Somewhere for the Winter

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Somewhere for the Winter

You certainly wouldn’t catch me water-skiing Midmar Dam in the winter, nor surfing the waves at Durban beachfront without a wet suit and don’t even mention tubing down the Umzimkulu River! No, I rather choose to warm my fingers wrapped around a hot cup of coffee, my feet in a good pair of hiking boots and filling my tummy with chocolate-dipped heavenly treats. Join me as we discover my icy winter favourites on the N3 Gateway!

If you missed out on our coffee exploration, then click on Getting your Coffee Fix to find your next coffee destination on the N3 Gateway

Put the boots on:
Berg View hike, offers a short 2 hour/5km hike from Giants Castle Camp, offering amazing views of the escarpment to Cathkin Peak.

Looking for an overnight cave experience in the Drakensberg? Try Marble Baths Cave, start and finish at Injisuthi Camp, a moderate 6 hour/9km hike. Sleeps 8 people, book in advance with KZN Wildlife.

And wowee, a 25-30km, 3 day Amphitheatre Heritage Trail. Once on the ‘Roof of Africa’ you will enjoy exhilarating views over looking the Tugela Falls, watch the vultures up above and keep your binoculars out for other endemic birds.

Get the rod out:
A slow, relaxing fly-fishing experience, is well worth the catch. Winter time on the N3 Gateway offers great afternoon fly-fishing opportunities. You can chose between the Midlands Meander, Southern Drakensberg, Central and Northern Drakensberg, Midlands Amble, Southern Midlands Nottingham Road, Mooi River and Clarens regions to cast your rod.

Trawl the food markets:
Karkloof Famers Market, Howick, is a definite must visit whilst staying on the kwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Wake up early for a hearty wholesome farmers breakfast, the market opens at 7am and you will certainly be able feast your eyes and taste buds on home made delicacies, crisp seasonal fruit and veg, plus an enormous selection for afternoon-tea.

Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, is a firm favourite amongst Durbanites! Each Saturday between 06h30 and 11h30 you can feast your way around the world. Purchase fresh produce for the week, fill your arms with bundles of flowers and search for gifts in the craft and antique zone. Hounds are also welcome.

Clarens Country Market opens at 10am, between August and April. A great place to meet with the locals, chat about their craft, food, books and enjoy views of sandstone cliffs.

Learn about the past:

Such powerful and incredible history is remembered among the hills of Ladysmith, Dundee, Nqutu and ElandsKraal. With 68 battle sites within a two-hour drive of Dundee, the chances of you hearing the names Sir Winston Churchill, Chief Dingane, Lord Chelmsford, Louis Napoleon and King Ceteswayo plus a horse named ‘Fate’ is super high. Head to the Talana Museum in Dundee for the Talana Live and Battle re-enactment on the 20th of October.

Lori Voss

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