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Winona Griggs

Welcome to the Enchanting Town of Himeville

Guess what? Have you ever heard of Himeville? Well, let me tell you, this hidden gem is worth every minute of your time. When I asked if four days would be enough to explore this little corner of paradise, someone told me you could easily breeze through in just three hours. Boy, were they wrong! Once you feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping scenery, you’ll want to take it all in at a leisurely pace.

Picture this: you arrive in Underberg, a charming village nestled among the foothills, and the first thing that greets you is a postcard-perfect view of the majestic Drakensberg range. As you make your way into town, you’ll find yourself strolling along tree-lined streets, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that boast a rugged backdrop of towering peaks and winding passes. And if that’s not enough to captivate you, just wait until you reach Himeville, a tiny town located a mere five kilometers from Underberg.

It’s a bit difficult to know the real story behind Himeville and Underberg, as their history has many interpretations. But while you’re sorting through the tales, remember to keep your schedule open because there’s plenty to see and do in these towns. And even if you’re just taking it easy, the natural beauty of the area will leave you awestruck.

Admire art

If you’re an art lover, you should make a stop at the Underberg Studio. This place not only exhibits the work of talented South African artists but also showcases the creations of the owners, Lawrence and Catherine Brenno. Want to get in touch with them? Give them a call at 033-701-2440 or shoot them an email at [email protected] You can also visit their website at www.underbergstudio.co.za.

Do it yourself

Why not try something new and take art lessons with Timothy van Vuuren? Not only will you get to learn and create, but you’ll also be surrounded by stunning scenery as you do so. And here’s the best part: your first class is absolutely free! After that, it’s only R75 for a three-hour class. Interested? Give Timothy a call at 033-701-2183 or drop him an email at [email protected] You can also visit his website at www.oilandclay.co.za.

The Fantastic World of Cheese

Do you love cheese as much as I do? Well, at the amazing Underberg Cheesery, your cheese dreams will come true! Located at River Glen Farm, this place is a cheese lover’s paradise. They have all kinds of cheeses, from classic cheddar to the exquisite Parmesani (which is named after the famous Sani Pass).

When you visit the Underberg Cheesery, you’ll not only get to taste delicious cheese, but you can also witness the magic of cheese-making firsthand. They have a special area where you can see the entire process, from the milking of the cows to the careful aging of the cheese. It’s like stepping into a cheese wonderland!

And the best part? You can buy your favorite cheeses right there and then. They have a wide variety of flavors and textures to choose from, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your taste buds. Plus, they even offer tasting samples, so you can try before you buy. How awesome is that?

Reach New Heights of Cheese Appreciation

Join me on an exciting journey up Sani Pass, courtesy of Rudi Botha and his team at Kingdom in the Sky. We’re a 4×4 adventure and Lesotho tour company based in Underberg. Our day tour will take you to the breathtaking Sani Top Chalet, the highest pub in Africa at a whopping 2,874 metres. Rudi always likes to quip, “It’s the highest because Kilimanjaro doesn’t have a pub!”

During the tour, we’ll also visit a traditional Sotho village where you can experience the warm hospitality of a local family. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Lesotho. And of course, no adventure is complete without an exhilarating drive back down the pass.

Make sure to bundle up and don’t forget your passport. The weather up there can be quite chilly! The day trip costs R460 per person, and we’ll even pick you up in the area.

If you’re interested in joining us, feel free to get in touch:

Tel: 072-981-3077

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.kingdominthesky.co.za

Gone fishing

The trout fishing here is said to be some of the best in the country. You can fish at the dams or rivers in the area, and you’ll need a day permit for each fishing rod. You can get these permits for R120 at The Highlander or NUD Sports and Saddlery. Plus, some of the B&Bs have their own fishing dams that you can use.

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If you’re interested in birding or bushman art, you should join Stuart McLean from Birds and Beyond. He leads hikes into the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, where you can see ancient bushman paintings. Stuart is a knowledgeable guide who offers natural history tours in the Southern Drakensberg area. You can contact him at 033-702-1761 or send an email to [email protected] His website is www.birdsandbeyond.co.za.

Lastly, if you’re looking for some quiet time to reflect, this is the perfect place. The scenery here is incredibly beautiful, and it’s an ideal setting for some personal introspection and peace.

Welcome to Kenmo Lake! This serene and picturesque destination is perfect for a leisurely picnic, diving into a captivating book, or simply unwinding and soaking in the beauty that surrounds you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

If you want to witness Kenmo Lake at its most enchanting, autumn is the time to visit. Picture this: beautiful trees ablaze with hues of browns, reds, and oranges, while their leaves create a golden carpet over the lush green grass. It’s a sight that will take your breath away.

How about going on a fascinating journey back in time? The Himeville Museum offers you just that. Located within the walls of the last wagon fort ever built in South Africa, which was later transformed into a prison, this museum is a treasure trove of history. Since its opening in 1981, it has captivated visitors with its displays of gadgets, agricultural machinery, fossils, weaponry, beadwork, and incredible rock-art tracings.

