Metsi Matso lodge drakensburg

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Metsi Matso: Stunning views from this new luxury lodge in the Drakensberg [photos]

Stunning natural beauty? Check. Plenty of things to do? Check. Phenomenal views at an affordable price? Double-Check. Metsi Matso is an absolute dream.

Metsi Matso lodge drakensburg

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Come rain, shine or snow, Metsi Matso is the place to go. You’ll have to forgive for opening in verse, but this new luxury lodge at the heart of the Drakensberg mountain range is enough to move anyone to poetry.

Located in the far-east outpost of QwaQwa in the Free State, this humble-yet-stunning getaway is part of a government project to draw more tourists into rural areas which need economic stimulation. We’ve got a feeling this place will have no trouble “reeling in” the visitors, especially those who enjoy their fishing.

What Metsi Matso has to offer visitors

Metsi Matso is an absolute haven for anglers. Sitting serenely on the banks of the Swartwater Dam, the waters are full of trout and trophy fish that would look good on anyone’s mantle. That could even extend to Cyril Ramaphosa, who gave a foreword to a book which pays tribute to reserve. If it’s good enough for the president…

Metsi Matso lodge drakensburg

The Ministry of Tourism released the following statement on Monday, outlining their hopes and desires for Metsi Matso. They’re confident that the lodge will provide plenty of employment opportunities for locals:

The department built the Metsi Matso Lodge as part of its National Tourism Sector Strategy to increase tourism products at rural nodes, and to enhance the visitor experience.”

“The lodge, which can provide accommodation for more than 60 people, is one of a number of infrastructure projects under the department’s Working for Tourism initiative – funded by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). It is envisaged that the facility will create employment opportunities, and stimulate the local tourism economy.” 

Ministry of Tourism

What you can get from staying here

  • Two restaurants, both with bars.
  • Conference facilities for up to 200 visitors.
  • Wedding and function rooms, accommodating up to 500 guests.
  • The rolling hills are perfect for rowing, hiking, or mountain biking enthusiasts.
  • If you’re easier going, that’s also fine. You can take in the glorious sights without breaking a sweat, whether that’s through lazing about or taking the lodge up on their offer of bird-watching.

Inside the rooms

The Standard Rooms are there to let the scenery do the talking. They may not be the largest you’ll ever stay in, but you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep in a forgotten South African paradise. If you’re easily pleased, you can settle for a room with a fully-functioning shower and two beds.

The Luxury Rooms are more about what Metsi Matso can offer. You get your own kitchenette, lounge, private patio and DStv access – because, no matter where you are in the world, nothing says home comforts like a bit of television in the background. This is a spacious, sprawling facility that’ll make you feel like moving to the mountains forever.

Why stay at Metsi Matso?

The thing about this place is it has a year-round versatility. It’s an amazing location to curl up by the fire with a loved one at night or go for a dip in the water on a baking hot summer’s day. Admittedly, the lodge does cater to those who consider themselves active. Given your surroundings, it would be rude not to get out and about.

We find Metsi Matso to be a very “cosy” location. You’re far, far away from the rest of the world and snuggled up in one of the most majestic valleys in Mzansi. Whether you come for a night or a week-long escape, the QwaQwa-based destination has everything you need to help you hit the “reset” button.

Booking information and prices

  • Standard Room: R600 per person, per night (pppn) sharing, or R700 pppn for single guest accommodation.
  • Luxury Room: R750pppn sharing, or R990pppn for single guest accommodation.
  • Breakfast is included in the price for all guests.
Metsi Matso lodge drakensburg

Contact details and how to find Metsi Matso

Address: Metsi Matso Dam, Qwa Qwa, Thaba Bosiu, Phuthaditjhaba, 9869.
Phone: 066 115 0977

Metsi Matso lodge drakensburg