Winter is Coming!
Love the Hills in Winter…. All 1000 of them!
“As Jon Snow said: Winter is coming!”
Jon Snow was right: Winter is Coming! But unlike Game of Thrones, the 1000 Hills can’t quite offer Dragons and White Walkers (well cute Dragons we can, but scary undead White Walkers we can’t. Fortunately) but we can offer fire and ice: fire in cosy fireplaces, and ice in our drinks.
We can also offer cosy weekends away, comfort food, mulled red wine, pots of tea … and knee rugs!
If the truth be told, KZN winters are so mild they are barely noticeable – nothing like the permanently miserably freezing Winterfell, but if you want to at least feel a bit wintery, then head for the hills. 1000 Hills has cool days, chilly nights and magnificent winter sunsets. And although KZN is typically green all year round, the majestic vistas tell of the subtle change in season.
The 1000 Hills is still mild – even in the midst of winter – crisp but still balmy to enjoy the great outdoors – a round of golf, a nature walk, adventure sport, a game drive, a horse trail or a bike ride. And if watching the hills, rather than walking them, is your thing – we can help there too! From the window of a steam train, the deck of a tea garden, the back of a game-drive vehicle or the bay window of a restaurant.
Remember to pack a jumper, the temperature drops when the sun goes down!
“We look up at the same stars and see such different things!” Jon Snow
Some of our winter speciality experiences and events include:
- Watch winter roll past your window: Umgeni Steam Train runs the last Sunday of each month, and on select holidays departing from and returning to Stokers Arms in Kloof and stops at Inchanga for the community market. http://umgenisteamrailway.com/
- Pot & Kettle – with fabulous views – has live music by Ruby Rose every Sunday lunch time; and has glühwein by the glass, with the fire-place roaring, for the cold wintery days. https://potandkettle.co.za/
- Even in winter – you can smell the roses! Visitors are welcome to wonder through the nursery and garden of the fabulous Ludwig’s Star Roses in Assagay, ahead of pruning season which starts on 15 July. https://www.ludwigsroses.co.za/contact/ludwigs-star-roses/
- There is a winter special – half price (or close to half price) deals on accommodation, camping and canoe hire at Msinsi Inanda Dam Resort, and Msinsi Nagle Dam Resort & Game Reserve from 1 May – 31 August 2021. https://msinsi.co.za/
- Lindisfarne B&B situated in Botha’s Hill will be hosting their Winter Garden Concert on 13 June (weather permitting.) Bring your picnic baskets and blankets and enjoy the winter sun in this glorious garden listening to Zazz, Parable 15 and Inter-Alia. Strict Covid Protocols apply. Tickets R100. https://www.lindisfarnebnb.co.za/
- Visit the Kloof and Highway SPCA for great bargains, a comprehensive bookshop, vintage clothing, collectables family and pet friendly meals and teas – all for a good cause! https://www.kloofspca.co.za/
- Wrap up warm and head to Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market every Saturday morning – and combine browsing among the fabulous stalls with an amble along the nature trail and enjoy brunch at one of the view-points and rest areas. https://www.shongwenimarket.co.za/
- Head outdoors to the High Stakes Adventure Sports and Activities: set on a 150-acre plot in Cato Ridge it offers Motocross, quad trails, 4×4, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paintball and zipline. https://highstakes.co.za/
- A walk through the AmmaZulu Garden and Sculpture precinct: 120 enormous sculptures hidden in the nooks and crannies, and often way above the ground, of a portion of the 20-acre 70-year-old primeval forest. https://www.ammazulupalace.com/gardens-and-sculpture.php
- Enjoy coffee, or a meal at the Pot and Kettle, Brown Cat Café; Stonehouse Garden Shop and Cafe; Phe Zulu – or any of the other outdoor eateries which offer a splendid view of the hills.
- Take a walk through the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve up to the Molweni Falls and into the Kloof Gorge to watch the changing colours of nature.
To find out about these and other things to do in the area – visit The Valley of a 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation website at https://www.1000hillstourism.co.za/
Or watch their promo video: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyzlnGsA6Zg