I  WAS  ONCE  LOOKING  FOR  SOMETHING  REALLY  DIFFERENT,  SOMETHING  EVEN  MYSTICAL,  SOMEWHERE  I  COULD  BE  ALONE  WITH  MY  SCRAMBLED THOUGHTS,  SOMETHING  THAT  WOULD  GIVE  ME  THE  SPACE  AND  TIME  TO  RELAX  NOT  ONLY  MY  BODY  BUT  MY  MIND  FROM  THE  FAST  PACED  RAT RACE.   THIS  PLACE  ALSO  HAD  TO  BE  A  PLACE  WERE  I  COULD  ENJOY  THE  COMPANY  OF  FRIENDS  AND  FAMILY,  LAUGH  AND  JOKE  ABOUT  THE  PAST AND   EVEN  THE  FUTURE.  I  SEARCHED  FOR  A  LONG  TIME,  GOING  HERE  AND  GOING  THERE  BUT  NEVER  GETTING  IT  QUITE  RIGHT.  THEN  QUITE  BY ACCIDENT  I  STUMBLED  ON  THE  BRIDE'S  VEIL  CHALET  TUCKED  HIGH  UP  IN  THE  SOUTHERN  DRAKENSBERG  AT  LOTHENI,  IT  MET  ALL  MY  NEEDS  OF SOLITUDE,  I  COULD  LIE  IN  BED  AND  WATCH  THE  WATERFALL  ENDLESSLY  POURING  OVER  THE  ROCKS,  LIKE  IT  WAS  WASHING  AWAY  ALL  MY  STRESS, FUNNY  HOW  WATER  DOES  THAT.  I  BELIEVE  THE  FALLS  WERE  NAMED  WHEN  THE  FIRST  SETTLER  MCLEANS,  3  GENERATIONS  AGO,  MOVED  IN  BY  OX WAGON,  BEING  A  ROMANTIC  LASS,  GRANNY  MCLEAN  STATED  THE  FALLS,  WHICH  UNFORTUNATELY  HAVE  LOST  THE  ONCE  PROTRUDING  ROCK,  LOOKED JUST  LIKE  A  BRIDE'S  VEIL. 

 

WALKS..... THERE IS SO MUCH SPACE, I COULD WALK FOREVER !  SOMEONE ONCE SAID TAKE YOUR PASSPORT  LESOTHO'S ONLY 5 HOURS AWAY. 

 

CYCLE....... THE SCENERY IS SO BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL I WILL WANT TO STOP OFTEN AND JUST GAZE AT THE AWESOMENESS OF GOD'S HAND.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKERS..... THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM, MY IMAGINATION RUNS RIOT AT THE VISION OF THE TRAINING GROUND THAT IS ON OFFER. I AM TOLD THAT THERE ARE NOW A GROUP OF MOTORBIKE RIDERS THAT COME HERE ONCE A YEAR TO CONQUER THE MOUNTAINS, ALL THE WAY FROM THE FLAT LANDS OF KIMBERLY. THIS PLACE HAS THAT KIND OF DRAW.

 

THE RIVER.... A LITTLE FURTHER THAN THE STREAM RIGHT ON THE DOOR STEP, BUT WORTH THE VISIT. ASK WERE, NOW THIS I FOUND A LITTLE CONFUSING AS IT IS KNOWN BY TWO NAMES, GRANNIES POOL AND PASSION POOL, WELL, I GUESS I DID SAY GRANNY WAS A ROMANTIC LASS.

 

THE OWNER, 3RD GENERATION MCLEAN, ONCE MET, NEVER FORGOTTEN, MAYBE IT IS HOW HE GROWS HIS BEARD OR JUST THE MYSTICAL TOUCH HE HAS ABOUT HIM. LYNTON HAS STORIES THAT WILL KEEP YOU UP LISTENING ALL NIGHT, FOLLOWING STOCK THIEVES INTO LESOTHO, THE ONLY AFRICAN PARTICIPANT IN THE IDITAROD SLED RACE IN ALASKA, ETC ETC.

