The Antbear Guesthouse
Central Drakensberg accommodation
In the Central Drakensberg nestled in an indigenous forest area on the foothills in KwaZulu Natal, at 1450 m altitude, Antbear Guesthouse is perfectly located on the hearth of the 'Midlands Meander'.
Accommodation consists of five double rooms with shower en suite and terrace overlooking breathtaking views of rolling hills and the central Drakensberg. Breakfast is served informally in the dinning room where dinner is also served at night, prepared by the owner. A fire place serves for warmth on cold winter nights in the lounge.
The view of indigenous forest and abundant birdlife and some small game makes for a very pleasent ambient. Among activities you can enjoy in the area are meandering to Art & Craft shops, visiting Country pubs & restuarants etc. On request Antbear will arrange trout fishing in the nearby dams and rivers, hiking and climbing into the Drakensberg, and horse riding trails. Guided tours to see Bushman paintings, sample Sani culture, and visit Sangomas are also available, as is a Zulu cultural village. Art lovers can attend sculpture courses that are available throughout the year, run by Severino, a renowned sculptor originally from Italy.
Antbear promotes cultural and eco-tourism tours in the Drakensberg area.
The tours are conducted in English ( German and French also available) by an anthropologist/archaeologist and a SATOUR registered tourist guide that has been researching San heritage, rock art and Zulu traditional healers for the last 8 years.
The tour will include a visit to some of the most spectacular Bushman rock art in South Africa. These sites are situated in the foothills of the Natal Drakensberg , an area that is part of “ uKhahlamba Drakensebrg Park” declared World Heritage site.
There will be a detailed explanation of all the panels and information on the latest theories, academic debates, and dates regarding the paintings. A detailed account of the history of the Drakensberg Bushmen who have inhabited this mountain range since at least 8000 years ago.
In addition there is also a visit to a prominent Zulu healer, Sangoma, who lives adjacent to some of the rock art sites. This diviner (Sangoma) is also an herbalist (inyanga) and a prophet (thandazi). The visit to the Zulu healer will take place in a “genuine” (non-commercial) Zulu homestead. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and experience rural Zulu lifestyles in the contemporary setting. They will also have the opportunity to partake in a Zulu divination session (consultation with the ancestors). Also a tour of a muthi-garden with explaination of the healing properties of his medicinal plants.
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