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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...

Five Reasons A Mountain Retreat Is The Best Type Of Family Holiday

Do you really need to be convinced to visit the magnificent Drakensberg? We doubt it! But just in case, here are 5 reasons why you should choose to make this your next family holiday! Plenty of family orientated activities – There are so many outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy. Take a look at all the activities on offer at The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat and surrounding areas online. – Check out some family friendly HIKES to try whilst visiting The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. – Experience the culture and learn about the history of the Drakensberg. Let the children learn about the San Bushmen and rock artists by visiting the paintings on an educational and scenic hike. Peace and quiet Life has become so busy for us all, some of us can go for weeks without taking time out to be quiet, reflect and let our bodies rest. The Drakensberg is the perfect place to do just this. You and your family can enjoy the peaceful surroundings away from city hustle and bustle. Find some peace in the mountains or have a relaxing swim in our indoor pool, watch our wild horses, maybe tickle the ivories on our baby grand or simply read a good book in the great outdoors or curled up in front of a cosy fire. There is a quiet place for everyone to experience. Central location Located some 15 km off the R74 between Bergville and Harrismith, the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is roughly equidistant from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein (about 300km) which makes it an ideal midway meeting place for family and friends...

HIKING!

Amongst the many reasons people choose to visit South Africa every year are affordability, scenery, wildlife, weather, wine and food, and our outdoor lifestyle. One of the key elements to this outdoor lifestyle are the various hiking routes available to tourists. Many of our guests explore the hiking trails at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat whilst visiting us, so we decided to share some information on our hikes. Before setting out on a hike, always be mindful of the weather: Take water and a walking stick with you. Your safety is a top priority for us and we therefore insist that you take your cell phone as well as our maps and phone numbers along with you. We like to always be aware of where our guests are situated. Sunscreen is a must! A little more about our walking trails at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat… Our trails are well marked and cater for all abilities. Trail maps are available at reception and we can always suggest a hike/walk to suit your capabilities. We offer two longer hikes which take the better part of a day, two 3 hour rambles and 3 short strolls… Day Hikes.
 (These are strenuous hikes) Our Wingswept Trail is approximately 13km long. Starting from the Zonderntwyfel Barn house, the trail takes the hiker to the highest point of Vergezient and offers some incredible views of the surrounding mountains. From here a dragon-back dolerite ridge leads to Protea Pavement with close-up views of two landmarks: The Kerkenberg and Mpokelana Hill. Lower down an enormous rock, one of Wingswept’s photographic delights, marks the Place of the Hyena. The trail then descends through...

BIRDWATCHING IN THE BERG – OUR TOP TIPS FOR GREAT SIGHTINGS

Bird watching isn’t THE most popular activity amongst visitors in the Drakensberg for nothing! Besides the vast and majestic backdrop which appeals to all, the landscape is home to thousands of species of birds which are a must see for avid bird watchers. Why not visit this area of rich bird life for your next holiday? The Drakensberg region holds a number of unique species that attracts birders from all over the world! Visitors come to see the various raptors, vultures, cranes, bustards and more… Most birders bucket-lists feature the sought-after; Siskin Drakensberg (Orange-breasted) Rock jumper Mountain Pipit The Bearded Vulture Other species that people tend to look out for can be seen in the “forest areas” of the Drakensberg, these include the Donnybrook, Creighton, Cape Parrot, Orange Ground Thrush and Blue Swallow. In the higher lying areas (consisting mostly of grassland), people attempt to spot the Blue and Grey Crowned Cranes, the Denham’s Bustard and the famous Secretary bird. Take a look at this table of birds with their names and pictures for other common birds found in the Drakensberg: http://www.southerndrakensbergtourism.co.za/bird-species.html Our bird watching tips; Pack a relevant field guide for the area The best birders can identify a bird from many meters away but binoculars will most definitely enhance your experience. Its worth spending a little extra on these when you buy your pair. Do some research before taking your excursion and make a list of birds you wish to see. Try to aim for the correct landscape and times of day to see those specific birds. Use your phone to record sounds that you hear and...
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