|Berg Rosie cottage at Onverwacht near McGregor.|
The kloof is a popular 14km hiking trail (described as 'reasonably strenuous') between the little towns of Greyton and McGregor on either side of the Riviersonderend Mountains. We weren't there to hike, but to chill with good friends, good food, good wine and good books.
We stayed at Onverwacht Cottages which are 16km outside of McGregor up the mountain at the start of the trail. It's about a three-hour drive from Cape Town if you can miss the rush-hour traffic.
There are seven cottages here, three self-standing and the other four attached. None has electricity (just paraffin lamps and gas for cooking and hot water) but otherwise they have everything you need. The best views are from Berg Rosie (above) and Bergtrein (which consists of the four interlinked cottages, ideal for a group).
|A fynbos special, the orange-breasted sunbird came to chill on the stoep for a bit.|
|Looked like a pelargonium but I wasn't sure. There were lovely flowers all along our drive to McGregor with spring in full swing.|
|The cottages are up a steep hill with views on either side - this down towards Robertson|
As the song says: “Suikerbossie, ek wil jou hê.” (Sugerbush, I want you.)
Nevertheless, at the end of the weekend we felt as if we'd won the jackpot!
|The swimming hole is at the bottom of the kloof in the bottom right of this picture.|