This weekend I discovered that I am what they call in the States, a leaf peeper: someone who actively seeks out Autumn-bearing trees, most notably the Oak tree, the Poplar tree and the Japanese Maple tree.
A friend had suggested I take a visit to Kenmo Lake just outside Himeville in the Southern Drakensberg. The lake is on a private farm and has been generously opened up to the public. Not only did I discover true-leaf peeping ‘country’ in South Africa, but I discovered what I think is an exquisite picnic spot; a place so beautiful and rich in colour that it feels like you’ve stepped into a painting.
While I have no doubt that this little lake is beautiful throughout the year, I’d suggest you hurry along there now. The Autumn leaves are falling and very soon you’ll be walking into a different picture. There is no entry fee, it’s free. But they do ask that no fires are lit and that you take back everything you bring!
Pack yourself a picnic and head to Himeville. Just a few kilometers north of Himeville (after the Sani Pass turn-off) is the dusty oak-lined farm road to Kenmo Lake. If there ever was a ‘perfect’ picnic spot, this is it.
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”- David Attenborough