Montusi Mountain Lodge

We have two dams on the property stocked with trout (and with a beautiful view). This ‘Catch and Release’ activity is strictly reserved for Montusi residents.



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Montusi Mountain Lodge offers genuine hospitality in the tranquillity of one of the most beautiful settings in Southern Africa.

Space, comfort and peace are what you will find when you treat yourself to the natural splendor and peaceful, romantic ambiance of this Northern Drakensberg haven.

Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Northern Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi Mountain Lodge is the only upmarket destination in the area with a full and uninterrupted view of the Drakensberg’s most famous part, the Amphitheatre escarpment. Our guests enjoy this spectacular scenery in the comfort of their private individual garden suites.

Activities on the 1000 hectare estate are diverse. Enjoy the peace. THE MONTUSI EXPERIENCE
Since June 2000 the Carte family at Montusi Mountain Lodge has provided an opportunity for their guests to intimately indulge in the freedom of the Drakensberg experience.

We believe in the conservation of the Northern Drakensberg and for ten years we have preserved and planted – changing a Wattle infested wasteland into a rehabilitated conservation area. Our indigenous trees and manmade forests continue to flourish and the resultant birdlife (once non-existent) has become abundant. This ethic has resulted in the return of the Mountain Reedbuck, Vaal Rhebuck, Bushbuck and the elusive Eland to this area once inhabited by Bushmen.

Montusi boasts the privilege of space with 16 suites set in open gardens each with spectacular views of the Amphitheatre and surrounding mountains. This is an idyllic escape to space, comfort, and peace.
Our intimate restaurant (with under-floor heating and log fireplace) is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus. In summer we eat outside on the Phumleni with the Amphitheatre view enhancing the delicious meals. Breakfast and dinner are included for lodge guests. Light lunches are available between 12.30pm and 14.00pm.

Awarded a Chef’s Hat in the Portfolio Collection, our cuisine is the subject of much praise.

Montusi Mountain Lodge consists of a large and beautifully thatched main building with reception, dining room, terrace, bar, lounge, and massage treatment room. The 16 spacious, tastefully decorated, individual suites are among the most luxurious in the Northern Drakensberg. The peace and quiet, like our homemade chocolates and bread, are quite addictive!

Each free-standing suite is individually decorated and has spectacular mountain views. All the suites have tea and coffee making facilities, including a bar fridge for fresh milk. A minibar facility in the suite is available upon request. All suites have a carport for one vehicle.


Doing nothing is probably the most sought after pastime at Montusi Mountain Lodge. No pressure, no wake-up calls (in fact no telephone in the room), hot water all day long. Montusi Mountain Lodge is the best place to simply wind down and relax. Just enjoy our little bit of paradise and recharge the batteries.

Hiking is eagerly enjoyed in the Northern Drakensberg. We provide daily morning walks on the 1000 ha. estate with a guide who provides tea, coffee, and cookies free of charge. Popular destinations are the top of Montusi Mountain, Bushman Cave (with paintings), Waterfall Cave and various streams and rock pools for summer swimming.

Guests can safely hike the estate on their own using the Montusi Hiking Guide as well as at the uKhahlamba National Park (Royal Natal National Park) 15 km away, with the Tugela Gorge being the favorite.

On request, we will organize day hikes to the top of the Amphitheatre, an experience you will never forget and do-able for all those of average fitness and unafraid of heights (the last ascent is via metal chain ladders). Please contact us for further details.

Horse Riding:
The Northern Horse operates spectacular horse trails from the Montusi Estate. The stables are within easy walking distance from the lodge and all levels of rider are catered for.

They specialize in customizing trails to suit the rider with everything from gentle strolls over flat fields to exhilarating descents into the river valleys and up the escarpments. Visit their dedicated horse riding site at

Fly Fishing:
We have two dams on the property stocked with trout (and with a beautiful view). Bring your rod and flies. This ‘Catch and Release’ activity is strictly reserved for Montusi residents.
Mountain Biking:
Montusi Mountain Lodge is situated right on the 100km network of Northern Drakensberg Mountain Bike Trails, which offers all levels of rider amazing opportunities to test and grow their skills on purpose-built and maintained trails. Excellent quality Mountain Bikes can be hired from All Out Adventures just 4 km from Montusi Mountain Lodge.
The nearest golf course is 8 km away at the nine-hole Amphitheatre Golf Course at Hlalanathi.
Relaxation Massage is our community project. Book with the reception for an hour or two of complete bliss.
Our fenced swimming pool looks out at the escarpment. The surrounding rocks have provided inspiration for this unusual and beautifully crafted pool.
When establishing Montusi Mountain Lodge, we were advised to introduce as many indigenous plants as possible to attract birdlife back to the area. The gardens have become a haven for hundreds of different species of bird such as sunbirds, sugarbirds, widows, and wydahs, so birders can start their twitching right from their verandas! A short stroll to the dams, or through the horse paddock increases the birding experience to include kingfishers, bald ibis, lapwings and on occasion the endangered ground hornbill!
Trail Running:
Trail runners of all levels can frolic through the Northern Drakensberg mountains or plains on the mountain biking and hiking paths. Join the group Sunset Trail Runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5 pm for an adventure into the night!
The tennis court and equipment is available to guests at no charge.
All Out Adventures:
Anyone approaching Montusi Mountain Lodge will not fail to notice the impressive Adventure Centre 10 minutes drive from the Lodge.

Guests wanting an adrenalin rush have access to a spectacular Cable Tour, a hair raising Free Fall King Swing, thrilling Flying Trapeze, Bungee Bounce (trampoline and bungee system), Zip Line (Giant Foofy Slide), Forested Paintball and Quad Bike Tours to the river. Activities are run with an emphasis on safety and are achievable by participants of all ages and fitness levels. This is a great venue for corporate and family Teambuilding.

Unauthorized use of equipment is (naturally!) prohibited and indemnity forms must be signed. There is also a tea garden and kids’ zone with a trampoline and dual sit&zip lines (Closed on Mondays during KZN school terms and the 25th December).

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