So what’s great about Rosetta and the Midlands?

Fishing

There are so many great places, Jan at Wild Fly advises on what’s hot and the best flies to get some action. 

 

Hikes

A hike at Highmoor is a must and getting so close to the Giant on a really clear day is just breathtaking. There is always a possibility of game sighting at Highmoor, Eland are not uncommon and there are plenty of other buck and of course the birdlife is wonderful and at the right time so are the wild flowers.

 

Picnics

A Picnic to either Kamberg or Highmoor with the option of a hike or some fishing are great venues. A stroll to shake off the cobwebs, breathtaking views with great birdlife, Jackal Buzzard, Woolly Necked Stork, Wattled Crane, Long Crested Eagle, Fish Eagle, Cape Vulture, the odd Bearded Vulture and plenty of those LBJs which defy identification. 

 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is great, there are plenty of quiet dirt roads  but if you want real exhilaration then visit the Sappi forests at Howick. There are many great single track trails which will really test your ability and courage. 

 

Just cruising

Just follow the Midlands Meander and stop off at some great cafes and Restaurants.

 

History

The battlefield sites for both the Zulu and Boer wars are not too far away. Local Museums tell the story of some of this history. There are great Museums at Fort Nottingham, Mooi River and an excellent one at Ladysmith. A visit to the upgraded Nelson Mandela capture site including museum is worth some time for more recent history. 

 

Something to Eat and drink

Breakfast at Linga Lapa is a great, or just watch life go by at Sapore, Barbz, Maggie’s , Café Bloom or catch up with the Rosetta locals at the Wine Cellar. Lunch is also good at Sapore and to mingle with some more Midlands locals drop in to the Nottingham Road Hotel, an old Coach house over a hundred years old still looking the part.

Our Village Hotel The Rosetta Hotel is worth a visit being a popular hostilary. Have a great curry at Rawdons Hotel, I guarantee it! A visit to Caversham Mill on the banks of the Lions River is fantastic. Supper at La Lampara, Skye at Fordoun, Caversham Mill or Sapore. Great lunches are available at Abingdon wine Estate, the only true Wine Estate in the Midlands. If you really want to spoil yourselves for that special occasion then visit Cleopatra.

 

Other sports

Golf at Gowrie is fantastic, the course is challenging and always in great condition, and the redesigned course at Bosch Hoek is a must. There are plenty of other events, Midmar Mile for those who swim and many Mountain and Road bike races, too many to mention. Comrades Marathon in May attracts athletes from all over the world. The 2015 Joburg2C mountain bike race came right past our entrance and we hosted a number of supporters of the participants. 

 

If none of this appeals 

Try shopping at the farmers markets at Rosetta, Lions River and Karkloof. Attend a cattle auction at Mooi River, Nottingham Road or Lions River.

The Midlands is a beautiful location for weddings; people come from all over the world to get married in this wonderful location.

 

In conclusion

Well that’s some of the things you can do, there are so many other things which will excite you so come on down and discover for yourselves.

Travel safely, see you soon!!

John& Lorraine

 

 

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