There are few places in the world that are more suited to restoring and reviving the soul than the majestic Drakensberg. And one of this spectacular region’s hidden gems is the four-star Montusi Mountain Lodge, which gazes out on the dramatic skyline of the Amphitheatre cliffs.
Set on a 1000-hectare nature reserve, this intimate accommodation option promises tranquility, freedom, adventure and luxury. The property is home to a beautifully thatched main building comprising a dining room, lounge, bar, massage treatment room and verandah as well as 14 free-standing suites that are perched separately for privacy within open gardens.
The one- and two-bedroom suites claim en-suite bathrooms; a lounge complete with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, gas fireplace, fridge and tea and coffee station; and a patio that’s perfect for relaxing on with a good book and a glass of wine.
When not soaking up the sun on the terrace, guests can indulge in imaginative cuisine cooked up by the on-site kitchen (the beef fillet is apparently a must-try) or enjoy any of the main activities on offer at the estate: guided hikes to waterfalls and bushman paintings, horse riding, tennis, trout fishing, swimming in a natural pool and mountain biking on a 50km network of scenic trails.
Aside from the ideal location and peace that Montusi offers, its draw is also in the little details. As the lodge is owner-run and managed, you can expect personal touches like fresh flowers in the suites, homemade chocolates on the beds and banter with the proprietors themselves, whose ultimate aim is to ensure that overnighters have the most memorable Berg experience possible.
In the spirit of holiday cheer, we’re giving away a two-night stay for two adults with dinner and breakfast included in a Garden Suite at Montusi Mountain Lodge. This prize is valued at R6 300 and is being given away as part of our Festive Finds campaign on 3 December 2015.
To win it, keep your eye on our Facebook page, and to find out what you can win over the course of the next week, take a look at pages 56 and 57 in our December 2015 issue.