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Our Family of Wild Horses – Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

A seemingly long time ago, when the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat was in its’ infancy, being built brick by brick by late owner Dave and his nephew Judson…a little waif-like horse came into our lives. She wandered onto the farm, tiny and frail and if it was not for the care given to her by owner, Dave, she would not have survived. This foal was later named “Annie”. She made her home indoors in a bed of straw in what is now the lounge at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. Slowly but surely, with care and dedication she built up her strength to become a robust, healthy mare. She ruled the roost and had free reign in the Lodge, swaggering in and out of the dining room to greet us all with a gentle nudge. Once Annie was big and strong enough, she was sent out into the great outdoors to join the other horses where she happily adjusted into a feisty, friendly filly. There was great excitement when she produced her first foal who was named “Charlie” after my husband (Dave’s brother).  In time she increased her brood and we were told that another foal, much to the delight of our children, had arrived. This foal was named Craig, after our son. Later, Annie produced one last foal, who was named “Kathryn”, after my daughter. Not many families can claim a family of horses as namesakes but we have that honour at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. You cannot miss Annie; she’s the one with the soft gentle eyes and the jaunty gait of ownership over the whole place. When you...

4 things to do in the Northern Drakensberg

No matter what your idea of a holiday is, the Northern Drakensberg has an activity for you and your family to enjoy. Whether its romance, adventure or arts and culture you’re after, we have it covered! Find some activities to do whilst staying in the Northern Drakensberg below… 1 for the view… Visit the second highest waterfall on the planet, the Tugela Falls. The waterfall is situated in the Royal Natal National Park and the best time for viewing is during summer. Take one of the two hiking trails that lead to the Tugela Falls. The first of the hiking trails involves a full day of walking to the summit of Mount-Aux-Sources whilst the second trail offers a more gentle hike which leads to the foot of the falls (through the beautiful indigenous forest in the Tugela Gorge). Contact Drakensberg Mountain Retreat for more information on these trails as well as to book accommodation for your stay.     2 for Romance… Fancy something adventurous and romantic? Why not take a horse ride through the mountains and canter through the breath taking scenery. There are various trails offered by the Montusi Estate in the Northern Drakensberg, ranging from easy outrides on the Estate for the beginners to trickier trails for those who are more experienced and confident. Email info@montusi.co.za  to book your horse ride today. 3 for Adventure… If it’s an adrenalin rush you are after then look no further than the 900m forest cable tour. If it’s an adrenalin rush you are after then look no further than the 900m forest cable tour. This cable tour is the...