Entries by Brian

From Russia with love!


They came, they hiked – and they liked…

Sebastian and Auer families -some from Austria – visit Paardeplaats


At short notice they announced their arrival: Werner Sebastian and family Theresa, Janique and Andreas, with life long friend Dr Wolfgang Auer and his son Pauli, all the way from Austria. They wanted to fish – and be fed. So Brian said fine, there shall be fish – and food.

Paardeplaats Accommodation


All the way from the fairest Cape came the Van Rensburg family. Rewarded with many a good braai, super sunsets and – the regular sighting of the Gurney Sugarbird.

CSIR Water Governance Research Group visit Paardeplaats


They came, they saw and – they’ll be visiting Lydenburg and Sekhukune again – to research water affairs in this area. A glorious, clever and oh so young group!! Fabien Chalbos, al ze way from Montpellier, France, studying water engineering, dr Richard Meissner, international politician, Cebile Ntombela, water governance researcher, Shanna Nienaber, busy with a […]

Flyfishing at Paardeplaats


OK we know, it’s a small dam – but don’t be misled – it’s not that easy to catch your rainbow trout in the Paardeplaats pond. Lucas Nkuna always gets it right when other fisherfolk give up. And he is always handy to help you cast your fly.

Lydenburg Accommodation – runners stay over


OK, so it’s not every day that we have celebrities check in at Paardeplaats Nature Retreat! All the way from Middelburg, came farmer Piet Schoeman and bean counters Chris du Plessis and Charmaine van der Merwe. And not light weights, these three. The Sudwala marathon on Saturday 5 May was just one of the regulars […]

Easter Sunday “Sonrise” service April 2012


We expected the same handful of last year – 20, 30 odd people gathering at the cross on the Jesus Hill on the Longtom Pass on Easter Sunday just before 6 am. Brian and I had to rush from Dullstroom because the guest house was booked with Easter guests and we were kicked out to […]

Paardeplaats Bird List – Courtesy Dawie de Swardt


BIRD LIST Of the PAARDEPLAATS NATURE RESERVE & SURROUNDS (LONG TOM MOUNTAIN PASS), LYDENBURG Total Species Recorded in area: 198          * Breeding Records   62 [ ] Grey Heron 63 [ ] Black-headed Heron 65 [ ] Purple Heron 71 [ ] Cattle Egret 81 [ ] Hamerkop 83 [ ] White Stork 84 [ […]