It’s amazing how many times we can travel to the same province and get a completely different experience. I fell completely inlove with Kwazulu Natal all over again, especifically the Drakensberg Mountains. I have done some research of the Drakensberg Mountains and found that It is the highest mountain range in the country, reaching an impressive 3 482 meters above sea level. The picturesque views are ideal for photography and is something to write home about.
My exciting trip to the Drakensberg mountains started with a flight to O.R. Tambo Airport from there on a memorable,yet long and winding bus trip to the Alpine Heath Resort. Upon our arrival at night we were welcomed with a friendly smile and refreshments . Being ushered to our lodge with keys in hand,to my surprise I was given a luxurious double room en-suite with 2 x twin room beds for two other ladies to share. It was fitted with all the amenities,namely, telephone, hairdryer, satellite TV, a comfortable lounge, small patio and fireplace. It had a self catering kitchen area. If you needed ironing facilities you could call the reception area to assist.
I woke up to a picture canvas painting of a view. I could not wait to explore the resort. It took me a while to get to the reception area as I ventured through the
different pathways to get some pictures for this blog. At some point I was gobsmacked with the views. I just stood there absorbing it all. Yesterday I came from a congested traffic infested suburb and here I find myself standing in this open space. Standing alone there in this hill I felt so at peace with myself. I was in no rush to go get my breakfast as I did not want to rush this experience. On the way i spotted the pool area, mini gym, mini golf (putt-putt) and tennis courts. On arrival at reception, I went looking for the restaurant area. I spotted a beautiful peacock walking through the building as he was a regular guest. He was no was afraid of the guests passing him in the passage. We waited for the right moment to show off his beauty. Eventually I arrived at the restaurant and I was told it is halal friendly. They served the halal food separately. The waiters was ready to assist with hot beverages.
After a lovely breakfast we hit the road and headed on to an awesome establishment place called Scootours. Not knowing what to expect , we were divided up into smaller groups. There are loads of fun activities. Perfect for team building and family fun. This is the one of the best places to add to a family vacation as it will definitely leave you with fond memories. I was excited to go and have some downhill fun only to discover it was a balancing act on two wheels. The rest of the group went zooming passed me with no problem at all. I ended up falling and got my leg wedged between the bike and the wheel. I ended up walking the rest of the way and still enjoyed it. My experience ended up being a walking hike,exhilarating and lots of fun. We had other groups doing zip lining, paint-balling, king swing, tree climbing, abseiling and white water tubing not mentioning hair raising fun!
Contact Drakensberg Scootours
Tel: +27 074 103 3613
After having an adventurous morning we then moved on to Drankensberg Sun where we attended the World Tourism Month Media launch. This Family yet friendly Resort is one of the world’s most scenic holiday destinations.
Contact Drakensberg Sun Resort: +27 36 468 1000
Speech by Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane at the Tourism Month media launch at Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal She was so inspiring yet focusing all her talks on channeling tourist to South Africa. She wanted media to focus on local tourism for the lower to middle income bracket.
We moved on to Beer tasting at Drakensberg Brewery. The brewpub sits within the brewery with spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountains. They well known for their DIY platters where the customer can create their own platters from a selection of cold meats, cheeses, pickles and preserves.
Contact: Brewpub +27 060 382 6225
General Enquiries: +27 083 296 4552
I stumbled across a chocolate shop called The Drakensberg Chocolate Memories They have free chocolate tasting of a range of delicious chocolate bars manufactured right in the Drakensberg. Their decadent Chocolate Fondue was definitely my favorite. To top it off you can drink your coffee or hot chocolate with Guinness Book of Records Award winning Berg chilli essence.
They trade 9am – 4pm daily, 9am – 2pm on a Sunday
Contact: +27 072 310 3376
Within walking distance a came across Farm Friends stall. A hiddengem all on it’s own. I could not resist to buy a few gifts to take home. They sell handmade artistic items, metal craft, gifting, homemade preserves and jams and a whole lot more.
Contact: +27 083 365 0391
The group later went wine tasting and dinner at Cathedral Peak Wine Estate. Sun Set at this venue was breathtaking. Interesting fact that as much as the San peoples were the first people in the Republic of South Africa, Pinotage is the only truly South African wine variety. No South African wine can claim heritage without this as its base.
You can book in advance for wine tasting or lunch as we offer weddings and private functions on the estate.
Contact: +27 (0) 63 075 1123
We started the day at All out Adventure. Highlights include SA’s fastest Cable Tour, Adventure Quad Trails, 150kms of marked mountain bike trails, and a hair raising 17 meter free fall King Swing accessed by a wooden spiral stair case that snakes 21 meters to the tree tops. The activities are all visible from our coffee shop lawn, so the less adventurous members of the party can kick back with a giant cappuccino and still feel like part of the action. Perfect for team building , scouts or school get away’s. There is a separate section for kiddies from age 8 and up. This adventure is surrounded by different accommodation within close proximity.
Contact: +27 036 438 6242 or +27 082 406 8980
The group got divided and some went to Cavern Berg Resort for lunch and I ended up going horse riding at Apline Heath Resort . The Caven Berg Resort is perfect to family hideout. The room is spacious and comfortable, with en suite bath and shower, tea and coffee making facilities and a patio. let’s not forget to mention the relaxing spa treatments by qualified body care therapists. The resort offers all sorts of activities not forgetting to mention two daily guided hikes, fly-fishing and horse trails.
Contact: +27 36 438 6270 or +27 83 701 5724
Breakfast and Departure at Alpine Heath Resort. Winding bus trip back to O.R Tambo Intl. Airport to catch a flight back to Cape Town .
I must be honest I never thought Drakensberg mountains would be such fun. I prepared myself for the usual hikes and I left the Drakensberg filled with memories that will never escape me. That is what travelling is all about, discovering new places as you travel from one place to another. KZN is so worth exploring. There is always something new to discover.