Friday night was just us and Dimitri as most opted to come Saturday Morning, and for those who used GPS's late Saturday afternoon. It was clear from this that you must have a map, especially if you have a GPS, as those who used maps took three hours less than those who relied solely on gps's.
Saturday we took the amazing walk through this property that goes through stunning bushveld, with occasional views of the mountains to the North, before one arrives at the southern escarpment. Here one sees miles of bushveld rolling out to eternity before descending down to the pools. We enjoyed a good swim with bright sunshine before heading up the stream to camp , disturbing a troop of baboons on route.
Late that evening the rest of the group arrived, and we had an interesting and heated discussion about the merits of GPS's and the wisdom of using unrelated co-ordinates.
The next day was overcast drizzly weather and Paul & Vanessa wisely chose to cycle on this day, doing an 80km trip that went down the beautiful Trichardts pass, going back was hard work as the road climbed up and down along the Waterberg. Some great sightings of game was had with rhino and Sable being the highlights. The rest of the group went to Marakele in the morning for some game viewing as well as taking the spectacular drive up to the top of Kransberg.
Hiking was again the main activity on Monday although some had still not had enough of getting lost and went on a short mountain bike trip that became somewhat longer after missing the very obvious turn off back to camp...
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:24:]]We will be based at a place called Berg-en-stroom nearby Thabazimbi and Marekele National Park (probably worth a day trip from Berg en stroom) I visited the place in January and it's really a lekker place. Accommodation rates are R150 per person per night and camping is R 80 per person per night. From the accommodation we can do some great day hikes - fairly shortish I think 12 & 7 km. I plan that everyone sorts out their own breakfast and lunches and that we do dinners together, which I am asking for R100 for. I have booked three nights as its not a far drive from Jozi. There is a great stream and rock pools for swimming nearby It is also underneath the vulture colony and so even birders might be entertained. Let me know if you are interested as there are only 8 beds and a further 6 may camp. Reduced fees apply to kids under 12.
BERG EN STROOM
BUSH CAMP AND HIKING TRAILS:
This tranquil holiday and weekend- getaway with it’s picturesque, natural beauty is situated high on the plateau with stunning views on one of the highest and most impressive rock peaks of the KRANSBERG Mountains, 27 km from Thabazimbi,
2 and half hours drive from JHB and PTA.
This escarpment also forms the southern border of the Marakele National Park and is the home of the largest colonies of Cape Vultures in Africa. The road from Thabazimbi takes one past the entrance of Marekele Nat. Park with it’s Bush veld vegetation, continuing up the beautiful gravel Bakker’s Pass on to the plateau where the vegetation changes to typical (Malaria free) unspoiled Waterberg region.
The camp looks out on a perennial stream flowing through a sparkling natural rock pool between huge rocks surrounded by beautiful and well kept grass lawns.
Exclusive, self catering accommodation for small groups 4 - 8 only, in a separate Log cabin on stilts – open plan: sleeps 4 with own en suite bathroom.
Stone build, thatched double storey chalet: 2 separate bedrooms up stairs.
Bedding/linen optional – see tariff list.
On the ground level is a communal (sharing with Log cabin “inmates”) fully equipped modern kitchen with all basic appliances, social-dining area with tables and chairs. Bathroom. Patio and braai facilities.
Own extra tent or caravan welcome – maximum group : 12 for the camp.
OUR HIKING TRAILS:
There are 2 Separate beautiful, self guided, well marked day trails to accommodate all levels of hikers: A must for all keen bird watchers and nature lovers!!
Klipspringer (8km) and Likkewaan (6,5 km) trails with lots of indigenous bushes, huge trees, interesting rock formations, natural rock pools to swim in, many species of birds and small game to be seen. (Small booklet available on all most interesting ecological and geological sitings, edible veld fruits, etc. on trails)
Mountain bike trails – bring own bikes.
Excellent bird watching/ including protected wetlands.
(more than 200 species)
Game viewing on our hiking trails.
Swimming in natural rock pools.
Unbelievable star gazing at night
Bush veld peace and tranquility!!
EXSTRA IN OUR AREA:
Day visit / game viewing and 4 x 4 trails in Marekele National Park (10km)
Welgevonden Lion breeding Centre (30km)
Golf course and Vulture Restaurant in Ben Alberts Nature Reserve (30km)