One of the places I have been very keen to visit here in Mbombela is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. I had heard that it was really worth going to see. This last weekend B and I popped in to take a look.
There are two separate entrances and one can be a little confused as to which one to go to when you arrive.
Entrance 1 gives you quick access to the Nelspruit waterfall and cascades
and a really nice looking eatery called Kuzuri Restaurant. We popped in to take a look and the food smelled heavenly. We plan to try it out soon.
One then walks over an amazing swing bridge and through the rain forest to get to the area serviced by entrance 2
Entrance 2 is closer to the formal gardens and the different types of walks as well as the Red Leaf Fig Tea Garden where we stopped for scones and strawberry jam. The food and service was very good. This venue is often used for tea parties, birthdays and weddings.
Unfortunately when we arrived they were preparing for a party and the radio was loud with cars parked around the venue blocking out the stunning view and the beautiful bird sounds. I hope this was a once off. I will definitely be going back to see because other than that it was an enjoyable experience.
From this point there are various walks in different directions that one can choose from, all seem lovely from the few we did. The walks down to the river involve quite a few stairs but there are also walks throughout the garden that are wheelchair friendly.
We were lucky enough to catch the last of the clivias blooming
The huge variety of plants and flowers allow for all year round pleasure so we will be back many times I am sure.
Yesterday we were invited to attend a new show in our area. It has been set up to complement the lodge and safari industry in our area. Tourists can now visit a beautiful cultural village, get a guided tour of the village and ask lots of questions about local culture and then watch a stunning show by the Roots of Rhythm Tribal Dancers depicting the history of our local indigenous people.
Nyani village promises to be a prime tourist attraction.
After the tour of the village one gets a chance to practice stick fighting or to consult the Sangoma (witch-doctor)
Then the drums begin to roll and everyone moves towards the show area where we are dazzled by the dances, songs, humour and pure showmanship of the Roots of Rhythm artists.
And then everyone gets to dance
A wonderful morning out and well worth a visit. Our tour started at 11am and the show at 12.45 although there are many different time options available to tour groups. There is also a restaurant and bar on the premises.