Where to for Easter?
Easter on the N3 Gateway is always a great time of the year weather wise! The days are warm with limited wind and the intense rainy season is heading towards the Cape. (Hopefully, this rings true this year!)
Cosmos brighten up our roads with pretty gentle pinks, whites and cerise colours. The Autumn air is in full swing and the trees are gradually changing colour.
Should you be in search of discovering the N3 Gateway further to plan your Easter Getaway, we highly recommend you make use of our member lists.
Check out our Top 7 locations for Easter:
Kwa-Rie Caravan Park is situated amongst the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa. A great location to explore the history of the area and indulge in all the Battlefields sites. Here you can bring your tent, caravan, motorhome and even your dog (by prior arrangement). Whilst in Dundee be sure to explore on foot all the heritage buildings preserved for your visit.
The Knoll Guest Farm, with its expansive gardens and forest, offers you a piece of tranquillity one is searching for after a crazy start to the year! Set just on the fringe of Hilton along the Midlands Meander, you can hide away in this beautiful historic guest farm in one of many room offerings – a great location to base yourself as you explore the Midlands Meander.
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Green Lantern Inn Hotel and Gardens, can be found just off the N3 Toll Concession, on Van Reenen’s Pass. It is a delightful historical building built in 1892. Many come to meet the famous Bojangles (the resident donkey), who can often be found greeting guests at reception. Rooms are decorated country style and will allow you to unwind as you gaze out at the amazing vistas.
De Hoek Country Lodge can be found just south of Heidelberg, offering you a multitude of activities to choose from. Pick from archery; hiking, game and MTB trails; pottery; horse riding and much more. You can stay in “Rapunzel’s Tower”, a converted milk parlour or Bush Camp!
Virginia Trails located on the Midlands Amble, just outside of Eston of the N3 Gateway is a paradise for those seeking new MTB, running and hiking trails to explore. A wonderfully safe space designed to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. If you are needing to head off afterwards, grab a hot shower in their changing facilities. Coffee shop and accommodation on site.
Birds and Beyond, run by Stuart McLean a renowned birding expert and rock-art guide, is on hand to take you into Lesotho and the mountains of the Southern Drakensberg in search of endemic birds on your wish list. Go in search of the Cape Parrot and Drakensberg Rockjumper!
The Snooty Fox – now doesn’t that sound like a name that makes you want to visit! You can find this gem of an eatery inside the Fern Hill Hotel just a stone throw away from the Midmar Dam entrance on the HUCTO route of the N3 Gateway. Here you will find the fine-dining set in old world charm. They focus on fresh, seasonal and local produce and besides offering you an a la carte menu 7-days a week, you can also enjoy Sunday Roasts, Friday Curry evenings and a full Vegan menu. Children are welcome.
*Midmar Dam is overflowing currently – take a pic and send to us!
The Pot & Kettle, overlooking the Valley of 1000 Hills, is a gorgeous stop off for any visitor to Durban. As the name suggests, you will be served your preferred coffee with a delightful treat to keep your taste buds entertained for a while.
If tea is your preferred hot drink, don’t miss out on Bon Appetit Deli & Bistro in Clarens. They have more than 30 different teas a la carte, what an expansive ‘tea’ menu! Why not try the decadent chocolate fondue with your tea? Bon Appetit is open from 09h00 to 16h00 each day, so be sure to try their delicious meals!
Pig and Plough Farmstall is located just outside of Winterton on the R74, in the Central Drakensberg. It offers families a secured kiddie play area; ample parking and deliciously tasty meals to devour. The shop will keep you busy with their range of gifts, toys and preserves. Grab a car wash while you’re eating!