When I go home, I go to one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions.

I grew up in the shadows of mountains in a valley bustling with farming activities. I hiked those mountains with my friends and 4×4’ed it with my family. Some of those roads were barely wide enough for 1 vehicle with sheer drops on the one side.

As a local I know the places to go for rides on the rocks, the trails not open to the public, all the best farm stalls to visit, where to buy the best plants and have the best cake. For tourists to the area there is trout fishing, a cheese farm, the quaint village of Haenertsberg, hiking trails, Coachhouse Nougat and the most spectacular views – even while driving. The best thing about visiting is Cheerio in Spring, lunch at the hotel and visiting Wheelbarrow with its amazing nursery.

This special place in the heart of Limpopo is generally known as Magoebaskloof, but it really is Houtbosdorp. It is wedged between Haenertsburg, University of the North, Duiwelskloof and the Mooketsi valley (where most of South Africa’s tomatoes come from). Unfortunately it is on a commercial farm so you can’t just drive in, but I thought I would show you my special place.

*This view is a memorial to a professor that worked on this commercial farm. His ashes is buried just over the edge in a large rock.


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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