"She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor: "winter is dead."

AA Milne 
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September " Spring" News 2016
Call it Spring Fever, call it Clarens Cuteness, call it Passionate about this Place, you choose!

Besides being excited about this gorgeous time of year, we are also excited to offer an opportunity to invest in our beautiful Estate!

Once in a while you come across a gem, so you are invited to take a look at our brand new price list! 

The above rendering is of a potential build design for one of our stands. Stand 801 to be exact. This is for a three bedroom, two bathroom home with ample entertainment areas, and nestled below Mount Horeb on 320 hectares of beautiful land.
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!
Darryl and Estelle spotted this beautiful serval on the Estate.....

Fun Facts about Serval :)
The serval is sometimes referred to as a small cheetah
Nicknames for the serval include: "bush cat" and "giraffe cat"
"Serval" is Portuguese for "wolf-deer"
A serval's ears are the largest of any cat in comparison to its body size
It also has the longest legs
No two servals have the exact same markings on their fur
The Ancient Egyptians used to worship servals for their grace and power

The serval (Leptailurus serval), also known as the tierboskat, is a wild cat found in Africa. It is the sole member of the genus Leptailurus.

The serval is a slender, medium-sized cat that stands 54–62 cm at the shoulder and weighs 9–18 kg. It is characterised by a small head, large ears, a golden-yellow to buff coat spotted and striped with black, and a short, black-tipped tail. The serval has the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size.

Active in the day as well as at night, servals tend to be solitary with minimal social interaction. Both sexes establish highly overlapping home ranges of 10 to 32 km, and mark them with excrement and saliva. Servals are omnivores – they prey on rodents (particularly vlei rats), small birds, frogs, insects and reptiles, and are also known to consume grasses. The serval uses its sense of hearing to locate the prey; to kill small prey, it leaps over 2 m above the ground to land on the prey on its forefeet, and finally kills it with a bite on the neck or the head. Mating takes place at different times of the year in different parts of their range, but typically once or twice a year in an area. After a gestational period of two to three months, a litter of one to four is born. Weaning occurs at one month, and kittens begin hunting on their own at six months. The juveniles leave their mother at 12 months.
The serval prefers areas with cover such as reeds and tall grasses and proximity to water bodies, such as wetlands and savannahs. It is rare in northern Africa and the Sahel, but widespread in southern Africa.

The serval is vulnerable to hyenas and wild dogs. It will seek cover to escape their view, and, if the predator is very close, immediately flee in long leaps, changing its direction frequently and with the tail raised. The serval is an efficient, though not frequent, climber; an individual was observed to have climbed a tree to a height of more than 9 metres to escape dogs. Like many cats, the serval is able to purr; it also has a high-pitched chirp, and can hiss, cackle, growl, grunt and meow.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) classifies the serval as least concern. It occurs in protected areas across its range, and hunting of servals is either prohibited or regulated in several countries.
Free Week of Entry to SANParks in September
Get up close and personal with Mother Nature for mahala at Mzansi’s breathtaking national parks!

South African National Park (SANParks) is again opening its doors for free from Monday, 12 September until Friday, 16 September as part of the annual South African National Parks Week. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.
The week-long campaign will be applicable to all the national parks managed by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders in Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park. Some of the parks will be extending the week to include the weekend.

For individual park dates please visit: 

According to SANParks Acting Head of Communications, Mr William Mabasa the objective of the week is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage. “When people start to take pride in the national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation”.

The idea of a national parks focus week is a world-wide campaign and was conceived in in South Africa in 2006, after realising that a vast majority of South Africans were not accessing the national parks.
The feature element of this campaign is the free access granted to all South African day visitors carrying their official Identity Documents. Young persons under the age of 16 will be allowed free access without proof of identity. It should be noted that the free access to the parks will not include accommodation and any commercial activities in the park such as guided safaris in vehicles or guided walks, etc. 
“This year’s SA National Parks Week will include exhibitions around the country at various key national parks which will represent the different geographical regions of SANParks. The expo will include cultural, conservation, nursery and tourism aspects from the community, rangers and various conservation entities in order to highlight the broader South African biodiversity landscape,” said Mabasa.
The annual SA National Parks Week has been made possible with support from First National Bank (FNB). “Once again, we hope that through allowing free access to our National Parks, we will succeed in encouraging all South Africans, to visit the beautiful parks our country has to offer. At FNB we understand that we have a responsibility to conserve and protect the environment and as corporate South Africa we have prioritised the reduction of our carbon footprint through our daily operations” says Kgosi Ledimo, CEO FNB Public Sector Banking.

Total South Africa has again stepped up to the plate to help South Africans access these beautiful acres of land across the country. Says Total’s GM:  Sales & Marketing, Qetello Zeka:  “We are very pleased to once again be involved in this project.  It is such a good initiative and one that will go far in helping to drive the message that we are all custodians of nature conservation and of our environment to the public.”

