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About Montusi Mountain Lodge

Montusi Mountain Lodge is a spectacular retreat set in the Northern KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg mountains, near the Royal Natal Nature Reserve, providing breathtaking views of the Amphitheatre from every structure. Since June 2000, the Carte family at Montusi Mountain Lodge has offered guests a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the freedom of the Drakensberg experience. Committed to the conservation of the area, they have cultivated a flourishing landscape where non-existent birdlife has become abundant, and have seen the return of the Mountain Reedbuck, Vaal Rhebuck, Bushbuck, and the elusive Eland to an area once inhabited by Bushmen.

Guests can enjoy accommodation in separate free-standing suites within the indigenous gardens, and a main building encompasses a dining room, lounge, bar, games loft, and massage room. Meals, including table d’hôte breakfast and dinner, are served in a spacious restaurant beneath a unique thatched roof at Montusi's kitchen. The lounge provides a tranquil setting for guests to immerse themselves in the Montusi ambience, complete with a log fireplace, oil paintings, and expansive picture windows – an ideal space to unwind with a good book and a delightful cappuccino. Complimentary Wi-Fi ensures guests can stay connected with emails and current events.

Montusi Mountain Lodge Setting

Discover the innate beauty and romantic atmosphere of this mountain retreat in the Northern Drakensberg region of South Africa. Conveniently positioned between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi Mountain Lodge stands out as one of the rare destinations offering a panoramic view of the renowned Amphitheatre escarpment. The lovely accommodation set in stunning natural surroundings allows guests the flexibility to be as active or relaxed as they please.

Montusi Conservation Estate spans 1000 hectares and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and adventure running trails. The estate features horse-riding stables, fly-fishing dams, and notable attractions such as Montusi Peak, Waterfall Cave, and Bushman Cave adorned with authentic Bushman Rock Art. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the private Mpophomeni Picnic Area within the estate. Montusi is a haven for naturally occurring wildlife, boasting a diverse array of birds, various species of antelope, small mammals and reptiles.

What's included

  • Bed & Breakfast (displayed rate)
  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (enquire for rates)

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can we check in early/late if we are coming from far?

  • Is there a swimming pool?

  • Can I bring my pet?


  • A superb breakaway

    A beautiful location with a wonderful view over the mountains. All meals were presented with care and beauty, followed with delicate taste. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We felt at home with the special attention by Lindsey and Michael - our hosts review

    T. Donavan

  • Best Stay

    Fabulous food in a delightful venue. It could not have been better! We only wished we could have stayed for a week rather than just for one night.The whole experience was like a fabulous dream! review

    A. Fabian

  • Heaven on Earth

    God, what can you say about Montusi? We felt in love with this place. Our prefered moments in our journey to discover SA. We'd loved staying a few days more. Gorgeous place, exceptional facilities, people and food. We wish we could come back asap. review

    A. Parsen

Montusi Mountain Lodge impact highlights

Montusi Lodge is situated on 1000 hectares of rehabilitated veldt. When the property was first purchased it was terribly degraded by over-grazing and exotic invasive plant species. It is now a thriving grassland biome with naturally occurring game. It requires ongoing veldt management to keep the exotic, invasive plants under control, as well as keeping the game safe from negative human intervention.

Montusi is a founding member of the Northern Drakensberg Nature Reserve which is currently being established with their neighbours. They started the Farm2Fork journey with a flock of free-range hens and a veggie garden that provide the kitchen with fresh produce. Montusi's water management program ensures that the river downstream of the lodge contains clean water fit for human consumption. The gardens around the lodge buildings are filled with only indigenous flora creating a wonderful home for our bird species.

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