Leaving the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains I head south, with the easily recognisable peaks of Giants Castle clearly in view. I have planned a cross country route, to my next destination, using some roads I have never driven before, heading generally south west. Just before the town of Howick on the edge of the midlands it’s a westerly turn to Bulwer. From here it’s into the unknown.
On a previous visit via Bulwer I had carried straight on to Underberg en-route to the land locked country of Lesotho. The scenery on the drive is big, with towering hills in the dry golden shades of winter. Evergreen forests provide splashes of green and deep black strips come from the burning of fire breaks. All colours contrasted the deep blue cloudless sky.
Next it’s Ixopo, and a check on directions from a local police officer, then all down hill on a variety of roads. From tar to gravel to what seemed like pure dust until getting onto the N2 highway. I get a huge amount of satisfaction from navigating my way to a new destination and it helps build the excitement and add to the adventure. I also knew that on arrival new adventures and challenges awaited me.
For the last leg of my journey I followed the life size carved eland antelope’s all the way to Lake Eland Game Reserve, situated at the spectacular Oribi Gorge. I was here for new experiences at the family oriented reserve. At reception the staff could not have been more helpful, passing on the relevant information, maps, directions to my chalet and vouchers for my pre-booked activities.
My adrenalin filled finale was a scooter tour, again accompanied by Wiseman & Nosphiwo. This is 5kms of downhill tracks on a ‘scooter’. The scooters here are adult size, push along, with off road tyres and brakes. If you have a sense of balance you can ride a scooter. We rode, at times quickly, taking in more big views, scattering herds of grazing antelope as we travelled down the man made dirt tracks. To my amazement and probably good fortune I managed to stay upright and `thoroughly enjoyed the buzz. I can’t forget to mention Zamile, our driver, as without him it’s a long walk back from the end of both the zip line & scooter track.
Lake Eland Game Reserve has something for all the family to keep them occupied, smiling and full of adrenalin. If you want something a little different I suggest you get the whole family down there.
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