us. It was a joy to host your family and I really enjoyed your company on the Sunset Trail Run! Thanks for sharing about your time - we greatly look forward to hosting you again one day. All the best and happy running, Lindsay
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Gerhard B wrote a review Nov 2021
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What a treat my wife and I had at Montusi! Cottage was great, food excellent and staff very friendly and efficient. Lots of activities to keep you busy, if getting bored of doing nothing gets to you. But the best part is the "doing nothing"!! We would definitely recommend this Lodge!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 21 Nov 2021
Dear Gerhard, Thanks so much for choosing Montusi for your getaway and for loving it! We are so happy that you were able to unwind and enjoy the peaceful "doing nothing" element of the Montusi Experience. We hope you will be able to return to try some of the other activities on offer! All the best, Lindsay
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US$221 - US$263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalUKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Montusi Mountain Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Montusi Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Montusi Mountain Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Montusi Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Montusi Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Montusi Mountain Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Montusi Mountain Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.