MY POSTCARD: Durban via Harrismith and Mooi River
Lauren Mulligan tells of her favourite road trip to Durban via Harrismith and Mooi River
Whenever I get a chance to leave Johannesburg for the weekend, I pack my bag and take to the road - one of the most pothole-free South African roads, the N3 to Durban.
My favourite part of the journey lies in KwaZulu-Natal, between Harrismith and Mooi River. This part of the route holds two essential ingredients to the road trip experience - an abundance of great biltong and breathtaking landscapes. Here there is the one strip of the journey that has a justified maximum speed limit of 80km/h. The reality is that people drive recklessly so the area has earned a reputation as a high accident zone, though I like to believe it was enforced to encourage road users to slow down and enjoy the dramatic white clouds above a cinematic landscape.
I could easily fly to save time, but then I would miss out on the games of "I spy" (a guessing game that provides the first letter of a word as a clue to an object in sight) and copious amounts of greenery.