Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Several weeks ago we were invited away by my BFF and her hubby to the Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort, which is situated on the banks of the Sterkfontein Dam, 43km from Harrismith in the Free State province....and best of all its only an hours drive away from one of my favourite little places in South Africa... Clarens.

To read previous posts on Clarens:
Clarens - A Step Back In Time
Clarens A Step Back In Time Revisited

Before I go any further with my story, it is important that you know.... If you do visit Qwantani allow your self plenty of time to cover the last part of the journey, which is on a dirt road for approx 23 kms. We not only arrived in the dark,and missed the beautiful Free State scenery,but drove through a dreadful storm for most of the way, which made these dirt roads ideal terrain for any 4x4, but guess what? we were in a car and once we turned off the main tar road it felt like the "Great Trek".....this last 23 kms seemed to take forever.

Wonderful pool area

Arriving at 8pm on a Friday evening is not advisable and a "Note to Self" don't do it again! After several "domestics" in the car due to my "sense of humor loss" I was surprised to find this large resort at the end of the "yellow no brick road". Its amazing how the "Great Trek" was soon forgotten.....

Qwantani is managed by the First Resorts group and have 53 luxury self-catering Units.
These luxury 3 bedroom six-sleeper chalets offer every necessary amenity with magnificent views of the Sterkfontein Dam. Facilities include 2 bathrooms, a TV with limited DSTV channels, a fireplace, a private braai area and a well-equipped kitchen with a microwave and oven.
Best of all, these chalets are serviced daily apart from Sundays and public holidays.
In other words these chalets are a "home from home", which was great,
as I was expecting our weekend accommodation to be a little more "rustic" and I don't do "rustic" too well!


Well Equiped Kitchen

The weather all weekend was glorious, but take warm clothes for the evenings, as the temperature does drop drastically and we were all, thankful and excited, to light the log fire....not much call for lighting a fire in Durban, hence our excitement!

A cosy log fire

If self catering is not your scene on holiday then the Martial Eagle Restaurant looked great for à la carte eating and they offered set menus daily and themed evenings. There is also a well equipped shop for all your essentials, just in case you forget any foodstuffs or toiletries etc. as you cannot just easily drive to the nearest village..wherever that was! Once you are in the resort you are pretty much there, till its time to leave, not that we wanted to leave!

Martial Eagle Restaurant and bar

Besides the breathtaking scenery, this resort offers a wide range of onsite facilities such as:

•Adventure Golf •Bar •Barge Cruise •Bird Watching
•Conference facilities •Darts •DSTV Lounge •Fishing
•Games Room •Hiking Trails •Horseback Riding •Jumping Castle
•Library •Mountain Bikes •Parking •Playground Area
•Pool Tables •Public Telephone •Restaurant/Dining •Squash
•Swimming Pool •Table Tennis •Tennis •Volleyball
•Water Sports(Own Equipment)

Water Sport Paradise

I mustn't forget to mention the entertainment programme for both the children and the adults. Children are really well catered for, making it easier for the parents to relax.
The other bonus was, Qwantani allows dogs!
So Abby and Sasha went on their hols too....

Abby et Moi

This guys roams around the resort

We had a great weekend just chilling, eating and drinking with good friends and a few hikes were also thrown in for good measure.
Would I go back...most definitely, but maybe with a 4x4, plenty of supplies and for longer...

For more info and tariff click here

1 comment:

  1. So beautiful! South Africa keeps growing and growing oh so much and glad they're getting tourists!Definitely on the list of places to visit :)
    Clarens free state