Saturday, 14 July 2007

Bundu Bashing in the Berg

So this week I found myself in the central Drakensberg, in KwaZulu Natal. When I say “found myself”, just take it in the literal sense. There’s a whole lot I could write on the other meaning, but let's not go down that road for now. Let's leave that stuff to Oprah for the time being.

The Drakensberg must be one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. This week, being the middle of July and the middle of winter, there was snow on the mountains. That sure is a sight for sore eyes. You have to see it to believe it. And let me just add that this will be better for your soul than any viewing of The Oprah Winfrey Show. I promise. But don't just take my word for it. As they say, seeing is believing. So best you pack your trunk and head for those hills, hey!

Okay, so where there’s snow, there’s cold! If you decide to visit this spectacular place, be sure to pack in those winter warmers. It sure gets cold there. But having said that, the warmth of the people living in the area seems to make the cold bearable. You somehow forget about the cold. Maybe it’s a conspiracy; maybe they are all in on some plan to get you to not feel the cold…I don’t know. But let's not complicate things. Point is, they are such good people. Warm, friendly and inviting.

One thing’s for sure, you will not have an idle moment if you are planning on visiting the area. There is a heap of adventurous activities to keep you entertained and to keep that adrenalin pumping. If you find your way to the R600 (just off the Loskop road), and if river rafting, quad biking, mountain boarding and other fun activities are your thing, you can visit Four Rivers Rafting and go wild. Further along the R600 you will find the delightful Scrumpy Jack’s. Here, you can chose to tone things down a bit and go horse riding with Khotso Horse Trails, on one of their friendly horses, or you can stick around and watch Deon from Deon's Honey Products demonstrate the fascinating journey of bees. Deon makes the most awesome honey brittle – you just have to try it out for yourself. Especially the cashew honey brittle. Yum.

Scrumpy Jack’s is like a little "hive" of activity all on its own. You will find the locals meeting up there over strong cups of filter coffee and discussing what’s hot and happening, and what is so not (hot or happening). So if you can’t find a newspaper anywhere, just pop in there and get yourself in the loop and informed!

I made my way further along the R600 to Dragon Peaks Park. This is also a seriously cool place to be with loads of activities on the go. For those who are not afraid to get high, you can go for a flip in a chopper over the mountains with Brett from Westline Aviation. How cool is that?!

I also made the great trek up to the Northern Drakensberg to catch up with Chris from All Out Adventures. What a fantastic guy. His energy is contagious. This is one place you HAVE to visit. There are all sorts of swings and jumps and slides to try out, and judging from the squeals of delight from the "swingers", it is definitely a must. If you would prefer to stay grounded, you can also have some serious fun on the quad bikes or get physical with paint ball.

So let me round off by saying that the Central Drakensberg is most certainly the place to be. Get yourself a map of the activities in the area, and go wild! Why? Because you can!

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