19 September 2013
by Lethabo-Thabo Royds and Andrea Weiss
South Africa’s gorgeous Garden Route gets its name from its beautiful beaches, lovely lakes and magical forests. Not only can you relax in beautiful surroundings, but you can also participate in a host of adventure activities, from elephant encounters to bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge.
It’s called the Midlands Meander, and I was doing just that a couple of weeks ago – meandering through the valleys and hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where quaint villages lie cheek by jowl with historic battle sites.
The flowers started to bloom early up the West Coast, giving early visitors a wonderful spring showing. If you want to see the spectacle, plan your trip now. An excellent place to see flowers is the Biedouw Valley in the northern Cederberg, en route to Wupperthal.
A nature pilgrim at heart? Ready to explore a remote destination? Why not give Namaqua National Park a try? Famed for its flowers, the park also has pristine beaches and endless views. Magriet Kruger explores the new Heaviside Dolphin Trail.
Churchill’s South Africa, by South African journalist and historian Chris Schoeman, is a riveting account of Winston Churchill’s time in South Africa and the story of how the young Winston Churchill became a hero to the British public.
As a family we make a point of escaping to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at least twice a year – more often if possible. And there are many reasons why we turn our backs on the sea and head for the hills.
The Garden Route National Park is a treasure trove of ancient indigenous forests, clear lakes, mountains, rivers and estuaries, where you can swim, hike, canoe, go horse riding, or just meander along a forest trail.
Williamsburg is a private nature reserve forming part of the Middle Keurbooms Conservancy. Although the main activities here are trout fishing and 4×4 routes, mountain bikers will love the challenging rides in the region.
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