Pastoral paradise: Unwinding at Misty Mountain Reserve

BY DARREN JOHN - AUGUST 11, 2015

It was the first weekend of the winter school holidays, so, my two sons and I decided to go for a bonding weekend at Misty Mountain Reserve in the Tsitsikamma.

Located less than two hours away from Port Elizabeth, we found Misty Mountain at the end of a charming dirt road, which takes you through a forest and vast green meadows. Arriving early on the Friday evening, we were warmly greeted and shown to our self-catering wooden lodge, the view was astounding.

With two en-suite bedrooms, large kitchen, lounge and balcony, with panoramic views of the ocean, this lodge is big enough for two couples or a family of four. That night, we enjoyed watching the sunset around the fire, well presented braai baskets were delivered with everything you would need from a selection of meats, salads, snacks and home-made bread, along with the bar service. We relaxed in the Khoisan Lounge, which was equipped with a pool table, giant Jenga set, DSTV, bar and a fireplace. After eating our fill and chatting with our hosts, we turned in for the evening.

The next day, we woke up just in time for a full English breakfast, omelettes and a plate of French toast. Sated, we were ready to tackle a morning cycle. We jumped onto our bikes and headed off, exploring the farm roads and enjoying the serene silence of a Saturday morning in the country. After a 10km roundtrip, we cleaned up and headed into Stormsriver Village for lunch at the famous Marilyn’s Diner.

That evening, we enjoyed sundowners before our 5-Star, three-course dinner, along with a very comprehensive wine menu. Their menu, which could easily compete on MasterChef, is overseen by Dean Dickinson of Imagination Food and is absolutely delicious – well above the standard you’d expect to get at a friendly country establishment! 

Sadly our last day dawned. After breakfast, we said our goodbyes and headed into the village to grab a quick lunch before going home.

Misty Mountain is a fantastic getaway for families, couples and friends. It boasts eight luxury lodges comprising of a family lodge, superior self-catering lodges, honeymoon lodges, three luxury safari tents and four rustic farm cottages – with all the amenities you’ll need. 

On-site activities include a newly-opened nine-hole mashie chip and wedge golf course, fun for the whole family, mountain bike routes, hiking trails or try your hand at fishing in their dam. Misty Mountain is also the perfect springboard to activities offered in the area. I can highly-recommend them to anyone in need of a break! 

For more information, call 042 280 3699, email [email protected] or visit www.mistymountainreserve.co.za.