9 Travel Bloggers Journey on the N3 Gateway – PART 2
After a unique stay at Antbear Lodge, the group headed to the Northern Drakensberg for further mountain excitement, delicious food and enough photo opportunities to drain their camera batteries! The drive between Mooi River and the Northern Drakensberg resorts would normally take you about an 1 hour 45 minutes drive. (Bloggers add on another 2 hours due to photo opportunities)
The group were split into four different accommodations, and here is what they had to say about each venue:
‘We left Mooi River and headed to the northern part of the Drakensberg; this is where the mountains become epic! Once arriving at The Cavern we were welcomed with lunch, what a great way to be welcomed!! The food was amazing and at lunchtime, it was “help yourself” which we certainly did! What was so nice about this accommodation was the very very impressive views, and boy were we eager to explore! The Cavern was beautifully nestled in the mountain and hiking trails were on our doorstep. Will I ever camp again in the Drakensberg……nope not now.’ by Sue Lyne @sunflower_sue_
” This beauty is situated in the depths of the Northern Drakensberg mountains where the greens are greener and the air is cleaner.
We were in time for an appetising buffet lunch in the resort’s classy dining room. The staff had a great energy about them and they were willing to answer any questions or help whenever needed. Peter, the owner was very knowledgeable about the history of the place and shared countless stories of the resort while suggesting great sights and activities that were offered there.
This is the perfect place for those looking for relaxation or even those seeking adventure due to the balanced nature of the resort.” by @geraldzinyo
“This Northern Drakensberg gem ranks high as one of the best views and settings to take in the glorious Amphitheatre and dramatic scenery in the area. The thoughtfully laid out thatch cottages are cosy, clean and even have underfloor heating for those chilly winter nights. The turndown service really makes the bedroom feel all the more welcoming, especially after a busy day hiking or trail running.
The food at Montusi deserves a mention of its own. Dinner is a delectable three-course affair, the starter of spiced pumpkin soup, followed by a delicious pasta and topped off by the most scrumptious white and dark chocolate mousse.” by @girlingumboots
“It was with Great Excitement that I got to stay at the Beautiful Montusi Mountain Lodge. Coming from a hospitality background, I was blown away by everything that Montusi had to offer, the attention to detail was phenomenal. Montusi is the perfect place to just unwind and relax, but also offer a wide range of activities for adventure seekers!
I had an amazing experience with Montusi and would have been more than happy to stay on a few more days to fully enjoy and experience all they had to offer at the lodge and surrounding area!” by @lynellbunger
This gem of a destination is set in its own mountain reserve, which offers glimpses of the Amphitheatre, and majestic views of the Sungubala Mountain. The crew were fortunate enough to seek out the Silent Woman (yes, there is such a lady). Taking an easy walk that leads you to a river with a great natural pool for all to swim in and just above the river pool, hidden away, you find an angelic lady, a rock carving by Willie Chalmers many years agao. The camp itself offers varied accommodation styles, all self-catering, but only allowing a maximum of 30 people in camp at one time, which means peace and quiet for all!
“We checked in to Berghouse Cottages for the evening with a very friendly welcome by Vaughan and Chantal (as well as a glass of sherry). We stayed in the very large 5-bedroom family chalet. With a herd of Shetland ponies out one door and an incredible view of the Amphitheatre out the other, we were in our element. The comfy bed was a treat after the long day and I left my curtains open and watched the lightning in the distance whilst falling asleep.” by @knightingale_za
“Nestled in the heart of the Drakensberg this beautifully situated lodge has everything you need for a timeout escape from the city. Views, the most adorable Shetland Ponies, an amazing rock pool with a view to die for. Vaughan was a delight and easy to talk to and his knowledge of the area and mountains a massive help if you are wanting to explore the surrounding mountains, by foot or bike or car… This was truly one of the most beautiful places I have stayed at, a perfect family getaway.” by @its.just.al.chasinglight
Keep an eye out for our next edition as we take you to Clarens! And, click here if you missed the first blog, 9 Instagrammers on a Journey along the N3 Gateway – PART 1