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March News 2017
Hello ........and hoping March is treating you well! 
If not, blow it a kiss and think of this........ 

'If a father walks out of the house and he can still feel his daughter's kiss on his face all day, he's a powerful man. If a husband walks out of the house and he can still feel the imprint of his wife's arms around his body, he's invincible all day. It's the special stuff with your inner circle that makes you strong and powerful and influential. So don't miss that opportunity.
The prophet said, "There are many virtues and values, but here's the greatest: one person caring for another." There is no greater value than love.
So make sure in your busy day to remember the true purpose and the reasons you do what you do. May you truly live the kind of life that will bring the fruit and rewards that you desire'
Jim Rohn
Our little March bird is the Greater Striped Swallow. The greater striped swallow is 18–20 cm long. It has dark blue upperparts with a pale orange rump and a chestnut crown, nape and sides of the head. The underparts and underwing coverts are creamy white with dark streaking, and the upper wings and underwing flight feathers are blackish-brown. The blackish tail has very long outer feathers; these are slightly longer in the male than the female. Juveniles are duller and browner, with less contrast and shorter outer tail feathers. The flight is slow and buoyant, and the call is a twittering chissickIt feeds mainly on flying insects, but has been known to eat small fruits. It is a bird of dry open country, such as grassland, and has a preference for hills and mountains. It avoids more wooded areas, but is often found around human habitation.
The greater striped swallow builds a bowl-shaped mud nest with a tubular entrance on the underside of a suitable structure. The nest has a soft lining, and is often reused in later years. The nest may be built in a cave or under a rock overhang or fallen tree. This species has benefited from its willingness to use buildings, bridges, culverts and similar man-made structures. Given the choice, it will select a high nest site.
The eggs are glossy white with a few brown spots; three eggs is a typical clutch. Incubation is by the female alone for 17 to 20 days to hatching. Both parents then feed the chicks. Fledging takes another 23 to 30 days, but the young birds will return to the nest to roost for a few days after the first flight.
Photo Estelle
Picnic or Fly Fishing at De Molen!!
We love discovering different things about Clarens! Have you heard about De Molen Farm? Just a few kilometres from Clarens town, on the way to Golden Gate, and situated in the Rooiberge Mountains, you will find De Molen.

The farm, which was established in 1872 and holds a 3-star rating with the South African Tourism Grading Council, offers three cottages as accommodation - Fisherman's Cottage, Oak Tree Cottage and Hideaway Cottage. 

Nestled in 360 degree panoramic mountain views. Explore the Maluti Drakensberg Mountains 
and the delights of picturesque Clarens, the art capital of the Free State.

Besides a perfect weekend place to stay over and relax, there are hiking and biking trails to use, gentle walks to do and caves to explore!

They also offer fly fishing on the farm! 
The rod fee is R200 per day for guests and visitors, with guests having preferance on availability. The terms are strictly catch and release.  

Contact Lin on +27 82 490 9186 or Brian on +27 82 927 3073 or click here for more info.
Don't forget to take a look at our price list!

Pricing of our stands ranges from R350 000 to R875 000 

Take a look at what is on offer here
Alternatively, pop us an email 
or contact us on +27 83 393 3351 if you would like to know more :)
11th March 2017
"Moonlight Serenade....."

On the 11th of March at 5pm, Sunset Serenade will perform a new program in Clarens.

To book tickets please call Ann de Boer on + 27 83 258 44 76

Clarens Trophy Land-Rover Fest - 17th March to 21st March 2017

Rebellie Game Farm and the area around Clarens is such an amazing 4×4 area, how can we not organize a Land-Rover festival for you guys!?
Africa Calling Adventures invites all Land Rover enthusiasts to join us, a good time will be had by all, young and old, and you would not want to be found guilty of missing out!

Rebellie Game Farm just outside Clarens in the Eastern Free State is where it will all happen. I am sure you are all familiar with the 2 amazing 4×4 routes on the farm. We are going to have fun! And if you do not know Rebellie. Where have you been hiding all this time! You need to get to know this amazing destination in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains!

18th to 21st March 2017

The 3Mountains Challenge is a multi-stage MTB Cycling & Trail Running event, that will be presented to the cycling & running community by AfriAdventures in conjunction with the Clocolan cycling community. This exciting event will take place from 18 to 21 March 2017 in and around the beautiful town of Clocolan in the Free State.

