... back on the road.
Not much picture taking happened after this as we needed to find a place a.s.a.p! We knew the Coach House was expensive so concentrated on making calls to just about every other place, leaving messages etc., which didn't get answered - so eventually... called the Coach House. By this time a storm was virtually upon us so punched into the GPS 'fastest route'! Soon we turned off the tar and onto a rocky dirt road going up the mountain through the forest, in the black of night, with the rain pouring down and washing towards us, lightning spiking everywhere and thunder crashing in our ears.
I called the Coach House, 'are we on the right road?' 'well, yes, but you are on The Old Coach Road!' This road is not for normal cars we found out, even in a 4x4 it was hectic but what could we do but carry on. Eventually we hit tar again and it wasn't long before we turned into the hotel being waved to where we should park, 'Security' appearing at the Landrover window with an umbrella!
Those of you who have ever had the pleasure will know that it is well worth another visit! On our trip up the mountain the previous night we had climbed +- 1 500m, as high as Johannesburg, no muggy heat up here!
While we waited to be shown our table for dinner we sat in the bar and viewed old photographs and paintings depicting an era of life gone by when things were tough. (Didn't know they had even harnessed zebra, I suppose they are just horses that have stripes).
The menu was simple but care taken to keep even the fussiest happy. That wasn't difficult really as we were ravenous and could have eaten a horse! The portions were generous, beautifully presented and the flavours mingling to perfection.... but we were bursting and had to turn down the puddings, tragic.
Apart from the main buildings, the accommodation is in the form of large spacious suites carefully positioned to afford guests the best view, in this case the view is on the left side. The following 'views' are from our wrap-around balcony - of course we thought the best!!
We had now wound down through the cool forests and were coming into Tzaneen which is about +-750m above sea level and of course much warmer here.
This is also Banana country! They grow in their thousands in neat rows, plenty next to the road, heavy with ripening fruit, staked up with wooden poles.
Then off to Polokwane (Pietersburg).
Merle. 5D Canon Mk 2. Canon 100-400mm Canon. 'Breakfast' pictures taken with Nokia N95.
Roughly 95% of the above pictures were taken from a moving car, if we had to stop every time we would still be on the road!