Lazing Around in The Lowveld – a Must (Written by a very well-travelled Joburg travel blogger – longing for a real place to escape.)
I have to say that to get out of Johannesburg for a weekend is a MUST – MUST remind myself to do it more often.
What a gem we discovered just outside Hazyview.
It is what I would describe as an old-fashioned Guest House with old-fashioned hospitality. Yes, how good and unique is that these days?
I think many of us have forgotten what real hospitality is all about. It may be old-fashioned, but it does not in any way lack comfort, graciousness or style.
The place is called Laughing Waters as it is situated on a working farm on the Sabie River. When you cross over the river you simply have to stop and search for a resident pod of hippo. Once spotted, and muttered some oohs and aahs, you follow the farm road for a little while and arrive at the lodge to an old-fashioned welcome that beats any five-star accommodation platitudes hands down.
The area is called Lazyview by the locals.
The Lowveld is regarded as the Slowveld. Well dear fellow Joburgers, what more could you wish for when escaping the Rat Race of our lives. Particularly when you start to believe that the rats have actually won the race and you are still in the starting blocks.
As we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly owners and escorted immediately to a table under the trees in the glorious surrounds of a garden that stretches all the way down to the Sabie River – well, it seems that way, because you look onto groves of lemon and macadamia trees.
With the call of the fish eagle and the chattering of the squirrels in the background, we settled in immediately into a daze of tranquillity. A Slowveld cocktail, (with lots of lemons freshly picked) followed by a first class lunch, also helped to unwind the weary soul!
I did not take long to decide that we were not going any further.
No sightseeing, no touristy things – just the pleasure of parking off right there was enough for the whole weekend.
Do yourselves a favour – and mark it off as a MUST DO – go down to the Slowveld and park off for just a little while at Laughing Waters.
It will be good for your soul.