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Posted on: Thursday, 7 September 2006

Take in the majestic Drakensberg at Tamakwa

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Tamakwa Country Lodge

Tamakwa Country Lodge

Joshua and Gabby are two loving golden Labradors who are likely to give you an effusive greeting at the four-star Tamakwa Country Lodge nestled in Rosetta, above a scenic river walk with a striking view of the majestic Drakensberg. The lodge offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation with comfortable cottage ambience, a lovely log fire and spectacular views from beautifully appointed verandas.

We stayed in the pristine two bedroom Lavender Cottage surrounded by blue pansies and sat, in the late afternoon on the verandah gazing down at the pink brush which hides the delightful riverside walk. Trout fishing can be arranged, but it was a little chilly to start messing around by the river.

Our cottage was beautifully looked after and lacked for nothing. Tamakwa also features a hidden treasure as far as fabulous food is concerned, in the shape of young chef Jonathan Crawford who creates a daily four course set menu at The Rose restaurant set within the main lodge and also open to those not staying at the lodge.

Tamakwa Country Lodge

Tamakwa Country Lodge

We dined on a creamy Tom Khai Gai Thai soup, smoked salmon potato cake and, for the main course, a chilli and chocolate beef fillet served on spring onion mash with stir fry veggies and Madagascar cream sauce.

All as good as it sounds. In fact, it was difficult to make room for the decadent hazelnut dessert served with chocolate coulis and cream.

The Tamakwa experience is an all round delight and in easy driving distance of the Midlands Meander and Giant’s Castle. Prices per night at Tamakwa range from R310 (self catering) to R370 bed and breakfast and R470 dinner, bed and breakfast (as at September 2006).


Article by: Sally Scott of the Daily News

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