Our weekend in the Drakensberg

Our weekend in the Drakensberg

On the road to The Cavern, Northern Drakensberg, Kwa Zulu Natal for my birthday weekend.  Unbeknown to me, the rest of my family were on their way too – a secret well kept !!  (see previous post)

Copy of IMG_1736

The foothills of the Drakensberg is very picturesque .. this summer in particular due to all the good rains – the greenest we’ve seen in many years (which unfortunately doesn’t come out in the photographs)

Copy of IMG_1737

Copy of IMG_1739

We’ve been to The Cavern on many occasions over the years – usually twice a year, but over the past few years hubby and I have been going to Champagne Castle.  It was awesome returning to The Cavern, especially with our family, who, most of them, hadn’t been before.  It was the same .. the same friendly service, warm and welcoming.  Homely and so very relaxing and quiet – a perfect place for winding down, or, like us, a family gathering 🙂   The rooms are spread out so you don’t notice all the other guests until you all gather for meals 🙂 !!  The food was just as good as always 🙂

The Cavern .. nestled amongst the trees in the valley ..

Copy of IMG_2067

Copy of IMG_1744 (2)

Copy of IMG_1743

Copy of IMG_1910

Elaine and Bryan on a ‘booze cruise’  !!!

Copy of IMG_1911

Forest Retreat Spa tucked away in the forest  – Jeanette and I went for a most relaxing hot stone massage 🙂

Copy of IMG_1787

Copy of IMG_1790

A moment or two of peace and tranquility after a massage or treatment..

Copy (2) of IMG_2021

Front of one of the Spa units ..

Copy (2) of IMG_1937

The hotel hosts various weekends ie flora and fauna related,  as well as photographic weekends.   This weekend happened to be a photographic weekend ..

Copy of IMG_1925

The rest of the family stayed in the main part of the hotel, closer to the kiddie’s dining area and all the facilities

Copy of IMG_1803

Copy of IMG_1808

The kiddies had a ball!!   Closer to nature, fresh air and plenty of exercise, having gone on two long hikes with us 🙂  We were all very impressed with them!!

Copy of IMG_1768

IMG_1812 (2)

Copy of IMG_1901

IMG_2031 (2)

Copy of IMG_1761 Copy of IMG_1763

Copy of IMG_1816Highlight of their hikes was walking under a waterfall, being extra careful not to slip on the very wet and slippery rocks ..

Copy of IMG_2050

Copy of IMG_1904

Copy of IMG_1907

Copy of IMG_1906

Our suite was in a separate section overlooking the Fern Forest, from where we heard the constant soothing sounds of the river .. magical !

Copy of IMG_1758

Copy of IMG_1778

Our room on the right, in the mist ..

Copy of IMG_1784

..view from our room ..

Copy of IMG_1785

Copy of IMG_1797

Nice touch for my birthday on our arrival  … flowers and a card signed by The Cavern staff 🙂

Copy of IMG_1749

Panoramic views ..

Copy of IMG_2071

.. breathtaking walks ..

Copy of IMG_2076

Copy of IMG_2074

.. baskets made by the locals at a craft market ..

Copy of IMG_2003

Copy of IMG_2012

.. waterfalls …

Copy of IMG_2054

Copy of IMG_2056

.. river crossings ..

Copy of IMG_2059

… natural flora .. protea

Copy of IMG_2069

.. glorious sunrises …

Copy of IMG_2092

.. peaceful and quiet evenings … heavenly !!

Copy of P1080510

Copy of P1080511

It was an amazing weekend !!     Magical !!

One Reply to “Our weekend in the Drakensberg”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: