Following a 3 year culinary odyssey through Europe, England and Ireland, working with renowned chefs, your hosts, Richard and Mouse, opened Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, creating a gourmet getaway which is intimate, personal, and very welcoming.
Tucked away in the beautiful Kamberg Valley in the Drakensberg Mountains, only a short drive from Giant's Castle, guests can enjoy spectacular hiking and climbing in the Berg, across marked trails or wandering at will across the beautiful mountains, or expert guides can be arranged to take guests on walks. There are also many private dams and rivers for trout fishing.
The lounge and dining room overlook a trout-filled dam and the mountains of the Berg.
Dinner is a sumptuous 7 course affair with no effort or expense spared to give guests a truly memorable dining experience. An underground wine cellar is well-stocked with South African premier wines. Breakfasts are not the normal 'run of the mill' affairs either, but are unusual and exciting.
The superbly appointed rooms are all individually decorated, and consist of 5 en-suite rooms, 5 luxury suites, and 2 luxury cottages. Attention to detail is evident everywhere.
All rooms have satellite TV, a Victoriana ball and claw foot bath, separate shower as well as a fireplace.
Tea and coffee, and delicious home made biscuits, are available in every room.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Breakfast and dinner are included.
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse can be included in you own dream holiday.
Battles, Bergs and Big 5
Nambiti Private Game Reserve
Oyster Box Hotel
Destination: South Africa.
This 12 night itinerary is a memorable combination of culture, nature and wildlife. Beginning in the Drakensberg Mountains with panoramic views at every turn, you continue onto The Battlefields for a look back to South Africa’s troubled past. You will then enjoy an exclusive Big 5 safari in a malaria-fee reserve before ending on the beach at one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels.
This is a 12 night itinerary including The Drakensberg, The Battlefields, Nambiti Private Game Reserve and Durban.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 5 ratings
Food at Cleopatra was really good. Scenery around the hotel was beautiful.
Safely back from SA. We had a great time (despite the football).
The Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse was fantastic. The setting, rooms and food were amazing. It was our wedding anniversary the night we were there and Janet didn't believe me when I told her it was all planned. She thinks it was a coincidence! 10 / 10
The b&b in Durban was fine - friendly owners but a real b&b (rather than a hotel). Ghost Mountain Inn was also very good.
Thanks for suggesting them. We'll be back to you should we travel to Southern Africa again in the future.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg: Take the N3 to Durban. Take the very left-hand lane at the main Mooi River Toll (Mooi River South - Greytown). Turn right and go back over the highway until T-junction (Engen garage and Wimpy ahead). Turn left and join the R103, and travel 10 km south to Rosetta. Opposite the Ugly Duckling turn right onto the Kamberg Road. Stay on the tar road for 30 km until you reach the Cleopatra, Dondini and Silver Hill sign. Turn left onto this dirt road. Travel for 5 km until you reach a single lane bridge. approximately 500m on, the road turns sharply left to climb the mountain - at this corner you will see a concrete wall with the sign for Cleopatra.
From Durban: Take the N3 to Jo'burg. Turn off at the Nottingham Road off-ramp. Continue into Nottingham Road village, under the railway bridge. Continue through Nottingham Road village on the R103 north to Rosetta. DO NOT TAKE THE KAMBERG ROAD AT NOTTINGHAM ROAD POLICE STATION. At Rosetta, turn left opposite the Ugly Ducking. Follow directions as above.
General Information For Guests
All the rooms feature DSTV, electric blankets, cotton sheets and towels, tea/coffee making facilities and biscuits, a fridge with fresh milk and drinks, a fireplace and outside sun loungers.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is situated on 500 acres of rolling hills as well and walking trails are available on the property as well.
Highmoor Nature Reserve makes up 90% of the property's border and has just been declared a World Heritage Site because of its inherent beauty. It is a 10 minute drive from Cleopatra in a normal 2WD vehicle (cars can be parked at the top).
Horse riding in the Drakensberg is extremely popular and is available 10 minutes drive down the road on the most beautiful Appaloosa horses. The rides are approximately 2.5 hours in duration and they cater for novice and experienced riders.
Cleopatra's has a helicopter on standby which will pick you up in the garden and fly you over the Little Berg to Giants Castle. You will hover next to the Big Berg and fly over wildlife, rolling hills, rivers and land on top of the Little Berg for a glass of sparkling wine with Giants Castle in the background. The flight is about half an hour in duration and a fantastic way of seeing Ukhahlamba (The Barrier of Spears - the Zulu name for the Drakensberg Mountains).
The best place to see some of the ancient Rock Art is at Kamberg (Little Berg), a 20 minute drive from Cleopatra and a 2 hour walk. Alternatively there is Rock Art at Giants Castle (Big Berg), a 45 minute drive, and a 45 minute walk with tours on the hour every hour from 09:00 to 15:00.
Due to the remote location of Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, the property sometimes experiences problems with the telephone lines. If you cannot reach them on +27 (0) 33 267 7243, please try +27 (0) 71 687 7266.