One of my friends recently decided to celebrate her birthday in the Drakensburg. This was a great opportunity for a much needed getaway and a road trip with the best friends. We got some snacks, put on some good music and let the road take us away.
We stopped at a petrol station along the N3. This was a stop I’ve never been at before- we were very pleasantly surprised. This was no ordinary petrol station, it hosts a beautiful Lodge, Brewery and Lion Sanctuary. The lodge is called Thanda Tau– if you’re ever driving on this route, I would highly recommend stopping at this location. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to spend here as we needed to be in the Drakensburg to meet everyone for lunch. We did promise to return to Thanda Tau on our way back home the next day.
After a spectacular lunch at the Tower of Pizza– which I’d highly recommend as some of the best homemade pizza in an incredible location- with lots of vegetarian friendly options.
After lunch, we headed for the Ampitheatre Backpackers where we were staying for the night. This was my first time staying at a backpackers and I must admit that I was quite nervous about the whole thing. I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the backpackers. Located near the mountains the views are breathtaking- especially around sunset.
The Ampitheatre Backpackers is neat and all the staff are extremely friendly. There is so much to do here and the bar becomes very festive later on at night. This is no ordinary bar as there is a hot tub, Rock climbing wall and table tennis tables situated within the bar area. Staying here really was a great experience.
I found a deck to watch the sunset from just a few meters from the edge of the campsite. This was incredible. The lake made the sunset so special with birds flying by and the bright sunset colours reflecting on the water it all seemed magical and really gives you an appreciation for the beauty of nature. I think we are all constantly consumed by our busy lives that sometimes all we need is to just take a minute or two to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us on a daily.
We headed out quite early the next morning as we had plans to stop at Thanda Tau and stop for some photography moments along the route.
We stopped at Thanda Tau on our way home. One of the many reasons that we wanted to come back to this stop was to see the lion cubs that they had recently rescued. Their mother had abandoned them straight after birth and the sanctuary took them in to raise them. The cubs are now 3 weeks old and the cutest things I have ever seen. The cubs are not allowed to be picked up as their stomach muscles are still developing and picking them up could hurt them. They were extremely inquisitive and the minute we sat down inside the enclosure, they were climbing all over us.