ZAR 1,050 per night
ZAR 1,050 per night
Antbear Guest House, Estcourt, South Africa

Antbear Guest House

Estcourt, South Africa - Fernhurst Farm, Estcourt, Kwazulu Natal

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Description - Guesthouse

The Antbear Guest House is situated in the foothills of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg in South Africa. This guesthouse is an ideal place to base yourself while you discover the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal South Africa. We invite you to spend time here and share some of our dream. We like to think that the Antbear is a place for feeding your soul and rekindling your spirit. Built in the 1940s the quaint and charming cottage puts its arms around you and reminds you that there are things more important than everyday life.

The Antbear Guesthouse is a thatched, whitewashed cottage built high on a natural platform overlooking the Bushmans River and Giants Castle. This cottage is a bit off the beaten track and is more of an insider tip than just another bed and breakfast. We cater for small intimate groups and never have more than 10 guests at a time. Its a laid back, lovingly cared for kind of place where you feel a sense of happiness and peace. Honeymoon stays turn into anniversary commemorations just as guests become friends. Even foreign tourists return for a second and third taste.

The name Antbear comes from its previous resident who lived under the floorboards before its restoration just a few years ago. Its filled with gorgeous hand crafted furniture, wonderful wooden sculptures and a seemingly never ending collection of artistic aspects to discover.

Plan for slow and decadent dinners by candlelight prepared by your hosts Andrew and Conny. Sometimes its a Moroccan spread including a genuine Moroccan tagine prepared on wood coals or maybe its a surprise of just how delightful Chinese food can be. Breakfast is served with freshly baked bread and scones and often it becomes a 2 hour affair

There is plenty to do in the area too. Walks in the Drakensberg mountains, visits to bushman paintings, horse trails though a private game reserve, canoe trips, canopy tours and the Midlands Meander to mention but a few.

So if your looking for a place where art, beauty and time away are important then Antbear Guesthouse is worth a second look.

The space
  • Property type: Guesthouse
  • Guest rooms/units: 15
  • Year built: 1999
  • Renovated: 2014
  • Public classification: 4
Guesthouse accommodations

Lowest price available: ZAR 1,050 (South African Rand)

Ensuite Double
  • Check-in: 2:00pm
  • Check-out: 11:00am

Guesthouse amenities

Breakfast included Gay friendly Group services Laundry/valet service Linen included Luggage carriers Meeting facilities No curfew Parking (free) Pets allowed Safe deposit box Tour/sightseeing assistance WIFI (free)

Room amenities

Indivually furnished, cozy and comfortable

Balconies Coffee/tea maker Ensuite Fireplace (wood burning) Hairdryer Handicap facilities Iron/ironing board Keyless entry Maid service daily Mini-bar Mountain view rooms Non-smoking rooms Private bathroom Safe box in room Television not available Toiletries WIFI Wake-up calls Whirlpool bath


Neighborhood

The Antbear Guest House overlooks the Bushman's river, which rises in the high Drakensberg near Giants castle and meets the Tugela north east of the small town of Weenen. The Antbear Guesthouse is ideal to explore this Drakensberg region. The Bushmans river flows through one of those places on earth where the drama of human events seems to be etched forever into the landscape. In the south the huge mountains form the backdrop to this gigantic natural stage and down on the plain bisected by rivers and studded by thorn trees, the red tinge of grass still seems to hint at the bloody battles that were fought here. It is an area of huge vistas, a myriad of vantage points where the landscape rolls out for as far as the imagination.

Wagondrift Dam and Moor Park renowned for brdlife and spectacular viewsWagondrift dam and Moor park (8km from the Antbear) are two small conservation service nature reserves where bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and impala abound. Moor Park is renowned for its bird life including a pair of nesting black eagles. A major feature of the park is the old Boer furrow trail which visitors can follow.

kamberg san bushman painting in the Southern DrakensbergKamberg (35km from the Antbear) has inspired many a dedicated fisherman to rise before dawn, get to out in the foothills of the Drakensberg and bag his trout. For anglers interested in not only catching trout, but also learning about their lifecycle, Kamberg is a special treat. The hatchery is right here and visitors are welcome. For those of us not so interested in fishing follow the 5km trail passed the waterfall and chance upon the most exquisite examples of San rock art that can be seen anywhere.

Giants Castle in the Central DrakensbergGiants Castle (35km from the Antbear) with its splendid mountain scenery and towering escarpment is a mecca for those who love strenuous hiking trails, as well as those who prefer a leisurely stroll along the contour path to experience the peace and silence of the wilderness. This reserve is famous for its caves and shelters are rich in San rock art. Another popular attraction is the Lammergeyer hide where Lammergeyers (an endangered bird of prey) and Cape Vultures can be viewed feeding.

weenen safari game viewing part of the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands and BattlefieldsThe Weenen Game Reserve (40km from the Antbear) is one of those rare safari places without malaria. At a relatively modest 5000 hectares Weenen is not like a large game reserve but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in variety. There are views where the waving grasslands dotted with flat-topped acacias resemble a miniature Serengeti, complete with modest assemblages of zebra, giraffe and rhino. Other areas, cleft by deep gorges are thickly forested. In the south an escarpment looks down on to the Bushman's river meandering in its deep secluded valley and on the plateau beyond stretches the reserve's wilderness area which is only accessible by foot. Weenen Game Reserve also boasts the highest density of rhino per square kilometer in South Africa.

