The guest house team
at the Antbear
Guest house is about a team effort. We all
love the Drakensberg and Natal
our Guest House is about our lifestyle and
about us working together with our local community.
We believe in sustainalble eco tourism and
about reducing our ecological footprint and
we have a passione to be one of the best guest
house experiences in South Africa. Its about
helping each other and above all sharing what
Andrew & Conny
and Conny moved to the Drakensberg to step
back from the hustle and bustle of their previous
busy lifestyle. The now have time to grow their
own vegitables and are trying to be as self
sufficient as they can. It
was Connys vision to move to South Africa and
start the guest house. Her childhood dreams
of working with animals and the idea of living
on home-grown food, somehow just fitted perfectly
when she discovered the Antbear. Conny spends
much of her free time riding and gardening.
She learned to ride on the farm and now has
9 horses which she trains using the gentler
horse wisperer approaches.
Che, Velepi, Bongiwe, Thoko, Nomusa and Paulus
Thoko is a Zulu woman who has spent her whole
life right here on this farm. She knows lots
about what the land has to offer, and also
how to prepare delicate delights from what
many might have thought just another weed.
When she is not helping out in the Antbear
she likes to spend her time with her husband
and their three children.
Che and Velepi exchanged their lifes of picking
potatoes and have leared to cook at the Antbear.
And what they now produce is first class and
is fit to be served almost anywhere. Its amazing
when you see their entusiasm and passion to
Lindi and Nomusa live in a local Zulu village
nearby. They both are still single but I doubt
that will be the case for much longer.
Paulus lives in Hlatikhulu and is an arch bishop
to the local area. He is also a stunning builder
and when he is not to busy with godly things
he earns an income here. Without him things
here would not work as well.
Thulani has shown a special tallent from working
with wood. Lots of the special things at the
Antear are results of his hard work.
Inja, Flecki, & Lea
Our dogs like to make friends with our guests
and are very playful. They tend to take their
afternoon nap in a sunny spot overlooking the
valley. And why not? It seems they have understood
what life is all about more than the rest of
Greywing, Rain & Star
Greywing, Rain and Star are by no means thoroughbred
and as such don't come with all those complicated
airs and graces that some horses have. They
like to eat and that they do well, their favourites
being apples and carrots mixed in with a touch
of oats. Star is the foal that was born right
here at the Antbear. In winter they get a nice
thick coat and they know that they are somebody
special. Greywing has been training Conny to
ride and so far have been quite successful.
Floh & Oskar
After spending 10 years in a Cologne city
flat having never seen a real tree and certainly
not a real mouse, Floh only took 10 days of
adjustment and away she was - eating mice and
climbing trees. We cannot imagine hrer wanting
to go back to Germany any time soon. Oskar is
a late arrival and has taken on Garfield to
be his role model.
King Louie and his clan
King Louie got his name for being the king
of all our chickens and he knows it. He even
has a Pekan duck who thinks this man is just
great. His clan grace us with fresh eggs each
day, and every now and again we have a whole
lot more new chicks. Recently a wild spurwing
goose has moved in and although he is free to
come and go as he pleases seems to have become
a permanent feature of Louis's clan. We think
that "Spurwing" finds the social security
at the Antbear just too good an option to pass