Wunderberg! Drakensberg Gardens indeed.
|Drakensberg Garden resort and spa|
Another day to put in a snow globe...I've grown up by the Rockies, and spent some of almost every year in my life in California and many parts of Eastern America. I've been lucky enough to travel through much of Europe and Asia--and even the Andes. I don't believe there is a destination on Earth which combines the elegance of the great Kwa-Zulu Natal resorts (there are dozens) with more fabulous plants and spectacular scenery. I didn't examine the costs under a microscope, but I doubt there is a better value for the buck (or Rand or Euro) than these often incredibly luxurious resorts situated in the best approximation of Paradise I can imagine [if you're a plant nerd especially--of course]. You can always golf or play tennis or do the Spa. Some of my companions visible at far left as we began our trek through a forest sparkling with thousands of dahlias (I kid you not). No pix of those--exotix!
|Intrepid photographer (Scott Dressel-Martin) giving me the heebie jeebies|
From a bit further away, with some of our party (Linda and Kristin) above..
|Hoodoo above the Garden|
|Protea dracomontana (yellow)|
|Selago cf. galpinii|
|Pentanisia cf. angustifolia|
|Jamesbrittenia (Sutera) breviflora|
|Hypoxis sp. dwf.|
|Before the hike!|
|The bridge at the end of the hike|
I'm sitting at a charming cafe--looking back at the terminus of our hike. Several of us downed two largish bottles each of chilled "still" water. I can taste it still.