“Northern KwaZulu Natal can produce the most stunning winter days. Here in August, mid winter, it is shorts and flip-flops weather as I enjoy temperatures in the mid to high twenties. Blue sky dominates and there is not a cloud to be seen as I head due east towards the town of Mkuze and my destination, Ghost Mountain Inn. Looking through the dust rising from the gravel road, the surrounding hills are dry, very dry, with some of the only greenery provided by the giant cactus like Euphorbia trees. There is water in the distance below me and plenty of it. Lake Jozini looks fjord like with its mountainous backdrop.
Arriving through the sliding gates at Ghost Mountain Inn was like entering another dimension. The only sounds were that of birds calling from the trees above and the gentle sound of water moving through a simple man made feature. Towering over me was a stunning fever tree, its branches dripping with weaver bird nests, its yellow trunk glowing in the bright afternoon sun set against the huge blue sky.
My garden room was equally as tranquil. Very modern in appearance, huge bed, crisp white sheets with subtle colouring provided by cushions and paintings. The en-suite bathroom offered the choice of bath and shower. There were also tea & coffee making facilities, fridge, bottled water, couch and flat screen television. Sliding glass doors opened onto a private patio area with views across the rear gardens towards reed beds and the hotel’s waters edge boundary.”
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All photos and words by Mark Henson taken from the www.safarikzn.com website
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