Ginger beer and the magnificent Drakensbegs

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

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Into the classy car and off to the Drakensbergs. A top 10 highlight I'd been waiting for since the start of my trip. We decided to drive through the Valley of 1000 Hills and Pieter Maritzberg on the way there.

Take my advice and if you are in the area give those places a skip. I don't know if I was tired from the noise last night or becoming a jaded traveler but I really though both places were crap.

Long straight roads with very brown landscape and field full of corn appeared as we got close to the Bergs. As soon as we saw the peaks all my disappointments from earlier in the day soon disappeared and a smile soon appeared on my face.

We arrived at the Amphitheatre Backpackers where from the front lawn we got a fantastic view of the steep cliffs of the Drakensbergs as they stretched up to Lesotho. The cliffs went on for miles and miles.

After settling in we went out for a drive to check out the Amphitheatre, a huge curved rock wall 3000ft high and 5km long. We got some fantastic views as the last rays of sun hit it that evening. Very spectacular indeed.

Dinner at the backpackers was not fantastic, but decent for the price tag.

Gareth of the backpackers lodge gave us strict instructions not to go up to the top of the Amphitheatre and hike alone - lots of sudden mist and it would be easy to get lost blah blah blah. We though we knew his game and decided to get a little more info. from the National Park HQ before forking out the $100 a piece he wanted from us to take us up.

Drank some of our home made beer we purchased from the Dragon's Cave, a little farm store we had stopped at on the way here. It reminded me of the stuff my mum made when we were younger, for both the taste and the fact when you opened it, it was explosive!

Not too sure if Erica was too impressed with ginger beer.
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