The Royal Hotel
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Got up at 7 this morning. Just had breakfast. Was lovely. Going to pack the bike now and then head out around 9. A bit cooler here than Durban so dressing a little warmer. Longest leg so far, Piet Retief to Carolina, 160km. Butts are a little sore but went well. Next leg to Dullstroom. Only 84km. In Dullstroom. Stopped at Birds of Prey centre. …
... like African Rondavel huts. We then headed back towards Graskop and stopped off at a lovely viewpoint on the river, which was also home to the South African bush kitchen. Serving traditional food, and the setting was stunning. After this brief stop for Boerewors, pap and beer, we then went to the spectacular 48 metre Berlin Falls. We then tried once again to see God's ...
... except the pumpkin sadly. My favourite dish apparently was also a fairly staple diet in these parts which apparently was a bit too boring for these locals as they gladly waited for the other 2 soups to be warmed up. As always a mixture of emotions with some people turning he soup down preferring a plain roll while others felt they're were no worthy of having
a cup of soup and wanted to tell us in great depth how grateful they were for ...
... cheating outside the houses. Teenage boys herding the livestock in for the night. We passed a group of men riding horses hell for leather along the side of the road. And one of houses that Nelson Mandela lives in. We have bought the ingredients for a braai for dinner - t-bone steak; salad; butternut and gem squash. Got to the backpackers at 7.30. Exhausted!! BUT instead of cooking we had the most wonderful meal based on local dishes cooked by one of the mamas at the hostel. ...
... all the forms filled out, signed and ready, the problem is that the only woman in Pemba who can give the papers a stamp of approval hasn't been in the office for four days and counting. Everyday someone from the school goes to the immigration office, everyday the stamp lady isn't there.
So my epic trip overland from Durban to Pemba must wait...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Royal Hotel Pilgrim's Rest
What a wonderful rustic experience. Got to reception and everything was ready for us. We're staying in one of the annexes. Whole place to ourselves. Receptionist say: no phone, no TV, no room service. GREAT!!! The room was lovely. Great old bath, wall papered walls, lovely linen. Even put heater on for us.
Restaurant was wonderful and romantic. Food was great. Will check out breakfast soon.
This is an experience everyone must try.
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