Walk in the Mountains of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands with a registered, qualified and interesting Mountain Guide
Dave is a highly experienced , Registered Mountain Guide – with over 13 years of Mountain guiding experience and well over 300 trips into the Drakensberg.
South African Tour Guides Registration Number – KZN 0055.
THETA Registration number SCL 001C
For those who have never visited , or hiked in the Drakensberg, trying to organize a hike – day or longer – can be a very hit and miss affair. Dave can help you with your plans and hike. Hikes will be planned just for you. Dave does not mix parties, so that you walk at your pace and keep what you are interested in as first priority. It als means there is no pressure from others to keep up with them, or do what they want to do.
If you wish to experience a night in the berg, and do not have the equipment – don’t miss the opportunity – Dave can supply hiking kit for 4 people, all you need are your own personal clothes and hiking boots..
The thing that is always amazing about being on a farm is the sound of silence. You realise something is different – the constant hum of city life is gone and the peace and quiet is something you can really feel. That’s when you notice other, more calming sounds – the hens and their little chicks cheep-cheeping around the garden, the goats and sheep, and the many different calls from the birds lining the branches of the trees.
Sample a true taste of country life – join in feeding the animals with the children, walk hand-in-hand through the fields, watch the wildlife, learn about real people’s lives on a real working farm.
One of five rooms has its own fireplace and is often specially requested during the bracingly crisp winter months. The en-suite bathroom which accompanies this particular bedroom features a bath which has been restored, having originally come from the Imperial Hotel in Pietermaritzburg, at which at one time was used by the Prince of Wales during his visit there. Most of the bathrooms feature Andrew Walford washbasins.
Lunches and dinners are served, but advance booking for these is essential. The menus are cosmopolitan in nature, although there is a Japanese element to many of the dishes. During the cooler months, the open log fire in the cosy lounge is a popular place to sit and sip sherry, port or red wine. The large sociable dining room is also available for small weddings and functions. Thistledown is the ideal place to stay when visiting the attractions of the Karkloof Valley, which is part of the Karkloof Conservancy. One can visit the Karkloof Conservation Centre to view the many species of birds form the hides. Abundant bird life thrives in the rambling garden of Thistledown itself, with 129 species having been identified in the area. Guests can observe the local feathered population form the comfort of the panoramic veranda. Just one and a half hours away from Durban, and four and a half hours from Johannesburg, Thistledown is ideally situated for exploration of some of the other attractions of the Midlands Meander, including Karkloof Canopy Tours, which operates a cable slide over the indigenous forest.
Thistledown Country house is set on 20 acres of superb farmlands, just below the Karkloof Hills in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. These hills are covered with the second largest tract of indigenous forest in South Africa. Guests are offered elegant country living in the restored farmhouse.