SOUTH AFRICA: THE BERG

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Let me start off by explaining what "The Berg" is… "The Berg" is a nickname the locals call The Drakensberg, which is the world famous mountain range that runs through Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape and reaches the border of Swaziland.

Our accommodations for the weekend were in a quaint town called Underberg, not too far from the Drakensberg, in an adorable little cottage on a huge piece of farmland. The cottages were so nice and cozy with an antique fireplace in the middle of the room to keep us warm since the weather was constantly at freezing temperatures during the day as well as night.

Since we arrived in the evening, the first night consisted of relaxation. We all sat in front of the fire in attempt to thaw out while having tea and preparing for our first cold night. In just one night I discovered the beauty of hot water bottles. In Texas, it doesn't get cold enough to use these (plus I'm not even sure people in America use them at all) but they're great! After filling it up with boiling water, you stick it in your bed to warm it up throughout the night and let me tell you, it's the best thing in the world!

The next day we took it easy. We spent the morning and early afternoon in town at various boutiques and cafés. One of the cafés we went to had farm animals in the back! There were sheep, cows, chickens, geese, bunnies, goats, and of course a donkey! I especially loved going to these places because you never knew what you were going to find! It was extremely refreshing!
That night we simply relaxed and braaid as we knew our next day would be quite hectic. We had a tasty dinner consisting of lamb, steak, pork, potato salad, sweet corn, baked beans, and garlic rolls. It was such a great time just being with and talking to everyone alongside a peaceful fire burning in the background.
After such a fun night with such great people, I didn't think this trip could get any better, but boy was I proved wrong! We got up early in order to make the Sani Pass tour we previously signed up for. Sani Pass is the notoriously dangerous winding road with stunning views that leads up to the top of the Drakensberg into the country of Lesotho.
After a very cautious yet exciting trip up the mountain, we made it to the top which is approximately 10,000 ft above sea level. The first thing we did (after going through border control) was visit a small village. We were welcomed into this one girls home and learned about the traditions of the Lesotho people. It was very interesting to see how these people lived. It was also an incredible eye-opening experience, especially seeing kids play in the snow with no shoes on. It really makes you realize how lucky we all are.
Once we were done in the village, we made our way to the Sani Mountain Lodge for lunch and drinks. It's actually the highest pub in all of Africa! Seriously, how cool is that? The view from the pub was so incredible. While there, we were able to explore the area. One thing that was so much fun to me was playing in the snow! Coming from Texas I rarely get to see it, so you can imagine my excitement once I did (plus I was already in awe at the fact that there was snow in AFRICA). We built a snowman and threw snowballs at each other all while laughing non-stop! We also popped miniature bottles of champagne all for the fun of it! I really did have the time of my life up on top of that mountain!
Soon after making our trek back down the mountain, it was time to relax before dinner at the Moorcroft Manor, however, who needed to relax when there was a mini cricket game to be played? Our afternoon consisted of bowling and batting and batting and bowling. Once we were out of breath, it was time to go to dinner, resulting in full stomachs and an early night in.

The next morning arrived and it was our last day in "The Berg". Before making our drive back to Kloof, my boyfriend, John, and I made our way to the paddle boats that were sitting on the property. He rowed us all the way to the lake and we sat there, with our drinks in hand, talking about anything and everything. It was the perfect end to a perfect trip to the Drakensberg!!

3 comments :

  1. Wow, it looks gorgeous there! I would love to visit South Africa. And I love doing neat little things like going to the highest pub in Africa, that's really cool!

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  2. That is amazing! I lived in West Africa (Ghana mainly) for a few years and have spent a lot of time on the continent but did not know about the `berg`. What a cool experience. :) Cant wait to see more!

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  3. This is absolutely amazing! Your pictures are so gorgeous, I want to go to South Africa SO badly!

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