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Top Billing visits a one of a kind lodge in the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg is a place where everything in your surrounds is put to some, fascinating use and where any job is an endless opportunity to learn and change your life.

Giant’s Castle and the Bushman’s River form the kind of backdrop which Hollywood directors dream of. For us South Africans, all this awaits you just two hours out of Durban or four hours from Joburg. It is our natural heritage and getting more of us to experience it is the mission of former IT consultant and owner of Antbear Lodge, Andrew Attwood.

For The Attwoods, living sustainably was always their dream and they have gone about it with classic, German efficiency.

To the original structure built in the nineteen forties, the Attwoods and their increasingly skilled staff have added quite alternative accommodation in the form of a luxury cave.

To see where the lodge’s one-of-a-kind design takes shape, we took in the expansive workshop of carpenter Mlindeni Sithole. One of many local residents who have learned their trade here and stayed on to make a difference.

Where other craftsmen sell their work, the carpenters get to see their original designs displayed and used around the lodge.

There are many activities in the area such as battlefield tours, microlight or hot air balloon rides from the lodge but it is hard to beat the simple pleasure of riding out among the foothills and setting your mind free.

For a weekend where you come away rejuvenated by the epic countryside, inspired by our people, with a smile on your face and a head full of new ideas – The Drakensberg is for you.

To find out more or book a stay visit: http:www.antbear.co.za/