Swartberg Country Manor
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... plans would be communicated to David. We headed off with the bus and loaded trailer and were joking about what David might do if he came out to find no bus and trailer. We were about 200m. down the road, still contemplating what his reaction might be…..when the driver Vivian says he's chasing us!!
We looked around to see David sprinting, jumping down embankments, ...
... had a huge 'ostrich boom' - everyone was growing rich. Now there are still ostrich farms - just not as many rich people. It rained while we were there which made ostrich farm tours a no go - "you cannot saddle a wet ostrich". But we ate scrambled ostrich eggs (like chicken egg), ostrich BBQ and ostrich jerky. Apparently you can do a hard boiled egg but ...
... the top of the pass were as spectacular as its reputation promised. The road descending on the other side was paved and proved to be equally endless. We wondered how we would have fared if we had ridden this route on a bicycle 56km back to the lodge. We were thankful to our Dutch friends for driving the full route including the difficult Swartberg Pass that tested the power of the small car with four adults inside.
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... so he soon stopped :) That evening we had a farewell Braii for the interns Kim and Demi at the house with Craig, Garrett, Adrian and Garth. Was a fun night with good food and company and even better music ( of course it was my phone playing ;)). Me and luc polished off a bottle Amarula, The African baileys....yummy.
Day 2 - Woke up feeling like death :( Cannot drink on a schools night so decided to go in at 10am :) At the ranch we made silk and meal ...
... kitchen she has a very warm feel to it. She makes the best savory and sweet crepes.
We then met her neighbor who took us on a tour of his ostrich farm which was enlightening. Ostriches are very difficult to raise, and with the bird flu rampant, it's hard to export the meat these days. Only 7% of the South African population can afford to eat ostrich meat. The other 93% ...