Most people have one or two special places that feed the soul and the Drakensberg mountains of KwaZulu Natal is "my" place. This is where I feel most at peace......balanced.... and inspired.
We have just spent three blissful days at Champagne Castle, one of the most beautiful parts of the Drakensberg and though I could always do with a little more time away I am feeling rejuvenated.
Long walks along paths scattered with pine needles,
wending our way up through the forests ....
stopping periodically to drink the purest crystal clear water.....
photographing all manner of mushrooms and funghi ....
.... out of the forest to push through waist high grass and wild flowers
Wild dagga, leonotis leonorus. Read more here.
marveling over the Bushman paintings that we have seen many times before but never tire of seeing again.
Still climbing ....... the clouds come and go.
Lucky enough to see a mountain rescue exercise .....
The noise was deafening for a while but silence soon returned,
broken only by the bark of a baboon and a sudden swish of grass as a
grey Duiker burst from cover.
On top of the world at last. Well, almost :-)
Back to the hotel in time for tea
....and a little retail therapy at a roadside stall.
"It is an act of worship to sit and look at high mountains." - Sir Edmund Hillary