What better way to unplug than to reconnect with the natural beauty around us. Kokstad, an unlikely destination based in southern KwaZulu Natal, offers you an opportunity to do just that. Based at the base of the Ingeli mountain range, stunning mountain scenery creates the perfect backdrop for visitors. For the adventurous nature seekers, there is no better place than using Kokstad as your base and venturing to the nearby sites.

1. Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve forms part of the Emzemvelo KZN Wildlife Reserve. This is a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight thanks to the impressive gorge carved by the river. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic along the river between game viewing and birding. the reserve is home to bushbuck, reedbuck, oribi, blue and grey duiker and the rarely seen leopard.

2. Mehloding Hiking Trail

Located in the secluded southern Drakensberg, the Mehloding Trail takes you on a path of rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage. Enjoy spectacular views of foothills, rural villages, sparkling streams, indigenous trees, craft projects and exceptional views. Learn more about this trail on it’s official website – http://www.mehloding.co.za/

3. Florence Farm Horse Riding

Are you a horse and nature lover? Combine your love for the two at Florence Farm, which offers well-priced rides at different lengths. All riding gear is provided and there are rides for all levels of experience, including independent day rides for the more experienced.

4. Matatiele Museum

Matatiele is a picturesque town in KZN with a lot of historical relevance. To understand the history of the town and the region better, pay a visit to the Matatiele Museum. Originally built to be a Dutch Reform Church, this sandstone building is home to a number of relics such as photographs, artefacts and antiques from a previous era. Definitely an educational journey you won’t forget.

5. Mount Currie Nature Reserve

Being both naturally beautiful and historically relevant, Mount Currie Nature Reserve is dominated by it’s mountain, with grassy sloped scattered with protea bushes – absolutely breathtaking. On the site stands a historic laager site surrounded by graves of early pioneers and a monument pays homage to the Boy Scouts who passed away during the First World War in East Africa. A little forgotten gem, which can help us relive those long forgotten days.

Looking for accommodation in Kokstad? Contact Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest and Spa – perfectly located at the base of the Ingeli Mountain and packed with adventurous activities of it’s own.