Berg Break at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens

We live in such an exquisitely beautiful country that it (almost) amazes me that South Africans want to travel overseas.

20151126_052857Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens as seen from the summit of my hike. Hard to believe this is less than a three-hour drive from Durban. 

Last week I was treated to a media event at Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens resort. I’m hoping to return soon with the rest of the Veggietots clan, because it’s not often that the cliche is true: here there really IS something for everyone.

20151126_141243We stayed in the hotel (how’s this for a view to wake up to?). There are also self-catering chalets for those who prefer.

For the grownups:20151126_172853 Jacuzzi overlooking lake with fountains. I spent a LOT of time in here!

The wellness centre includes a gym, a spa, an indoor pool with hydro facility and a set of jacuzzis. The resort is also a renowned golf course, so I’ll have to factor that in when I bring Veggietot Gramps.

For the kids:

20151126_16414720151126_165726 The cutest (and friendliest) animal farm 

img-20151126-wa0033 Horse rides (little ones for the littlies, but I went galloping across the plains with an experienced guide). If horses ain’t your thing, there’s also cycling and a games room. 

For everyone:

20151126_060208Ah, nature.

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20151125_151523Beautiful hikes, starting at a comfortable 45 minutes and peaking at several hours for those up to more of a challenge.

20151126_123727 Lunch overlooking the lake. There are several restaurants on site so you can pick which tickles your fancy at any given moment. Most are family-friendly. 

After just a short break I felt almost like a new person. Must be the mountain air! This place is a wonderful combination of countryside and convenience, with all the amenities one needs to feel comfortable, yet a rejuvenating atmosphere of crisp, still mountain energy. I’d quote The Terminator, but that would be trite.


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