Qambathi Mountain Lodge

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Nestled in the secluded Kamberg Valley of the southern Drakensberg, this stunning boutique lodge is set in a beautifully landscaped garden within a private game reserve only a short distance from the Drakensberg and kwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands Meander.

Qambathi Mountain Lodge invites relaxation, rejuvenation and adventure in equal doses and leaves it up to you to make the call. Original pieces by renowned South African artists form an integral part of the exclusive handmade furniture and décor that adorns the lodge’s interior. Nature also flaunts her wares and you need not leave the furnished deck fronting the lodge to enjoy panoramic mountain views. Nature drives and other outdoor activities are a great way to experience the Kamberg Nature Reserve and the soaring Drakensberg Mountains, which were one of South Africa’s first World Heritage Sites.

The ancient rock art etched into the sandstone cliffs on the reserve are intriguing to explore and off-the-beaten-track trails take you straight from the lodge and through the lush indigenous forest – keep an eye out for the spectacular birdlife – to viewpoints that inspire quiet moments of reflection. Pack a picnic and spend the day strolling through the well-kept reserve and find just the right tree under which to enjoy your delectable lunch.

The expansive deck around the swimming pool is a haven of tranquillity and makes the ideal place to relax with a good book. If you love food, take an interactive cooking class with the resident chef or try our hand at artisanal cheese making and candle dipping for something completely different!


  • On private nature reserve close to Drakensberg Mountains
  • Hiking, birding, star-gazing & nature drives
  • Fine dining with 5-course dinners & chef interaction
  • Wine cellar & library
  • Mountain views, including Giant’s Castle
  • Cosy suites with under-floor heating
  • Cooking, cheese making & candle dipping classes


  • Fly camping
  • Horse riding
  • Nature drives


Qambathi Mountain Lodge’s on-site facilities include a swimming pool where guests can cool off in the heat of the day and a fireplace to warm up the lounge and dining area in snowy winter months. The lounge and pool deck offer panoramic garden-and-mountain views, ideal for sunrise cuppas, sundowners or simply to relax in a hanging chair and soak up your surroundings. Sitting around the campfire is the perfect setting for star-gazing or choose a volume from the well-stocked library.

There is an immense variety of indoor and outdoor activities available at the lodge and within the surrounding areas such as the Kamberg and Highmoor Nature Reserves.

Wi-Fi Internet access is available in selected areas on the property.


Mealtimes are always an occasion and the chef invites you to join him in a culinary celebration that epitomises fine dining. He answers any questions you may have about his creations and offers suggestions for wine parings to complement the 5-course dinners, which kick off with drinks around the fireplace. Lazy lunches are served in the gardens with fantastic views of the mountain while bush dinners on a raised deck in the indigenous forest are the most blissful setting to experience the wonders of this World Heritage Site.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Laundry service
  • Secure Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available
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Qambathi Mountain Lodge

Carlien Parsons

"A modern, simplistic, yet rustic looking lodge close to the Drakensberg. The location of Qambati is truly breath-taking & the fact that the lodge is so small, will give you a wonderful intimate experience."

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