Immerse yourself in the Drakensberg Mountains, take it slow and enjoy the ride.
“Slow travel is an approach to travel that emphasizes connection: to local people, cultures, food and music. It relies on the idea that a trip is meant to educate and have an emotional impact, in the present moment and for the future, while remaining sustainable for local communities and the environment.”
According to an article in the Journal of Travel Research, slow travellers are motivated by “relaxation, self-reflection, escape, novelty-seeking, engagement, and discovery.”
A visit to the mountains allows you to immerse yourself in stunning scenery with majestic mountains as a backdrop. Take the time to fully explore the area, the people and the activities on offer. It is a good way to prevent travel fatigue, often associated with rushing from one attraction to the next. While it is gratifying have an itinerary in place, with a list of must do’s, make room for some spontaneity.
A guideline to taking it slow in the mountains
- Indulge in relaxing spa treatments
- Take a leisurely walk through the forests, across streams and some beautiful indigenous gardens
- Soak up some sun around the swimming pool
- Read that book you never have time for
- Visit local markets, shops and museums
- Appreciate the mountains from a different point of view eg. Hot air balloon, Scenic helicopter flight
- Enjoy a game of bowls or tennis, even a round of golf
- Play board games with your children
Slow travel is encouraged even more during our current pandemic. The whole mindset is changing and it encourages people to relax more while on holiday. So set your own pace, take it slow and enjoy the ride!