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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Breakfast and a 7-course dinner are included. There's a cosy lounge and library, plus an underground wine cellar. The gardens feature herb patches and rose bushes, plus intricate topiaries.
The rooms are individually styled, with antique furnishings and artwork offering warm touches to the themed rooms. The rooms are all en suite and have fireplaces.
Southern Drakensberg | children over 12 welcome | 12 Rooms | 177 Km's from Durban | 420 Km's from Joburg
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Richard and Mouse Poynton were one of the originators of the "Country House" movements in KwaZulu Natal with the creation of Granny Mouse's Country House in 1986. After selling it in 1993, they travelled the European "foodie" world working with different chefs and absorbing the food culture.

With the arrival back to sunny South Africa in 1997 Richard and Mouse embarked on their new project - Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse.

If you're looking for a Drakensberg type Resort with lots to do, big buffet tables filled with food and organised activities, this is not the place for you.
Cleopatra's is all about food and enjoying the farmhouse surroundings. The seven course dinners may sound over the top but the portions are all carefully measured so that you are able to get through all courses and enjoy each one.

For activities, they can be as strenuous as reading a book from one of the lounges overlooking the lake or taking a mountain bike through one of the Kamberg trails (Voted one of SA’s top 10 mountain biking destinations!)

Rooms

6 Std rooms, 4 Suites and 2 stand alone Cottages, all with fireplaces.

Standard Rooms
Double/twin bedroom with open-plan living area

Luxury Suites
Double bedroom with a fireplace.

Executive Suite
Room includes a king-size bed with large lounge area and a fireplace

Executive Cottages
Private unit with veranda overlooking wetlands and mountains, including spacious lounge and fireplace.

All rooms have TV, separate bath (except room 8), separate shower and separate loos with cotton sheets, mohair blankets and heated under blankets and heated towel rails.
Tea and coffee with homemade biscuits are also available in the rooms. Attention to detail is evident everywhere.

Activities

Country Life magazine found the Kamberg to be one of SA’s top 10 mountain biking destinations! Glengarry - our neighbour - now has a 15km - purpose built - single track cycling route which is available to our guests. Enjoy the interesting route over the farmlands with views of the surrounding scenery. Tracks are mapped and marked. Cost per guest: R30

Mountain hikes and walks
A 10 minute drive from Cleopatra, Highmoor Nature Reserve makes up 90% of the border and is a world heritage site because of its inherent beauty.
There are three big Trout Dams up there stocked with Rainbow Trout.
Wildlife includes Eland, Reedbuck, Oribi, Jackal, Serval, Rooikat, extensive birdlife and a huge diversity of flora. Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is situated on 500 acres of rolling hills and walking trails are available on the property as well.

Horse Riding
Beautiful Appaloosa horses are available for trail rides of approximately 2½ hours in duration. Your ride will take you over rolling hills with spectacular mountain scenery.
Novice and experienced riders are welcome.
For those whose taste runs more to thoroughbreds, Sue Armstrong does tours of the local race horse studs. Full and half day tours available. She does offer transport to and from Cleopatra.

Trout Fishing
Fishing is available all year round, the best places to fish will be advised on arrival. The rivers in the area are stocked with Brown Trout whilst the dams are stocked with Rainbow Trout.
Fishing is available at Highmoor and Kamberg as well as the Little Mooi River on the property. Rods are available for hire from the Lodge.

The Berg by helicopter
You will be picked up in the gardens and flown over the Little Berg to Giants Castle. You will hover next to the Big Berg and fly over wildlife, rolling hills, rivers and land on top of the Little Berg for a glass of sparkling wine with Giants Castle in the background.
The flight is about half an hour in duration and a fantastic way of seeing Ukhahlamba (The Barrier of Spears – the Zulu name for the Drakensberg mountains).
Should you wish to arrange something special, please speak to us and we will help to arrange it.

