by Madeleine Kriegler, a working mom of two and a keen traveller who blogs about anything that takes her fancy on her blog, Life Love and everything else .
We spent the weekend in Chrissiesmeer.It is a small little town about 2 and a half hours drive from Joburg, situated in Mpumulanga. Just before Belfast you turn off to Carolina, follow the road and just when the road meets the N17 to Swaziland -there is Chrissiesmeer.
I’ve read several articles about Chrissiesmeer the past year and was quite keen to explore it. The area is known for it’s fresh water lakes and is otherwise referred to as the “Lakes district” of South Africa.
What a beautiful place! The rolling green hills and lakes combine to make you feel like you have stepped into the magical Shire of the likes of Frodo and gang.
We stayed at a guest farm called Florence Guest Farm. It is a beautiful farm with lovely chalets to stay in. The chalets are fully equipped, with fireplaces inside. Much to the kids delight. Ooh and nice big baths. Much to the parents delight.lol
One of the attractions of the area is the wide variety of frogs. In fact we organized a frog tour for Saturday night as the frogs come out at night. But the heavens opened on Saturday late afternoon. In a big way. Which proved to be quite fortunate, because the frogs come to you.
I cant remember how many platanna’s we had to rescue out of the lounge that night. And then the four of us ran around on the lawn with umbrella’s and torches, catching frogs, running inside the house to identify them and releasing them again. To say that it was fun is an understatement. We hugely enjoyed this!!
If frogs are not your thing, there are Bushman paintings just accross the road from where we stayed. We took a walk down there the following morning and were quickly able to spot the art.
A little bit further down the road is Chrissiesmeer-the largest freshwater lake in South Africa. You can go canoe on it if you want.
Dullstroom is about 50 km’s away – so we drove down there for Sunday lunch and then headed back home. There is lots more to see and do there and we will definitely return for another visit.