Eat, drink and be merry!
ADELAIDE • Ons Erfenis Museum
This stately former parsonage, which dates to the middle of the nineteenth century, is the town museum today. It has been beautifully renovated and is packed with antique furniture and porcelain- and earthenware. Admire exquisite old objects and learn more about the local history. Queen Street. 046 684 0656
• Winterberg Taxidermy
Rudi van Niekerk is the only taxidermist in town. His showroom, where stuffed buffalo, warthogs and kudus parade, is open to visitors. Strange, but oddly fascinating. He’s on Haddon farm – there’s a sign at the entrance to town, with a turnoff to the right from Bedford.
083 986 9583
• Winterberg Post Retief Conservancy
A stretch of bumpy gravel road brings you to the Piet Retief Monument after 40km (where his farmstead once stood). You drive past a scenic dam and the view of the ravines from Bosnek Pass is outstanding. Don’t take this trip in a low-slung car. Stay on the R344, past the hospital and golf course, until it becomes a gravel road. Follow the signs.
• The Stoep
Tanya Norton has a lovely restaurant with a great vibe – and an African Grey named De Gaulle (fondly known as Birdie). Simple, tasty food, and inexpensive. Tanya is a Banting follower and her menu has been adapted accordingly. If you are avoiding carbs, this is the place to eat. Queen Street. 046 684 0003
• Midgley’s Hotel
This is one of the few places in town where you can stay over (at an affordable rate), and the only place where you can enjoy a drink in the evening. Light meals are available. Drop in at the hotel even if you are not spending the night – it is brimming with nostalgic charm. And stories: Mike is not shy. Market Street. 046 684 1441
• Tri-Angle B&B
Stylish, with 18 fully equipped rooms and a swimming pool. Wi-Fi is available. Constitution Street. 082 971 2952