We are an owner run adult only 4 star boutique lodge and nature reserve nestled in the heart of Kamberg Valley, Drakensberg, part of the beautiful Midlands Meander.

Qambathi has a magical atmosphere and it is a truly romantic setting surrounded by Drakensberg mountains and valleys.  Excellent service supports the superb cuisine and is sure to turn any day into a fairytale experience. Great care has been taken to create unique and inspiring luxury accommodation, where you can sink into total comfort of meticulously designed rooms defined by a blend of nature's colours and contemporary use of natural materials with luscious textures.

A total of only five suites makes Qambathi a very personal and stress free oasis. The garden rooms have their own private decks with hanging chairs overlooking the gardens and mountain. The Chill Lounge and Pool Deck area offer panoramic views, ideal to enjoy a late afternoon sundowner or to simply relax in the sun.

Enjoy the Qambathi forest trail taking you deep into one of the last remaining indigenous forests in the Kamberg valley or a casual walk on the existing game trails to enjoy the beautiful views where zebra and  blesbok keep you company. 

Qambathi can accommodate up to 10 guests, and is perfect for a small groups such as family reunions, company retreats, or just  friends getting together. Please contact us to book Qambathi exclusively. 

We are very excited to launch our new onsite horse trail experience - check out the tab on top for more info. 




Sink into total comfort of the meticulously designed rooms defined by a blend of natural colours and contemporary use of natural materials with luscious textures. Great care has been taken to create unique inspiring luxury with 3 superior garden suites and 2 luxury lodge rooms



Five Course Dining Experience 

Dinner is a delicious 5 course affair with no effort or expense spared to give our guests a memorable dining experience. We proudly offer amazing Vegetarian and Vegan options 

Romantic Picnics

Are you ready to pop the big question to the love of your life? Our Romantic picnics have been custom-designed to ensure an unforgettable experience

Wine Cellar 


The only thing we throwback on Thursdays is a glass of wine and so should you :) We are very proud to stock KZN's very own Abingdon's Estate wines

Lodge Pool Deck


If you're not in a mood for a hike simply relax by the pool, drink in hand and all :)

Daily Housekeeping


Because you don't want to worry about tidying when you're away.  

Free Wifi


By design, complimentary Wifi is available in a single Wifi zone, given you time and space to truly switch off and relax

Boma Fire


Or as we like to call it,  bush TV. Is there a better way to spend an evening than around a fire with good wine and a good story to listen to

Qambathi Reserve


 Take a guided hike up the mountains through Qambathi Nature Reserve or simply relax in the garden listening to the birds and the stream



Join our Yoga Teacher, Nadia  for daily Sunrise yoga session. No experience required and no, you don't have to be flexible


Weddings & functions

  • Qambathi is an authentic, beautifully designed venue. The ever-changing tapestry of the Kamberg Valley and Mountains around us provide a stunning backdrop to your celebration. From the grand to the intimate, from traditional to original. We can help you arrange a wedding of your dreams.

  • Set within 61 hectares of Qambathi Nature Reserve, the lodge at Qambathi is at the heart of the farm. With game free roaming around the property whether you choose a mountain top or the indigenous forest Qambathi will  make  the perfect backdrop for many scenes.

    Location Productions
  • Qambathi is an authentic, versatile venue. Whether you choose to hire the main lodge, wedding venue or the forest deck our function venues are reserved for one function at a time, so you will have the exclusive use of the areas around our venues. Why not have your hen party with us, or team building session.

    Event Space

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Things to do

Wine Tasting


Never say no to your mum and to a glass of wine, is our life's motto. We can arrange a tasting of some of our favourite wines as well as wine,  cheese and food pairings

Trout fishing


Enjoy those long peaceful hours by the water casually sipping beer? Or maybe you're just looking for an excuse to get away from the wife for a few hours. Whatever your reason trout fishing in the Midlands is THE THING to do

Kamberg Rock Art Centre


Just a short drive from Qambathi takes you to Kamberg Rock Art Centre where you can admire the ancient San Bushmen Cave Paintings and learn about their history and culture


Set in The Little Berg mountain range with the Little Mooi River running through, Glengarry’s 9-hole, par 33 golf course is great fun. It’s challenging design brings all that nature has to offer into play while the neat fairways and greens run true

Hot Air Ballooning 

If you're feeling spontaneous why not take to the skies and see the berg and midlands from above? It's a once in a lifetime experience

From candle dipping and cheese tasting to fishing and golf, there is a world of adventure and leisure on your doorstep. If you need to slow down and enjoy the finer things of life - then the Meander waiting for you

Battlefields Tour
Sani Pass

Qambathi lays in close proximity to the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer War battlefields. Ask us for guided tour recommendations

The mother of all South African mountain passes, take a self drive if you dare or book a Sani Pass tour

Picnics and Romantic Dinners

Picnic on a mountaintop or a romantic private dinner- nothing is a problem just ask us in advance


Discover the magic of the night skies far from the light pollution and enjoy views of the Milky Way and far behond



At Qambathi Nature Reserve we are joined by  Red Hartebeest, Bushbok, Springbok, Blesbok, Serval, Impala Porcupine, Mongoose, Zebra, and much, much more

Mountain Biking

If you're feeling adventurous hop on a mountain bike and take a ride up the mountain. Check out Glengarry for a  awesome biking trail

Birds Safari


So, apparently twitching is not just being restless in your seat but also bird watching. Get your binoculars and your bird book ready. We are proud to host the Yellow Breasted Pipit and Bearded Vulture

Yoga and Meditation

Join Nadia who is also a Yoga Teacher for daily Sunrise yoga session. No experience required and no, you don't have to be flexible

Horse Riding 


Join us to experience a soul-restoring horseback trail in the heart of Kamberg Valley surrounded by the Drankensberg on the back of beautiful Appalloosa horses. 

Midlands Meander

What our guest's are saying

 A wonderful place with lots of atmosphere!

Qambathi is very special place and it reflects the enthusiasm and spirit of its owners Stephen and Nadia. The décor is really special and our garden suite room was large, bright and very well appointed. A comfortable bed with crisp linnen, a lovely open shower and bath tub, coffee and tea plus sherry in the room: what is there not to like. There is a private sitting area which leads into the stunning gardens with huge old trees where horses and sometimes zebra roam free. The views of the mountains is equally sensational. The dining area is lovely with open fires and a large deck where you can have breakfast in good weather. The food was of very high quality and the menu very imaginative. Staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. While there are many nice places to stay in the area, I would be more than happy to return to Qambathi again.

Marianne - March 2020


Contact us



+27 (0)82 774 8164 or  +27 (0)66 002 4852

Snail mail:  PO Box 11293, Kamberg, KZN, 3300, South Africa  

 How to find us: 


Qambathi Mountain Lodge, Mpofana Road, Kamberg Valley Drakensberg, Kwazulu-Natal

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