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Reviewed 10 February 2009

We just finished a lovely visit to Montusi for a quick mid-week holiday. Our stay was only 2 nights, which is not enough time to take advantage of this resort and the beautiful surrounding area.

Upon first impression, it seemed very remote and the drive was down a dusty road with a few small bridge crossings. But the resort itself opened before us with lovely green lawns and thatched-roof cabins on a beutiful property.

This resort is worth every one of its four stars. We loved the teatime cake in the louge (served at 4:00), drinks at the bar, and a lovely dinner in the main dining room every day. Breakfast was delightful and served on the patio. We enjoyed interacting with the staff, who were particularly warm and friendly. Montusi is a family-run operation and it was nice to see small trappings of the familial atmosphere, with a few friendly puppies in the lounge and such.

Most importantly, Montusi differentiates itself my working very closely with the local community. They've helped establish a school for children in the surrounding area, and sponsor several children in the nearby townships to go to school and receive a well-rounded education. Apparently, some previous guests have now opened an orphanage in the nearby township, as well. The warmth and generosity of the staff was very evident.

The highlight of our stay was an afternoon hike to Tugela Falls, which was gorgeous. The staff packed a hearty picnic lunch for us that included everything we needed. We didn't use a guide (as was suggested), but had a very lovely hike on our own. We hope to return sometime soon and take the Amphitheatre hike, which requires a bit longer stay (it's about a 90 minute drive from the resort, so it takes an early morning to make it work).

I would definitely recommend Montusi for a family getaway or a romantic holiday like ours.

Date of stay: February 2009
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2  Thank MJGv
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Reviewed 13 January 2009

brilliant place amazing food weather a a base to explore the drakensberg region or a secluded mountain retreat a truly great plce

Date of stay: December 2008
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10  Thank ramsesniblick
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Reviewed 6 January 2009

We stayed at Montusi during Christmas 2008 with two kids (4 years and 10 months). This place offers you a lot to do but suits equally well for those who just want to relax. The service and meals are excellent and the quality of the accommodation is of high standard. The units offer you a lot of space and good level of privacy.

They have special meal times for families with children so can recommend this place for both families with children and couples looking for complete relaxation.

Date of stay: December 2008
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1  Thank mjm03
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Reviewed 2 January 2009

The setting in the Drakensberg Mtns of S. Africa is absolutely beautiful. The staff is dedicated to your pleasure and comfort. And then there is the wonderful food. We were there on Christmas Day and the family that manages the facility invited all the guests to join them in a 3-4 km walk to the river to share hot chocolate and cakes and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. If it wasn't so far away from my home in NYC I'd go back often. If you're going on safari in South Africa you should schedule a few relaxing days at Montusi Mtn Lodge.

Date of stay: December 2008
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1  Thank sdflicker
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Reviewed 23 December 2008

Very nice Lodge far far away from the next road or city. If you want to relax, this is a place where you can do this. The food is excellent, the rooms are very clean, the offered activities are very good.

Note: This is not a small B&B, it is quite a big Lodge (appr. 20 rondels) with a business hotel character. It is only 3h from Joburg and the rich South Africans from Joburg are spending their weekends here. This is not a bad thing but you should consider this for your travel schedule.

Date of stay: November 2008
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1  Thank marbru
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