10 Hotels and Lodges Near Mountains in South Africa
Cliffhanger Cottages in Knysna offer spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains |Courtesy of Cliffhanger Cottages
South Africa has some of the most amazing mountain ranges in the world boasting luxury accommodation options ideal for escaping city life. Here’s our round-up of ten hotels and lodges near mountains in South Africa, guaranteeing breathtaking vistas and ultimate relaxation.
Cliffhanger Cottages, Knysna
Hotels and Lodges Near Mountains_Cliffhanger Cottages | Courtesy of Cliffhanger Cottages
Situated on the Garden Route and only a short drive from Knysna, Cliffhanger Cottages have three self-catering cottages. Two offer spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains, while the other is set within a beautiful garden. The spacious timber cottages include a fireplace and deck overlooking the area. The large windows in the cottages ensure that views are seen from all angles and it’s not unlikely that you’ll spend your entire visit taking it all in.
Eagle Chalet in the Cederberg is a restored, traditional shepherd’s stone cottage offering all the comforts necessary to relax. Guests will love the stone fireplace and the complete remoteness of this incredible setting. There are many activities on hand, from hiking and fishing to game viewing, and of course, incredible views of the Doring River Canyon and the Karoo mountains. All four chalets on the farm are extremely private and blend into their natural surroundings, so as to not distract from the magnificent landscape and views. *See website for directions.
Highlands Mountain Retreat, Golden Gate National Park
Hotels and Lodges Near Mountains_Highlands Mountain Retreat | Courtesy of Highlands Mountain Retreat
This luxury lodge in the Golden Gate National Park is set 2,200 meters (7,217.848 feet) above sea level, ensuring the freshest mountain air. The chalet’s north facing bedrooms are lit up each day with beams of sunshine and offer expansive views over the park. The Golden Gate National Park is a must-visit when traveling to South Africa. Situated near the Lesotho border, the Maluti Mountains tower over the park.
Nestled between Little Switzerland and Alpine Heath in the Northern Drakensberg, you’ll find Ingwe Cabin. This self-catering cabin is surrounded by beautiful landscape, rich in wildlife and birds. The rustic living room includes a fireplace, perfect for cold winter evenings, while there’s an outdoor shower to enjoy in balmy summer months. There’s much to do in the area including fly-fishing, hiking, birding, and more.
Casual, Cosy, Countryside, Family Friendly, Outdoors, Remote, Relaxed, Self-Catered
Protea Farm Tractor Trip Booking office, Montagu
Hotels and Lodges Near Mountains_Panorama Cabin at Protea Farm | Courtesy of Protea Farm
Set near Montagu, this is the perfect spot to see South Africa’s national flower, the protea, in bloom. The setting is a mixture of fynbos, colorful orchards and views of the Langeberg Mountains. The Panorama cabin provides exactly what its name suggests, 360 vistas of the Keisie and Koo Valleys. The rustic cabin can host a large family, so it’s ideal for a school holiday and getting the kids into nature.
Lesotho is a small kingdom within South Africa and is well worth a visit due to its friendly citizens, beautiful mountain passes, and historic ruins. Here you’ll find Semonkong Lodge, a self-catering accommodation on the Malestunyane River. The longest commercially operated abseil in the world is also found here, so if an adrenaline rush is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. The lodge is affordable, a mix between rustic and luxury with much to explore in the surrounding area. Remember that you’ll need a passport to cross over the border from South Africa to Lesotho.
Adventure, Casual, Cosy, Countryside, Family Friendly, Outdoors, Self-Catered
Stone Mountain Lodge, Kleinrivier Wilderness, Eastern Cape
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Stone Mountain Lodge, situated on the Kleinrivier Wilderness farm just 70 kilometers from Port Elizabeth, is the ideal retreat. The lodge can only be accessed by a 4×4, but the trek is worth the amazing vistas of the Karoo and Winterhoek Mountains. Visitors can spend their days hiking the many trails (slack packing is also an option) or simply relaxing in the lodge.
Casual, Cosy, Countryside, Family Friendly, Outdoors, Relaxed, Remote, Self-Catered
Teniqua Treetops, Sedgefield
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If you’d like to get close to nature in style, this is the lodge for you. The tree house, tented accommodation options are the epitome of glamping and it’s all set within a lush forest. The treehouses are structured in such a way as to not impose on the natural environment and you’ll have beautiful mountain and forest views. Teniqua Treetops is especially popular among honeymooners, so when planning a romantic getaway, look no further.
Tea Thyme Restaurant (The Edge Mountain Retreat), Hogsback
Hotels and Lodges Near Mountains_The Edge | Courtesy of The Edge Mountain Retreat
The Edge Mountain Retreat is situated in picturesque Hogsback, near the Amathole Mountains. The area is known for its amazing scenery, many waterfalls, and ultimate peace and quiet. It’s also a favorite destination for nature enthusiasts. The retreat has many accommodation options, but a favorite has to be the cottages on the cliff edge.
Adventure, Casual, Cosy, Outdoors, Family Friendly, Remote, Self-Catered
Wolwekrans Eco Lodge, Schoemanskloof
Hotels and Lodges Near Mountains_Wolwekrans Eco Lodge | Courtesy of Wolwekrans Eco Lodge
Wolwekrans Eco Lodge claims to be the most breathtaking lodge in Mpumalanga, and there’s no doubt why. The views of the Lowveld Valley are awe-inspiring, while the many activities on offer will keep guests entertained. What sets this lodge apart from its competitors is the fact that it’s completely eco-friendly and electricity is only supplied through solar and gas.