This morning we awoke to sunshine this morning at A Villa de Mere in Port Alfred, but our host mentioned Thunder was forcast for later.
After breakfast we took to the road and drove the **** towards Port Elizabeth, came across light showers at one point and many clouds in the sky. Stopped for a coffee at a farm stall and coffee shop in the middle of nowhere and the sun started to come out again. The roads were very quiet this morning with sometimes only us being there for as far as the eye could see because this road was long and straight till the rise then long and straight again!
Eventually we met the **** and drove along this until we came to P***. Here we turned left and continued for about another 25k until we reached the turning for the Zuurberg Mountain Village. Now we would be travelling along a dirt track for about 15k. Up we drove into the mountains, seeing some baboons on the way. These were much more shy than the ones we say last year around Cape Point and had slipped into the vegetation by the side of the road before we came level with them. Passing a group of men and equipment mining and making gravel we continued up and up.
The dirt track seemed endless then we saw a sign saying 'Not Far Now' and a little later we arrived in the mountain village. What a spectacular place, and oh, what views.
As we never really stopped anywhere on the way we arrived a little early - around 2pm. Met a couple having a drink on the verandah who lived in the UK and who had retired to the area. It seems they come here each Sunday for lunch. They introduced themselves because they recognised our accent, the gentleman came from Leigh in Lancashire and the lady had a house in Holme near Milnthorpe - can you believe that!
We had some tea in the lounge and because our challet was ready we were shown around the place and then into our room, which was delightful and had all the amenities needed. Two sides of the shower looked out onto the view with wooden fencing partially shielding you from onlookers. Stuart said it was like having a shower in a gold fish bowl - I opted for the bath!
We took an afternoon nap then around 6.30pm we wandered down to the bar and dining room where we were met by the owners two elderly labradors, brother and sister aged 14 years. After a nice evening it was back to our room and bed.
|Zuurberg Mountain Village