South Africa : Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains, the largest mountain range in South Africa, stretch from Kwazulu Natal up into Maputuland near to the Kruger National Park. There are some breathtaking peaks, thick forests and stunning views. This area is a hikers paradise but there are challenging golf courses, San rock paintings, excellent trout fishing, battlefields and many other activities.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is the authentic country house set high in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains. The main emphasis is on food here, it is unlikely that you will eat so much or as well again after your visit here, the food is just divine. There is a well-stocked underground wine cellar to perfect your meal. There are 8 luxurious en-suite rooms each with a TV, cotton sheets, mohair blankets and heated under blankets and heated towel rails. Picnics lunches are available on request, and this allows you to spend the whole day exploring the Bushman Rock Art, fishing in one of the trout rivers, bird watching, hiking, climbing or swimming in the mountains, riding strong Basuto ponies on the neighbouring farm, or visiting one of the local cheese, wine, pottery or wood turning manufacturers.
"The food was truly fantastic and the lodge is in a beautiful and very relaxing location."
Grant and Sally, Edinburgh
Nestled in a quiet valley within the dramatic mountains of the Drakensberg, lies the Cathedral Peak Hotel which boasts stunning views of the huge escarpment and the Cathedral spur. Accommodation ranges from spacious family rooms to private rondavels tucked away between the trees. Walking is at a premium here with different grades of mountains to climb and stunning views and natural formations such as The Mushroom Rock. There are gorges and forests to explore with crystal clear streams and waterfalls to swim in. Guests can also go horse riding, play golf or go trout fishing.
The lodges below are up near to and combine well with Kruger National Park.
Just outside Hazy View is a little gem of a guest house called the Rissington Inn, it’s a thatched homestead with views over the Sabie River Valley. There are 7 individually decorated rooms and garden suites set under shady trees in the gardens.
This is a relaxed and perfect base to explore the surrounding area of Hazyview, after a healthy farm breakfast you can set off for the day with picnic lunch and visit Kruger National park, Blyde River Canyon or Gods window or the Inn can help you organise horse riding, river rafting, hiking and mountain biking all within 5kms of the Inn.
There is an excellent restaurant and a pool to relax by and also plenty of walks and trails which you can follow from the
Timamoon Lodge is set high in the Drakensberg mountains between Sabie and Hazyview and within an hours drive from the Kruger National Park, Gods Window, Pilgrims Rest and Blyde River Canyon. Timamoon is a secluded and private mountain retreat enjoying stunning views and is in a malarial free environment. The individual thatched lodges are extremely comfortable with mosquito-netting draped four poster beds, each with a private splash pool. Activities include walking along the river, excellent bird watching (good chance of seeing the Narina Trogon), Horse Riding, Golf, Micro-light Trip, River Rafting, Mountain Biking and Hot air balloon rides.
Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa is located in 300 acres of rich forest on the border of Kruger National Park. This old hunting lodge has been converted into an extremely comfortable lodge with an unbeatable reputation for fine cuisine and complete relaxation either before or after a safari. There are 14 rooms in total: cottages, suites and studios, the six paddock suites all have their own private swimming pools. The lodge has a spa, trout fishing on the property and horse riding can be organised in the surrounding forests.