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Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

Northern Drakensberg, South Africa

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in South Africa is situated in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak. The lodge looks across to the Drakensberg Mountains Mont-Aux-Sources and Amphitheater, with endangered bearded vultures soaring overhead and the sounds of Tugela Falls not far away. This beautiful mountainous area is home to a variety of landscapes, rich flora and fauna and some incredible Drakensberg accommodation in the heart of it all. Whatever your fancy, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy the real great outdoors while enjoying our accommodation at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge.

The lodge offers affordable Drakensberg accommodation, ideal for families, hikers, large or small  groups visiting the area. Whatever your choice of accommodation, expect to enjoy spectacular views on all sides of the lodge and comfortable beds to welcome you home from a long day exploring the incredible and wild surrounding scenery of the Northern Drakensberg.

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge at a glance

  • Chalets - 8 rooms
  • Bungalows - 30 rooms
  • Hikers’ Cabin - 6 rooms
  • Restaurant
  • No self-catering facilities

Accommodation
Whatever your choice of accommodation, the mountain lodge boasts spectacular views on all sides and comfortable beds to welcome you home from a long day exploring the incredible and wild surrounding scenery of the Northern Drakensberg.

There are three kinds of accommodation available at the lodge: the cozy bungalows , the large chalets that look out onto the majestic Sentinel Peak, with it’s constantly changing colours and contours, and a Hiker’s Cabin located just below the main reception area of the lodge that is perfect for backpackers on a tight budget. All accommodation is sold on a bed and breakfast basis, with a substantial buffet breakfast provided at the picturesque Restaurant.

All rooms are no smoking and there are no facilities for pets.

Chalets
With floor to ceiling windows across the mountain-facing walls, the newly renovated luxury chalets offer unrivalled views of the majestic and proud Sentinel Peak without even having to leave the comfort of your bed, and are the finest accommodation that Witsieshoek has to offer, though still very reasonably priced.

Our large rooms have been finished with local stone and slate to help them blend into their mountain surroundings. There are eight rooms, each furnished with stylish Cape Pine furniture and leather armchairs; five rooms have extra length king size beds while three have extra length twin beds. In keeping with TFPD’s philosophy of supporting the local community, the walls are adorned with colourful artworks from local Qwa Qwa artist Gibson, and locally-made curtains and carpets also reflect the style and colours of the  Batlokoa community.

Each chalet is equipped with:

  • En-suite bathroom with basin, toilet and walk in shower
  • 2 x leather tub chairs
  • A writing desk and chair, luggage rack & waldrobe
  • Selection of toiletries
  • Coffee and tea facilities
  • Private patio facing Sentinel Peak
  • Wheelchair access
  • There are no self-catering facilities

Bungalows
The charming rondavel bungalows are Witsieshoek’s primary and longest-standing source of accommodation, modelled in the same fashion as the lodge’s main reception area, bar, lounge and restaurant, and characteristic of the lodge’s unique mountain style. Each unit has an en-suite. A limited number of rooms have lockable double interleading doors with a second unit for families

Witsieshoek has 5 large rondavel / bungalows dotted across the hill running up behind the lodge’s reception and restaurant area. Newly refurbished, each rondavel has 6 single room units, each with an en suite with shower. Slate floors with locally woven rugs, wall heaters and new furnishings are included in these pleasant modern rooms.

Two of the rondawels have ”double” doors between rooms so that families can book two connecting rooms, open the interleading doors, and make a family unit. Please indicate your requirement for interleading options when booking.

Each Bungalow is equipped with:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Coffee and tea facilities
  • Space heaters and extra blankets

Hikers’ Cabin
Opening some time in 2014, the quiet Hikers’ Cabin is the newest edition to Witsieshoek’s accommodation and is the perfect budget option for hiker’s and backpackers.

The cabin is situated against the hill just below the main reception area of the lodge  and the front of the cabin faces out onto the vast expanse of valleys and dams below, as well as the sprawling town of Phuthaditjhaba, in the distance far below. This is a great spot to watch the sunrise above the early morning mist that covers the lower regions. The Cabin has six cozy rooms each with two twin beds. There are two spacious communal ablution blocks, one for women and one for men, and the space is heated with oil heating.

Each Hiker's Cabin is equipped with:

  • Communal ablution blocks with showers
  • Oil heating

Central Facilities
The lodge’s central facilities include the lodge’s reception (where you can find pamphlets and maps for the area and its activities), an à la carte restaurant, lounge area and pub. The restaurant provides a buffet breakfast (provided to guests as part of their tariff), tea-time treats, light lunches (packed lunches can also be pre-ordered) and substantial, home-cooked evening meals.

The glass-fronted restaurant also boasts plenty of morning sun and spectacular panoramic views and is a great place for spotting the endangered bearded vulture that are found in the area. Complimentary tea and coffee is available all day for Lodge guests. The comfortable lounge is dominated by a fireplace and large leather couches for cosy winter evenings, and a TV to watch that all-important game. The walls are adorned with local cloth and artwork. The pub is well stocked and welcoming, and frequented by locals from the area as well as lodge guests.

Facilities include:
Fully-licensed a la carte restaurant
Cosy and well-stocked bar
Comfortable lounge with flatscreen TV, DSTV and fireplace
Reception area with a range of maps, pamphlets etc

Activities
Hiking:

The area around Witsieshoek is a hiker’s paradise and must be added to your list of activities, with prominent parts of the Drakensberg easily accessible, including the intrepid journey from Sentinel Car Park, up the Chain Ladders to the escarpment and on to Tugela Falls and the source of the Tugela River.

Camping:
If you can think of a better venue to go camping in the wild, let us know. The Drakensberg boasts some of the best wild camping spots within South Africa and almost every one of them is home accompanied by amazing view.

Rock Climbing:
With an unpredictable climate and an assortment of rugged terrain and different graded peaks, the Drakensberg is a haven for serious mountaineers.

Bird Watching:
If birding is on your list of leisure activities then the Drakensberg is a fantastic choice. Home to around 300 recorded bird species including the threatened Bearded Vulture and Lesser Kestrel.

Local arts, crafts and culture:
For those interested in local crafts , the area abounds with wonderful crafters and artists. Further a field, the Clarens area is easily accessible from Witsieshoek.

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