People travel to the Drakensberg Mountains to hike, listen the Drakensberg Boys Choir sing, view exquisite bushman rock art, enjoy the many arts and crafts while meandering the many scenic roads and of course tasting the endless supply of treats from the great tea gardens, coffee shops and restaurants. But here are 5 different Drakensberg experiences that are not on the normal tourist radar but should be.
- Walk South Africa’s largest labyrinth. An 11-circuit Medieval Chartres design, 33m in diameter, with a grass pathway. It is also one of the largest labyrinths in the world and its pathway is 1000 metres, making it a total distance of 2 kilometres if you follow the desired journey of winding your way out again once you’ve reached the centre – plenty of time to contemplate, breath and luxuriate in the surrounding beauty. The idea is to prepare yourself carefully beforehand, doing things like quietening the mind, removing your watch and switching off your cell phone, taking deep breaths and contemplating a purpose for the walk, even though releasing any expectations is key to the allowing the pattern’s energy and purpose to reveal themselves.
- Horse trail riding amongst game including rhinos. At Zulu Waters Private Game Reserve you can do just that in a safe and controlled environment. Rides are daily and last about 2 hours. The landscape is beautiful and the experience once in a lifetime.
- Spend a day with Andrew Attwood in his wood working studio and learn to make something creative your self. Andrew takes beginners and after just 1 day they already have a good idea of how to make some pretty quirky things. Like a hand crafted chess set including the board in just a day and a half. Or maybe a chair or a table or a quirky lamp.
- Learn to spin wool with Conny and her team of women. Here they take the whole process seriously from the sheering of the sheep, carding the wood, spinning, weaving of rugs and knitting of garments. And if you have ever wanted to try your hand at spinning or weaving this has got to be an opportunity that is not to be missed
- Learn to make cheese with Chris and Sue form Marakesh Cheese farm. Chris has been making exquisite farm cheeses for more than 10 years and has built a reputation of excellence. Spend a day with him in his dairyand learn to make 2 or 3 kinds of cheese in a practical and hands on way.