Whilst recently on holiday over Christmas and New Year, we were highly recommended to go for a scenic drive around which is known as the “Bulembu Loop”. It takes you from Barberton, Mpumulanga, (South Africa) to Badplaas and is roughly 160kms. Half of the way is on tar and the rest on dirt roads of varying degrees of disrepair, but being in a Land Rover Defender, we were not too concerned about that. My camera was playing up so I was only able to take a few photographs.
We left early and went through to Barberton to pick up some supplies and then drove out of the town up a very steep, curving road heading up into the Makhonjwa Mountains and headed out towards the Swaziland Border over the gorgeous pass, called Saddleback Pass. The view over the valley back down to Barberton was amazing.
We seemed to travel for many kms through breathtaking vistas of tree plantations and row after row of mountains and hills, revealing cutaways of the most beautiful rock formations and rock types. We turned off the main road and headed back towards Badplaas, just before the actual Swazi Border and found ourselves on a winding gravel road with hairpin bends tight enough to make your toes curl! The views on the way down were a mix of gloriously towering mountains above, (some of which were 2000m above sea level accrding to our GPS), and sweeping rich valleys dotted here and there with small Kraals belonging to the local folk living there, with their familiar thatched round huts with chickens and goats scratching in their neat little yards. The fences clad in washing drying in the sun brought a welcome splash of colour to the mostly verdant scenery. I wondered for a moment what it would be like to live with such views all the time, would you get used to them, would they lose their magic?
It has to be one of the most beautiful scenic drives I have ever taken in South Africa and one we will certainly do again, next time with spare batteries on hand.
As always when I am in the mountains, I am so aware of the incredible majesty and glory of God and His wondrous creation and how beautifully it has all been crafted and formed and am left feeling very small in comparison to the magnitude and vastness of the mountains around me. I am mostly so very aware of how small I am and how mighty and majestic the Lord is.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
Bless you 😀