Since the beginning of October 2016 and our lecture tour to the UK, Life has been very blessed and busy.
Trips to Antarctica and Iguassu Falls saw 2017 off to the most auspicious start, as if any was required. The variety of opportunity thankfully coming our way beggars belief.
Last month, I spoke at Lion’s Rock, outside Bethlehem. This Big Cat Sanctuary is relatively unknown, yet houses more than 100 felines, offering them hope and a better life. With large, natural enclosures and minimal human contact, they are doing incredible work amongst the Free State hills. Requiring nearly 4 tons of meat per week to feed their charges, Lion’s Rock is always appealing to local farmers for carcasses. Tours costing R150/person are conducted at 9am, 11am and 3pm daily, but the best time to visit is Tuesday and Friday mornings, when these magnificent beasts, including Tigers, are fed. Offering accommodation for 60 guests, conference facilities, cycling trails and a truly unique experience, Lion’s Rock deserves to be supported and visited.
I then shared some background to the Boer capitulation at Surrender Hill in the Brandwater Basin outside Clarens. We never tire of Clarens, Golden Gate and the gorgeous surrounding country. May Nick Durant Rest In Peace – especially sobering as a motorcyclist, passing the scene of a fatal bike crash at the Ash River turn-off.
We went to Mngazi River Bungalows for the very first time, and what a joy it was. This iconic property richly deserves its popularity with families, young and old alike. The thick coastal bush, the rolling hills, cattle on the beaches daily, and a laid back time-table. What is not to love? Did I mention the legendary seafood buffet served every Saturday evening? The road, from Kokstad, or Mthatha, however, is not to be rushed – your Journey should be part of your holiday, not only the destination.
Twin grandchildren, the joy of our lives, provide such pleasure daily, including coming to visit for a long weekend. As the Cruise Director on Crystal Serenity said, having recently become a grandfather – ‘Grandchildren provide an avenue and potential for spending money you never imagined possible’! But Oh what a delight in every sense.
Typing these few lines, en route to Lion Sands for a talk later today, provides plenty of time to reflect upon the blessings Life so richly provides us, and leaves me believing unequivocally that I really am living the dream. Part of that dream is a better future for all South Africans, please.