Top 5 ‘Out-Of-The-Ordinary’ Experiences
Social media and the airwaves all seem to be a buzz with the new PokemonGo game! I dread these games, another reason for those playing to ignore you longer! As you may note, I dont conform to the latest ‘game’ addiction, so off I went in search of the ‘Out-of-the-Ordinary’ destinations! Yes, I left my phone and replaced it with my camera (try it sometime)! You can read more about my findings here:
Sycamore Avenue Treehouses, Midlands Meander
If you didn’t beg your dad to help with your treehouse project, you sure did fantasize about being the “King” or “Queen” of your very own palace in the trees. A visit to Sycamore Avenue Treehouses near Mooi River, on the Midlands Meander, will certainly bring that childhood dream to reality.
There are a range of treehouses to choose from: you can claim a double or triple treehouse, one that has a ‘spa in the sky’ (a jacuzzi way up high with its own sky pathway), A Faraway Tree-themed house, or perhaps Nguni wallpaper will take your fancy? Love it! What’s appealing about Sycamore Avenue is that not only do they make a fabulous cheesecake, the views of the Drakensberg are so dreamy you won’t want to leave.
Birdhaven B&B, Hlotse, Lesotho
Have you ever wanted to walk in Dinosaur footprints? At Birdhaven B&B, in Lesotho, you can experience this thrill! Yes, 8km from Birdhaven B&B, you can walk to the Subeng River to see these footprints. A horse ride or mountain hike will also enable you to view some beautiful San rock art. And how about a bit of retail therapy at the Leribe Craft Centre? Here you can purchase hand-crafted mohair products and support local disabled ladies.
Birdhaven is known for its excellent hospitality, the Tripadvisor reviews speak for themselves! Enter Lesotho through Caledensport and make your way west to the Leribe area, where you will find this gem.
Birdhaven B&B | Tel:+266 59543030| www.birdhavenleribe.com | email@example.com
Victoria Guest Lodge, in Heidelberg, just 60Km’s from Johannesburg in the Sedibeng Region, is a pure gem. On site, Her Majesteas Tea Salon offers decadent high teas, including tea served from clear glass tea pots, dainty china cups and indulgent cream tea delights.
What a fabulous way to enjoy a weekend, sipping tea in a Victorian building whilst sitting amongst historical treasures, in a luxurious salon. Don’t forget to overnight in their spacious bedroom, you’ll certainly want to “tea” all over again the following day!
King Shaka played a major role in South African history. Did you know you can visit his grave? Yes, you can! You will find it in KwaDukuza, in the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefield region. This is an area filled with various grave sites, battle monuments and historical battle museums. Whilst visiting, learn more about each battle fought from an impressive selection of tour guides well-read in the local battles from a more tumultuous time. King Shaka’s grave is not only a monument to photograph, you can also head to the Interpretation Centre and watch a DVD about his reign and assassination.
King Shaka’s Grave, KwaDukuza | Tel: (032) 552 7210 | www.battlefieldsroute.co.za
Recently I discovered the Central Drakensberg not only houses serene scenery, exhilarating hikes and an array of activities and accommodations -there is more! Yes. The Drakensberg Experience is home to the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate, you will find this KZN Drakensberg pioneer wine estate 8km’s from Winterton, on the Didima/Cathedral Peak road.
The farm began in 2008 and as of 2016 all Cathedral Peak wines bacame 100% KZN! With the guidance of cellar master, Flip Smith, the most popular bottle to buy is the UNESCO, a blend of Pinotage, Cabernet and Merlot – sounds like a perfect bottle to share around a table with good company, doesnt it? For the white wine lovers, you will be able to taste and buy Cathedral Peak Wine Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016, in a couple of months time and as for the likes of me who cant resist the bubbles, their Pinor Noir MCC in 2017!
So when next you take a trip to the Central Drakensberg, be sure to stop for a tasting of a proudly KZN wine. Actually make a day of it, the food is yummy too and who wouldnt want to gaze across the vineyards towered by the mighty Drakensberg Mountains?
Cathedral Peak Wine Estate | (036) 488 1857 | www.cathedralpeakwines.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: Christy Hosking
These are just some of the few “Out-of-the-Ordinary” destinations I found, there are definitely others, and we are always interested in finding them. If you can add to our list of quirky places to visit, please do tag us on @n3gateway either via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – we would love to see them. Keep travelling and discovering on the N3 Gateway!