Montusi Mountain Lodge is absolutely stunning and is the only 4 Star graded lodge in the Northern KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg mountains (near the KZN Wildlife Royal Natal Nature Reserve). They have superb views of the Amphitheatre mountains from every building. The focus of the lodge is Space, Comfort and Peace with a personal attention to detail.
Touches like fresh flowers in the suites, stunning individually prepared meals, turn-down service and complimentary welcome drinks make Montusi something of a Drakensberg gem.
The accommodation at Montusi is the height of comfort: Each of their 14 exclusive suites are free-standing buildings set apart in the garden with either one or two bedrooms and amazing mountain views.
The Garden Suites each have one bedroom with king-size double beds or twin beds; a bathroom with both bath and separate shower; and a lounge.
The Family Suites have two bedrooms: the front bedroom has a kingsize double bed and an ensuite bathroom with a bathroom, while the second bedroom has twin single beds and an ensuite bathroom with a shower. These rooms are on either side of an entrance hall that leads onto the lounge.
All suites’ lounges have a flat-screen TV; DVD player; gas fireplace; tea/coffee facility with plunger; wet-bar; mini fridge for real milk and drinks, and a private patio. In winter, warm winter sheets and underfloor heating make the suites a cosy escape from the crisp outdoors; while ceiling fans and percale sheets keep the cleverly designed thatched buildings cool in summer. A hairdryer, gowns, an umbrella and a flashlight are all provided in the suites.
The magnificent views of the Amphitheatre and Drakensberg peaks and the astounding sense of peace are the highlights of the Montusi Experience.
The lodge is situated on a 1000 hectare conservation estate with beautiful streams, a waterfall, three dams, pockets of natural indigenous forests, two caves and bushman paintings. The estate provides an stunning playground for the exclusive use of Montusi guests to hike, horse-ride, mountain bike, fly fish and bird watch. Within the grounds there is a tennis court and a beautiful natural-look swimming pool.
Nearby there is a golf course, an adventure centre and the Royal Natal National Park: The Amphitheatre Golf Course hugs the banks of the Tugela River and provides a challenging 9 hole round. The All Out Adventure centre offers 8 adrenaline-pumping activities, including a tree-top cable tour and quad biking, from one spectacular venue. The Royal Natal National Park is the home of unlimited hiking, bushman paintings and some small game.
There are six privately owned self-catering cottages on the property. The cottages are not graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, but they are kept to a high standard.
They sleep a maximum of 6 people in three bedrooms (one up a spiral staircase). Each bedroom has its own bathroom (2 baths and 2 showers per cottage). There is a large open plan living area with fully equipped kitchen (fridge, stove, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster and dishwasher); dining table, and lounge with fireplace and TV. Each cottage has its own patio with a braai facility and beautiful views.