If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter you might have seen that we have been on a little adventure. Open Africa is a social enterprise that tailormake tourism routes, offering travellers authentic experiences, while generating income for local businesses in rural areas.
We were thrilled to have been chosen by them to partake in their Empty Suitcase Open Mind experiment that sent 5 bloggers off on different trips around the country. And so, last Tuesday we were up at 4am to fly to King Shaka Airport to explore the beautiful Drakensberg, along with the fantastic sponsors, Hertz Rent A Car who provided us with our trusty steed (seriously, this Chevvy Spark Lite took us all over the province on the smallest amount of petrol imaginable, never known such a economical car!) and Due South who equipped us with all the latest tools, gadgets and things we needed to complete our action-packed 5-day trip.
After a 3 hour drive, which was unimaginable without our trusty nbf (TomTom) we arrived at the Drakensberg Information Centre where we had the best burger either of us have ever tasted, no jokes. From there we headed to our first stopover.
Ardmore Guest Farm is a fully-functioning farm as well as a arts and crafts hub. African Loom Weaving Factory employs ladies in the area who spin, weave and sew hand dyed cotton into vibrantly coloured bags, cushions and placemats etc.
As you can see from the below pics, it was the perfect place to kick off our adventure. Serene and views for miles… plus an honesty bar that helped us kick-start the holiday vibes. At supper, the owner Paul told us a little bit about the fascinating history of the area – the endless battles for the land that were fought by the British, the Zulus, the Boers and a few others if you look back far enough. Amazing to think of all that violence in such a peaceful spot. Although the beauty and the lush, fertile lands makes it understandable why so many were willing to lay down their lives to claim it.
After a comfortable night and a wonderful (enormous) farm-style breakfast (which we almost missed because, man, everything happens way earlier in KZN!) we were off again on day two of our trip, which was to prove eventful… more to follow on that tomorrow!