This is my first visit to South Africa in two years so I feel like a tourist in my own country. I spent my first weekend home in Hartbeespoort Dam at very good friends, Desiree and Charne’s house. Hartbeespoort Dam is a dam situated in the North West Province of South Africa . It lies in a valley situated on slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain range, about 35 kilometres west of Pretoria.
We spent the Saturday morning relaxing in the sunshine on the deck of their house at the Island Estates next to the Dam. Late afternoon we took a leisurely walk through the complex down to the dam. The Estate has about six kilometers of canals, with islands and jetties to accommodate boats. Access from the canals to the Hartbeespoort Dam is made possible by means of bi-directional water locks, we walked along these canals all the way to the dam. Walking along the pathways between the trees and fields with the mountain in front of us I was again reminded how beautiful South Africa is. I thought by 4pm it would have cooled down a bit but it was still hot and sunny. I actually forgot to put on some sunscreen and by the time we got back home my knees and shoulders were a lovely shade of red.
For dinner we went to “Die Ou Pastorie”. It is housed in an old pastoral home dating back to the 1800’s, set in a backdrop of lovely gardens flanked by the mountain range. It was definitely a very refreshing change from the norm.
Deliciously different, Die Ou Pastorie believes food is a philosophy and offers diners the chance to indulge in a different menu every time. Their food was amazing although we found that the portions are definitely too big, there was no way that we could finish our main course!! The couple that owns the place is lovely and at the end of the meal we were offered some grappa. We convinced Chrétien, one of the owners, to sit down and have one with us. By the end of the evening he had his own, mine and Charne’s grappa before he moved on to the next table.
My first weekend back in South Africa was absolutely fabulous!