Tha­bela Thabeng

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes -

What could be more un­usual than stay­ing in a chalet perched on a cliff in the mid­dle of one of the old­est me­te­orite im­pact craters in the world? We had come to the Vre­de­fort Dome just out­side Parys to get away from the city, and this was per­fect. We sipped our sun­down­ers on the bal­cony of our self-cater­ing chalet, Ea­gle’s Nest, and watched the cliffs turn the colours of the sun­set as a lone ea­gle drifted by. Al­bie de Villiers, who man­ages this re­sort and is pas­sion­ate about the place, took us on a walk past old gold mines, in­ter­est­ing plants and but­ter­flies, and a cave scat­tered with Stone Age tools. We had ev­ery­thing we could wish for a com­fort­able bed with a view to die for, a well-equipped kitchen and com­plete pri­vacy and si­lence. There is yel­low­fish fly­fish­ing or ca­noe­ing down the Vaal River but, even bet­ter, some time to sit back in the si­lence and get away from it all.

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