Help with our Drakensberg Tourism Survey and Win Big


Tourism & Events industry have been the hardest hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Drakensberg is no exception. What will tourism look like after this difficult period? How does the region plan to re-emerge after this crisis? Just some of the difficult questions being asked. Tourism is such a key industry in the Drakensberg and is certainly central to its economic recovery. To that end this consumer survey has been created so that we can access the new ways people are traveling to the Drakensberg and what we could do to be better.

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As a thank you for assisting us with this recovery survey we will enter your name into a lucky draw to win a holiday in the Drakensberg Mountains worth R18 000.  The prize giveaway winner will be drawn on 30.11.2020. The lodges sponsoring the giveaway are 2 nights at Antbear Lodge, 2 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm and 2 nights at Owl and Elephant lodge. The giveaway also includes complementary activities and meals.

So what has been done to make the destination safe and fun experience for everyone. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your decision-making, despite the uncertainties of our current situation. Health and safety shouldn’t have to take a back seat to having an unforgettable experience if we’re doing things right. To that end, we pledge to do what we can to create a safe experience for our guests, our local partners, and our community. We believe that we’re all in this together and that we each have the power to take steps to reduce the possibility of viral transmission, to protect ourselves and those around us.

That being said, no one can guarantee the elimination of all risks related to COVID-19 and it is up to you to determine whether or not those risks are acceptable to you. We have implemented our health and safety practices in accordance with regulations and guidelines from the South Africa government, TBCSA, as well as the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework and in consultation with various experts.

  • Refund policies have become more flexible with most places offering a 100% refund or replacement voucher should you wish to reschedule your getaway in regards to COVID-19 cancellations.
  • We are asking our visitors to be honest and responsible with a self COVID-19 symptom assessment at check-in. These screening process is for your safety, for that of other guests, staff, and community
  • Some establishments have even gone so far as to implement a contactless check in procedure where you scan a QR code on the reception desk and can do all checking requirements through your phone
  • In compliance with South African regulations guests are required bring their own masks and wear them covering nose and mouth at all times. Masks may only be taken off to eat.
  • Tables are arranged to comply with South African distancing regulations. We also ask our guests to do their best to maintain a safe distance between themselves whenever possible and be sensitive to the fact that different people may have differing levels of comfort with people outside their household
  • Hand sanitizer needs be available to guests at all times  and we encourage frequent use – especially before eating.

Win a 6 night holiday in the Drakensberg valued at R18000

These 3 places have sponsored this giveaway and you get 2 nights at each place.

Antbear Lodge

Stay 2 nights at Antbear Lodge in a Mountain View site including dinner and breakfast. Choose a free activity as either a horse trail, a cultural storytelling experience in  our star gazing hammock camp or for the bold go abseiling. Value R8900

Owl and Elephant Lodge

Stay 2 nights at the Owl and Elephant Lodge including dinner and breakfast. Included is a picnic basket and the entry free to Weenen Game Reserve for the day. Value R4100

Ardmore Guest Farm

Stay 2 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm including dinner and breakfast. Included is a free bottle of wine with dinner the first night. Value R5000


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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

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So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

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To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

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How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

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If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

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