My daughter and son-in-law gave me a gift subscription to COUNTRY LIFE and it’s probably the best gift I have received.
I am a country boy at heart having spent most of my school holidays in the Molteno district and the Stormberg mountains. My wife and I are now privileged to have retired to Wilderness in all its natural splendour.
We recently spent a couple of days at CapeNature’s Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. Surrounded by forest, with mountains as backdrop, the accommodation is beautiful.
It was a very cold couple of days, with plenty of rain and a dusting of snow on the mountains, but the wooden cabins were snug and well equipped. During the dry spells, we went for walks and enjoyed the fresh air and, as bird watchers, were kept busy identifying the numerous bird species. All things considered it was a really enjoyable few of days.
The reserve is situated a couple of kilometres off the back road between Heidelberg (Cape) and Swellendam. When travelling from Wilderness to Cape Town, most people give Heidelberg a miss, or stop briefly for fuel or the Wimpy. However, going to the reserve compelled us to travel through Heidelberg. It has many beautiful, old buildings and I would have enjoyed exploring a bit more and learning more about its history. We did, however, discover a gem, Aan de Kanal coffee shop and steakhouse.
Heidelberg and Aan de Kanal is definitely worth the short detour from the N2 and we will certainly renew our acquaintance when passing that way again. (edited)
Rev Cecil E.S. Hiscock