Springtime in the Central Berg… so much to do!
A conference brought me to the Central Drakensberg this Spring, and I had no idea just how much fun it would be! The Drakensberg is generally known as a winter destination with snow-capped peaks and warm fireplaces on offer; or a summertime retreat with green, green landscapes so green that they dazzle your eyes. I had never visited in Spring and it is something I would highly recommend.
The first stop when in the Central Drakensberg is at the Thokazisa Centre where maps of the area are on display and you can browse delightfully unique shops and stock up on delicious deli items while the children let off some steam in the play area. Thokazisa forms the gateway to the Central Drakensberg region and is a Zulu word meaning ‘The Happy Meeting of Ways’.
Thokozisa Deli & Wine Cellar
Living Art Gems
Hides of Africa
San Rock Ridge
Berg & Boot
Kakadu & Karoo
San Aquam Spa Centre
R600, not far from Winterton
+27 (0)36 488-1207
Champagne Sports Resort
This well-appointed Resort was to be my conference home for the next few days. The facilities are vast and the main conference venue has one of the biggest thatch roofs I have ever seen. The breakfast and dinner buffet’s are delicious and there is always something new to try. There are lots of staff on hand so even when there are hundreds of delegates about to eat, the queues are not long and move quickly. The Resort caters for a number of different sports, but my favourite way of working off all the delicious food on hand was on the 4km walk within the resort’s grounds.
Whether you’ve got time to sit for breakfast, or simply want to browse the cake counter, Valley Bakery is worth a stop. Surrounded by beautiful flowery gardens, there’s a safe spot for the children to play while you look at art for sale or buy delicious goodies that are made with 100% natural, additive- and GMO-free unbleached flour.
+27 (0)36 468 1257
Seeing an artist at work is an experience and one can only admire the incredible imagination and attention to detail at Zimele Ceramics.
Gallery Hours (or by appointment): Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Falcon Ridge – Bird of Prey Centre
Bring the children to Falcon Ridge! Rehabilitated birds are on show and the art of falconry is explained, in a highly informative and thrillingly entertaining show. Be prepared for silent owls to swoop across the audience and fish-eagles to dive for for tasty titbits.
+27 (0)82 774-6398
R600 Cathkin Park, GPS: 29º 2.40′ S 29º 25.80′ E
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Daily shows at 10:30, weather permitting
Sun protection is advised
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
A visit to this part of the world simply HAS to include a show by these very talented boys! I am not ashamed to say that I was moved to tears by their rendition of Johnny Clegg’s, “The Crossing”. Goose bumps… in a very good way.
Negosie Museum and Sandra se Winkel
Take a trip down memory lane and listen to all the other visitors marvel at seeing things they haven’t seen since their childhood or a visit to Granny’s house. It really is an incredible collection and best of all, if something has a price on it (such as shwe shwe fabric, crockery and enamelware and other bits and bobs), it’s for sale!
Entrance fee R20
Not suitable for small children
D275 District Rod, Winterton 3340, South Africa
+27 82 371 2137
Chocolate Bar and Drakensberg Chocolate Memories
Oh my gosh! I am reflecting on this experience with guilty pleasure and the first thing that pops into my mind is, “Who knew fresh pineapple dipped in a dark chocolate fondue would be so amazing!” This is also where I tasted Ruby Chocolate for the first time. It’s made from red coco beans and is a completely new type of chocolate.
Chocolate tasting is free but it is definitely worthwhile paying R95 to have an informative chocolate tasting followed by a chocolate fondue and syphon-brewed coffee with truffles and chilli essence
Contact Tammy or Eduard
+ 27 (0)72 310 3376
Spring in the Drakensberg entices one with warmer weather that isn’t too hot and fewer crowds which makes this holiday destination simply sublime!