DAY 10 DRAKENSBERG
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; moorfield.co.za
Moorfield Mountain Farm