The White Mountain Festival in Central Drakensberg is perfect for those in search of an escape with good food and music. The annual festival, from September 27-30, is held at White Mountain Lodge in the foothills of the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve, only 185 km from Durban and 400 km from Johannesburg. The event manages to draw hundreds of people with a range of entertainment and activities for the whole family.
The idea for the festival stemmed from husband and wife duo, Pedro and Mandy Carlo while on holiday at White Mountain Lodge in 2006.
“It was the perfect location to host a music festival,” said Carlo. “We wanted to create an event where people could relax and enjoy great live music in a beautiful natural setting. We also opted for a predominantly acoustic line-up, which is a big part of White Mountain’s appeal,” he said.
The then owners loved the idea so much that they hosted the first edition the same year.
This year will mark 13 years since the festival started and the programme is jam-packed with a range of activities to suit all ages. There are arts and craft, morning and sunset yoga classes, fishing, 100m zip line and scavenger hunts for the children. The lodge offers a swimming pool and an old stone pub. This year’s lineup of performers includes Crimson House, The Black Cat Bones, Auldfield featuring Wendy Oldfield and Robin Auld, Nomadic Orchestra, Bad Peter and Wolfgang Marrow.
A foodie experience
The festival will offer a range of food treats for guests. There will be food stalls that will serve baked paninis, pizzas, lamb and venison potjie and even gourmet smoked meats. If that does not tickle your fancy, try their Belgian waffles, Indian and vegetarian offerings. Also on the menu are speciality coffees and milkshakes.
Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation at the festival. Currently, there are camping and ‘tent hotel’ offerings.
The spacious festival campsite, situated on the terraced ground that overlooks the dam, is adjacent to the main entertainment area.
Those who do not want to rough it out will enjoy the tent hotel. The spacious walk-in tents come standard with a bed, linen, towels, chairs, tables and showers. The chalets and caravan park are sold out.
* Tickets are available at www.quicket.co.za and camping is included in the price. For further information, visit www.c-weed.com/wmf or call 031 563 0824.