Hubby and I have been to The Cavern, a friendly family hotel over the years, the last time being February last year when I celebrated my 60th birthday with all our children and grandchildren. That was very, very special!
At that time, mid-summer, it was lush and green with waterfalls coming down mountains and muddy underfoot on hiking trails. This time – winter – the grass was golden, trickling water and dry footpaths.
We were, I was, hoping for snow especially on our last day as a cold front swept across the country but it didn’t happen. We had super days, walking on the hiking trails …. and evenings sitting by log fires sipping wine
Bauhinia galpinii – ‘Pride of De Kaap’
Tree-hugging a tall Outeniqua Yellowwood, our National Tree, abundant in our natural forests ..
The Cavern follow a natural regeneration programme: Extremely tall pine trees, which send their large cones hurtling down in strong winds .. unlucky you, if you are walking underneath!!! …. are aliens planted many years ago. ” As they grew, birds from the nearby Fern Forest visited, bringing seeds of wild trees in their droppings. Sixteen species are now growing, copying the regeneration that takes place in natural forest. As the pines age and die a new forest will take over. In most of The Cavern grounds bird-planted trees are allowed to grow
Alien pines ..
Since our last visit, a new wine cellar has been added …
Behind hubby is a very small door! There is another door for normal sized folk!
Our room no. …
Fern Forest trail starts down the grassy slope ..
Beautifully shaped Acacia tree standing centre stage …
We woke up to quietness. Only the sound of birdsong and rippling waters from the river below ..
.. and golden sunrises ..
… spreading golden light on a rambling Black Eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata) at our front door ..
When the sun shone brightly the sunbirds hopped from flower to flower on the aloes planted around our little patio ..
… and this was our room 🙂 … very, very nice, not so?
It’s little touches that make all the difference. When I was outside taking photographs while hubby was reading
snoozing I bumped into Sipho (our guide on one of our hikes) delivering small notes to each room …
.. and …. just because I don’t know where to slot these two pics, I’m putting them here …
One of the three Cavern doggies …. isn’t she gorgeous? Look at that face 🙂
Mountains and walking trails to follow 😉
… The Cavern, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal: June 2014