Not a portfolio collection guesthouse
The Antbear Guesthouse
Accommodation not in the portfolio collection in the Drakensberg
The Portfolio Collection represents a benchmark of some of the best quality accommodation in South and Southern Africa, ranging from private game reserves, fine country houses, boutique city hotels and charming guest houses, to select bed and breakfast in private homes. Established in 1982, the Portfolio Collection today represents 800 establishments chosen for their ambience, atmosphere and warm hospitality. Each is personally visited and assessed regularly by a team of traveling consultants to ensure that standards are maintained , and are an assurance that these establishments are the benchmark of the best. Guest comments are an invaluable part of the process and we welcome your feedback.
Portfolio has three guides in the Collection to suit every discerning traveller, and the Portfolio rating system will assist you in your selection, from Comfortable, Great Comfort, Luxury to Prestige.
Portfolio's philosophy of "Pride in Personal Service" is the spirit of the Collection, reflecting a friendly attitude, warm ambience and unique atmosphere which are the hallmarks of Portfolio.
May your Southern Africa sojourn be enriched by the unique experiences that await you. But then not all the great places are listed under the Portfolio banner. Like the Antbear Guesthouse with its delightful thatched and wooden interiors.
Relax, enjoy the view, take walks around the farm and savor the delicious food prepared by Andrew and Conny. There is a lot to be seen and done in the area. Experience some exquisite bushman rock art at Kamberg or drive up to Giants Castle and spend some time in the mountains. Day walks or overnight stays in the caves or mountain huts are both possible and very worthwhile. For those of you who are fanatical about trout then you'll find yourself in the right area. The safari feeling can be found in the Weenen or Spieonkop game reserves and of course the midlands meander offers plenty of opportunity to buy some local craftwork or just have a nice drive.
Meals are part of the real surprises that the Antbear has on offer, as home made cooking is an essential part of the menu. We like to use our own home grown organic vegetables and if we haven't got, then we lean heavily on those local providers with similar attitudes to our own. We both like cooking and are up to changing just about anything to suit tastes or philosophies. Our cooking experience is in part a journal, a record of events and memories expressed in recipes. In the course of our travels we have filed away many recipes and with them images of people and places and their lives. How food tastes has much to do with the associations we make and if you would like to hear the tales of our meals we would love to tell them.
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