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Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge fundamentally understands the unshakeable love the adventurous have of mountains.Tuesday, 30 July 2019

By Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge fundamentally understands the unshakeable love the adventurous have of mountains. As much as the mountains are home to Witsieshoek, so is Witsieshoek a home to those who visit. Hearty meals, comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome are provided by the local Batlokoa (Sotho) community, who own and run the lodge.

The Lodge’s ethos is deeply rooted in the spirit of mountain climbers and hikers from around the world. It’s a place of rest and support for the adventurous, also a place of energy and infectious enthusiasm for exploring the Northern Drakensberg. The less experienced have access to good guides and established trails. The lodge began in the 1950s, built by the Batlokoa as a place of refuge for local hikers. Developed and expanded over the generations, it has recently been renovated and today offers modern facilities and unforgettable hospitality. New friendships made on the trails are cemented in the convivial dining room, the communal lounge and pub. While various standards of accommodation, ranging from chalets to backpacker rooms, are available to cover different budgets, all the rooms offer warmth and comfort.

Situated above Royal Natal National Park, multiday hikers can combine hikes from the foothills of the Drakensberg up to the top of the Amphitheatre by using Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge for mid-point accommodation and support. The Lodge also offers shorter day-hikes around the area to cater for different time availability or fitness levels.

Beyond hiking, the area is attractive to nature lovers. Endemic to the area are several bearded vultures, with a ‘vulture restaurant’ offering enthusiasts the opportunity to see these wild and endangered birds. A series of mountain biking trails have recently been built, and along with a paved road up the mountain, Witsieshoek is a great place for athletes to train at altitude.

Witsieshoek isn’t just an unexpected gem, it’s an invitation to explore and be enchanted. Whether at the top of the Tugela or in your bed after a long hike, Witsieshoek is unforgettable.


The Sentinel Peak Hike in the Northern Drakensberg, considered one of the best one-day hikes in the world


• 38 double or twin en suite rooms
• Six twin backpacker rooms
• Restaurant
• Pub and lounge
• Transfers to trailhead
• Mountain guides available

• Hiking
• Rock climbing 
• Mountain bike trails 
• Bearded vulture ‘restaurant’

T: +27 58 713 6361/2

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