When you’re there, don’t miss the chance to have a chat with the knowledgeable curator, Michael Clark. With his nine years of experience, he’s a true expert and a wealth of information. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to pass up.

Ready for an exciting adventure on horseback? Go pony trekking!

Welcome to Khotso Horse Trails! If you’re looking for a fun and exciting adventure in the great outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. At Khotso Horse Trails, we offer an amazing experience for riders of all skill levels.

Whether you’re a beginner or have been riding for years, our professional guides will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time. They will give you all the information you need before setting off on the trails, and they’ll be right there with you every step of the way.

If you’re a more advanced rider looking for a thrilling challenge, we have something special for you too. Join our adventure trip, where you’ll have the opportunity to take part in cattle roundups and tackle a cross-country track. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

Our trails vary in length and duration, so you can choose the one that suits you best. If you’re short on time but still want to enjoy a great ride, our three-hour trail with lunch included is perfect. And for those who want to immerse themselves in the beauty of Lesotho, our two-night trek is an incredible option. It’s R900 per person per day, and it’s worth every penny.

To make a reservation or get more information, you can reach us at 033-701-1502 or send us an email at [email protected] We also have a website, www.khotsotrails.co.za, where you can find all the details you need.

Discover the Wet and Wonderful World of Tubing and Canoeing!

When the sun is shining and the rivers are flowing, there’s no better way to spend your day than tubing and canoeing. At Khotso Horse Trails, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re in Underberg, you can rent a tube from The Highlander and have a blast on the river. But if you prefer a more organized trip with all the necessary safety equipment, refreshments, and transport taken care of, then Dundidit Tours is the way to go. They offer fantastic river trips that are sure to leave you smiling.

Want to know more or make a booking? You can call Dundidit Tours at 033-701-2405 or send an email to [email protected] Their website, www.dundidit.co.za, has all the information you need to plan your wet and wonderful adventure!

Let’s Go for a Hike!

There are so many amazing walks you can take, from shorter two-kilometer strolls to more challenging multi-day hikes. One trail that’s perfect for a leisurely walk is the Jacob’s Ladder Trail. It follows the Lotheni River and leads you to a beautiful waterfall.

If you’re up for a bit more adventure, why not hike the Sani Pass? You can park at the border post and make your way up. It’s eight kilometers each way, which takes about three hours to go up and two hours to come back down. The South African border post is open from 06h00 to 18h00, so plan your hike accordingly.

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Ready to Ride?

If you’re a fan of biking, you’re in luck! Sani Spoors offers five different routes that are perfect for scenic rides. You can choose from easy routes along the Umzimkulu River, which are either three or seven kilometers long. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, head to the forests with their breathtaking views. To find out more, give them a call at 033-701-1111 or visit their website at www.sanispoors.com. If you don’t have your own bike, don’t worry! You can rent one, along with safety gear, from The Highlander.

Unleash Your Inner Robin Hood

If you stay at Amazian Mountain Lodge just outside the main center of Underberg, you can learn how to shoot a bow and arrow. They even offer classes to the general public.

Now, how about treating yourself? Amazian Mountain Lodge has a brand new wine gallery where you can find some of the best wines around. They also have delicious cold meats, imported chocolates, and cheeses. You can order a platter with any combination and amount you desire. Imagine enjoying some great music, tasty treats, and breathtaking views all at the same time.

If you’re curious, there are some interesting shops to explore. The Speckled Hen sells bags, mugs, jewelry, and a variety of hats and ornaments. At Move On, you’ll find beautiful beaded jewelry made by Alex Kiguru, along with local artworks. And if you’re in the mood for something unique, check out The Funky Cow. They have quirky chandeliers, furniture, antiques, jewelry, candles, coats, and all sorts of crafty creations.

So, when you’re looking for a fun and memorable experience, Amazian Mountain Lodge is the place to be. You’ll have a great time learning archery, indulging in delicious treats, and discovering unique treasures.

Welcome to Village Vintage! We’re not just your average antique shop – we’re a treasure trove of collectables, waiting to be discovered by you.

When you step into Oak Tree Trading, prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of our exquisite glassware and home decor. And don’t forget to check out our framing and gifts section – you’ll find the perfect piece to add a touch of elegance to your space.

If finding unique treasures is your passion, then Odds ‘n Sods is the place for you. Our shelves are filled with all sorts of secondhand goods, just waiting to find a new home. You never know what hidden gem you might stumble upon!

Looking for something handmade with love? Look no further than Driftin. We have a wide selection of crafts, gifts, and even some trendy clothing items. Our products are carefully curated to bring you the best in quality and style.

Where to satisfy your cravings

Step right into The Grind Cafe, where the mouthwatering aroma of wood-fired pizzas fills the air. Not only do we serve some of the best pizzas in town, but we also have a cozy pub next door called The Woolly Bugger. Enjoy a delicious meal and then unwind with a pint of your favorite drink.

