A TOUCH OF LO­CAL FLAVOUR

Ex­plor­ing the Ceder­berg

In Flight Magazine - - A TOUCH OF LOCAL FLAVOUR - { TEXT: KAYLA CLOETE | IM­AGES © CAPE KING­DOM }

DO YOU SOME­TIMES WISH YOU COULD ES­CAPE THE HUS­TLE AND BUS­TLE FOR JUST A DAY OR TWO TO RE­GAIN THE COM­PO­SURE TO FACE YET AN­OTHER DEAD­LINE-DRIVEN DAY? WELL, CEDER­BERG PARK KROMRIVIER IS JUST THE PLACE TO DO IT.

The chirp­ing of birdlife and the rustling of leaves as the wind breezes through the trees – these are the only things that dis­rupt the si­lence of Ceder­berg Park.Tucked away in a val­ley between var­i­ous moun­tain­ous out­crops (note to self: it is prefer­able to drive here in an SUV or cross-over), Ceder­berg Park Kromrivier is an idyl­lic es­cape from re­al­ity.

The park of­fers “glamp­ing”-style grassed camp­sites, each with their own bath­room and elec­tric points.There are also the newly-built chalets that of­fer the best in mod­ern lux­ury while har­mo­niously blend­ing into the land­scape. Un­der­stated, yet el­e­gant, each two-bed­room chalet opens into a com­mon lounge and kitchen area, with an invit­ing fire­place tak­ing cen­tre stage in the room. Each of the bed­rooms not only has its own en suite bath­rooms to avoid any awk­ward bath­room-shar­ing mo­ments, but they also open onto their own pa­tios that over­look the greater Ceder­berg Val­ley. It’s the per­fect spot to sit and en­joy your morn­ing cup of cof­fee.

FOR BUSY BEES

For those “bee-in-my-bon­net” types, there is plenty of ac­tiv­ity on the farm and in the sur­round­ing ar­eas.The on­site restau­rant of­fers pic­turesque views over the moun­tains and serves the best farm-grown, hearty meals.While wait­ing for your or­der, it is well worth pop­ping into the ad­ja­cent cu­rio shop that is filled with all sorts of de­lights.

After lin­ing the stom­ach, guests can ar­range to do a craft beer tast­ing – the farm pro­duces its own award win­ning brews – or wine tast­ing of the farm Kromrivier’s wines.There are also var­i­ous walk­ing and moun­tain-bik­ing tri­als to ex­plore, and the hour-long horse-rid­ing tour around the farm is an ex­pe­ri­ence you sim­ply can­not pass up on!

Once guests have ex­pe­ri­enced all that the farm has to of­fer, they can or­gan­ise a pass through Cape Na­ture to visit the nearby Truitjies Kraal rock art site.This site, about five min­utes’ drive away, of­fers an easy 30-minute walk­ing trail through some fas­ci­nat­ing rock for­ma­tions, be­gin­ning with a cave adorned with var­i­ous rock art paint­ings. Rock climb­ing is also al­lowed here.

BE­HIND THE BUCHU SCENES

Skim­mel­berg Farm, a lit­tle fur­ther afield in Citrus­dal but also well worth vis­it­ing, of­fers in­for­ma­tive farm tours that teach vis­i­tors all about Buchu and Rooi­bos farm­ing. Vis­i­tors get the op­por­tu­nity of a be­hind-the-scenes look at the mir­a­cle plant that has be­come fa­mous the world over for its medic­i­nal prop­er­ties. As Buchu is only grown here in the West­ern Cape, it is def­i­nitely some­thing to add to your bucket-list when you find your­self in the area.

First dis­cov­ered by the Khoisan peo­ple in the 1700s, the past 15 years have seen a re­nais­sance of the mirac­u­lous medic­i­nal prop­er­ties of Buchu. As a nat­u­ral anti-in­flam­ma­tory, an­ti­sep­tic and an­ti­his­tamine, the Buchu plant is great for treat­ing wounds, skin in­flam­ma­tion, and many other ail­ments. Among just a few of its cu­ra­tive prop­er­ties,the plant has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to lower blood pres­sure and blood sugar lev­els and help with weight loss. It has anti-ag­ing ef­fects, helps to treat UTIs, and relieves joint pain.

To get your hands on some of this mir­a­cle plant, you can pur­chase var­i­ous Buchu-in­fused prod­ucts at Skim­mel­berg farm it­self. Be­yond this, Cape King­dom also sells a va­ri­ety of Buchuin­fused de­tox teas, an ar­ray of Buchulife life­style and health prod­ucts (in­clud­ing Buchu wa­ter, mois­tur­is­ing cream and First Aid Gel, to name but a few), as well as a range of Ricky Litch­field dog prod­ucts.To find out more, visit www.buchulife.com.

At the end of a day filled with ac­tiv­ity, head back to your chalet at Ceder­berg Park, light a fire in your fire­place, and curl up with a good book and a glass of Kromrivier wine – an idyl­lic way to recharge and es­cape from the pres­sures of ev­ery­day life.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ceder­berg­park.com.

This Page (Top to Bot­tom): Rows of Buchu bushes soak­ing up some sun on Skim­mel­berg Farm; The quaint mi­cro-brew­ery at Ceder­berg Park Kromrivier; Some of the rock art you’ll find at Truitjies Kraal rock art site.

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