Hidden away in the stunning UKlahlamba Drakensberg mountain range in the Kamberg Valley near Giant’s Castle, you will discover Cleopatras Mountain Farmhouse.
This exceptional Gourmet mountain lodge is 200km from Durban airport and 450km from Joburg airport.
I drove there from Johannesburg and the journey took me about 5 hours along the N3 toll road before turning off at Mooi River. After that, it was under 30 miles and whilst the directions were good, it is better to do this portion of the journey by daylight to make it easier to see the landmarks that are referred to in the directions.
In due course, I arrived but because it was after sunset, I was not able to wholly value the beauty of its position until the following morning. I’d also arrived far too late for the six course dinner which was a shame.
You'll find 11 rooms at Cleopatras and each one is different.
I was checked into room 2, the Scandinavian room which was gorgeous and very spacious. It had been a long day and so I soon got into my bed that had been warmed by an electric quilt and went to sleep.
I woke up early as I had a long journey to the Zulu Battlefields ahead of me but first I wanted to explore the immediate area. The morning mist hung about the encircling mountains and I could well see exactly what a idyllic location it was.
I made my way to the breakfast room where a terrific 3 course breakfast was dished up to set me up well for the busy day ahead. The chef at Cleopatras prepares his food with flavour as his principal aim and I had to say that I was not disappointed. In fact, I can’t remember the last occasion I was offered such a great breakfast.
Next there was time for a quick trip up to the top of the mountain even though the view would be limited. Nonetheless, it was clear enough to see that for anyone wanting to spend a little time outdoors and take pleasure in wonderful food, Cleopatras is highly recommended as a place in the UKlahlamba to head to for a few days.
Activities include things like trekking in the Highmoor Nature Reserve, horse riding, horse stud tours & local adventures, fishing, helicopter rides, Bushman rock art, Crane rehabilitation centre.
Should you wish to venture out driving for the day, there are in excess of 180 visits along the Midlands Meander from wood turners, to potters, to cheesemakers, to weevers and more.