Golden Gates & Kiara Lodge

20 11 2012

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Got on the road early on the morning of the 16th of November, an overcast and cool day was soon left behind to a sunny and warm afternoon as we climbed Oliphants Pass into the Freestate, passing Sterkfontein Dam and into the Golden Gates Reserve. The road snakes its way through the valley with the beautiful rock formations on each side, as the sun was was setting in the west the eastern rock face looked like molten gold. Shortly after passing through the reserve we arrived at our destination called Kiara Lodge. Booked in and made a quick braai and a few beers and then it was bed time.

Woke up early with the most amazing view on the mountains. Had a hearty breakfast had headed off to the nearest town called Clarens. Most of the day was spent on the road driving around the beautiful freestate towns and roads. Got back to the lodge at about 3pm and didn’t waste any time to head down to the bass dam located on the property. The first cast yielded a bass and then the second cast a second bass, granted they were small but even the small ones put up a decent fight. The rest of the afternoon was spent fishing surrounded by the beautiful surroundings.

Sunday arrived all too soon and after another hearty breakfast we packed our bags and climbed back into the car and headed back to Durban. All in all a beautiful weekend away in the Eastern Freestate. I can recommend that if you get a chance you visit this area.


Golden Gates – A place of beauty

19 11 2012

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Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park’s sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.

This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals including black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebra – and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs. Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.

Cool highveld summers with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and cold winters with occasional snow transform the Golden Gate National Park into a white wonderland.

Activities include Short nature trails varying from 1 hour to 5 hours (no bookings required), Game viewing at leisure in own vehicles, Guided excursions, night drives, video shows and lectures during school holiday periods. Environmental education courses (varying from 1 to 5 days), Bowls, tennis, table tennis and snooker. Horse-riding during peak periods. Swimming in the natural pool at Glen Reenen


Spearfishing In Cape Vidal

15 11 2012

Another beautiful place in South Africa – Cape Vidal….

Good Day Fishing….

9 11 2012

A good day fishing – St Lucia second beach “ngwe” beach…The shad were thick in the water…

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