5 KwaZulu-Natal Green­fire Lodge North­ern Drak­ens­berg

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes - – Stephen Smith

To some ro­mance is lux­ury and cham­pagne, to oth­ers it’s ex­pen­sive gifts and care­fully se­lected words. For us it’s a place where we are en­cour­aged to spend time to­gether, be it on a walk in the moun­tains, at the side of a dam, or de­light­ing in a com­fort­ing, de­li­cious meal (that nei­ther of us had to cook). Green­fire Lodge is re­mote and spec­tac­u­lar, set at the base of mighty cliffs. It’s built in the style of Cana­dian log cab­ins, which works well in this set­ting. A cen­tral, com­mu­nal lodge holds a lounge, bar and din­ing room, a fire­place in the mid­dle of the cir­cu­lar room and huge win­dows that bring the views of the berg to your feet. The rooms are smaller log cab­ins, with a ve­randa and won­der­ful views. Each room is en suite, has a fire­place for ro­man­tic evenings, and hot wa­ter gets de­liv­ered to you for your morn­ing cof­fee. There are also hikes, in­clud­ing one to the top of an es­carp­ment, from where you can look down onto a colony of Cape vultures that num­bers in the hun­dreds. If you’d pre­fer other legs to do the walk­ing, a stable of horses is avail­able for guided out­rides. All at in­cred­i­bly good value.

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