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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Drakensberg & Midlands, South Africa

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a mecca for food lovers in the Drakensberg.

It's an intimate, luxury gourmet retreat beside a dam in the beautiful Kamberg Valley, just two hours from Durban in the Highmoor section of Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve. 

Richard and Mouse Poynton, the owners of this welcoming lodge, are renowned chefs. The menu changes every evening, and according to season and the availability of local produce. Many of the ingredients are picked from the gardens minutes before they are served.

Dinner, which is included, is a sumptuous 5-course affair with no effort or expense spared; breakfasts are unusual and exciting. The lounge and dining-room are cantilevered over the trout-filled dam with magnificent views of the Drakensberg Mountains.The rooms are quirky, comfortable and individual. There are five standard rooms, three luxury suites, an executive suite and two executive cottages.  All rooms have magnificent views across the dam to the mountains.


This is a perfect base for walking, fishing, birding, horse-riding, and relaxing during your South Africa holiday. There are easy walks in Highmoor Nature Reserve, with the majestic sight of Giant’s Castle and Bearded vulture and Black eagle overhead. At the nearby Kamberg Nature Reserve, the caves containing San rock paintings have opened to the public. The lodge organises anthropological tours of the area. At Giant’s Castle, 45 minutes drive away, the rock paintings are more easily accessible; and there are superb walks in the heart of the Drakensberg Mountains.

No children under 12

Accommodation Reviews

Wow – what food. Sumptuous breakfasts and dinners, and fortunately we like walking and so could take a bit of exercise to make room for the next meal! …Being in the mountains, the weather was mixed and cold at night.  We loved it, though.

Patricia R
May 2, 2012

Very good food at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhoue. Not really enough to do for more than a couple of days though unless you are keen on hiking.

T Taylor
June 9, 2009

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KwaZulu Natal Meander - Culture, Wildlife & Beach - Self Drive
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This South Africa holiday is a relaxed two-week self-drive trip, staying at carefully chosen hotels and lodges. You visit the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Drakensberg Mountains, historic Battlefields, Huluhluwe Game Reserve, Elephant Coast and the coastal resort of Umhlanga.
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