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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...

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...

WANT TO POP THE QUESTION SURROUNDED BY MAJESTIC PEAKS? TIPS FOR THE PERFECT MOUNTAIN PROPOSAL

Nowadays one can’t log onto Facebook or check their Instagram feed without being bombarded with engagement pics and the infamous “hand with ring photograph”! This places a lot of pressure on the guys in particular, as they need to find a way to propose that is special for them as a couple and unique enough to impress their lady (and her social media audience) too! If your girlfriend (soon to be fiancé) loves the outdoors and you as a couple enjoy hiking and weekend getaways in the Berg, then a mountain proposal might just be the route to take! We outline a few ideas and tips for your big moment here… Scenery You’ll need to pick the perfect spot! You can’t drive all the way to the Drakensberg Mountains for this dramatic moment and not have the right place to pop the question (especially if you choose to hire a photographer to capture this once in a lifetime moment for you – which we by the way, we suggest you do!). The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat team are hopeless romantics and would be only too glad to help you choose the best location and even help with a romantic picnic should you wish to enjoy a meal and a celebratory glass of champagne in the mountains after. Drama, drama, drama! Is your girlfriend the kind that likes anything super dramatic and over the top? Do you fear that simply being surrounded by picturesque scenery won’t be enough for her? Well, why don’t you write it in the sky then? Make the gesture even grander by hiring a plane with a...

THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING A BREAK WITH YOUR “SPECIAL PERSON”

Who doesn’t dream of a romantic weekend away with their special person? Seriously, what more could one want than a weekend alone, being pampered in the mountains and spending every minute with their partner? More often than not though, those thoughts become nothing but a distant dream because we get too busy, feel that our budgets are too tight or perhaps have some big bill or debt to pay off that takes priority! But a vacation doesn’t need to break the bank and you don’t need to be away for weeks on end to reap the benefits of a holiday. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offer affordable and romantic weekends away for you and your partner to enjoy and unplug from the realities of life. There are countless benefits to taking a break and escaping work / everyday activities / chores… Recharge your body and mind by physically removing yourself from society, work and the stresses associated with it. Improve and strengthen your relationship by spending quality time together. You will not only be road tripping to the Drakensberg (by the way, road tripping has proven to be one of the most bonding experiences for couples) but you will also be enjoying the views, meals, relaxation and activities on offer once you arrive in the Drakensberg. Taking a break and clearing your head has been known to increase your productivity when you get back to work. Think of it as a detox for your brain which means you will have a clear and productive mind-set when you return from your trip. Improve your mood. Changing your environment and routine can influence...

DRAKENSBERG EXCURSIONS

If you are visiting the Drakensberg, you will most certainly always be spoilt for choice on where to go and what to do! The activities available for both families and couples are endless in variety. The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat team thought we would help you narrow down your list of things to do in the Drakensberg. If time however, is not a limiting factor, why not try them all! Excursions in the Northern Drakensberg Visit the historical Kerkenberg (This is the site where Piet Retief and the Voortrekkers camped out during the discussions with Dingaan for land) Pose for a photograph next to the Kaalvoet Vrou Monument Go horse riding at The Northern Horse Trails in Montusi If you are into adventure type sports, you will want to visit All Out Adventures Excursions in the Central Drakensberg Spionkop Battle site and nature reserve is a great place to learn some South African history. Drakensberg Canopy Tours provides those adrenalin junkies with a bird’s eye view of the forest in an exhilarating zip line experience. If you are going to the Champagne Valley, you will need to visit the Raptor Centre and listen to the magnificent Drakensberg Boys Choir Hot Air Ballooning is becoming more and more popular and what better place to try it than overlooking the South African Drakensberg Mountains! Excursions in the Eastern Free State The quaint town of Clarens is a charming village that offers art galleries, trendy restaurants and curio shops for the tourists that pass through and is only a one and a half hour drive from the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. Golden Gate National...

Stargazing in the Drakensberg

What is stargazing? Stargazing is, by definition the act or practice of looking at or studying the stars but has become a hobby for some, much like hiking or bird watching. Star gazing has not always been viewed as a tourist attraction but is slowly becoming more popular and therefore something that people are willing to travel to see. When stargazing or studying astrology of any kind, it is obviously advantageous to be in a more remote area or one with little or no access to electricity. The Northern Drakensberg is ideal because of the wide open spaces and lack of lighting available. The Drakensberg Mountains also makes for an incredible and picturesque backdrop for star gazing enthusiasts. So, why is the Drakensberg ideal for stargazing? According to Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa, South Africa is fast gaining a reputation as a leading stargazing destination in the world! One of the main reasons for this is because there are two thirds more stars in the Southern hemisphere than in the Northern hemisphere. Another reason, as mentioned above, is that there is very little man made lighting in the more remote Drakensberg regions and certainly less lighting than in the major cities. Not only is the lack of artificial light beneficial for star gazing but the quiet atmosphere and natural environment make the Drakensberg perfect for stargazing too! After a long week in the office or a tiring hike through the Drakensberg Mountains…PICTURE THIS – a picnic blanket, a few snacks, a glass of wine, your loved one, surrounded by the mountains, the sounds of nature and...
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