On Friday, Pa, me and the kids set out quite early to try and climb up to the top of the Drakensberg â€“ SAâ€™s largest mountain range. The top is about 3000m above sea level. We aimed to climb Mont-aux-Sources, set above the amphitheatre, a wall about 1000 meters high. There is a chain ladder giving access to the summit after a steep-ish path. After some political issues (teenage girls can be challenging), and a lot of climbing, we found ourselves at the foot of the chain ladder. The kids all climbed up very well, and we were on top of the world. The cloud cover was varied, and intermittently we had fabulous views. We walked to the lip of the amphitheatre, at the head of the Tugela falls, which is the worlds second highest waterfall, dropping 950 metres. We all seemed to feel a bit of altitude sickness, and after a sandwich and a swim(for some), we headed back to the chain ladder and descended to the path back down to the car. Just before the car park, we came across a large family of baboons, who were quite curious and stayed quite near to us. We got back, exhausted but happy. We went out for dinner, some place in the middle of nowhere. It seemed very nice, but were all too tired to enjoy it, and so ate quickly and headed back to bed.
Saturday morning, and the others all left before us to go into Clarens, but we met them there, did a bit of browsing and had breakfast. Mom and Dad then drove with Nicky and Barry, so we were on our own for a change, which was nice. We headed down for a drive of about 2 hours or so into the central Drakensberg, to our next destination, some self-catering cottages near Champagne Castle.
The cottages were beautiful, secluded, set in lovely gardens with great views of the berg. Best of all was a rock pool which offered sweet relief from the heat of the day â€“ we spent hours by the pool.
Next morning Mom and Dad did an emergency dash back to Clarens as they had left their laundry there, so we went with Nicky Barry and Rachel for breakfast at a lovely waffle shop. Bar-One waffles, Horlicks Milkshakes, and about 10,000 calories per mouthful. Mmmmm.
After breakfast, we went to an adventure centre, where the kids went down a zip line, and quad bikes. Span and Rachel both fell off, Span particularly hurt her arm, so we took her back to rest. Fortunately she recovered quite quickly. Braai for supper, plenty of wine and beer.
Xmas day and we went for lunch at a restaurant in a centre called Thokozisa. The meal wasnâ€™t a traditional one, which disappointed a bit cos we had been looking forward to Turkey and Christmas pud.
Today we packed up and headed for Durban. The drive is only about 3 hours, but we took our time, visited some nice places and Howick Falls, before we finally arrived in Durban, 10 days after landing in SA.