We stayed at Montusi for one night after having stayed at Cathedral Peak (we wanted both nights at Cathedral Peak but it was not available). Montusi is nicer in terms of lodging quality, but Cathedral Peak has an incomparable location very intimate in the mountains. We had our own spacious bungalow at Montusi, the furnishings were nice, and dinner was definitely gourmet-quality. We could see the Amphitheatre from our room, and hiked Tugela Gorge. A key reason for a future stay at Montusi (or anywhere more north/west) would be to hike to the top of the Amphitheatre, a full-day hike with the trail head a couple hours away. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Montusi and would recommend it.
We spent 3 nights at Montusi after 2 weeks travelling on the garden route. The drive from Durban was quite long but when we arrived, we knew this place was special. The welcome and friendliness of the staff really made us feel special. Our thatched cottage was like a home from home. Perfect place to explore the Natal National Park. On the last day we had a picnic hamper delivered to our cottage; we had planned to picnic by a small waterfall nearby but the afternoon rain set in early. Cindi the chef, looked after us so well and we enjoyed the food and wine. The peace and quiet of the lodge has to be savoured!
This was a return visit but this time we travelled with friends who had not visited the area before. It was like coming 'home' and our friends enjoyed it us much as we did. The location is miles from anywhere with impressive views in all directions. The thatched cottages are luxurious, quiet and extremely comfortable with small private patios for the views to be enjoyed. You are treated as family friends and indeed the family and senior staff eat their meals in the dining room. The food was exceptional and the chef a great asset to the Lodge with her varied and delicious menus and her engaging and helpful personality. We will return!
We had three wonderful nights here. The individual lodges are extremely spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The views from each room of the Amphitheatre are absolutely breathtaking. This is a family owned resort and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent and of an extremely high standard. We didn't make it up the Amphitheatre (don't like heights) but we did the walk up the Tugela Gorge. Homemade cake was always available in the lounge every afternoon together with complimentary tea and coffee. They have local girls come in to give massages to the guests - this was extremely relaxing and very good value for money. All in all an excellent place to just chill out and relax. We didn't want to leave.
Making guests comfortable has been so well thought through at Montusi. The magnificent scenery provides a stunning back drop for this professionally run family enterprise. Our family of 4 stayed for 3 nights and experienced the guided walks (with welcome tea and biscuit break), horse-riding and activity centre - which were all very well organised, sympathetic to the environment and enjoyable. Each afternoon tea and delicious cakes were served in the lounge. The site (both the grounds and the accommodation) is very efficiently maintained by the resident staff. The ethos of Montusi is for those seeking a peaceful and quiet environment - and thus not necessarily a destination for families and children. With this understanding and our own objective of seeking the same…