The event will cater for all levels of expertise by providing different routes and distances to select from. The organizers will also provide a category for U/16 and U/18 to compete in their respective age groups over 4 stages.
The race is for the entire family. It caters for a kiddies race, short distance for youth and fun riders, the long distance for the more experienced rider & runners.
The 3Mountains is a race over 4 days with 4 stages. It includes a Night race/prologue and 3 day stages. All stage’s are compulsory.

Click here for more info
With more STORYTELLING in their lives, people feel better. People feel bigger. People feel enlivened and energetic, more confident, and more powerful. Stories sway people’s thoughts, feelings and actions. People find meaning in stories which help make their lives less overwhelming. Stories provide inspiration and the possibilities of personal transformation. With organisations an essential aspect of living, it’s no wonder that so many people are putting storytelling to work.

From Wednesday the 22nd (evening) to Sunday the 26th (lunch) of March 2017, a fun and intensive storytelling skills workshop will be taking place at the serene Sunnyside Guest Farm, located in the Free State. (For more info on Sunnyside, go to

Storytelling is the art of influence, a fundamental attribute required for effective leading, managing, marketing, selling, consulting, coaching, facilitating, teaching, lecturing and training. Anyone for whom communication is an essential aspect of their work will benefit by attending the Wonder Workshop, and: 

Develop practical storytelling skills.
  • Increase confidence in public speaking and other interactions where communication is at the core.
  • Learn skills in creating new, original stories for use at work, by crafting stories for maximum impact.
  • Gain an appreciation of how storytelling differs from other forms of communication.
  • Identify the key elements of a story, distinguish different kinds of stories, and choose the right stories for different occasions.
  • Understand the common features and major differences between literal and metaphorical storytelling, and when to apply each type at work.
  • Gain knowledge of the wide variety of ways in which storytelling can be put to purposeful, prophet-able and profitable use in organizations leadership development, self-effectiveness, team building, strategic planning, diversity management, and personal and organizational change and transformation.
  • Strengthen the creative aspects of their being - inspiration, imagination, intuition and innovation.

The cost of the Wonder Workshop is R12 800 for people from the business and public sectors, with a 50% discount for self-employed individuals and those from the non-profit sector, R6 400. This includes facilitation fees and accommodation and food. 

To book your place, and for more information on the workshop, simply follow this link:
Die Clocolan Landbougenootskap is in 1951 gestig en die eerste skou is gehou. Dit was deur die jare ‘n Landbouskou met sy afdelings van graanproduksie, vee, uitstallings en vermaak. Vanaf 1987 het die Oos-Vrystaatse Veteraan Trekker- en Enjinklub ‘n afdeling geword en deelgeneem aan die jaarlikse skou wat gehou is.
In 1995 het die Munisipaliteit die opsie aan die Landbougenootskap gegee om die perseel te koop. Dit is gedoen en die skougronde is die privaat eiendom van die Landbougenootskap. Vanaf 1998 het die skou sy huidige vorm gekry. Daar word gepoog om die plaaslewe van vanmelewe lewendig te hou en uit te bou.
Tans bied ons die volgende aan:
  • Uitstallings van Veteraan Trekkers, masjinerie en enjins.
  • Klipkoringmeul wat deur ‘n stoomenjin aangedryf word.
  • Koringdorsmasjien deur ‘n stoomenjin aangedryf.
  • Eksklusiewe stalletjies .
  • Demonstrasies van vanmelewe se vaardighede.
  • Vee uitstalling van verskeie bees- en skaaprasse.

Die gemeenskap van Clocolan raak egter al kleiner maar met die entoesiasme van die betrokkenes groei die fees steeds en ons verbeter die terrein. Wat betref die persone wat diep spore getrap het in die verlede dink ons aan o.a. aan:
Breda van Reenen
Villiera Viljoen
Jan Viljoen van Van Aardtsdraai
Paul Viljoen
Rina Viljoen
Roelie Jordaan
Frans Pieterse
Hennie Swanepoel en vele meer.

