A perfect Drakensberg weekend
July 12, 2013
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I’ve spent many amazing weekends in the Drakensberg on family holidays, hiking with friends or partying at festivals such as Splashy Fen. I love the Berg – the moodiness and drama of the majestic mountains,  huge open skies,  crazy lightening storms, delicate wild flowers, sweet fresh air and stars for Africa. The serenity of the Berg is such a relief after the hustle of the city.  I try to get back at least once a year, but really wish I could get there more often.

A few months ago I headed down to the Central Drakensberg for a farewell weekend to one of my dear friends who was returning back home to Germany. It was the perfect weekend getaway, roadtripping with good friends, gorgeous scenery and great hiking. Here’s a photo essay of our perfect weekend.  Just writing about it makes me want want to go back.

drakensberg weekend

The real fun started as we got off the N3 highway and onto the country roads of Kwazulu-Natal when I spotted fields of wildflowers on the side of the road welcoming us to the Berg. The weekend had officially begun! Of course we had to stop for a photo shoot.

drakensberg roadtrip

…with the candyfloss coloured cosmos… a promise of a perfect weekend 🙂

Drakensberg weekend

Even the boy’s got in on the flower power action…

drakensberg weekend

Photo shoot done, we got to our luxury backpacker lodge, Inkosana Lodge, in time for a swim…

Inkosana lodge

…and a beer brunch on the deck

Drakensberg weekend

 Time for my favourite weekend activity…

5 - Meru & Black Beauty

Horse-riding through the spectacular foothills of the ‘Berg…


14 - Riding Club Pretoria

This is how much fun it was…

23 - Amazing picture of Manqoba

Super hungry after our trail ride, we warmed up on red wine while the boys got the fire ready for my super yummy potjie…

drakensberg weekend

I can’t begin to tell you how delicious it was, probably the best potjie I’ve ever made! Despite us being amped for a bit of a party, we were too tired after the days activities. Besides, we had to be up early for our morning hike.

Here’s a teaser of the awesome that was to come…

monks cowl hike

…to be continued!

Check out the photo essay of our hike here.

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Meruschka Govender

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There are 7 comments

  • stu says:

    Hmmmm heading back to the berg at the end of the month for further exploration.

    Such a beautiful part of Mzansi.

  • Di Brown says:

    Isn’t it amazing how the minute you get off the N roads you feel the holiday has started, you can smell it, breathe it and let it sink into your being. You start to smile like a mad person for no reason, start laughing easily, noticing little things, and connect to Africa time. Life in S Africa is good, life on holiday is SA is magic

    • mzansigirl says:

      So true, I love the smell of the country side, and all the little things you notice coming to life that you miss out on in the city. You’re so right, we live in a magical place and are blessed to be able to appreciate such diversity and beauty in our back yards.

  • Marcia says:

    My friends and I did a two-day trip to the Berg but I doubt we had as much fun as you seem to have had. It’s such a spectacular part of your country, I could go back right now.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Thanks Marcia. I love the Berg, been going there since a kid with my family. It really holds a special place in my heart.

  • lucie says:

    This is making me unbelievably excited…

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