 

NIGHT DRIVES..... THESE WERE SOMETIMES FRUITFUL, SOMETIMES JUST THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR AND A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.  THERE ARE JACKAL, MONGOOSE, PORCUPINE, VARIETY OF BUCK, SERVAL, IF YOU LUCKY.  BUSH PIGS HAVE BEEN SEEN IN THE WILD BUT LYNTON HAS SOME FOR YOU TO SEE AT HIS HOUSE.

 

STARS...... THIS IS A STANGE THING TO MENTION I GUESS, YOU WAIT AND SEE HOW MANY STARS THERE ARE, IT IS LIKE ONE CAN LOOK RIGHT INTO THE HEAVENS. I ONCE HAD GUEST'S AND AT NIGHT ALL THEY DID WAS LIE ON A BLANKET AND STARE INTO THE SKY !

 

APPLIANCES ARE OPERATED BY GAS, THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY OR TV OR CELL PHONE SIGNAL, WHAT BLISS. THERE ARE SPOTS AWAY FROM THE CHALET THAT I COULD GET SIGNAL.

 

PETS..... WE WERE EVEN ALLOWED TO TAKE OUR DOGS, IF WE GAVE THEM A TABLET CALLED "CAPSTAR" BEFORE HAND TO GET RID OF ANY UNWANTED FLEAS. CAPSTAR TABLETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM LYNTON, THEY ARE COMPLUSORY. 

   

OUTRIDES..... I AM TOLD WHEN THE PRESENT MCLEAN CHILDREN WERE GROWING UP,  THE HORSES USED TO GET SADDLED UP WITH 3 DAYS SUPPLIES AND THE WHOLE FAMILY USED TO RIDE OFF WITH A HOST OF FELLOW FRIEND RIDERS AND SLEEP OUT IN OVERHANGS UP IN THE BERG !!!  TAKE YOUR OWN HORSES AND DO THE SAME THING, OR JUST DO DAY RIDES.  HORSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE. THERE ARE JUST TOO  MANY COWBOYS OUT THERE !!

 

MOTOR BIKES / QUADS...... LET THE KIDS RIDE UP AND DOWN THE DISTRICT ROAD OR THE MOUNTAINS, TILL THEIR LEGS FALL OFF, IT REALLY IS AS SAFE AS YOU WILL GET ANYWERE.

 

YOU WILL NEED, ENOUGH FOOD AND DRINKS, SHOPS ARE A LONG WAY AWAY, OTHERWISE, EVERYTHING IS SUPPLIED.  EXTRA  CLOTHES  WOULD ALSO BE AN IDEA !!

THERE IS A DOULBE BED IN A PRIVATE ROOM DOWNSTAIRS WITH IT'S OWN SHOWER / TOILET.  UPSTAIRS THERE IS AN  L SHAPED AREA WITH A DOUBLE BED IN THE FOOT OF THE L AND 4 SINGLE BEDS  IN THE BODY OF THE  L.  A SEPERATE BATHROOM IS DOWNSTAIRS. SO THIS GIVES ENOUGH BEDS FOR 8 PEOPLE 

RELAX, YOU REALLY DO NOT HAVE TO  DO ANYTHING, TO HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AWAY, IT IS SECLUDED SO IT IS PEACEFUL. 

THE MIDLANDS MEANDER IS WONDERFUL......BUT THIS IS BREATH TAKING.

GO THERE, THE TRIP IS WORTH IT.  SO  DON'T  MIDLANDS  MEANDER  FOR  TOO LONG  !!    

 

THE  BRIDE'S  VEIL  HAS  A  SISTER  SITE  AT   www.themcleanchalet.com    PLEASE  FEEL  FREE  TO  PAY  HER  A  VISIT !!

