by Gina Jacobson, a wife, a mom, a leo. She works for a non-profit organisation. Is a procrastinator. Loves sci-fi, sushi, good books and Scrabble. Her blog is made up of A Bit of This a Bit of That.
A few months ago I decided we needed a break, not a long weekend but a proper break away. Specifically a week in the Drakensberg.
After doing some research and costing we settled on The Nest Hotel in the central berg. The Nest is one of the few hotels left that includes all three meals and two teas a day. It is a quaint, old fashioned place. The rooms are neat and cozy and the food is simple and tasty.
Traveling with an active toddler was easier than I thought it would be. He slept for the first part of the journey and entertained himself well enough when he was awake. By the time we got to Harrismith he was getting restless and we were hungry so we stopped at the Engen 1Stop. There is a wonderful play area as well as ducks, geese, ostrich and goats for the kids to look at. On seeing the ostrich for the first time, Aaron looked up and exclaimed “duck”! He then fell into a fit of giggles, the ostrich ignored him.
Unfortunately Aaron was the only child at the resort but he made plenty of friends with the staff and other guests, giving high fives and hugs wherever he went.
The first day we took Aaron to a little place up the road where they advertised pony rides, two very cute miniature ponies were grazing in a field, so we bought a ticket, when theybrought out the ’pony’ it wasn’t one of the little ones and I almost backed out but Aaron was quite enchanted and he went on a small ride around with dad walking next to him.
The next day we decided that Aaron would enjoy going to uShaka Marine World in Durban, two and a bit hours away, because we do crazy things like that. He loved it! Turtles and sharks and rays all fascinated him and it was worth the traveling and the humid Durban air.
The last few days were filled with drives around the area and visits to various resort as well as two visits to our favourite bakery, Valley Bakery.
This little gem is situated at the edge of a working farm and all the baked goods are freshly made on site, they have a lovely coffee garden and a great play area for kids.
I love the mountains, they are so relaxing and calming. But the best part of our week away was getting to spend five uninterrupted days together, just the three of us.