Welcome to Lemon Tree Bistro, a charming countryside eatery where you can indulge in delicious meals and sip on some fantastic cappuccinos. Not only that, but we also have a delightful bookstore and a shop filled with homemade preserves and other fabulous gifts. In our bookstore, you can even purchase some of the owner’s captivating photographs. We are open all week, except for Mondays when we don’t serve dinner. You won’t miss us – just look for the restaurant near the clock tower.

Bring the kids to Duck and Dolittle, a farm-themed haven where they can play and interact with our adorable animals. While they’re happily occupied, you can sit back and relish a delightful breakfast or a light lunch. Also, don’t forget to explore our wide array of toys, gifts, and jewelry – there’s something for everyone! We’re open from 09h00 to 16h00 every day, except Tuesdays.

Fancy a pub-style dinner? Head to the Himeville Arms Hotel, where warmth radiates from our cozy fireplace, welcoming you to stay a little longer and join in with the friendly locals.

Hey there! I want to tell you about this awesome place called Pucketty Farm Stall. It’s located just up a short dirt road before you reach Underberg. When you visit, you can find all sorts of goodies like preserves, homemade bread freshly baked every day, and even clothing and gifts. It’s such a unique spot! They have a picnic area where you can help yourself to the treats on display. All you have to do is write down what you’ve taken, and you can pay when you leave. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the art gallery while you’re there. They showcase works by local artists, which is pretty cool.

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If you’re in the mood for some light meals, jewellery, or clothing, make sure to visit Temptations. They have all of that and more in their adjoining shop.

Now, let me tell you about the Moorcroft Manor Country Hotel. They serve delicious light lunches and dinners. Trust me, it’s so good that booking is essential if you want to dine there.

If you’re hungry and looking for a place to grab a bite, you should definitely check out Mike’s Restaurant. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Plus, they have a bar! So, you can enjoy a refreshing drink while you’re there. Give them a call at 033-701-1565.

Now, go ahead and explore these fantastic spots! You won’t be disappointed!

Welcome to The Old Hatchery! If you’re looking for a breathtaking dining experience, look no further. Our restaurant is located on a stunning property, overlooking a majestic waterfall and trout dam. Please note that we only accommodate bookings, so make sure to reserve your spot in advance. You can reach us at 082-602-7020 or visit our website at www.theoldhatchery.co.za for more information.

Where to Stay

Cedar Garden B&B is the perfect place to stay during your visit to Underberg. Surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens, this charming bed and breakfast is just a short walk away from the main road. You have the option to stay in a self-catering cottage that can accommodate up to six people, starting at only 225 per person per night. Alternatively, you can choose the en suite room for a cozy and comfortable night’s stay, starting at R310 per person per night. To make a reservation, please call 033-701-1153 or visit www.cedargarden.co.za.

If you’re looking for a tranquil retreat, Albizia House B&B in Himeville is the perfect choice. This lovely bed and breakfast features three en-suite bedrooms, each leading to a patio that offers a stunning view of the well-maintained grounds. You can enjoy all this for just R320 per person per night, based on sharing. To book your stay, please call 033-702-1837 or visit www.africaalbizia.co.za.

Hey there, let me tell you about two amazing lodges you should definitely check out! First up, we have the Amazian Mountain River Lodge, located just outside Underberg. This place is a hidden gem surrounded by breathtaking views and offers luxurious accommodations. The best part? It’s only R920 per person, per night on a DB&B basis. Can you believe that?

If you’re interested, you can reach them at 082-444-4235 or visit their website at www.amazian.co.za.

Now, let me tell you about the Sani Valley Lodge. This place is a slice of paradise! It’s a luxury private game and fly-fishing lodge situated on a beautiful 260-acre lake. They have a range of options available, starting from R400 for basic self-catering and going up to R1250 per person sharing on a DB&B basis. So, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay or something a bit more extravagant, they’ve got you covered!

To get in touch with the Sani Valley Lodge, you can give them a call at 033-702-0203, send them an email at [email protected], or visit their website at www.sanivalley.co.za. They’re ready to make your stay unforgettable!

Oh, and if you’re into history, let me share a fascinating tidbit with you. Underberg, the area where these lodges are located, has a rich past. It all started back in 1886 when a store was established to cater to the first settler farms. Interestingly, the government had concerns about the village’s vulnerability to attack due to its location under a hill and being privately owned. But hey, that’s all in the past now!

Back in the day, Himeville became the hub of the district and got its own magistrate in 1902. But things weren’t all smooth sailing. You see, there was another village nearby called Underberg, and boy, did they have some bad blood between them.

Then, in 1907, a railway line was built to serve the area, but guess what? It stopped at Underberg and completely bypassed Himeville. Talk about adding fuel to the fire!

But listen to this: there was an oak lane between the two towns that saved the day. It all happened because of a couple named Kenneth and Mona Lund. They had a bright idea to unite the towns by offering a tree to anyone who would plant it along the road. The locals jumped on the opportunity, and soon enough, the oak lane was born.

And you know what? Once those trees were planted, all the squabbles and rivalries were instantly forgotten. It’s amazing what a little unity can do!

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