 

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   RATES   :

   R200.00  PER  PERSON  PER  NIGHT

   R150.00  UNDER  12 YEARS  PER  NIGHT

   UNDER  4  YEARS  FREE

   50%  NON  REFUNDABLE  DEPOSIT

   RATES DO NOT CHANGE IN OR OUT OF SEASON.

   PETS  AND  HORSES  STAY  FOR  FREE

   FREE  FIRE  WOOD  [ NO,  THIS  DOES  NOT  INCLUDE  BAKKIE  LOADS  FOR  HOME ] 

   SLEEPS  8 PEOPLE.

                                       

 LOCAL ATTRACTIONS :

  SANI PASS, YOU WILL NEED A PASSPORT AND A 4 X 4, OR BOOK WITH LOCAL TOUR OPPERATORS IN UNDERBERG.

  SNOW IN WINTER IS NOT UNCOMMON.

 

 

  

 

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DIRECTIONS :

FROM PIETERMARITZBURG THROUGH UNDERBERG ;

TAKE  THE  N3  TOWARDS  JOHANNESBURG , EXIT  ON  THE  R617  [ UNDERBERG / HOWICK  SOUTH ]  AT  STOP,  TURN  LEFT  [ UNDERBERG / MPOPHOMENI ]  

 DISTANCE  TO  UNDERBERG  IS  111KMS.  PASS  THROUGH   BOSTON  AND  BULWER . AT  THE  KFC  IN  UNDERBERG  TURN  RIGHT  TO  HIMEVILLE,  FROM

  THE  KFC  IT  IS  33 KMS  GO  THROUGH  HIMEVILLE.  PASS  STRAIGHT  THROUGH  THE  CROSS  ROADS  JUNCTION  FOR  SANI  PASS  TO THE  LEFT AND  

PEVENSEY  TO  THE  RIGHT. [  BOARD  SAYS   LOTHENI   28KMS  ].  BUT  FROM  HERE  THE  TURN  OFF  IS  23KMS.  THE  TAR  ALSO  ENDS  AT  CROSS  ROADS

  AND THE  ROAD  BECOMES  A  GRAVEL  ROAD  TO  LOTHENI.  TURN  OFF  IS  ON  TOP  OF  THE  RIDGE  AFTER  YOU  HAVE  CROSSED  THE  UMKOMAAS 

 RIVER.  WHICH  IS  THE  2ND  ONE  CAR  NARROW  BRIDGE.  GO  STRAIGHT  OVER  CATTLE  GRID.  AT THE  SIGN  FOR  BRIDE'S VEIL  CHALET  13KMS / THE

CHALET  11KMS.  THERE  SHOULD  BE  REFLECTOR  TAPE  ON POLES.  CONTINUE  STRAIGHT  FOR  13KMS  TILL  YOU  HAVE  CROSSED  OR  PASSED  7 

 CATTLE  GRIDS  FROM  THERE.  200M  AFTER  THE  7TH  CATTLE  GRID  TURN   RIGHT  TO  BRIDE'S VEIL. 

 PASS  THE  TURN  OFF  FOR  "THE CHALET"  !!

 

 

 

 

FROM NOTTINGHAM ROAD ;

TAKE  THE  LOTHENI  ROAD  [ 62kms ]  NEXT  TO  THE  POLICE  STATION.  DO  NOT  TURN  OFF  ANYWHERE.  TAR  WILL  END  AND   BECOMES  A  GRAVEL 

ROAD.  QUITE  UNDULATING.   YOU  WILL  CROSS  A  LONG  ONE  CAR  BRIDGE  OVER  THE  IZINGA  RIVER.  CONTINUE  UP  THE  HILL  AND  DOWN  THE 

OTHER  SIDE,  PAST  THE  LOTHENI  10KMS  SIGN   [ THAT  IS  TO  PARKS  BOARD ]  500M  FURTHER  ON  YOU  WILL  CROSS  THE  LOTHENI  RIVER   [ POLICE  

