Woman in Tourism – Central and Northern Drakensberg
What a place to live, surrounded by tall mountains, the Amphitheatre, clear rivers and a buzzing community that loves to promote itself at every corner. We are talking about the Central and Northern Drakensberg.
We contacted the Drakensberg Experience Tourism Association to find out who their candidate for Woman in Tourism is. Champion swimmer Ann Gray’s name came up, so we went in search of her to find out more!
Where do you live and what tourism business do you own or take part in?
I live on my husband’s family farm Peak View Farm in the Central Drakensberg. The Gray family have been here for over 160 years. I run Peak View Cottage which is a one-bedroomed cottage. I am sure I have the smallest establishment in the Drakensberg Experience!
What do you love about your community within Drakensberg Experience?
Most are willing to share ideas, give advice and most want people to share the wonderful Drakensberg Experience.
Which woman are you inspired by in your community?
Belinda Spence, our present Drakensberg Experience Chairperson, as she is such a hard working multi tasker.
Just a short description of your role in tourism on the Drakensberg Experience?
I am the Events Co-Ordinator. I have been involved arranging various events plus organising an events committee member for about 25 years. Originally only a few events took part in the Drakensberg, now many different events take place. One can find these events on either our Drakensberg Experience website or social media pages.
What inspired you to go into Tourism?
I love the Drakensberg and I wanted to share this with others, by putting “bums in beds” through events whether sporting or cultural.
Should a visitor have just one day to visit your area of Drakensberg Experience, what would you suggest they enjoy whilst in your area?
I would suggest head to the gates of Ezemvelo Monks Cowl Nature Reserve early to walk to the Sterkspruit Falls. If it was me I would have a dip in the pools a little higher.
Then do a Drakensberg Canopy Tour, and enjoy a light meal afterwards. Depending on the weather and day of the week, attend a Falcon Ridge Birds of Prey show or Scootours at the Adventure Centre.
This can be followed by a visit to Berg Air Lifestyle Centre at El Mirador Airfield where one can go chocolate tasting at Chocolate Memories, taste the various beers brewed at the Drakensberg Brewery, have a meal at the Champagne Bistro and buy something to take home from Farm Friends.
If it is a Wednesday during term time one could go to the world famous Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School concert or go to Sandra se Winkel, Valley Bakery and then on to Aweh Ma Ady’s to see Steve Bull’s ethnic artwork or visit these places on an eBike.
At sunset, choose a place with a view like Four Rivers Adventures or one of the many other places and watch the sun set over the Cathkin Valley whilst sipping on a drink.
Wow that itinerary certainly tempts us to head to the Drakensberg, we hope you take Ann’s advice and visit the Drakensberg SOON!