Captivating Katberg

by Naomi on July 30, 2010

in Daily Life

Every now and then a surprise discovery crops up. Like Katberg did for us. More specifically, the Katberg Hotel and Eco Golf Estate nestled in the Katberg mountains in the Eastern Cape. This is another of the delightful destinations we’ve come across on Dave’s motorbiking trail. It was the venue for the last national enduro event, which he participated in.

Unfortunately, due to mechanical problems, Dave didn’t finish, but we certainly made the most of the trip. The scenery was absolutely stunning, similar to the nearby Hogsback area, which is rumoured to have inspired JRR Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings (in particular the fictional forest “Mirkwood”), since he holidayed there during his childhood.

Here are a few photo’s to give you an idea of the surroundings:

KATBERG ECO GOLF ESTATE - Eastern Cape, South Africa

KATBERG ECO GOLF ESTATE - Eastern Cape, South Africa

An ostrich on the golf course ๐Ÿ™‚

OSTRICH ON THE GOLF COURSE - Katberg Eco Golf Estate, South Africa

Just to confirm there was a race going on, here’s a shot of the pits in the morning, as well as Dave and the guys lining up for the start:

KEI NATIONAL ENDURO - Katberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa

KEI NATIONAL ENDURO - Katberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa

From Katberg, we traveled through the old Transkei, now part of the Eastern Cape, en route to an extreme enduro event on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast. More about that later, but here’s a shot of the sunset just South of Mthatha (Umtata), which is too spectacular not to share:

EASTERN CAPE SUNSET, Old Transkei, South Africa

For more photo’s from the trip, you’re welcome to take a look at my Facebook album: Kei National Enduro – July 2010.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

souldipper July 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Oh Naomi. Experiencing your post does so much. It humbles; yet it builds my enthusiasm for the incredible beauty we have in this world. I love having a share in your life. It makes me want you to be published! I am reading a biography of Isak Dinesen – hopefully her biographer, Linda Donelson, is credible. As I read, you come to mind constantly. I want to hold YOUR book and say to my friends, “THIS is truly out of AFRICA! – Love, Amy


Naomi July 31, 2010 at 9:51 am

Ah, THANK YOU, Amy, you make my heart sing! “From your lips to God’s ears”, as they say ๐Ÿ™‚

Another thing that makes my heart sing is the exquisitely evocative cover that my stepson Michael (can’t remember if you met him at Fedair?) is busy designing for my first novel. He is indescribably talented, Amy. I can’t wait to show you. Surely if his art can’t help to sell my book, then nothing will!

I shall have a look for the book you mention ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you again, with lots of warm love and hugs from SA, xo


Amy MacLeod July 31, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Yes, I did meet Michael at Fedair. I was so impressed by the father/son greeting between Michael and David. I asked you if it had been a long time since they had seen each other. “Just a week,” you replied with a smile – and confirmed that they are always that loving toward one another.
If only we could put that example in a bundle to share with the world!

I can hardly wait for the cover to be unveiled. – Amy


Naomi August 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Of course, I remember now ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re such a darling, Amy, thank you sincerely for your precious support!


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