STOCK  THEFT  UNIT  AT  RIVER,   ALSO  THE  ONLY  2  CAR  WIDE  BIG  BRIDGE !!!!!!! ]    CLIMB  UP  THE  HILL  TILL  THE  TOP  OF  THE  RIDGE.  TURN  

RIGHT  OVER  CATTLE  GRID,  THERE  SHOULD  BE  REFLECTOR  TAPE  ON  POLES,  FOLLOW  SIGNS  FOR  BRIDE'S  VEIL  CHALET  13KMS / THE CHALET

11KMS.  TILL  YOU  HAVE  CROSSED  OR  PASSED  7  CATTLE  GRIDS  FROM  THERE.  200M   AFTER  7TH  GRID  TURN  RIGHT  TO  BRIDE'S VEIL.  

PASS  THE  TURN  OFF  FOR  " THE  CHALET "  !!

VIA  IMPENDLE   [ SHORTEST  ROUTE ]

ALTHOUGH  IT  IS  THE  SHORTEST  ROUTE,  LOTS  OF  PEOPLE,  CATTLE,  GOATS  ETC.  SHARE  THE  RIGHT  TO  THE  ROAD  !!

 

FROM  PIETERMARITZBURG  TAKE  THE  N3  TOWARDS  JOHANNESBURG,  EXIT  ON  THE  R617   [ UNDERBERG / HOWICK SOUTH ]   AT  STOP  TURN  LEFT 

[ UNDERBERG  /   MPOPHOMENI ]  44KMS  TO  BOSTON,  TRAVEL  A  FURTHER  7KMS  PAST  BOSTON.  TURN  RIGHT  TO  IMPENDLE.  14.5KMS  FROM  HERE

AFTER  TRAFFIC  CALMERS  TURN  LEFT  [  LOWER  LOTHENI  47KMS ]  FOLLOW  THE  TAR .  AFTER  A  LONG  DOWN  HILL THERE  IS  A  ONE  CAR  WIDE 

BRIDGE  [ THIS  BRIDGE  PLUS  THE  BRIDGE  OVER  THE  UMKOMAAS  RIVER  ARE  UNDER  CONSTRUCTION  SO  APROACHES  ARE  VERY  ROUGH,  BE 

 CAREFUL. ]  THERE  IS  A  SIGN,  BULWER  33  /  HIMEVILLE  39.  TAR  WILL  END  FURTHER  ON  AND  ROAD  BECOMES  GRAVEL.  2KMS  AFTER  END  OF  TAR

  TURN  RIGHT  ONTO  DETOUR,  ONLY  SIGN  SAYING  HEAVY  VEHICLE  DETOUR  TURN  RIGHT   FIRST  3KMS  UNDER  CONSTRUCTION  FOR 

 TARRING.  FOLLOW  THE  CONSTRUCTION,    THERE  ARE  2  CAUSE  WAYS,  THROUGH  WATER  CROSSINGS  AND  A  BRIDGE  DIVIDED  INTO  VEHICLES 

AND  PEDESTRIANS  OVER  THE  UMKOMAAS  RIVER.  YOU  WILL  MEET  THE  HIMEVILLE  ROAD  AT  THE  STEPMORE  BOARD,  CONTINUE  RIGHT  FOR  2KMS.

   ROAD  IS  NARROW  BUT  SURFACE  IS  GOOD .  GO  STRAIGHT  OVER  THE  CATTLE  GRID,  THERE  SHOULD  BE  REFLECTOR  TAPE  ON  THE  POLES,  AT 

BRIDE'S  VEIL  13KMS  /  THE  CHALET  11KMS  SIGN.  TILL YOU  HAVE  CROSSED  OR  PASSED  7  CATTLE  GRIDS  FROM  THERE.  200M  AFTER  7TH  GRID 

 TURN  RIGHT  TO  THE  BRIDE'S  VEIL.

PASS  THE  TURN  OFF  FOR  " THE  CHALET "  !!

 

   

HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE TRIP AND WONDERFUL STAY AT THE BRIDES VEIL CHALET