THE WILD SIDE OF THE DRAK­ENS­BERG

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - DOWN&DIRTYTOURS -

The Eastern Cape High­lands, also known as ‘The wild side of the Drak­ens­berg’ is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity as a safe and non-com­mer­cialised moun­tain des­ti­na­tion with spec­tac­u­lar scenery. The tour mem­bers meet in Lady Grey, and head to Lundin’s Nek and War­trail area. Then up the Vol­un­teers Hoek Pass with lunch at the Tiffind­ell Ski Re­sort be­fore zigzag­ging down the most ex­treme sec­tion of the Carlisle’shoek Pass to Rhodes, where the group will spend two nights with the enig­matic Dave Walker at Walker­bouts Inn. The tour then leads up Naude’s Neck, and the high­est dirt road above sea level at 2 920m. The tour makes its way to the towns of Ma­clear and El­liot, and the Moun­tain Shad­ows Ho­tel at the top of Barkly Pass, for the fi­nal night.

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