Welcome to our blog! In this post, we are taking you to the mesmerising Zuurberg Mountains for a fun Sunday Lunch. Winters in Port Elizabeth can be dreadfully cold (read as anything below 20 °C leaves us sunshine coasters frozen) with the PE wind chilling you to the bone. Our micro-adventure to have buffet Sunday lunch at Zuurberg Mountain Village was on a particularly cold day (okay, this day was genuinely really cold – 12 °C) but we were still up for an adventure! After the call with Delwen and Sean, we layered up and set off. This trip was our first time to Zuurberg and it definitely will not be our last!
Getting to Zuurberg Mountain Village
Zuurberg Mountain Village is about 1h30 from central Port Elizabeth, which makes it a great adventure out of the city for the day. We left PE and headed to Addo (town). Before reaching the Addo Elephant National Park main gate we took a signposted Zuurberg Mountain Village dirt road to the left. Nestled into the VW Polo, we followed the serpentine road up the mountain taking in the glorious scenery. The picture of green rolling mountains with mist rising is a memory we won’t forget. Taking a ‘normal’ car (not high clearance nor 4×4) on the road was absolutely fine but there were tight turns so when the roads are wet drive with high caution.
Staying true to the extraordinary life we have in South Africa we spotted warthog and ostriches, with some antelope bones scattered near one of the fence lines on the drive. The road passes the Addo Elephant National Park so keep a lookout for animals while driving past. We arrived at Zuurberg and stepped out of the warm car into the very fresh air. Before heading into the Manor dining room for lunch, we decided to look at the accommodation options and the grounds.
Zuurberg Mountain Village accommodation
The Village accommodation brings pops of colour to the greens and browns of the mountains. Each differently coloured chalet has small verandahs overlooking the rolling valleys below. We would have checked in there and then if we could have because the chalets looked so lovely and inviting.
The Manor is 150 years old and you can see and feel the history of the place. There are rooms within the Manor that are also available to stay in. If you are looking for a touch of history with modern amenities then these rooms may be perfect for you.
The Manor has a main lounge seating area when you enter but you feel cosy right away. There are smaller seating areas off this main room, providing you with options to suit whatever mood you are in. The place hummed with activity as people checked in and out, and other guests chatted by the fireplaces. There were people enjoying warm drinks while others treated themselves to drinks from the bar.
We arrived a bit too early for the lunch serving so we kept warm and waited in a comfy corner. To keep us warm and happy we helped ourselves to tea, scones and rusks from the self-service station in the dining room. We nattered away while two Manor cats stretched out in front of the fires, without much care for the world around them.
Zuurberg Mountain Village grounds and facilities
The grounds are well-kept with panoramic views and small gardens to walk through. There were monkeys and they did chase us, probably hoping for some food – so watch out for the little buggers!
You can fill your stay at Zuurberg with a range of activities. There is a swimming pool where you can cool off after games of tennis on either of the two courts. An activity on our bucket list at Zuurberg Mountain Village are the hikes in the mountains around the village. The views must be spectacular! Zuurberg also offers game drives to and around Addo Elephant National Park.
Sunday lunch at Zuurberg Mountain Village
Delwen had booked a table ahead of time and we suggest you do book because the buffet lunch is very popular. We went into the dining room and took our seats at 13:00.
The starter was a delectable butternut soup and a fresh bread roll that was the only course served to the table. In the middle of the dining hall was the table for the warm fish (linefish: Dorado) and salads (lettuce, tomatoes, pepperdews, peppers, feta, pasta, cucumber, couscous and more!).
For the main course, you are offered a Sunday roast and traditional sides. The roast meats were gammon and two beef (more well-done, more rare). Sides included potatoes, vegetables (green beans, butternut, gem squash, mixed veg), couscous and gravy. You could have one, two or all of the roast options.
The salad table, main dishes and desserts are buffet self-service and are ‘eat as much as you like’, with a server cutting a piece of your requested roasts. The roasts were really scrumptious!
There was a wide selection of desserts to choose from, including peppermint crisp, chocolate or strawberry mousse, lemon meringue, fruit salad, malva puddle and more! The lemon meringue was divine and the fruit salad was perfect. Del chose the chocolate mousse and she confirmed it was delicious. Sean must have tried each of the desserts and there wasn’t one he advised us against!
After the soup, fish and salad, and then the roasts and veggies we were already stuffed. But how could we not have dessert? Make sure you wear comfortable clothing with a bit of space around the belly and take your time eating! I was well prepared, wearing elasticated jeggings – winning!
If you are looking for flavoursome food, a bottle of red wine, animated conversation and a stunning setting then a micro-adventure to Zuurberg Mountain Village will give you a brilliant and memorable day.
The lunch was worth the drive and the money. We have already recommended the Sunday lunch to family and friends. Addo Elephant National Park is close enough for you to spend the morning seeing the wildlife and enjoying a hearty lunch after.
The food described was based on our visit and may change. Contact number to book a lunch table or accommodation: 042 233 8300
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