Travelling home to the Eastern Cape from Natal last week we journeyed through a winter wonderland. The Drakensberg skirting the R56 Matatiele/Mount Fletcher/Maclear route was covered in snow – a scene very different from what a tourist to South Africa would expect – even though it was mid-winter. This route makes a change from the East London/Umtata one normally taken by folk travelling between the two Provinces. The scenery is spectacular, the road is less travelled and the condition of the road is good. Just a very short 2 km patch going through Lady Frere is concrete and a bit uneven – but otherwise it is a joy to drive. Elliot, Ugie and Maclear offer good stopping off points for a coffee and a break. These areas all offer wonderful fly fishing, great hiking, plenty of rock art sites, lots of accommodation options and hopefully when Tiffindell re-opens next year a variety of winter sports.