Thursday, September 06, 2012

The great trek Day 1: Cape Town - Durban - Kokstad

From a cold and cloudy Cape Town
we took the MyCiti bus to the airport 
(thanks to our friend Ronnie for the lift from Sea Point to the Civic Centre)
Plastic eggs and very crisp biscuits at Mugg & Bean
A Mango flight to Durban took us
to pick up our replacement wheels in Ballito
then a run down the South Coast and up to the edge of the Malutis 
with an occasional pit stop
to the accommodation we'd booked at Peacehaven guest farm near Kokstad
Well-named, it is in the country at the foot of Mount Currie
A quiet drink in the lounge
followed by dinner
cooked by Pat Kötting with help from daughter-in-law Kit
Courgette and blue cheese soup to start
followed by the biggest lamb shanks ever, topped with a peppadew sauce,
mash and perfectly cooked thin green beans and carrots
with a glass or two of Porcupine Ridge Merlot
The family joined us at the table - Kit, James and Rob Kötting. We discovered that James and John worked for different branches of Taeuber & Corssen (AGFA & Bayer distributors) in the late 70s
Next morning, a walk before breakfast with spider webs and rural landscapes

The guesthouse 
has a few self-contained cottages
The geese are pets
Charlie the golden retriever, chosen by the AA Accommodation Assessors for a “special mention” as being the Most Hospitable Hound
Scrambled country eggs and bacon
The rooms, very well appointed and most comfortable

Photographs © John Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

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