Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge
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T3: Mitch had plotted a route home to keep us interested and off the tar. Unfortunately, what we couldn't see on the maps was the number of farm fences spanning the roads chosen. So after numerous dead-ends due to fences, we decided to choose the quickest route and head home. Got to Bronkorstspruit for a bite to eat, and the heavens opened. The rest of the route back to Jhb was done ...
... good. Easily managing upward of 120kph, so covering good ground. A Zeekoegat the GPS shows a shortcut to avoid maybe a 10km dog-leg onto the main road. Looks a far more interesting route, even if its only short. The bridge crossing the river here is dilapidated so it’ll be a ride through. The river however is wide enough and looks deep enough that it warrants a walk through. Mitch is off and stomping his way through, thigh depth at most and flowing but not to ...
... use a tout! I was horrified , but it was already too late. But the outcome was that we were through both sides of the border in 30 mins!
The 8th July is Anne Balmer's 60th birthday which was actually the reason for our trip. We were supposed to have had a champagne evening n the trip!
Doggy has always wanted to go to Ben Lavin reserve near Louis Trichardt, and even though th weather was bitterly cold and ...
... ovens, the traditional rondeval has a thick cooling wall and dense thatch which provides cool in the baking summers. It can also be built without resorting to importing bricks, so if you need a granny flat, just start mixing the mud and straw and you have it! One project is doing just that, finishing off the rondevals with bathrooms, running water and electricity.
... bodies are now in the local war cemetery.
Our next stop was at the monument to the 'Battle of Viiegenpan'. Nearby is the actual battle site and we overlooked a small thickly treed and scrub filled valley where the ambush by the Boers on a largish British group took place.
Legendary Outback Expeditions (LOE) run trips thru remote Australia and southern Africa - for more details go to www.guidebooks.com.au and follow the link to ...