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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve~ take 1...the homestead

On our way to Somerset East and the Biltong Festival first....


                            A sunrise at Coega, the new harbour outside Port Elizabeth....

  
       A very pretty stall full of biltong and droewors .........



 Pity the lady wasn't so friendly....


    This stall was so typical of rural South Africa.....we loved how they displayed their menu....


and she greeted us with such a warm smile......


just look at her beautiful turban.....

                 
 



A pretty old church in the centre of  the town, Pearston....just outside Somerset East.


And on we journeyed to Mount Camdeboo Reserve.....along an expanse of "dirt" road! This reserve is a unique escape, concentrating on rehabilitation of endangered species, hence no lion.....
Needless to say, it kept us on the edge, as we walked  tracking a cheetah and came within a metre of it...my heart was pounding, this must have been the most exhilirating memory that will remain with me forever..., walked in a camp with Sable Antelope and discovered old ruins of the Anglo Boer war...
Truely a little piece of heaven on earth.....enjoy the photos....

Just had to sneak this one in.....



There are 3 Cape Dutch homesteads which have been lovingly restored to former glory.....this one was our home from home.....







  The resident tierboskat


The boma for the evenings.........



   Breathtaking views from the lawns............


Preparing for our afternoon tea.....


 The cupcakes the chef was preparing...so pretty with a sprinkling of fairy dust!




Romantic bedrooms.......sheer indulgence




Evening turndown after returning from your game drive.....so spoilt....









One of the hand reared "tierboskat's" with our guide


 I really fell in love with this little creature.....I wanted to bring him home!



African tablescapes around the boma..... (my photos don't do these next settings justice)





Animal print overlays and quills for the serviette rings.....gorgeous.....




So off to dreamland and I'll bring you the next episode in the morning





And who can resist these chocolates, a warm fire and some champagne awaiting!

See you in the morning!
Shel

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful!
    Even the cat is gorgeous.
    What a stunning post -- thank you.
    Visiting from TT -- Cass

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  2. Oh my gosh..You looks so pretty!

    And you know so does the lady with the turban..
    Your accomodations are spectacular:)

    Hubby looks happy too..glad you snuck him in..


    What a place..:)

    Glad for you.
    How well deserved..

    Fairy dust and all.

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