At the end of sweeping green lawns, stands a giant white tree called the lightning tree. Beyond it are dramatic views of the blue mountains of the northern Drakensberg. From the lightning tree, a series of quiet paths and walkways lead to different parts of the garden, past trickling fountains and water features. Sit awhile in the sunken garden, which has a small pool surrounded by giant tree ferns, clivia and lilies. Explore the Italian-style rose garden, with trellises and columns, whitewashed statues and mirrors, where our resident monkeys like to look at themselves. The lightning tree is recorded in author Thomas Packenham’s Remarkable Trees of the World. The gardens have been shared, loved and photographed by many. We offer cake, coffee and sundowners and can also organize garden tours with Briget Hilton Barber.