Our First Day at The Cavern (Drakensberg)

Let me just say this… The Cavern Resort & Spa is beautiful. It formed part of our Drakensberg Trip. Our drive up was quite eventful and now was the time to relax. Funny how most of the holiday we spent doing exercise, it was however very relaxing in the end of everything.

From Drakensberg – The Cavern Day 1

We started the morning at the cavern by taking the mountain bikes out for a ride. We got a map which detailed the routes and decided on doing the “easy” route. We had to take a joining route to get to the track. We left with good intentions. We eventually got to the start of the trail just above all out adventures. It took us just over an hour. We heavily underestimated the route to get there. It was mostly downhill, but it was hot! Going mostly downhill for 1h meant going back up that hill. So we decided to take the road back. I had to get off my bike near the cavern and push. I was heavily unfit.

From Drakensberg – The Cavern Day 1

We got back and it looked like we had just gone swimming in our clothes. We decided on the way back already that we were going to go for a swim in the pool. Extremely tired we sat on our porch looking at the mountains. It was very relaxing and rejuvenating. I was planning on proposing on this trip and suspecting that this moment would be highly unexpected, I proposed.

From Drakensberg – The Cavern Day 1

Now I had been keeping a necklace with which to propose for over a year, which I hid with my aunt, otherwise Shantelle would have found it long ago. She almost found it for the 2 days that I had to keep it secret before proposing. The box that the necklace came in definitely did not look like a ring box, which I suspected might be an issue. So I bought a matching pair of earrings that came in a box that looked like a ring box. During my proposal I kept the box closed and after Shantelle said yes, I asked her not to be angry and opened the box. I knew that she wanted a ring from previous discussions. Quickly after I opened the box I presented the necklace as well. The idea was that she could design her own ring or choose what she liked when we got back from the trip. Luckily she was happy with this way of doing things and her questions that followed were all about how I could keep it secret for over a year.

From Drakensberg – The Cavern Day 1

After the breather and proposal we went for a swim as an engaged couple. I believe this was when the holiday really started to sink in for us. This was after all, technically, our third day on vacation. After freshening up in the pool, we ate lunch and took a 30min nap. Then we went on a guided a horse outride. My horse wouldn’t work… so the guide gave me a stick which I was supposed to hit the horse with when it stopped. Luckily I did not have to use it, she was very aware that she had to move. Let me just say this, walking single path trails, on the back of a horse, with a drop off the path to one side is damn scary. You really have to trust the horse to know what it is doing.

From Drakensberg – The Cavern Day 1

As dusk was approaching we went for the shortest walk at the cavern to May’s Falls. It is a really small waterfall, but the fern forest to get there is really nice to walk through. It has loads of information boards throughout the path. Instead of round-tripping back to the lodge, we went for a circular walk to the top trout dams. From there we descended to the back-end of the resort and went for another swim. That night we had an amazing green curry and when we returned to go to sleep it started to thunder. I understand now why they call it Drakensberg or if directly translated from Afrikaans… Dragon Mountain. More to follow shortly.

From Drakensberg – The Cavern Day 1