Sarah’s Diary

Enjoy the account of one couple who spent a week with us

Sarah & Max visited us from UK in 2012 and stayed a full week. Cost of their seven night stay was R10,120 plus excursions.

Day 1

Wonderful welcome with refreshing Campaign Tea; spectacular huge main building on Natal bank of Buffalo River and lovely room with mountain view. Stroll to river bank with dogs as guide; sundowner on the deck busy watching river flow over James Rorke’s original Drift. Max found the library and nearly missed supper. Got to meet other guests who seem to hail from all over the place. Very sociable triangular tables (why not, in a round building?) Stars all upside down. Great scenery to get here

Day 2

What a location! Guide could give briefing on geog & hist from dining balcony. Cross the Buffalo R to Isandlwana; museum, viewpoint, battlefield. What a story; drama, heroism and sacrifice in spades. Very emotional. Off with picnic to Mangeni Falls. Wonderful sight. Much hilarity around hotel bar as guests exchanged stories.

Day 3

Down to the River walked along the bank to the Drift; then across bridge to Cemetery with its 12 soldiers and also Colonists. Back via Fort Melville and the pontoon site. V interesting and could not drag Max away. Lunch overlooking pool which was tested afterwards. to RD battlefield. More heroism & carnage. Great story, museum and all the story laid out. Zulu memorial very poignant. Laid poppy on mass grave. p.n. Zulu dancing before supper – terrific action from the kids

Day 4

To site of death of Prince Imperial to see end of the dynasty; on to Blood River gargantuan ring of wagons; and memorial on both sides of river. Vortrekker lunch and movie. Glimpse of Afrikaans psyche; great day. How did those 19c soldiers do it on their feet? Great hike to to deep river pool under high Cliffs to see Bald Ibis nesting! Wild flowers galore. swam in river and revived with sundowner that arrived with hotel bakkie. What a place.Tasty supper of something wild.

Day 5

Hiked the Bridle trail from Isandlwana to Rorkes D in cool of morning and found old wagon road; wade across the Drift. Dry socks and great lunch. Visit to craft workshops at Rorkes Mission. Bought carpet against Max’s wish, but he has his battles.

Day 6

Max off on expedition to Hlobane and Khambula.. Returned mesmerised; VC’s well earned. Had wonderful day by pool and visited the orphanage with food parcel; climbed to top of Shiyane Mountain; what a view! Exciting birding and flora on the ledges; reading in the library.

Day 7

Dundee for fags; Talana battle and excellent museum. Visited Fort Pine, perched above Buffalo valley. afternoon Game Drive in most beautiful ranch only 15 minutes away (Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Kudu Ostrich, Mountain Reebuck,. Red Hartebeeste hidden for next trip). Couldn’t believe how much we saw in short time.

Day 8

Time to go! Staff sang us away; Sale Gaschle. Big lump. Felt that we really connected to Africa. Have to return to do Fugitiv’s Drift, Elandskraal and drink those views again.