After a few years of wanting to see Ladybrand’s natural rock “stalle” (stables), I finally did! It was such a quick climb! It would have been even quicker if I could keep up with Danie and if I wasn’t huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf… But other than that I made it quite easily. From the sign near the Ladybrand golf course it took us about 20 minutes to get to the stables.
It’s called the stables because the boers kept their horses in here during the Basotho Wars. There are a few long, narrow passages with high rock formations forming the walls of the stables. The boers slept in a nearby cave. We also went into the cave- it’s a bit scary because you have to get down onto your knees and squeeze through the narrow groove. Oh, and you definitely need a torch (a headlamp works well)- it’s pitch black in the cave.
We then hiked for about 5 mins to the top of the rock formation where there is a lovely few of the whole of Ladybrand. The hike, exploring and sight seeing took us about two and a half hours. It was a nice morning outing. Thanx to Danie for being our tour guide!