A weekend at Champagne Castle, Central Drakensberg

Final weekend of our fortnight holiday, in May … to Ballito, Midlands and lastly,  Champagne Castle Hotel  in Central Drakensberg.

Very pretty at this time of the year.  We’ve been to this part of the Berg on several occasions in mid-summer when everything is green.  This time round autumnal trees are dotted here and there, natural grasses are brown, mountains are shrouded in a blue haze, and the sky is clear and blue.  Warm days … lovely for walking,  and chilly nights … sitting cosy by roaring fires in the lounges and pub, and delicious comfort food, and plenty of it (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner! …naturally with a bottle, or two, of a good red wine 😉   … and nothing can beat their freshly made pancakes and waffles for dessert, or for that matter, homemade health bread served at breakfast and lunch … delishhh!)

En route to the hotel …

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We passed several bikers, some on old motor bikes, who were participating in the Duma Rally 2015 : ‘Biking the Berg  (pics taken through our car’s windscreen)

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I’ve done several blog posts of the hotel and surrounds (under Archives: Drakensberg – where I’ve featured the hotel, walking trails and places of interest in the area)  and therefore tried to take different photographs this time.

From our room-with-a-view … magnificent setting at the foothills of the Berg

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An afternoon nap was the order of the day on our arrival and a quick photo of the majestic mountains..

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Tea on the terrace served with scones, jam and cream, then a stroll down to the trout stocked dams as the sun dipped behind the mountains  ..

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Blue Crane, our national bird ..

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Hotel in background ..

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Chapel with the most beautiful view …

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Sleep-time in the kiddies farmyard.   Ducks .. not kiddies!!

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From our room, as the sun set further and with a glass of wine in hand – naturally ! … I couldn’t resist but to take silhouette mountain pics …

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Flat top mountain on left is Champagne Castle – 3377m — higher looking but is not, is Cathkin Peak – 3149m  (it’s in the foreground to Champagne Castle so looks higher) — Sterkhorn – 2973m.  Jagged slope is Dragon’s Back …

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Dramatic Dragon’s Back …

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Magnificent !!   The following day we walked up to the Sphinx

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