Inbound tourism is steadily recovering with more and more every month. It seems that things have changed with average stays tending to be 3-5 nights which is longer than they used to be. I thought it would be a good idea to let you have an idea of what our guests are choosing to do while they are with us at Antbear Eco Lodge.
- Horse trails are ideally suited to beginners and first-timers on our own horses. Additional horse trails are also available that pass through the Zulu Waters Private Game Reserve where guests are able to ride with game viewing accompanied by a field guide.
- Hot air balloon flights launch from the lawn in front of the lodge. It’s an early morning experience with take-off 10 mins before sunrise so that’s an added bonus you get as the balloon ascends.
- Our star gazing hammock camp where a local villager tells his grandmothers stories of the night skies. This is turning out to be a highlight and has resulted in a similar storytelling experience where a local villager offers fireside chats of village life and similar stories.
- A rock art tour to Game Pass Shelter where a local guide explains the bushman rock art. This is the best rock art site in South Africa that’s available to tourists.
- Antbear Eco Lodge is part of the luxury guided slackpacking trail walking lodge to lodge. The Giants Castle Slackpacking trail walks through the Lowlands Conservancy and the Zulu Waters Game
- Immersive, hands-on experiences like woodworking workshops, artisanal bread baking and cheese-making courses at Antbear Eco Lodge are seeing huge interest too. We do this for small groups and even 2 persons which makes it a very personalised activity.
- The Zulu Waters Rhino experience offers you a guided opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Africa’s most iconic big game animals – the White Rhino. Both on foot and in open safari vehicles.
- Village tours where a local guide showcases the social entrepreneurship developments that Antbear Eco Lodge supports. Demonstrating the social contributions made possible by tourism creates a huge purpose for guests’ holidays.
Of course, the area offers a lot too with spectacular hiking trails offering dramatic views and waterfalls in the Drakensberg Mountains. The Midlands Meander is known for its quality of arts and crafts, wine tasting, cheese tasting chocolate dipping, craft breweries, the Mandela Capture Site and various art galleries.
Antbear Eco Lodge is situated in the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal near Giants Castle. What makes our lodge particularly special is that we offer accommodation in a luxury cave. This is an accommodation unit built under a rock. Glass doors open onto a wooden deck with hammock chairs and a spectacular view of the Drakensberg Mountains. This is a luxury eco experience. The cave is cozy and comfortable with features like a Jacuzzi spa bath and a fireplace and even has rock art on its walls.
We also offer a private dining experience where we set up a table on the deck of your cave and you dine by candlelight under the stars.
Antbear Lodge is one of those smaller owner-run establishments with 15 accommodation units as either Mountain View suites or Garden view suites.
Sustainability and responsible tourism are a huge part of the ethos of our lodge and we subscribe as much as possible to the farm-to-plate concept. We cook all our meals from scratch and have our own organic vegetable garden. We have our own chickens for eggs, cows for milk and bake our own bread and we even make our own cheese.
If you have any questions or would like any more info like STO rates etc please get back to me and I will reply with pleasure. I also have created a regional activity guide as an ebook and if you would like a copy of everything that’s available in the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands also just drop me an email at: email@example.com
Written by: Andrew Attwood
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