Weekend Getaways KwaZulu-Natal

joanstewart
joanstewart @joanstewart17 days ago · 5 min read
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Escape to the Mountain

Taking a break from city suburban life is affordable, finding a well positioned spot where you are able to enjoy the great outdoors.

Why I prefer to go to private little places like Brackenburn Trout Resort is for the peace and quiet. Home to home clean accommodation with everything you need on-hand.

Total relaxation not being tied to specific meal times, do what you want, when you want.

Centrally situated to National Parks, both Highmoor and Kamberg, around the corner from stylish Cleopatra. Taking a break means letting your hair down enjoying the view, still being close enough to travel short distances to experience different venues.

Some planning is always needed when preference leans toward self-catering accommodation, between family members a quick decision is made as to meal menu and preparation, leaving you free to enjoy your time once you arrive.

Being South African's just put us outdoors, point us in the direction of where we can build a fire and cook food it's called a braai (BBQ) which we all enjoy.

All 4 seasons can happen on the same day, pack properly and you will have a wonderful weekend away, rain or shine.

Kamberg Valley view out the bedroom window at quarter to six in the morning, movement starts earlier with birds starting to sing.

05h48 Sunrise
05h48 Sunrise

Mist dancing over the water with early morning serenade rejoicing in a new day dawning. i think this is the Cape robin-chat making the early wakey wakey rise and shine call.

Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Mount Lebanon, every direction you look gives a different view, we did see some big birds floating on thermals just out of range for photography.

Kamberg Valley
Kamberg Valley

Bird Life in the Valley

Daily birds visiting included the Cape robin-chat quite at home from dawn to dusk.

Cape robin-chat
Cape robin-chat

Giving the look over his shoulder as to check if he was being watched, perhaps a slight pose for the camera showing off his lovely plumage, before swaggering away.

Do What You Want ~ Cape robin-chat
Do What You Want ~ Cape robin-chat

Chatty Bulbul making his presence known, thoroughly enjoyed watching how the two species swoop in taking turns on their patch of lawn or close trees showing each other up continuously.

Bulbul
Bulbul

Fleeting glimpse of a bird I have yet to identify, flocking in and extremely shy they flew off at the slightest movement.

Not identified
Not identified

A photo my brother took using his cellphone, has not given me any idea as to what this relatively long tailed bird is.

Not yet identified
Not yet identified

Trees, Water, Frog

Taking a walk around the smaller dam we came across this Snoring Puddle Frog (Phrynobatrachus natalensis), also known as Natal puddle frog, love the GT stripe, (also hope I have identified him correctly to find out more).

Top Trout Dam - Smaller Dam
Top Trout Dam - Smaller Dam

One could not help but notice the dams are low, the Natal puddle frog definitely has legs on him, one kick and he was gone, deep into the pond, possibly a shy little fellow.

Natal Puddle Frog
Natal Puddle Frog

Flowers around Brackenburn Dam

Walking around the largest of the three trout dams, new flowers were beginning to show, glaringly evident was lack of rain immediately reflected no show of flowers I was really hoping to see.

Main Trout Dam and Island
Main Trout Dam and Island

Along the bank of the dam was the Crinum macowanii an African bulbous plant, the plant does have medicinal uses which can be found on Wiki.

Crinum macowanii
Crinum macowanii

Crinum macowanii
Crinum macowanii

Next spotted I think belongs to the Berkheya species, there are many flowers found in the region, identifying (or trying to) is always fun and questionable as to whether right or wrong.

Berkheya
Berkheya

Fresh new start between blackened ground, annual burning now starts new cycle of life.

Berkheya
Berkheya

Everlasting flowers (Helichrysum cooperi ) are always seen in higher regions, with wind blowing a gale it was not an easy task capturing along with overcast weather.

Helichrysum cooperi
Helichrysum cooperi

Possible Berkheya Species
Possible Berkheya Species

Ledebouria sandersonii ~ Fairy African hyacinth
Ledebouria sandersonii ~ Fairy African hyacinth

A small flower native to South Africa another early Spring plant popping up is the Fairy African hyacinth

First photograph to show how low they grow to the ground, second photo of blooms opening.

Fairy African hyacinth
Fairy African hyacinth

Cold Wind Cool Sunset & Braai Time!

I did mention it was cold and windy on the day, a few snaps of the late afternoon sun across the water and one of the sun setting behind the mountains.

Sun Starting to get low down.
Sun Starting to get low down.

Sunset under Oak Tree
Sunset under Oak Tree

Time to settle in, make a fire to braai on (BBQ) outdoors and set up the indoor fire for those who decide to take (waste) time indoors.

Fire Away!
Fire Away!

Word of warning never leave me outdoors with a fire, way too much fun and enjoyment can be had around the fire chatting, and well yes some wine to warm the cockles of your heart.

Yummy!
Yummy!

Warm hearth inside for those who feel the cold....

Creature Comforts - Brackenburn
Creature Comforts - Brackenburn

Before I take my leave I must show you the moon from when we visited. Had there been no moon needless to say it would have felt like you could touch the stars.

No light pollution.... Taken at 17h51 the night before the big freeze y breeze blew into town with cloud cover.

Moon Late Afternoon
Moon Late Afternoon

All photography is my own, resized for ease of uploading, used a Canon PowerShot SX730 HS (Except one bird photo mentioned).

Thank you for joining me enjoying nature in our part of the world, have a wonderful week, keep walking, keep smiling, life is short enjoy each moment!

Thought for Today: When you ask, you become a fool for a little while and when you don't ask you become a fool for the rest of your life. ~ African proverb


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Thanks for share your weekend memories...beautiful photography


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Thanks for visiting and kind comment @shuvo35 appreciated.


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Oh wow it looks stunning there.


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So quiet you can think, away from traffic and people, I fully understand the magic of leaving suburban life @shadowolfdg


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Really beautiful, this post reminds me how much I need to get out of the city sometime soon.


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Finding places to unwind in this noisy world we live in, yes going remote is worth it @justinparke


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I felt like i was taken away on vacation while reading this delightful post, what a beautiful getaway with so much beauty to see

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)


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Not having rain before going up just means planning again soon, hopefully seeing some of the amazing wild flowers in this region, oh and birds.

Always a case of on the day and what mother nature reveals.


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Having a reason to plan another visit is always a good thing I think :)


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelle17 days ago

These are my kind of holidays too @joanstewart, eat when you want and not be tied down to rigirous mealtimes, just doing your own thing! We also take turns with meal prepping when we go away in groups, works like a bomb! Visited Kamberg many moons ago, stayed in an old farmhouse run by the old Parks Board; they had a guy take care of the cleaning and he even cooked trout for us one night, and he stoked the fireplace, lovely sitting there all night talking nonsense:):) Love your photos!


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The link is available in the post @lizelle Attie and Ewol actually moved from your town awhile ago, delightful spot with 2, 4 and 6 bedded accommodation.

When you go as a family, good old saying, _many hands make light work_, great fun break, thanks for visiting and I hope you consider visiting soon, it's beautiful up there.


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Woooow!!!! Amazing pics... Thanks for share.


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Thanks for visiting Rosana.


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