Sani Pass
There are trips to the top of the Pass leaving at 9:15 a.m. from the Underberg Inn & returning at 4.00 p.m.
We advise pre-booking the trip as availability can be a problem. Price will be advised on booking.
You must take your Passport & lunch is available at a fee.
It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Himeville, an early breakfast can be made for you with prior notice.

Other tours of interest include: Bushman Rock Art; The Midlands Meander; Crane Rehabilitation Centre; Various Hikes

Clothing & Accessories

The attitude to clothing is very relaxed and ranges from the informal to smart casual for dinner. Please remember to bring good walking shoes, hat and sun screen. Rain gear is advisable during the summer months. Warm jackets are recommended for evening wear during the winter as visitors often sit round the outside fire.

Health & Climate

As Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is situated in the Drakensberg, summer temperatures may range from 20° C to 30° C during the day, often with dramatic afternoon thunderstorms. Winter daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 25°C and the night temperatures can drop to below 0° C.

Rates: Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Validity: 1 July to 30 September 2018
Standard twin / Double rooms R 2 250
Luxury suite with fireplace R 2 400
Executive suite R 2 650
Executive cottage R 2 750
All Rates are per person, per night and include dinner, bed and breakfast
4 Night Berg and Bush Special: R 19 780 per person Sharing: Drakensberg and Nambiti

Swimming Pool at Liosn Valley Lodge

Lions Valley Lodge is a luxury game lodge, in the Big 5 Nambiti Game Reserve about half way between Joburg and Durban near the town of Ladysmith. With it's combination of fantastic service, unique rooms and great cuisine it is the perfect combination for those looking for an extension to their stay in the beautiful surroundings of Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse.
There is a roughly 90 min to 2 hour easy drive between the two destinations with opportunity's to do some site seeing including some battlefield sites which the Ladysmith area is famous for.
Please ask us for alternatives should you wish to do something similar but have children younger than 12.

Includes

  • 2 Nights at the 5 star Lions Valley Lodge in Nambiti Game Reserve with
    • 2 Game drives daily
    • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Daily
    • Snacks on game Drives
    • Luxury chalet has inside/ outside showers, en-suite bathroom.
  • 2 Nights at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
    • Breakfast and Dinner Daily

How to get there

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is tucked away in the most beautiful Kamberg valley in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains near Giants Castle (just below Highmoor dam) in KwaZulu Natal approx. 4.5 hours from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban on good roads.

 

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

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Aimed at those driving down from Joburg to Durban and are looking for a bit of a quiet break in-between the two cities. 2 nights at Cathedral Peak in the central Berg and 2 nights at Elephant Rock in the Nambiti game reserve. Total actual drive time is 4 hours to Cathedral Peak - 90 mins to Nambiti and 3 hours to Durban.

Price for 4 nights accommodation and meals where included is R 5 500 per person sharing What you can add on: Helicopter flip over the Berg. Rhino Hunting, Cave painting

Aimed at those driving down from Joburg to Durban and are looking for a bit of a quiet break in-between the two cities. 2 nights at Cathedral Peak in the central Berg and 2 nights at Elephant Rock in the Nambiti game reserve. Total actual drive time is 4 hours to Cathedral Peak - 90 mins to Nambiti and 3 hours to Durban.

Price for 4 nights accommodation and meals where included is R 5 500 per person sharing What you can add on: Helicopter flip over the Berg. Rhino Hunting, Cave painting

Aimed at those driving down from Joburg to Durban and are looking for a bit of a quiet break in-between the two cities. 2 nights at Cathedral Peak in the central Berg and 2 nights at Elephant Rock in the Nambiti game reserve. Total actual drive time is 4 hours to Cathedral Peak - 90 mins to Nambiti and 3 hours to Durban.

Cleopatra MF Rates Terms

    Inclusions

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily

    Notes

  • Excludes Drinks
  • Rates are Subject to availability
  • Terms and Conditions Apply

    Child policy:

  • No children under 12 years.
  • add 50% surcharge if sharing with
    adults.

 


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