Antbear Lodge is situated in the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal near to 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 cosy 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.
Antbear Lodge also offers horse trails ideally suited to beginners. Hot air balloon flights that launch from the lawn in front of the lodge and our newest attraction is our star gazing hammock camp where we tell the Zulu stories of the stars.
The area offers a lot with spectacular hiking trails with dramatic views and waterfalls. And then there is the spectacular bushman rock art where you can see some of the best examples in the world.
The Giants Castle Slackpacking trail is a luxury hike offering comfortable and varied accommodation for each night including luggage transfers, guide, conservation fees and delectable catering. Trails consist of small intimate groups of max 6 persons. This is a three-day hike through the Lowlands Conservancy and the Zulu Waters Private Game Reserve. The hike is gentle in distance making this hike perfect for beginners and families. The lodges offer three-course dinners from locally grown ingredients with hearty breakfasts and picnic lunches are supplied.
The first lodge is Antbear Lodge and what makes this lodge special is that it also offers a luxury cave for accommodation. Its an upmarket eco-experience and is a hugely sustainable tourism product. We have an organic vegetable garden, own cows for milk and chickens for eggs. We bake our own bread and even make our own cheese.
2nd night is at Leopards Lair Lodge which offers an authentic agri-tourism experience in a lovely family atmosphere where you can meet their whole farmyard menagerie.
The 3rd night is at the luxury 5-star private safari Lodge in the Zulu Waters Game Reserve. Complete with your own private chef.