2016 Travel Journal – Days 20 to 26

From Pretoria to the Drakensberg

A magic performance ...
A magic performance …

I love choral music and especially music from choirs with boy sopranos, the purest of all singing voices. The South African Drakensberg Boys Choir (http://www.dbchoir.com) is one of the best in the world. Since I heard of them in 2002 I wanted to take a trip to listen to one of their weekly concerts at their school in the Drakensberg mountains, which is located in the eastern part of KwaZulu Natal.

It took me 14 years to accomplish this 🙂 and I was very lucky, as this week they gave two concerts with two different programs on two consecutive days. It was magic and I can only recommend this to any ‘choral music lover’ as a ‘must’ if visiting South Africa.

Before I left to drive to the Drakensberg region I spent an extra day in Pretoria with an excellent lunch at a Chinese Restaurant called Gwe Fey (http://www.gwefey.co.za) in Johannesburg. I also bought a new 12.9″ iPad Pro, which I will be using for teaching and guiding. An expensive, but very exciting new toy!

A very pleasant place called Spion Kop Lodge(http://www.spionkop.co.za) was the ideal base to visit the Spioen Kop Battelfield (http://www.britishbattles.com/battle-of-spion-kop – one of the battles of the second Anglo-Boer war, in which the young Winston Churchill and the young Mahatma Gandhi participated), to enjoy the Spioenkop Game Reserve and to explore the Drakensberg mountains regions. I visited the battlefields with very good friends from Pretoria. The commanding Boer general Louis Botha was actually of their great-great-grandfathers.

Raymond Heron (Well known battlefield historian and owner of the lodge) took us on a very good narrated tour of the battlefield and his son Ashley was my guide on a game drive in neighboring game reserve and showed me the Spioenkop dam. I got some great images of species which we do not have at Thanda (Hartebeest, Blesbok, Eland, …). [more to follow …]

Before one the concerts I enjoyed a bird of prey presentation at a place called Falcon Ridge (http://drakensbergmountains.co.za/falcon-ridge.html) with great information about these large birds and good photo opportunities [more to follow …]

One thing is certain, I will return to the Drakensberg region with its beautiful scenery and its many special attractions!

Now I am off to my last stop of this year’s travel: Pakamisa (http://www.pakamisa.com)



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