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How To Pick The Right Holiday Accommodation At DMR? Which Suits You Best?

Nowadays we all seem to be in pursuit of Travel. Travelling has most definitely become a trendy culture and one that those that have the time and resources to do so, do! Whether you’re a family looking to get away from home for a few days to spend some real quality time outdoors. Or a couple that wish to celebrate their honeymoon or an anniversary. Or maybe a company that needs a retreat at which team members and colleagues can bond and discuss matters outside of the office environment. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat have tried to make it easier for you to decide on the right accommodation for your situation. Please see the below for appropriate accommodation options and contact DMR should you have any further questions. DMR OFFER TWO SEPARATE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS; Anyone may choose to stay at either of the buildings but we have outlined some more details on each to try and make it a little easier for you to decide. Having options is never a problem though! Zonderntwyfel Barnhouse, Drakensberg Mountain Retreat Regular en-suite bedrooms are available as well as 4 dormitory-style rooms. Ideal for groups as there is accommodation for 25 guests in all. Vergezient Lodge, Drakensberg Mountain Retreat The Lodge has regular rooms and offers a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. The rates vary per room and can be found here. A number of the rooms here have their own lounges should you be looking for more privacy. A COUPLE So, you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, want to celebrate an anniversary or just want to spoil the one you love with a...

Packing Essentials for your Berg Holiday

Is packing your least favourite part of your holiday? Do you stress over lists and what will fit and what is actually essential? Don’t sweat, we have outlined and categorized packing lists for you below so that you are organized and can do as little thinking as possible before your trip! All you need to do is place the items in your bag and car and book your stay…then it will be time to relax in the mountains. Packing for safety & survival Navigation – Map, compass and GPS. Sun protection – sunscreen (even in Winter), lip balm and sunglasses Warmth – Jacket, gloves and hat/cap (for Winter) First-aid supplies – First Aid kit (include plasters, nausea medication, bug repellent) Hydration – water bottle       Beyond the essentials Binoculars for bird watching and soaking in all our beautiful views (see our top bird watching tips) Journal and pen (Note down the birds you’ve spotted or journal your holiday) Backpack for hiking Hiking shoes (to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains) Camera (here are some tips for taking some epic shots: http://loadedlandscapes.com/tips-for-mountain-photography/#) A book to read Bathing suit for swimming and relaxing by the indoor pool Yogi’s may enjoy a bit of yoga with a mountain view (bring your mat and tights along!) Electronics – Charger for camera, phones and go-pros If you are interested in doing activities at DMR or taking day excursions whilst staying with us you may have to consider other items you need to pack. Take a look at all the activities available and pack accordingly. So there you have it,...

Your Next Conference Venue

Are you in search of a conference venue or company getaway in the countryside? Do yourselves a favour and take a look at our unique, cosy and scenic property in the Northern Drakensberg… The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offers a conference hall of 8m x 15m in size, which is attached to our Barnhouse. We can accommodate all conference attendees in two venues, our Zonderntwyfel Barnhouse and the Vergezient Lodge. Company or corporate groups can book either one or both of these buildings for their exclusive use. Most companies, no matter the industry require similar key facilities when hunting for the perfect conference venue. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat ticks the following boxes for conference facilities; Great value for money Airy conference room with plenty of natural light and beautiful panoramic views Exciting venue for all audiences (local or international) Fully catered meals, this includes coffee/tea and biscuits for break times (self catering is also an option should you prefer this) Easily accessible venue for people travelling from Durban, Johannesburg or Bloemfontein Arrangements can be made for the equipment that you require, our management will assist with this A memorable experience/views for outside of conference times Exciting range of activities for free time (such as hiking, swimming or mountain biking). We are also willing to go the extra mile should companies have any special request Drakensberg Mountain Retreat recently received some very positive feedback from our latest conference clients of 14 internationally based scientists who stayed in our Barnhouse. Their only “complaint” was that the beauty of DMR was too distracting for a conference! They therefore decided to cancel part of their...

Your Summer Holiday In The Drakensberg…

December holidays are around the corner and this means 6 weeks of freedom for the kids and for some fortunate parents too! If you’re still unsure of what to do, why not book your Summer holiday with us in the mountains? The outdoor activities available for both families and couples are endless and the peace and quiet will leave you feeling super relaxed and ready for 2017. Within easy reach of Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein, The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offers a stress free and easy to plan holiday for the December period. We offer great value and promise personal service and a lovely family atmosphere. Take a look  our accommodation online and read some of our other blogs for tips on traveling with children, reasons to do a mountain holiday and check out some of the menu! There is sure to be an activity for all members of the family to enjoy. The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is situated in the gorgeous Northern Drakensberg region and has plenty of outdoors, peace, activities and space for the whole family to enjoy! Have a look at some of the activities available on the property, below… Summer activities at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat: Relax and tan by the pool while the kids play in the sun Go hiking and explore the great outdoors. Teach your children the history of the Drakensberg when you show them the Bushman paintings Soak in the panoramic views Get some exercise in and get your endorphins going on one of our Mountain Bike trails Bird watching for mom and dad and possibly some younger wildlife enthusiasts Play snooker,...

Intimate Weddings with a View!

If you are looking for an intimate wedding venue with incredible views and photographic opportunities, then the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is the place for you! Take your vows with a mountain backdrop, horses roaming around and complete quietness. Situated just 3 hours from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban – this venue will make it easier for your guests to travel from different provinces. WHY CHOOSE DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAIN RETREAT AS YOUR WEDDING VENUE? We provide on-site, comfortable accommodation for your guests. The breathtaking scenery/venue is ideal for those all-important wedding photographs Catering on site instead of hiring an external catering company Central location for those traveling from Johannnesburg, Durban or Bloemfontein One night in the Honeymoon suite as a gift from the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat Option of an indoor or outdoor wedding Indoor pool Common lounge/entertainment area to enjoy time with your wedding party OUTDOOR CEREMONY VENUE Our rustic farm style décor, old wooden benches, covered straw bales and antique wooden chairs provide the perfect elements for your outdoor mountain wedding. INDOOR CEREMONY VENUE If the weather doesn’t come to the party then there are 2 indoor venue’s to choose from: Vergezient Lodge reception room  (30 max) Zonderntwyfel Barnhouse reception room (50 max) Guests will be seated on rustic vintage style benches or standard chairs if you wish.  You may choose to host your reception at either the Lodge or the Barnhouse. For pricing on venue hire and per head charges, please do not hesitate to contact the DMR team. OUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY HIRE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: Plastic chairs, some wooden chairs, hay bales, benches Wooden podium/stage Arch, not draped or...
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