Antbear Guest House

The Drakensberg Mountains from your bedroom window

The Antbear Guesthouse is a thatched, whitewashed cottage built high on a natural platform overlooking the Bushmans River and Giants Castle. This cottage is a bit off the beaten track and is more of an insider tip than just another bed and breakfast. We cater for small intimate groups and never have more than 14 guests at a time.

It’s a laid back, lovingly cared for kind of place where you feel a sense of happiness and peace. Honeymoon stays turn into anniversary commemorations just as guests become friends. Even foreign tourists return for a second and third taste. The name “Antbear” comes from its previous resident who lived under the floorboards before its restoration just a few years ago. It’s filled with gorgeous hand crafted furniture, wonderful wooden sculptures and a seemingly never ending collection of artistic aspects to discover.

Plan for slow and decadent dinners by candlelight prepared by your hosts Andrew and Conny. Sometimes it’s a Moroccan spread including a genuine Moroccan tagine prepared on wood coals or maybe it’s a surprise of just how delightful Chinese food can be. Breakfast is served with freshly baked bread and scones and often it becomes a 2 hour affair. There is plenty to do in the area too. Walks in the Drakensberg mountains, visits to bushman paintings, horse trails though a private game reserve, canoe trips, canopy tours and the Midlands Meander to mention but a few. So if your looking for a place where art, beauty and time away are important then Antbear Guesthouse is worth a second look.

The Antbear is much more than just another accommodation establishment in the Central Drakensberg. The Antbear is about our love for this location, about all of us working together, about sustainalble eco tourism, about helping each other and above all sharing what we have.



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Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast: Yes 
  • Self Catering: No 
  • Hotel: Yes 
  • Guest House: Yes 
  • Camping: No 
  • Game / Nature Lodge: Yes 

Main Attractions

  • Wedding Venue: Yes 
  • Conference Facilities: Yes 
  • Spa & Health: No 

Activity Type

  • Fishing: Yes 
  • Horse Riding: Yes 
  • Wine & Food Tasting: No 
  • Tour Guides / Tours: Yes 
  • Arts & Crafts: Yes 
  • Restaurant: Yes 
  • Sport: No 
  • Hiking: Yes 
  • Game & Bird Viewing: Yes 
  • Stock Sales: No 
  • Stud / Livery: No 
  • Reservations: Yes 
  • Rock Art: Yes 


  • Address: Estcourt, South Africa 
  • Priced From: 830 
  • Sleeps: 14 
  • Bedrooms:
  • Bathrooms:
  • Deposit: 50% 
  • Area: Drakensberg near to Giants Castle 
  • Your Host: Andrew & Conny 
  • Phone: +27 (0)36 352 3143 
  • Fax: +27 (0)36 352 3143 
  • e-mail: 
  • Website: 

Pet Policy

Pets allowed by prior arrangement


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