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You can’t ex­plore the Zulu king­dom with­out breath­ing the crisp air of the Drak­ens­berg and swim­ming in its brac­ing rivers, so set forth to MOOR­FIELD MOUN­TAIN FARM, 90 km from Dundee. Perched at the top of Muller’s Pass, this guest farm bor­ders the NCANDU NA­TURE RE­SERVE; bub­bling and gur­gling trib­u­taries of the Ncandu River flow past the houses. Af­ter all the driv­ing and bucket-list­ing, it’s the per­fect place to end your hol­i­day with a book un­der a tree in-be­tween strolls. And bet­ter strolls you’d be hard-pressed to find: One of the paths takes you from high­land plains into a kloof brim­ming with an­cient yel­low­woods. An­other trail me­an­ders through forests draped with old man’s beard to a spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­fall. The un­ex­pected clash of grass­land and forested gorge makes the farm a bird­watcher’s de­light. If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, ab­seil­ing can be ar­ranged (R250 per per­son), as can a guided horse ride (R100 per hour). Later that evening, af­ter one last in­vig­o­rat­ing dip in a nearby river pool, light your braai fire as the sun van­ishes be­hind the moun­tains and the night re­veals the finest dis­play of stars you’ve seen on this trip.

STAY HERE MOOR­FIELD MOUN­TAIN FARM Sleep­over op­tions in­clude the nine-sleeper Tin House, built by a land sur­veyor in the 1890s us­ing tin and wood shipped from Canada; a two-per­son thatched ron­davel or back­packer-style ac­com­mo­da­tion. Rates: Tin House R1 700 per night. Ron­davel R700. Back­packer op­tions from R600 for a room with four beds. (Bring your own bed­ding and tow­els.) Dis­counts of­fered for stays of more than one night. Con­tact: 082 328 3819; moor­

Moor­field Moun­tain Farm

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