Montusi Mountain Lodge

Pool deck at Montusi Mountain Lodge

About Montusi Mountain Lodge

Montusi Mountain Lodge is the only 4-star graded lodge in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg mountains (near the Royal Natal Nature Reserve), which offers superb views of the Amphitheatre from every building.

Guests are accommodated in free-standing suites set apart in the indigenous gardens.
There is a main-building with dining room, lounge, bar, games loft and massage room.

Table d’hôte breakfast and dinner are enjoyed in a spacious restaurant under a rather unusual thatched roof.
Montusi’s kitchen provides delicious meals with a wide choice for all tastes. Special dietary requirements (including vegetarian, vegan, lactose or gluten free) are readily catered for with prior notice.

The bar offers a variety of excellent, reasonably priced South African wines and lively banter with the hosts. The lounge is a quiet space where guests can really soak up the ambience of Montusi.
The log fire-place, oil paintings and large picture windows provide a perfect atmosphere for unwinding over a good book and a delicious cappuccino.

Complimentary wi-fi allows guests to catch up on emails and current events.

Through our Emmemeli Community Project we offer Relaxation Massage by local Zulu ladies in the Emmemeli Massage Room.

Why visit Montusi?

The lodge is located on the 1 000 hectare Montusi Canservation Estate

Activities to enjoy include Hiking; mountain bike and adventure running trails; • Horse-riding stables; Fly fishing dams; Montusi Peak, Waterfall Cave and Bushman Cave with authentic Bushman Rock Art; Private Mpophomeni Picnic Area; home to naturally occurring wildlife: a wide variety of birds, several species of antelope, small mammals and reptiles.

Activities at Montusi

While the default mode for Montusi should be to relax with a good book and enjoy the fresh mountain air, sleep in late and unwind from the daily grind, for those who prefer to be more active in the mountains, there is plenty to do!

  • Swimming
  • Complimentary daily guided hikes
  • Birding
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain bike & running trails
  • Tennis
  • Visit the bushman cave paintings
  • Trout fishing
  • Explore the Northern & Central Drakensberg
  • Enjoy a delicious private Mpophomeni picnic lunch
  • Emeleli Relaxing Massage
  • Nearby: Adventure centre with quad biking, tree-top tour and more
  • Nearby: Play a round of golf at the nearby Amphitheatre Golf Course
  • Nearby: Visit the local Zulu tribal area

Room Types

A total of 40 guests can be accommodated at Montusi. There are 10 Garden Suites, 4 Family Suites and 2 Mountain Suites.
All suites’ have a gas fire-place, wet-bar, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities (with coffee plunger), flat-screen TV, DVD-player and private patio.
There is a private covered car port beside each suite.

On arrival guests receive fresh flowers, complimentary welcome drinks and nougat in the suite. Honeymooners receive complimentary sparkling wine.

There is a turn-down service with home-made chocolate truffles and a weather report for the following day.

Exterior of Mountain Suite at Montusi

Mountain Suite Max Guests:

These are more recently added to the lodge and a more modern design. They are similar to the Garden Suites but have a larger floor area and a more modern design. They have a bedroom (20m2) with a king-size bed and a ceiling fan, a bathroom (12m2) and lounge (25m2), the rooms are all large and spacious. The views are stunning and the fittings and furnishings give these units a crisp, fresh feel.

Exterior of garden suite at Montusi

Garden Suite: Max Guests:

the Suites have one bedroom (16m2) with either a king-size bed or two single beds and a ceiling fan; a bathroom (6.5m2) with both a bath and separate shower; and a lounge (16m2).

Main bedroom in a family Suite at Montusi

Family Suite: Max Guests: 2 adults and 2/3* children

Montusi Family Suites have two bedrooms (each 16m2): the front bedroom has a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, and the second bedroom has two single beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. These rooms are on either side of the entrance passage that leads onto the lounge.

Hotel Rates and Specials Offers

If you don't see a package type that suits you, let us know and we will do our best to put together or source the holiday you want.

Advance Booking Rates: MIDWEEK

Valid: 1 May 2024 to 13 June 2024

Garden Suite

  • Per person sharing from R 2 354 per night

Mountain Suite

  • Per person sharing from R 2 856 per night

Valid: to 13 June 2024

Garden Suite

  • Per person sharing from R 2 354 per night

Mountain Suite

  • Per person sharing from R 2 856 per night

  • Dinner and breakfast are included in normal rates
  • Accommodation as booked
  • Morning guided hike on the Montusi estate

  • 2 night minimum policy applies on weekends.
  • 3 night minimum stay applies on long weekends and over the festive season.

How to get to Montusi Mountain Lodge

Situated in the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal approximately:

  • 20km from The Royal National Park
  • 45km from Bergville
  • 185km from Oribi Airport in Pietermaritzburg
  • 270km from Durban CBD
  • 282km from the Durban International Airport
  • 390km from Johannesburg

Directions From Durban To Montusi Mountain Lodge

  • Joing the N3 highway from Durban to Pitermaritzburg/ Joburg
  • Follow N3 for 190 km till you get to exit 194 towards Colenso/ Bergville and take the R74.
  • Turn left onto R74 and continue for 71.7 km. (You will go through Winterton and Bergville)
  • You see signs to turn left for Little Switzerland/ the Cavern and Montusi. Follow the signs.
  • Drive 7.3 km and turn right where you see signs for...
  • ... Alpine Heath/ All Out Adventures and Montusi.
  • Follow the signs for Montusi
  • Address: D119, Northern Drakensberg, Bergville, 3350, South Africa

Directions From Joburg To Montusi Mountain Lodge

  • Joing the N3 highway to Durban
  • Follow N3 for about 170km till you get to Harrismith
  • Follow the signs for N5 to Bethlehem for 4 km then join the R74 to Bergville.
  • After about 48 km you will see signs to the Drakensberg World heritage site ( Northern ) Turn right here
  • 8km later you will see signs to turn right for Alpine Heath/ All Out Adventures and Montusi. Follow the signs.
  • Address: D119, Northern Drakensberg, Bergville, 3350, South Africa