Such good coffee 😋
Such good coffee 😋
Das ist eine Lava Röhre bei der das Dach irgend wann eingebrochen ist. Wieder mal wurden wir von einem Regenschauer überrascht und die Temperatur fiel von 28° auf 15°C ab. Zum Glück waren wir schon im überdachten Teil der Lava Röhre.
Every time I or any of my sisters go to Golden Gate we make a pilgrimage to the van Reenen family graveyard. In our youth we spent many an Easter weekend at Lusthof, farm of Oom Percy and Aunt Lily de la Harpe. Aunt Lily and Aunt Rosie, who were both van Reenens, are buried here.
Two other graves are those of Valerie Wilcocks and Jan Bestendig de la Harpe who were killed by lightning in the Berg in 1932.
My father was riding with them (all on horseback).
The other 2 pics are of the dam and the picnic spot near the graveyard.Read more
A drive around Blesbok Loop yielded a few blesbok and some black wildebeest - and lots of pretty wild flowers and Golden Gate scenery. We walked in the campsite this afternoon. Crossed the bridge but balked at steep steps immediately over the river 😔
We left Katse this morning at 8 and got to the border at 12. Much better than yesterday. We picked up a Mosotho mama at the border and dropped her in Clarens.
We needed to pick up Bill's pills at the chemist, return Angela's triangles to Roger's bottle Store (which she kindly lent us in case of road blocks in Lesotho) and replenish some food so a stop in Clarens was cool. We bought meat pies at a local bakery and sat on the town square lawn to eat them and drink much needed Coke!
And so we arrived safely at Golden Gate.Read more
The more they stay the same. Bethlehem is unrecognizable as the same town we travelled through 60 years ago, and Clarens is now a tourist trap instead of a little Vrystaat dorp.
But the Escarpment is still there, as is the Ship Rock (proper name the Titanic 'cos Clarens became a town in 1912) and the poplar trees have almost taken over.
I think the little box is the old Police Station where Dolfie and I had to beg for petrol on a Sunday in about 1985.Read more
We are staying in one of the Clarens Cottages. It is very modern, very comfortable and a bit impersonal. But it's in Clarens, so it's fine! It's also a lot cooler in Clarens than in Modimolle: we are threatened with a low of 8 degC tonight. Brrrr.
We actually managed 3 exciting things today: We drove several kms back towards Bethlehem to look at the Ash River Outfall. This is where the water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project flows out of a 40 km long pipe all the way from Katse Dam into the Ash River and thence to the Wilge and Vaal Rivers. Then we struggled to find an entrance to the Clarens Nature Reserve. Actually there are lots and trails go all over the mountain even to Ship Rock. Then this evening we dined at the Highlander Restaurant with cousin Diana and her Clarens family: Angela, Roger and grandson Sebastian.Read more
Today was the day for the vulture restaurant.
But it doesn't seem to exist 😣
Not a single vulture and no new carcass.
However the wild flowers were lovely and the scenery stunning.
We have resident Piet-my-vrous and Diderikies and of course red-wing and pied starlings. We claimed 2 Cape vultures soaring in the west of the Park this evening.
A lifer today: mountain wagtail. (Warwick will say they don't come here...)Read more
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