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Drakensberg Mountain Retreat calls all foodies

Drakensberg Mountain Retreat not only offers guests a chance to unwind and relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy warm hospitality, but also offers delicious meals served in a comfortable dining-room from which one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the majestic Drakensberg. For those guests who wish to enjoy a private dining-experience to celebrate a special occasion, we offer a separate dining-room for this purpose. The menu incorporates seasonal produce, most of which is sourced locally.   A variety of delicious soups, casseroles, roasts and other such ‘winter’ fare is guaranteed to warm you up on a chilly evening in the Drakensberg.  Our desserts are exactly what all desserts should be, naughty but nice! We serve a full country-style breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Take a sneak peek below at some of the meals that feature on our dinner menu… What’s on offer in this idyllic setting? Just a few of the things that feature on our menu include;  Starters Butternut, pear & blue cheese soup. Roasted tomato soup with croutons Bruschetta done 3 ways Chicken, feta &  blueberry salad starter   Mains Chicken with spinach cakes, yellow rice, roast potatoes & honey infused carrots Prawn pasta Desserts DMR frozen nut crunch Ice cream and chocolate sauce in a wafer basket Cream choc cups Some other meals or snacks available include; a welcome vetkoek cheese platter Home baked feather light hot cross buns Cheese platter Homemade bread There is lots more available for you to try! We also offer a private dining room for those looking to enjoy a private dining experience!   Book your stay with us now and come...

7 Incredible photos of the Drakensberg, make your booking today!

See the seven photographs we at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat chose to share with you, to hopefully inspire your next trip or motivate you to save up to get here! It doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday but it will most certainly be a memorable one – filled with spectacular views, peaceful scenery, wildlife and walks! #1 Did you know that wild horses roam free thoughout the Drakensberg Mountains? You have the opportunity to watch them in their natural surroundings or take a horseback ride through the rolling hills. Although we do not offer horse riding at The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat we have plenty of friendly horses wandering through our grounds, for you and your family to enjoy! Image: http://d1vmp8zzttzftq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/horses-and-sheep-grazing-in-Drakensberg-Mountains-meadows-1600×1071.jpg #2 This image does not need much of an introduction, the view from the top of these majestic mountains is unforgettable – all the waterfalls, greenery, rock formations and clouds are like something out of a fairytale book! Image: artpublishers.co.za #3 This photograph was taken 3,482m above sea level and provides us with a bird’s eye view of the incredible Drakensberg Mountains. The photographer captured this uniquely South African range whilst the sun was peering through the clouds…creating a somewhat perfect image! Image: http://all-that-is-interesting.com/drakensberg-south-africa #4 Phototgrapher Kelvin Trautman captured these trail runners/hikers trekking through the Drakensberg Mountains, from above, allowing us to try and imagine what it feels like to climb to the top! There are several hiking, rock climbing, trail running and mountain biking opportunities in the Drakensberg – for all to enjoy! #5 If its snow you are after, you might need to be a bit more patient, but...

The History of the Drakensberg Mountains

How lucky are we that South Africa’s main mountain range is practically on our doorsteps! Just a two hour drive from Durban and a 3.5 to 4 hour drive from Johannesburg. Covering a distance of 1,125km and reaching heights of 3,475m, this magnificent mountain range is definitely something South Africans have to boast about! In the year 2000, the Drakensberg Mountains were declared a World Heritage Site, giving us even more reason to be proud! Drakensberg Mountains Facts: Source of the great Orange River Separates Mpumalanga and the Free State Main watershed of South Africa The “Drakensberg” – derived from the Afrikaans name, “Drakensberg” meaning “Dragon Mountains” is the name given to the Eastern Portion of the Great Escarpment. These mountains (mainly in the Lesotho regions) are capped with snow during the winter months and make the perfect challenge for those interested in trail running or mountain biking too. Approximately 180 million years ago, a mantle plume under the Southern Gondwana caused bulging of the continental crust – this later became South Africa. 20 million years passed before rift valleys formed on either side of this bulge – the steep valleys’ that formed here shaped escarpments. Most South Africans speak of the Drakensberg when they are in fact referring to the Great Escarpment (this forms the border between Lesotho and KZN). The Drakensberg Mountains (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Lesotho) have a rough appearance due to erosion and resistant upper surfaces. The KwaZulu-Natal – Free State Drakensberg comprise of softer rocks and therefore have a softer appearance. Perhaps the biggest historic treasure of these magnificent Drakensberg Mountains is the rich rock...

Dine at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat Private Dining Room – Baloo’s

If you wish to celebrate a special occasion or simply feel like a romantic, private dinner alone with your loved one, we have an intimate dining room available – Baloo’s Dining Room. Whilst dining here, the only other person who may enter the room is your waiter. So if it is peace and quiet you’re after then this is the answer. So, why the name “Baloo” you ask? The late owner of the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, Dave George, owned a precious Staffordshire Bull Terrier named “Baloo” and because she became an integral part of DMR, our exclusive private dining room was later named after her. Baloo’s story began a few years ago when Mr George’s mum heard of a Staffie in Harrismith needing a home.  Once Mr George has picked Baloo up, they became inseparable and developed a unique bond. Whether Dave was at The Barnhouse, The Lodge, or strolling through the rolling hills on the hikes at the DMR, Baloo was never too far away! During Dave’s terminal illness Baloo kept a constant vigil by his side. She was a faithful, friendly and loving little dog whose memory will live on at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat forever! Guests that are interested in making a private dinner booking at “Baloo’s” may do so on arrival or before, at no extra charge (first come first serve basis). Book your stay at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat today....

Mountain Bike Race and Accommodation in the Drakensberg

Are you and your family looking for an adventure? Are you into the outdoorsy/active stuff like a Mountain Bike Race? Take a trip to The Drakensberg for a fun weekend packed with activities for the whole family! Date: 18 and 19 April Time: Whole Day Event Place: All Out Adventures (GPS S 28 38.58 E 29 01.07) There are plenty of races to choose from (see poster for details) depending on your fitness! Opt for a friendly race or if you are the competitive type, go ahead and enter the 50km Extreme Classic Race. Spectators and children can enjoy all the attractions at All Out Adventures, including a supervised Kids Zone to keep them busy while you race. The Drakensberg offers some of the best views in South Africa and makes the perfect backdrop to a race and weekend away! For some great mountain biking tips follow this link: https://www.foldingbikezone.com/mountain-bike-tips/ Find accommodation close to the race location Enter and find out more about the Mountain Bike Race Now...
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