A warm, welcoming mountain lodge at the foot of Drakensberg’s Sentinel Peak
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge is a relaxing getaway situated in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains that welcomes groups of all sizes, including families and hikers, with open arms. Guests can appreciate the mountainous area’s enchanting landscapes and variety of fauna and flora, with highlights like spotting endangered Bearded Vultures soaring up above or admiring the nearby Tugela Falls. After enjoying a buffet breakfast at the restaurant, it’s time to delight in hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, and learning more about local arts and crafts made by the Batlokoa community. These include a great deal of artwork and woven items that can be found in the lodge.
Best time to go to Drakensberg
The KwaZulu-Natal part of the Drakensberg in South Africa experiences a very mild climate. During spring and autumn, Drakensberg’s weather is particularly pleasant. The days are warm and clear, and the nights are cool. However, it can be sweltering in the summer months that run from October through March, reaching temperatures above 30°C and dropping to chilly lows below 0°C. The winter months, running from April to August, are dry with the occasional snowstorm and frost. Ensure that you’re properly equipped if you are hiking in the high mountains.
The Bungalow Large units offer more floor space than the standard version, in addition to a separate seating area. The rooms each have a double bed or 2 twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Other amenities include a cupboard, a safe, and coffee and tea facilities.
The Sentinel units each offer a double bedroom with extra-length beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The mountain-facing walls boast floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing excellent views of Sentinel Peak. Finished with provincial stone and adorned with locally made curtains and carpets allow the units to blend in well with the beautiful surroundings.
The Bungalow units boast the same mountain-style look that the lodge has. Each room offers an extra-length king-sized bed, with optional twin bed arrangements, and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Other amenities include a cupboard, a safe, and coffee and tea facilities.
The Backpackers Cabin has 6 rooms with 2 twin beds each, ideal for a budget hiker’s holiday. Guests share ablution facilities, one male and one female, as well as a communal cooking and eating area. The front of the cabin overlooks the lush valley and dams below.