The Drakensberg (Afrikaans: Drakensberge, Dutch: Drakensbergen, “the Dragon Mountains“) is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba (“barrier of spears”), and in Sesotho as Maluti (also spelled Maloti). Its geological history lends it a distinctive character amongst the mountain ranges of the world. Geologically, the range resembles theSimienMountains of Ethiopia. (

We went to a cottage high up in the Northern Drakensberg, in the provinceof KwaZulu Natal; a section of the mountain range known as The Amphitheatre. Our hosts had promised – rather poetically – If you are in search of serenity, tranquility, then this is the destination to visit. You will be suspended in moments of magic, “like a balm to your troubled soul”. “It’s as though time stands still and one’s worldly concerns just simply melt away or perhaps carried off on the gentlest of breezes, on the wing of one of the many beautiful birds that inhabit the estate, you will be left unencumbered to experience an exquisite lightness of being”.

Which was exactly what we wanted out of the excursion.

While I got a fire going and set out a bottle of wine to breathe, Old Spouse took himself off to conquer his first peak and the Bunn and her BFF went off on horseback to explore.

We hardly saw the girls during the daylight hours of our stay and we simply lazed around when OS wasn’t hiking the mountains. We read or had long, rambling chats about nothing. Nightfall saw us knackered from all that fresh mountain air and fell into our luxurious beds to deep sleep under our goosedown duvets.

Mornings were slow and peaceful; a blanket and a cup of coffee … no rush, no deadlines, just living in the moment.


70 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    serenity, tranquility, “like a balm to your troubled soul”.
    Sounds wonderful.
    I also like the name – dragon’s mountain.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, the name evokes some lovely stories 🙂

  2. that was the best thing you could have done, no hoards of people wanting your attention, just time with yourselves and alone.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, it’s only with hindsight that I realise I was a bit brittle and really needed that kind of break.

  3. How relaxing and luxurious! Enjoy! Blessings to you and Old Spouse…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Carol xxx

  4. souldipper says:

    Sounds wonderful, Cin. Hope you were spoiled and nurtured.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was, Amy, I was 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    looks beautiful Cindy 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit, Mich 🙂

  6. Magnificent – what a perfect getaway.
    I can see the cold crisp air in your photos and your last pic reminds me of a mini Stonehenge.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is called mini-Stonehenge 🙂

      1. Madmom says:

        My first thought as well. 🙂

      2. theonlycin says:

        Great minds … 🙂

  7. leigh says:

    Encore 🙂

  8. earlybird says:

    It sounds blissful and looks absolutely beautiful.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My photos don’t do the place justice and I am resolved to upgrading my camera!

  9. Leeswammes says:

    Delightful. Glad you had exactly the break you were hoping for.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Judith, I feel revitalised 🙂

  10. What a wonderful break, Cindy. I ador long rambling chats about nothing. And with that backdrop….sublime.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is sublime, Kate 🙂

  11. Tilly Bud says:

    What a gorgeous place.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We will go back there, very soon 😀

  12. Rita says:

    Sounds so peaceful… I’d really need a place like this now. Just for a few hours’ relax. Oh, How I’d need it!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your little boy would love it too, Rita 🙂

  13. mairedubhtx says:

    This looks like like a beautiful place. Very tranquil and peaceful. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, wish we could have stayed longer 🙂

  14. Pseu says:


    Makes me year for our stay at Cleopatras

    1. theonlycin says:

      *dashes off to Google Cleopatras …*

    1. Pseu says:

      in case you didn’t find it.

  15. Madmom says:

    My kind of break. I’m glad to hear it was a good one for you, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I can really recommend the place, Madmom!

  16. granny1947 says:

    It sounds and looks like pure heaven!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it was heaven 🙂

  17. yadayadafishpaste says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! I love the picture with the fireplace; there’s just something about it, isn’t there?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s quite mesmerising 🙂

  18. nrhatch says:

    Sounds perfect. That fireplace looks like just the place to relax and unwind with a bottle of wine. 😀

    So glad you enjoyed!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Nancy, I have a feeling you would love it there 🙂

  19. grandawn says:

    How perfectly wonderful! Seems like the perfect place to ‘get away.’

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is perfect, in every way 🙂

  20. slpmartin says:

    Sounds just wonderful…perhaps some year I shall visit your country…I hear it is quite lovely.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Charlie, I think you would love it and that there is quite a bit of Africa in your soul.

  21. suzicate says:

    Gorgeous, what a wonderful place to unwind. Glad it was a lovely respite.

    1. theonlycin says:

      SuziCate, I thought a lot about you and Dirtman, I think you’d be in your element here.

  22. bluebee says:

    One of my favourite places in the whole world, Cin

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure you miss Africa, bb 🙂

  23. gospelwriter says:

    It sounds wonderful, the perfect place to recover from the craziness of everyday. Wonderful, too, that it lived up to its promise!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a brief respite, next time we will take a few extra days 🙂

  24. libraryscene says:

    simply breathtaking…so glad you had a wonderful time!

    As an aside, any chance I could use the first picture for our summer reading journals? I design/write our logs (theme is global this year) and Africa is my last continent (I hope to finish this weekend while working). That pic would be perfect for South Africa (Dragon Mountains…kiddos would be all over it!)

    1. theonlycin says:

      What a compliment, please use the pic 🙂

  25. Looks so peaceful and relaxing. Glad you have had a great time.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Linda, I am already planning our next visit 🙂

  26. Too glorious, Cindy – the stuff of daydreams 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Exactly, Naomi 😀

  27. Oh man, I could do with a bit of living in the moment.

  28. lovely vaca. thx for sharing your beauty

  29. Tokeloshe says:

    It sounds as if you had a lovely time 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes Tok … aaaaah 🙂

  30. Jamie Dedes says:

    So far, so wonderful … moving on to part 2.

  31. My part of the world! Glad you had a good time in the ‘berg…you got to envy me – we go there for weekends!!

    Lovely pics and I approve of your choose of wine 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh I am very jealous 🙂

  32. I would do mountain air over humid moisture sea smell anyday! I fall in love with all that green immediately….. i think that was why i loved the Cape so much. Almost the best of both worlds. (Just missing the world of “how we going to make money?”)

  33. Fiona Black says:

    This sounds like just what is needed!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Msg me if you want the phone no 🙂

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