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Dumbe Trail Run

Spend a weekend running unforgettable trails with spectacular views in the Northern Drakensberg at the 2018 Dumbe Trail Run Event that takes place at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun-filled weekend. 2017’s Dumbe Trail Run was such a wonderful success with the inaugural winners Buthi Mokwenja and Julia Hackland coming out on top. This success has become evident in the feedback received! Lesley Van Der Waat gave the following review: ” Impressed beyond words… prefect venue, spectacular views from a stunning setting… great company… organising to the final details… just so looved the complete African experience!” Susan Ascough Symons had the following to say: “Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Completely worth every gruelling climb! And the race village was so accommodating, and thoughtful. Thank you for an amazing weekend!” The Dumbe Trail Run consists of 36KM pristine trails over the course of 2 days. Taking place in the Drakensberg Mountains you can definitely expect views that take your breath away. This year the Dumbe Trail Run takes place from the 2nd – 4th of November 2018. (Registration will take place on the 2nd of November from 1400pm through to 19:00pm) What can you expect over the 2 days? Day 1: 21KM’s with 2 water points Day 2: 15KM’s with 1 water point Sounds exhilarating, doesn’t it? The race village will also be setup this year offering the runners a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable seating where they can relax and enjoy the picturesque views. What’s more, everything is catered for inside the village for the entire weekend!!When it comes to the routes themselves, there will be clearly marked our routes...

The Perfect Long Weekend In The Mountains

Who doesn’t enjoy a long weekend in the mountains? Fresh air, majestic mountain landscapes and views to take your breath away, nothing better in our opinion. Taking a long weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of the city every now and again is good for the soul, giving you time to relax; re-focus yourself and come out on the other end feeling rejuvenated until your next getaway. But what exactly does the perfect long weekend in the Drakensberg consist of? Well, we thought we would break it down for you as best we can. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a magnificent destination for your long weekend away. Situated in the Northern Drakensberg on a high ridge that overlooks the Drakensberg and Maluti mountain ranges and offering you much more than comfortable, affordable country-style accommodation. The picturesque views, vast natural spaces, wild winds, and unforgettable trails make it the perfect place to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Drakensberg. (The view from our Zonderntwyvel Barnhouse accommodation) Upon arriving at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, you have two choices when it comes to your accommodation. Firstly, the Zonderntwyvel Barnhouse which is perfect for a self-catering weekend away with a big group of friends or family. The Barnhouse is generally quite spacious, with a wood burning stove – giving you a proper country-style cooking experience – and fire places in the lounge, the Barnhouse will ensure that you are comfy and cosy on even the coldest of days. Secondly, we have the Vergezient Lodge which give you the choice of Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast alike. The Lodge has...

Picnic Weddings at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

A wedding is always such a romantic, happy day, filled with the love and laughter of family and friends. So much planning and preparation goes into said special day from décor, to flowers, rings, outfits and most importantly the venue that we thought we’d help make the planning and decision-making a little easier for you! Enjoy your wedding day in the splendour of the Drakensberg Mountains here at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat.  Drakensberg Mountain Retreat provides a picturesque back drop for your beautiful day with magnificent scenery for photos and, to top it all off, we will throw in one nights’ accommodation in our honeymoon suite at no extra charge! While picnic is the operative word here, we do have accommodation and spaces available to you to ensure your wedding weekend or evening away is as comfortable and romantic as you’d imagined. First up, our Vergezient Lodge is a unique resort with breath-taking views and a warm, unique and charming atmosphere that we take pride in creating and providing you with for your special day! Why the Lodge? Well, the Vergezient lodge offers a 100km long panoramic view of the Central and Northern Drakensberg including the Amphitheatre and the Royal Natal National Park – said to be one of THE best views in the Drakensberg – and makes the perfect accommodation space for your guests as well as provides an incredibly beautiful outdoor area with views for your picnic style wedding. There is, however, another piece of Drakensberg heaven that we have on offer to you and that is our Barnhouse. With a wood-burning stove, a fireplace, large veranda, flower...

6 Tips To Ensure You Are Properly Prepared For Your Summer Hiking Trip

Hiking in the Drakensberg, a task that so many take part in throughout the year. Although seemingly simple, hiking is not necessarily for the faint-hearted. Preparation for your next hiking trip is the first and most important aspect to remember. Being properly prepared for hiking will ensure that your summer hiking trip doesn’t turn into a life-threatening ordeal. Making sure you are properly prepared for unexpected situations such as getting lost, dehydration, weather-related issues, accidents and injury is a huge step towards assuring that your hike will live up to your expectations. With all of the above in mind we have decided to put together six tips to help prepare you for your hike over the summer season in the Drakensberg Prepare a Trip Plan This piece of advice is always a priority for us. Prepare your trip thoroughly! Making sure that you have a route marked out is a great way to keep yourself on track as well as to ensure that you are well prepared and essentially safer than if you weren’t to plan. Go old school with this, pull out a map and mark off the route you’d like to take – including the starting point as well as the finish point –  stops that you plan on making whether it be for food or just to have a rest; be sure to mark off any possible areas you may get lost or any detours you may find yourself on; lastly it is important to mark off possible areas for you to camp overnight should the need arise. (If you’re using a GPS device – more...

Top 5 Relaxing Things To Do At Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, your home away from home, takes such pride in making sure our guests are relaxed and ensures that you get to enjoy the natural beauty of the Northern Drakensberg. As many of you will agree, the Drakensberg is a place that allows one to reset and relax, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a nice relaxing break in the mountains – something we all love to do every now and again. What’s more, we have made sure that the activities on offer here at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, somewhat support this relaxing and tranquil atmosphere – apart from the hiking of course – providing you with activities that are sure to accompany your relaxing stay quite well. With so many beautiful views and fresh landscapes, enjoying a relaxing and peaceful walk in the fresh air is one of our favourite relaxing things to do here at DMR. Not only does the scenery provide picturesque backgrounds for your getaway but the fresh air and crisp smell of nature has a way of detoxing and relaxing the mind, body and soul, helping rejuvenate the senses (For those of you who are a little more energetic, we have some phenomenal hiking trails for you to enjoy so not to worry.) Alongside this, we have a pool available to our guests that goes hand in hand with the above. Although a slow walk is not nearly as tiring or strenuous as a hike, that doesn’t mean your body wouldn’t appreciate a nice cool dip in the pool afterwards.  Not only will a dip in our pool...
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