Clarens and Midlands Meander: Two place in another world

Two peas in a pod….

There are days Badger just needs to escape from reality. He gets tired from Politics, the weak Rand, protests, bad sport results, crime, farm attacks, corruption. There are days he just needs to get away from it all. There are two ways to that. Smoke some marijuana (dagga) or visit Clarens in the Orange Free State or the Midlands Meander in KZN. Badgers hometown is suited between these two places.

These two places you escape to and because its uniqueness makes you think you are in another world. You can forget and be yourself, your problems stay away. And the best of all, the are wheelchair friendly.

Clarens is an artist haven. You get many art galleries and shops that sells many wares to buy. The town is suited around the scenic Rooiberge (a part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg). It is a beautiful sight. The town is clean, neat, safe. It is has a peaceful vibe. The place has a lot to offer. Here is a bunch full of restaurant, guest houses, B&Bs, Backpackers, Lodges, coffee shops, bistros and even a Beer Brewery (Clarens Brewery)where you unique flavours. The village is 17km kilometers from Golden Gate National Park where its rock formations shines gold on a specific time a day. Badger saw it. It is a pretty amazing sight.

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • White river rafting
  • Shopping
  • Exploring the area
  • Golf
  • socializing

The midlands meander is a route between Pietermaritzburg and the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg. See if you can find a map of the area at the Engen Garage in Mooi Rvier so that you might plan your time. It will take a week do it all.It is about 80km. the Meander came together when in 1985 artists, potters, weavers, crafters and any kind of arty-farty or technical person developed an Arts and Craft route through the region with Art Galleries, Workshops etc. Today 150 or more individuals call themselves part of the route. The area is beautiful, its green and colorful. The trees, shrubs, veldts, the rolling hills, the forests, the grass. It reminds Badger of pictures he has seen of Scotland plus a few African antelopes in a Nature reserve.

Badger likes coming here. There is so many places to stop by. Nottingham Road, Lions River, Balgowan, Pigly Wigly. Here are many B&Bs, Boutique Hotels, Guest Houses, Guest Farms. restaurants, coffee houses, Bistro’s, a chocolate factory and another Brewery (near Notts!)

At every shops there is something else to buy. Clothes, pots, paintings, books, bath salt, kitchen utensils and many things you can’t think of it. It will blow your mind.

Things to do

  • shopping
  • hiking
  • eating
  • fly fishing
  • fishing
  • Canopy Tours
  • Visit Nelson Mandela Capture site
  • Visit Howick Falls
  • Visit towns in the Meanders
  • Visit the rural people in the area.

 

Usually Badger makes a day trip of these towns, but everytime he goes he sees something new, unexpected. Climb in car, hit the road and come see these two wonderful places…

 

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