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Jetsetting with Janet: Uthukela is the place for both adventure and tranquillity

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For adventure loving thrill seekers as well as those who enjoy reading a good book with a peaceful view of the “Berg” mountain range, Uthukela provides the perfect combination.

On Jetsetting with Janet this week, host Janet Pillai speaks to residents and business owners in the stunning area.

Three Tree Hill

Perfectly mid-way between Johannesburg and Durban, Three Tree Hill is a lodge nestled in the foothills of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg.

Lodge owners Simon and Cheryl Blackburn are both experienced safari & mountain guides and say the area is the quintessential landscape that makes you think of Africa.

“It’s just such a spectacular place to get away from the city and be surrounded by nature. The birds, trees, the sound of nature, and that is our expertise,” said Cheryl.

PRIZE: 1 night for 2 people at Three Tree Hill including all meals.

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Named after the peak under which it is nestled, Montusi Mountain Lodge is a four star graded establishment which is a perfect getaway option for travellers looking for an authentic, intimate break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Owner Lindsay Du Plessis said the lodge is a culinary destination where they thrive on excellent food.

“The lodge part of the establishment is our primary focus and the accommodation includes dinner and breakfast. The kitchen provides phenomenal food, and it’s all very imaginative drawing from South African cuisine as well as international flavours,” she said.

PRIZE: 2 nights for 2 people in a Garden Suite including dinner, bed and breakfast worth R10,700.00

The Cavern Resort & Spa

Owner of the resort Megan Bedingham said it was started by her grandparents, Ruth & Bill Carte, in 1941. This year they celebrate over 80 years of “many happy returns”.

“ There’s so much to do and explore. But it can also be quiet birding or an experience at the spa. We’ve got horseback riding and trout fishing and we’ve got tennis courts and a swimming pool so it can be a very active holiday but it can also just be one where you immerse yourself in nature,” she said.

PRIZE: 2 nights for 2 at The Cavern including all meals, teas and guided morning hikes plus 2x 20min Forest Foot Massages

The Nest Hotel & Conference Centre

This family-friendly resort has 56 rooms in the majestic Central Drakensberg, also known as the “adventure capital of the Berg”.

General Manager Lindi Zondi said they pride themselves on a beautiful setting, wonderful mountain views, friendly staff and a great kitchen.

PRIZE: 2 Night midweek stay for 2 people Bed and Breakfast to the value of R3100.00

Uthukela Economic Development Agency

Tourism & Special Programs Manager Bongiwe Hlongwane said her role is to ensure tourism growth and development in the area, as well stimulate the tourism industry in both the domestic and the international markets.

Written by: Kelly-Jane Turner

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