Horse trails and safaris in a game reserve in the Drakensberg regionJoin "Sengani Horse Trails" for a horse safari (45 km from the Antbear) in the pristine KZN bushveld at Mtontwana Game Reserve. This bushveld area is malaria free too. These professionally guided trails take you within meters of towering giraffe and snorting wildebeest. This is an activity that novices can also partake in and something that that seems to make folks come back time and time again. There are also options for a sundowner ride and day tips for more experienced riders.

White water rafing - Adventure activities in the Drakensberg Region of KwaZulu NatalWhite water rafting is available on the Tugela River. (45 km from the Antbear) Half day and full day tours and even horse ride rafting combinations are on offer. Or a tamer option is the canoe safari down the Weenen Canal. The canal starts at the Bushmans River, passes through the Weenen Game Reserve, over an old brick aqueduct and then through picturesque farmland. All rafting and canal safaris are accompanied by qualified guides.

The Spieonkop game reserve (60 km from the Antbear), through its small size, allows for excellent game viewing throughout the year. This is also one of the most interesting battle sights of the Anglo Boer War. The nature reserve surrounds the Spieonkop Dam which reflects a completely different kind of safari feeling

midlands meander arts and crats route in the Natal MidlandsThe Midlands craft meander starts just 15 km from the Antbear. The old world charm and tranquil countryside has attracted a new breed of people who have taken residence among the farmers. These are creative crafters, sculptures, potters, weavers and leather workers who ply their trade in quaint old cottages and farmhouses and welcome the curious. The Midlands is dotted with cozy country inns just perfect for unhurried lunches or just tea and home made jam scones.

The Howick falls (80 km from the Antbear) makes a worth while day trip. The waterfall falls some 90 m and the little trail down into the gorge is wonderful. On the way back why not stop at La Lampara the most excellent Italian restaurant in our region.

Tugela Waterfall at the top of the AmphitheaterThe Amphitheater, Oliviershoek pass and the Sterkfontein dam make a lovely drive in the northern part of the Drakensberg. For the more adventurous a visit to the top of the Drakensberg is essential. The 2½ hour trail to the top of the escarpment takes you to the edge of the Tugela falls, the second highest waterfall in the world. It falls some 950m and in Winter has been known to freeze solid. The last leg of the trail involves the climbing of a chain ladder to get to the top. For those without a head for heights the drive to the start of the trail is one of the most beautiful roads that one could imagine.

The Battlefields. It is difficult to imagine that the scenic and tranquil landscape of central and northern KwaZulu-Natal was once the focal point of major military clashes; where over a span of 70 years, one historical drama after another unfolded against the backdrop of the African veld and the Majestic Drakensberg mountains. The area boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa. But don't let the description battlefields mislead you into thinking you are going to spend time in the past. The climate, the scenery, the cultural diversity, the cuisine and the hospitality makes your visit a unique and memorable experience.

Canopy tour in the Karklof forest in the Natal Midlands South AfricaSituated in the tranquil Natal Midlands, the Karkloof Canopy Tour offers an unequalled experience gliding along steel cables between eight canopy level platforms built high within the Karkloof forest. Safely harnessed in state of the art climbing gear and under close supervision of a professional team of guides, prepare yourself for a three hour adventure that will take you amongst the birds, monkeys trees and plants of this magnificent forest. The slides are up to 175m long and provide unforgettable rides and spectacular views of the forest canopy including a little waterfall.

The Southern Drakensberg is as easily reached from the Antbear as the Northern part. Why not go on a day trip to the Sani Pass, if you have a 4x4 then it makes for wonderful driving. The back roads hug the berg and the lack of other vehicles along this way is almost suspicious.

A number of golf courses can be found in the area, both 9 and 18 holes.

Estcourt is the main metropolis here but don't expect too much. Fort Durnford is worth a quick visit if you're driving past, it includes the outdoor museum of a traditional Zulu village. If you would like to experience a glider flight over our beautiful area, then this can be arranged at the Estcourt Aero Club on weekends.

Whichever way you decide to explore our area your journey will pass through some of the most inspiring landscape and wildlife areas in South Africa.

Points of interest
  • Giants castle nature reserve
  • Kamberg Rock Art
  • Midlands meander
  • Moor park
  • Weenen game reserve

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Price details

ZAR 1,050 - 1,450 per night (South African Rand)

Includes dinner and breakfast

An additional deposit may be requested prior to arrival. If so, you will be contacted directly after you confirm your booking.

Credit cards accepted on location: VisaMasterCard

Available discounts

Children under 10 year pay 50% of rate

Location - Guesthouse

Fernhurst Farm, Estcourt, Kwazulu Natal
Estcourt
KwaZulu-Natal (Province of KwaZulu-Natal)
South Africa  3310

Latitude: -29.14445, Longitude: 29.82379

How to get there

Travel along the N3. Take the off ramp 152 between Estcourt and Mooi River. Travel in the direction of Hidcote. After 7 km you will encounter a T-junction. Turn right towards Giants Castle. After 14 km turn right towards Moor Park onto a dirt road. After 5. 3 Km you will pass a right hand turn off called "The Rise". 300 meters passed this road is the farm entrance on the right. The Antbear Guesthouse is 2km along the farm road up the hill and is the thatched cottages that you can see from the road.