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Reviewed 13 September 2008

We were greeted by the family who run the lodge and they are all absolutely wonderful. We stayed at Montusi for three nights and wish we could have stayed longer. The lodge is beautifully located and is a great base to explore the Northern Drakensberg. There are also several hikes on the property.

The cottages are very spacious and well equipped. There are heaters in the bathroom for cooler nights and winter days, a hairdryer, the lounge area has a TV and fireplace, the large beds are extremely comfortable and the private terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the valley. A laundry service is also offered.

The food was delicious and different every evening. We enjoyed the variety and nice wines. Be sure to stop by the bar and play a game of pool pre-dinner. The lodge also prepared a packed lunch for us to take on our hikes.

Overall we had a fantastic time and will definitely be recommending Montusi to our friends. Thank you Carte family.

Date of stay: August 2008
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank gbwt
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Reviewed 28 November 2007

My partner and I stayed at the Montusi Mountain Lodge as the first stop over on our holiday to South Africa. It was the perfect place to adjust to the relaxed South African pace of life and an unexpected delight. The sweet little cottages are very comfortable with the most wonderful views imaginable. The food is excellent and the helpful staff do everything possible to make your stay a great experience, including champagne, fresh fruit and chocolates in the room. They organised a surprise singing of Happy Birthday and a cake for my partner and also organised our full days hike to the top of the Amphitheatre (well worth the effort). Waking up at dawn to see the sunlight just touching the top of the mountains was a highlight of the holiday.
All of the complex is beautifully maintained and there are some very good and well marked walks through the surrounding countryside.
I would thoroughly recommend Montusi to anyone intending to visit the dramatic Drakensberg region of South Africa.

Date of stay: November 2007
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1  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 11 May 2007

This is a real gem of an hotel. Its location in the northern Drakensberg Mountains is to die for. You wake up and upon opening your curtains you have a full view of the magnificent Ampitheatre. Every one of the delightful cottages experiences this same fantastic vista.
The cottages themselves are luxurious with a patio, fireplace, sitting room, huge bathroom and small kitchen area complete with fridge, sink and kettle. The furnishings are all superbly kept and the cleanliness is exceptional.

The hotel is made up of the cottages, large public areas, swimming pool, bar and restaurant. The food was a set menu and the food was delicious. The staff impressed me with their enthusiasm and friendliness.

The pool was very cold owing to the altitude of the hotel but surrounded by sun loungers and just down the road was an activity centre offering horse-riding, quad bikes etc.

The activity we most enjoyed was walking. The paths are all well sign posted and the hotel offers maps indicating the level of difficultness. A guide is also on hand if you prefer.
You should not stay here if you want discos, shopping or entertainment. Instead Montusi offers peace, scenery, good food, friendly people and great walking.

One of the best places I have stayed at.

Date of stay: November 2006
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4  Thank heb999
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Reviewed 18 March 2007

The most wonderful thing about this hotel is its position and its views - layer upon layer of mountains, close and distant, changing constantly in different light and different weather. But everything else is splendid as well. We had our own free-standing "cottage" with terrace, lounge, and two bedrooms each with en suite bathroom - for the price of a simple double room in most hotels - and incredible views from all rooms (sorry, have I said that before ...?). The food was imaginative and well served. The owners and staff were really friendly - even when we managed to lock ourselves out of the cottage with the key on the inside of the door, so someone had to climb in through a window. The range of walks straight from the hotel was splendid, including one leading to a cave with real bushman paintings. Nothing to complain about at all - except that in the very hot weather it would have been nice if both bathrooms had showers, instead of one shower and one bath. But we shall certainly be back.

Date of stay: February 2007
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5  Thank Elizabel
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Reviewed 4 April 2020 via mobile
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Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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