Things To Do in Champagne ValleyThokozisa Lifestyle Centre
Where? R600, Champagne Valley, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal
When? Daily from 09h00 to 16h30.
How? Call +27 (0)36 488-1207
How much? Free to browse
Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre is a collection of small shops on the R600 not far from Winterton. Although it sounds like a mall, it would be better described as the Drakensberg's version thereof - everything housed in lovely cool buildings with thatched roofs and ochre coloured walls.
That Thokozisa is Zulu for 'the happy meeting of ways' is a more abject way to describe this collection of shops, children's play area, coffee shop and a restaurant. They include a wine cellar, gemstone and craft shop, an outdoor shoe and hiking gear shop (perfect if you've left your boots behind), a clothing, and a jewellery shop.
You can pick up handwoven rugs, deli style food, a mug of coffee and have a massage, all in the space of time it takes to have a break before venturing into the 'berg.
Whilst it is a pity to see development in the Champagne Valley, for visitors Thokozisa is a great pit stop and for some, a welcome opportunity to shop.