Un­der­berg vs Himeville

South African Country Life - - Travel -

Himeville lies about six kilo­me­tres north of Un­der­berg. Es­tab­lished in 1902, the vil­lage was equipped with its own mag­is­trate, po­lice sta­tion and prison. Ap­par­ently, this caused much du­pli­ca­tion and led to hos­til­ity be­tween the two vil­lages. How­ever, united by de­cree in 2000, they’re har­mo­nious neigh­bours at last. Himeville has re­tained its unique char­ac­ter. At­trac­tions in­clude the highly-rated mu­seum oc­cu­py­ing what was the last for­ti­fied laager built in South Africa (033 702 1184, closed Mon­days). Al­most op­po­site is the Stone­house. Built in 1899 of the same stone as the laager, it ac­com­mo­dated that fa­cil­ity’s staff. To­day it houses a café (033 702 1154), an an­tique and col­lecta­bles shop (033 702 1879) and, in an out­build­ing, Berg Weav­ing Com­pany (also 033 702 1879).

Rest Your Head

From camp­ing to so­phis­ti­cated ho­tels, there’s no short­age of ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit all bud­gets. I stayed at the Cedar Gar­den, con­ve­niently sit­u­ated in town and set in a mag­nif­i­cent gar­den, a gra­cious house that of­fers spa­cious B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion and warm hospi­tal­ity (033 701 1153, www.cedar­gar­den.co.za).

Eat Out

There are about 20 eater­ies in the dis­trict serv­ing any­thing from Afro-Con­ti­nen­tal fare at the Lemon

Tree (031 701 1589) to brasserie-style food at

Mala­chite Manor (083 645 2026 ) to whole­some

coun­try food at The Olde Duck (074 141 3153).

Play

Golf There are three golf courses in the area: Un­der­berg Coun­try Club 033 701 1130

Premier Re­sort Sani Pass 033 702 1320 Drak­ens­berg Gar­dens 033 701 1355

Un­der­berg Art Group Win­dell Hart 072 378 3249 Hik­ing Rob Leen­houw­ers at the South­ern Berg Hik­ing group 082 085 9750

Fishing Un­der­berg/Himeville Trout Fishing

Club 033 701 1041 Himeville Na­ture Re­serve 033 702 0007 Cob­ham Na­ture Re­serve 033 702 0831

MTB Trails Sani Spoors 082 299 5234,

079 516 5507, www.sanis­poors.com

Trail Run­ning For run­ners want­ing a real chal­lenge, check out the events or­gan­ised by Spur­geon Flem­ing­ton and Mat Goode of Run­ning Man Ad­ven­tures www.run­ning­manad­ven­tures.co.za

Prop­erty Peep

Re­cently re­tired Acutts es­tate agent, John Nothard, says the av­er­age price of a stand-alone house ranges be­tween R800 000 and R1.2-mil­lion, while town­houses fetch be­tween R1.4-mil­lion and R1.8mil­lion. With many peo­ple re­tir­ing to Un­der­berg and Himeville, there is a big de­mand for re­tire­ment prop­er­ties, although at this stage, lim­ited frail-care fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able. Rental prop­er­ties are also in high de­mand.

John Nothard 033 701 1359

Books Tod Collins’ books are avail­able at the Lemon Tree, or con­tact collins@nud­vet.co.za

More info at www.drak­ens­berg.org

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