Met elkeen se voortgesette bydraes hoop die komitee om die fees nog vir jare aan te bied en uit te brei.
OverlandX Africa Expo is coming!
Make sure you book your ticket for the biggest overland and 4×4 event of 2017

So what exactly defines overlanding? Overland travel includes discovering remote locations, cultures other than your own and being self-reliant in unfamiliar territories for multiple days in your 4×4 vehicle. Let’s not forget that it includes spending some quality time in the great outdoors with close friends and family.
Well, with the upcoming OverlandX Africa Expo happening at The Old Mill Drift in Clarens, Free State from 31 March 2017, you’ll get to experience all that and more!
OverlandX, the brainchild of Robert Dziubdziela, was born from a passion to explore our beautiful country whilst pushing his Overland vehicle to the absolute extreme. Rob, founder of Xpedition Africa, has been an avid overlander and adventure enthusiast for most of his life.
The event is set to be the biggest of its kind with more than 150 exhibitors expected to attend. From overland and 4×4 accessories to lifestyle and adventure operators, you’ll be able to not only enjoy a weekend of remote camping in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, but also get to see (and purchase) the latest and greatest gear and toys on the market.
The Venue:
Nestled between the majestic Maluti Mountains, embraced by nothing but panoramic views of peaceful horizons, the crystal-clear waters of the Caledon River, and the swaying grasslands of the Eastern Free State Highlands, lies the Old Mill Drift Guest Farm.
Gifted to Colonel Hull by Queen Elizabeth II, for his bravery in the Boer War, steeped in history, this masterpiece of Mother Nature has been the canvas for many guests to create unforgettable memories. Some of the farm’s historical buildings were transformed into chalets that today offer visitors the comforts of modern living, without sacrificing the charm of yesteryear.

The farm’s fruitful landscape is enclosed in parts by forest and saturated with three natural springs, three dams (summer season only), a few small waterfalls, and various natural pools that will soak the soul of any wary traveler.
Because of its central location, The Old Mill Drift is the perfect halfway mark for 4×4 enthusiasts traveling from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern, Northern and Western Cape.

click here for more info!
For those serious riders!

The Maluti Double90 is a team time trial over 180 km. The event takes place on Saturday 1 April 2017 and is limited to 120 teams.
Teams can enter up to 12 riders per team, with the time of the 6th rider across the finish line being taken as the official team time.
Teams can enter one of three categories:
Mixed (minimum of 3 riders of the opposite sex in the first 6 finishers)
Open (any combination of gender)
Entries will open at 13h00 on 28 November 2016 and will close as soon as 120 teams have entered or at close of business on 13 March 2017, whichever comes first. Entries will only be taken online, at R7 800 per team.
The start and finish will be at the President Square, Clarens. The route will take teams from Clarens to Bethlehem to follow the R26 before turning right onto the undulating R714 towards Warden and Eenzaamheid. Thereafter it’s a right turn onto the R57 towards Kestell before the last stretch on the R712 which includes a tough hilly section through the Golden Gate national park. The route is generally undulating, with some steep and tough hills in the last 40 km. This is not a ride for beginners.

Click here for more information
Have you ever wanted to sleep in a cave?!! 

Canibal Hike Clarens - 7th April 2017

Come and spend an adventure weekend with us in magical Clarens...

We arrive at basecamp late Friday afternoon early evening (welcome braai incl)... after breakfast the next morning (included) we will hike (carry all self-catering) to the cave where we will spend the night like the people from days gone past. The most incredible sunrise will wake you.. and after breakfast we will hike back down to base camp from where we will leave...


COST Incl base camp accomodation.. 1 night in the cave.. welcome braai on Friday night and breakfast on day 1/hiking permit all included.
Members.. R800.00pp
Non-members... R1000.00pp
DEPOSIT OF R400.00pp secures your place payable before 3 February 2017 as there is booking deadline due to popularity at venue.

Bookings or 0767373910...
Lush is back! Get excited!! 

Make LUSH 2.0 your destination for the most idyllic Easter Weekend breakaway. 

LUSH 2.0 - Easter 2017

April 14 - 16 (Gates open 12pm on Thursday 13th for camping)

Address: Linwood Farm, R711, Clarens, Free State

Please note that NO UNDER 18's MAY CAMP ON SITE. Under 18's are welcome to attend daily with parents/responsible adults but are not allowed to camp.

Click here for more info and tickets -

**Please Note: Tickets are Non-Transferable and T&C’s apply

Q  Which fictional detective was created by GK Chesterton?

a) Father Brown
b) Hercule Poirot
c) Sherlock Holmes
d) Inspector Morse

Answer to last month's question: Amortisation is similar to: b) depreciation
Stay safe....:)
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