Destination Info: Drakensberg Mountains
8. The Drakensberg Boys Choir: Music, Mountains and Memories
The spectacular mountains of South Africa’s interior serve as a backdrop for this Alma-Mater retrospective in which the Rough/Smooth tables are turned! The Drakensberg Boys Choir School is where Terence spent his younger, thinner, fitter years. He takes (a rather impressed) Paul on his favourite scenic routes and horse riding trails. Duly gobsmacked by his only blonde for the season, Paul enjoys a romantic horse ride with the gorgeous Leigh-Anne, while Terence cooks lunch with the hostel matron. On the menu; sweet and sour chicken with pineapple and oriental veggies. For 200 hungry boys!
Paul, having spent his entire life in boarding schools, isn’t overly impressed with the hostel grub and in a complete role reversal takes Terence to the Drakensberg Sun for a dinner of springbuck beef Wellington and spicy chicken with crispy noodles and onion preserve.
The next day, after another harrowing choir practice our hosts perform “Weeping”, in full uniform, backed by the choir at the weekly Wednesday Concert.
Episode Specific Credits:
The Drakensberg Boys Choir
Johan van der Sandt (Conductor/Director of Music)
Ady Walters and Kitchen Staff
Special thanks to
The Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort
Dragons Peak Mountain Resort
The Nest Hotel
Ezemvelo Kwazulu-Natal Wildlife
Bunny Ashley Botha
Maria da Silver Pereira