SANParks encourages all South Africans and especially educators and school groups to diarise these dates and plan a visit to a national park nearby. “The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa,” concludes Mabasa.
Share your visit to a National Park with us during SA National Parks Week using #SANationalParksWeek and tag @SANParks. 

Issued by: 
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170
William Mabasa
SANParks: Acting Head of Communications
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919
16th to 18th September

In Celebration of Heritage month, South African National Parks is inviting you to the African Spirituality Weekend which will be held in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains at Golden Gate (North Eastern Free State). This event will provide an incredible finale to SANParks Week.
The weekend package starts from R2200 which includes, 
*Accommodation (self-catering or bed and breakfast)
*A workshop presented by amazing speakers with incredible insights into African Spirituality
*Campfire storytelling with a wonderful traditional Basotho meal,
* Interpretative Herbal trail and identification of medicinal plants
*Full moon drumming experience at the Cathedral Cave and 
*A day visit to the sacred Motouleng Caves. 

For anyone interested in medicinal plants, culture and spirituality, exploring a different experience or adventure , this weekend is sure to prove unforgettable.

go to their facebook page for more info

2 River MTB Challenge
Bothaville, Free State
17th September 2016

Date: 17 September 2016 
Time: 09:00 
Event Cost: 65km - R 160,00 40km - R 120,00 25km - R 60,00 12km - R 30,00
Location: Bothaville
Distance: 65km, 40km, 25km, 12km
Organised by: Jan / Lieb / Marius
Phone: 083 329 1007 / 082 920 4841 / 082 946 2141

Pre Entries close on 14 Sep 2016. Entries will be accepted from 07:00 on race day but, there will be a late entry penalty of R30.

For the adventurous mountain biker looking for a challenge.
On the banks of the Vaal & Vals rivers you will find some fast flowing some tough going and some technical slowing Mountain Biking excitement.

24th September
Kaskar/Soapbox Car 2016
Gariep Dam Kaskar/Karnival


Build your own Soapbox Car / Kaskar and come and race with the best of them on the day. Challenge your friends and colleagues or businesses in the same line to a day of racing.

DATUM:  23 EN 24 Sept 2016 
Inskrywings  23 Sept 2016 
Fooi  R250 Vleisbraai geriewe is beskikbaar/Braai facilities are available
(contact Debbie to pay your fees) Debbie: 082 326 5714

Date  24 Sept 2016 
Ending at about    15:00-16:00

There will be prizes, venue will be determined later.
Visit for more info.

  About Gariep
Four and a half hours from Clarens, near the town of Norvalspont, bordering the Free State and Eastern Cape provinces, is the Gariep Dam. Its primary purpose is for irrigation, domestic and industrial use as well as for power generation. The Gariep Dam was originally named the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam after the first prime minister of the Republic of South Africa Hendrik Verwoerd on its commission in 1971. However, after the end of apartheid, the Verwoerd name was considered unsuitable. The name was officially changed to Gariep Dam on 4 October 1996. Gariep is Khoekhoe for "river", the original name of the Orange River.
Perfect Spring Recipe.....

Spring Green Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 2
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
12 stalks of asparagus, woody ends trimmed off and roughly chopped
1 zucchini, roughly chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch of spinach (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup basil and chives, roughly chopped
1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raw asparagus tips, thinly sliced
1/4 cup raw zucchini, thinly julienned
In a medium pot, heat up olive oil over medium heat.

Saute garlic until it start to turn golden.

Add asparagus, zucchini (make sure to reserve a few asparagus tips and about 2 inches of your zucchini for the topping), stock, red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper.

Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add spinach and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Let the soup cool down slightly and blend until smooth.

Serve with topping.
While the soup is simmering mash together herbs, almonds, olive oil and salt in a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, you can blend lightly.
Slice your reserved asparagus tips and zucchini thinly.
Toss with asparagus and zucchini and set aside.
So we're pleased to announce that Lush Festival will be back in 2017.

Fun had and lessons learned. We've made a few major changes and have a whole load of new camping (and parking) as well as a load of other surprises.

If you came to the first one this year we think you'll be very (pleasantly) surprised ... and expect an email from us some time tomorrow :) 

First phase Registration for Lush Festival 2017 in #Clarens is now open.

Register online at #Easter

Please join us on the next journey!!

Q  Who killed the Minotaur?

a) Cadmus
b) Theseus
c) Hercules
d)  Aegeus

Answer to last month's question: What is the name given to a new species of dinosaur recently found in a cupboard at Wits University, South Africa? c) Sefapanosaurus 
Go plant some artichokes! See you in Clarens soon!
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