All you need to know about Us & Paardeplaats:
Your hosts Brian & Gerda in the Miners Canteen Kitchen
Our Core Values:
(In no particular order but none-the-less’, all important to us!)
We live in nature on Paardeplaats
Our Maker honoured us as the custodians of nature on Paardeplaats. We take this seriously!
We are committed to protecting nature.
We are committed to leaving a clean footprint in nature
On Paardeplaats Nature Retreat we care about people.
Within the framework of our policy towards nature, we will always do our best, for our guests
We like to encourage people to share in nature on Paardeplaats.
This is what motivates us on Paardeplaats Nature Retreat!
The Farm – Paardeplaats 154 JT:
Paardeplaats being 700ha in extent, was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve, in 1956. We are a haven for a host of sub-alpine fauna and flora species, and we are the breading ground for the Gurneys sugar bird. We have a variety of small game (oribi, grey rheebuck, mountain reed buck, duiker, klipspringers, blesbuck and often elande and kudus. There are also baboons, porcupines, honey badgers, brown hyenas, black-backed jackals, rooikatte and at times, sometimes frequently, even leopards). We boarder on the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve on our western boundry.
Our Beloved Family Pets on Paardeplaats:
Our farm dogs have been taught to ignore and not harm the birds and game. They are perfectly well behaved dogs that adore all people, especially children, to a fault! Please don’t spoil or feed them – they are not used to “people food”. They also love walking and would normally show you the way!
Unfortunately our beloved dog, Umjoji, whom many would remember, passed away on Monday 22nd February 2016, after a very trying 4 months, with a serious heart murmur. Hambe Gahle Umjoji!
On Saturday 27th May 2017 at 08h00 Pampata disappeared off the face of the earth, without a trace. We presume she was killed by those darn baboons or a leopard. We miss you Pampata!
In August 2017 we were generously given our new friend ‘Bono’, a Labrador, as a present, by Gerrit van der Nest. He’s a very lovable and intelligent dog! In April 2018 we were given a special gift by the Wilson family in town. Our black ‘Great Dane’, Shaka, is a magnificent specimen , standing well over 2 meters tall on his hind legs.
Our Friendly Paardeplaats Staff:
Our Staff, Lucas, Lungisile, and Velli are here to help make your stay as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. They will wash the previous nights dishes, clean and repack the fires at the hearth and the wood-stove each day, and clean the bathrooms.
Please discuss with Lucas, what time you would like them to arrive in the mornings – the normal time on weekends and holidays is 08h00
The Catering Facilities in the Miners Canteen:
Tobie enjoying the warmth at the Hearth
There is sufficient crockery and cutlery in the kitchen, for about 20 people. We have two large fridge / freezers, for all your meat, dairy and drinks, and an old, antique, evaporative cooler on the veranda for your vegetables and fruit. For cooking we have a 3 burner gas stove and a “Union Number 8”, wood burning stove, in the kitchen. The staff will light the stove for you and show you how the oven works, if you need it. If you want to have a braai, the fire at the cooking hearth, outside in the lapa, is always stacked and ready for you to use. We do have a few 3 legged pots, if you would like to cook a “potjie”, ask the staff member on duty to clean and have them ready for you.