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Cleopatra Mountain

Cleopatra Mountain

Hailed as one of South Africa’s best romantic getaways, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a quiet but luxurious destination in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensberg Mountains. With ten successful years of providing five-star service, owners Richard and Mouse Poynton welcome guests with easy grace and mouthwatering cuisine. Spectacular mountain views, luxurious accommodations, and professional service make a visit to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse one to remember forever.

Enjoy hot tea with chocolate cake by the fire in the lounge, choose a South African wine as the perfect accompaniment to an intimate dinner, browse through the hotel’s collections of family heirlooms, or simply relax in the cozy library. Outdoors, explore the extensive vegetable garden that provides fresh produce for meals, stroll through the herb garden, and explore the knot garden and heritage roses. The lodge’s eleven rooms offer individual décor, luxury bedding, and en-suite bathrooms, all of which combine to create a comfortable retreat from the outside world.

Besides the incredible setting, each evening’s dining experience is a special highlight. Seven-course meals feature ample portions, local produce, freshly baked bread, delicious sauces, and carefully chosen imported items such as Norwegian salmon and Italian Parma hams and cheeses. Guest favorites include fresh yeast rolls, trout timbale, roasted quail, and ginger chocolate soufflé.

Many outdoor activities beckon guests of Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse. In addition to the usual mountain activities such as swimming, scenic walks, and mountain hikes, a number of exciting excursions are available in the immediate area. Only a ten-minute drive from the farmhouse, Highmoor Nature Reserve has recently been declared a world heritage site. A great diversity of wildlife inhabits the nature reserve, including eland, reedbuck, oribi, jackal, serval, rooikat, and a number of local bird species. Trout-fishing in one of the three trout dams is popular among fishermen.

Other popular activities include horseback riding, helicopter viewing, exploring local craftsmen’s shops, taking a trip to see bushman rock art, fishing for rainbow and brown trout, and visiting Sani Pass and the Crane Rehabilitation Centre (where indigenous cranes are being reintroduced to the wild).

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