Heil Hei­del­berg

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

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

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