Antbear Eco-Lodge is in the vast foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains of Kwazulu Natal, near Giant’s Castle in South Africa. From the lodge, you will see the rolling hills and mountains of the Drakensberg region. This rural and economically depressed area was declared a world heritage site both naturally and culturally in 2000.

Secluded and private, you will find a luxury cave accommodation, built under a rock with sliding glass doors opening to a wooden deck with hammock chairs and panoramic mountain views. These mountains are a major source of water for the entire province and are valued as such. 

A pet-friendly home away from home, these suites offer private fenced gardens. This Lodge offers one of the most comfortable climates in the world, making it suitable for digital nomads looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle.

Their story

A woman and a man are standing in a doorway and smiling. The man is placing its hand on the woman's shoulder.

Andrew and Conny (pictured above) are the faces behind the lodge, moving from Germany to South Africa in 2000 looking for a slower-paced life and more rural way of living. The couple realized their dreams of living a sustainable lifestyle and that resulted in the development of sharing that dream with their guests at Antbear. 

Thriving on learning new things and doing what’s best in the environment they have created some great concepts, like straw buildings and the luxury cave guests can choose for their accommodation. Woodworking and weaving grass are some traditional arts in the area, and you will find that showcased throughout the hotel, with many items made with materials sourced right here.

The vision at Antbear is to provide fair working conditions, wages, distribution of benefits, ethical business, respect for human rights, culture, and the environment while providing responsible tourism. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Aims to have a fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities near Antbear Lodge

  • Horse Trails
  • Animal Farm
  • Stargazing in a Hammock Camp
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking
  • Slackpacking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Woodworking Lessons

Best time to visit Antbear Lodge

  • If you want to catch the annual migration of sardines, one of the most spectacular marine event in the area, you should think about visiting them between May and July.
  • If you want to spot Big 5, dry season aka winter would be the best choice when they are gather around waterholes and the bushes are thinner.



per person per night (sharing) starts from

  • Garden View Suites

    breakfast and dinner included

    $ 115
  • Mountain View Suites

    breakfast and dinner included

    $ 135
  • Luxury Cave

    breakfast and dinner included

    $ 135


Antbear Lodge is 200 km from King Shaka International Airport, the nearest airport. The eco lodge do not offers airport pickup.
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