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Pay now & Stay later at Naries Namakwa Retreat

Wide open landscapes,  clear skies with millions of stars, unique plants,  a variety of birds and animals – and on top of that luxurious accommodation and warm hospitality – await guests at Naries Namakwa Retreat near Springbok in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, when travel restrictions are lifted.

With this in mind and looking specifically towards locals travelling,  Naries now offers a gift voucher at 30% off on all three of their accommodation options.  The Mountain Suites,  Manor House Guest Rooms and the two self-catering cottages offer different experiences within this nature reserve on the edge of the Spektakelberg between the N1 towards Namibia and the West Coast. 

“Pay now and stay later” is the ideal way to assist the staff at Naries and keep the business ticking over during this lock down period.  Guests are able to book their accommodation until 31 May 2021 using the voucher, which offers enough flexibility to plan travelling when it suits.

“Namaqualand is known for its isolation, tranquillity and peaceful environment, and we believe these characteristics are what will draw visitors back to our Retreat soon,” says Naries GM Julene Hamman.   “This is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries and we can’t wait to host visitors again.”

The discounted rate is only available if directly booked at reservations@naries.co.za after which a gift voucher will be sent to you for use until end-May 2021. Visit our website at www.naries.co.za to find out more about our accommodation, facilities and activities in the region.

A similar offer is available at our sister company, d’Olyfboom Family Estate in Paarl, Western Cape. Enquire at reservations@dolyfboom.co.za to find out more.

 

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Written by Heather Richardson

Courtesy of www.safaribookings.com

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The semi-desert region of Namaqualand sprawls across the Northern Cape of South Africa and into Namibia, about six hours north of Cape Town. Namaqualand is usually associated with the dazzling wildflowers that bloom across the area each spring. However, the region has a lot going for it at any time of year. This includes remote, wild beaches and 4x4 trails as well as a range of hiking and mountain biking routes. The Orange River flows through the region, marking part of the border between South Africa and Namibia. There are several parks and nature reserves, such as the coastal Namaqua National Park. For those wanting to escape the city for a weekend or as a stop-off on an overland trip through Southern Africa, Namaqualand has plenty to offer. Here are five great reasons to visit.

 

1. Wildflowers

 

Wildflowers are almost synonymous with Namaqualand, but they don’t bloom for long. They usually begin to flower in late July and early August, depending on the rains. By September, many of the flowers have already died. As such, you need to plan ahead, especially if you intend to stay in the area overnight. But it’s worth it to see the multicoloured patchwork carpets that blanket the fields during this spring period. Namaqualand has over 4,000 plant species, including around 1,000 endemics. You can admire the flowers via various hiking and cycling routes, along which you’ll find picnic sites and places to overnight. Popular destinations include Hantam National Botanical Garden in Nieuwoudtville and Namaqua National Park.

 

2. City escapes

 

Throughout the year, Namaqualand is a refuge for city-dwellers in need of some space and silence. To beat the crowds, the best time to visit is outside wildflower season, from October to June. Take advantage of the quiet trails for long, satisfying days of hiking, running or braaimountain biking. Or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend away, chilling out with a beer and a braai, the South African version of a barbecue. There are challenging 4x4 routes to try out, many with stunning views along the way. Spend the nights stargazing, far away from any city lights, and wake up to the sound of birdsong.

 

3. Wildlife

 

It’s not just flora that you’ll find in Namaqualand, but plenty of fauna, too. It’s home to what is thought to be the smallest tortoise in the world, the Namaqua speckled padloper. If you’re very lucky, you might see the rare aardwolf or an African wildcat. There are klipspringer antelopes, bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes and black-backed jackals. Birders have plenty to keep them busy, too. Species at Naries Namakwa Retreat specifically include the Verreaux’s eagle, African harrier-hawk, Cape eagle owl, Karoo lark, fairy flycatcher and dusky sunbird. You can spot many of these birds from your lodge or by taking a walk around one of the reserves. Goegap Nature Reserve, just outside Springbok, is home to 92 species of birds.

 

4. River excursions

 

Namaqualand is split in two by the Orange River. Little Namaqualand is to the south of the river and the northern part is known as Great Namaqualand. This river runs across the width of South Africa, from the Drakensberg right through to Namibia. You can go rafting or canoeing down the river, either as a half-day excursion or as a multiday trip. Take a swim to cool off after a hike and keep an eye out for the many birds often seen along the banks.

 

5. Windswept beaches

 

Namaqualand borders the Atlantic coast of South Africa, where rugged beaches are battered by the ocean waves. This coastline is known for its old shipwrecks, some of which you can visit on a 4x4 tour. You might also spot whales or dolphins from the pristine beaches. Namaqua National Park has a coastal section. Here, you can admire the ocean views, spot flamingos and walk amongst the flowers and succulents that grow along the shore.

 

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Visitors to Naries Namaqua Retreat are blown away by the rich variety of animal- and bird life in and around the lodges.  As guests are welcome to meander anywhere on their own and on guided walks with our guides, its a wonderful opportunity to see and photograph some of the endemic birds and animals of this remote region. 

Many viewings take place at our watering holes and we love sharing some of these pics with you.  We’re sneaking in one of our cute little Klipspringer antelope as well – so enjoy!

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Verreaux’s Eagle (above),  previously known as the Black Eagle, is widespread throughout Southern Africa. They favour mountainous terrain where dassies (rock hyrax) form a large percentage of their diet. Like many of the large birds of prey, they mate for life and can often be spotted foraging in pairs along cliffs and mountain ranges. 

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The African Harrier-Hawk (above) is an agile raptor wonderfully adapted to a life of opportunism. Whilst like most raptors, they can appear quite majestic in flight the Gymnogene will also often be seen dangling from one leg while raiding a bird nest with the other in a most animated, clumsy fashion. They are fun to watch!

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The Klipspringer (above) is a small sturdy antelope, with unbelievable sure-footedness as it leaps from boulder to boulder in treacherous mountain terrain. 

The coat of the Klipspringer ranges from a yellowish-gray to a reddish-brown and they are superbly camouflaged in the mountainous habitat it prefers.  Females are slightly larger and heavier than males and they're often spotted in small groups of 2 to 5 individuals on the rocky outcrops of Spektakel Pass. 

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Dudley Wessels - Tour Guide Extraordinaire: An Interview

DUDLEY WESSELS – NAMAQUALAND GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE  AND ALL-ROUND GREAT GUY!!

Interview by:  Jeanene Jessnitz.

 

Dudley Wessels is Naries’ Preferred  Guide for the whole of Namaqualand and all our guests who’ve spent time with him, talk about their experience in glowing terms. Contact Dudley directly at 083-305-2569 to book a tour and enjoy an unforgettable experience!

 

1.       Where did you develop the love for what you do?

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and nature, and love working and sharing with like-minded people

2.       How long have you been in the conservation/tourism world?

Oh heavens, approximately 20 years full-time I think? I’ve always been into nature and completed a game rangers’ course way back in my 20’s. I worked for a mining company for many years and when it became obvious that rehabilitation and conservation were not on their list of priorities, that’s when I decided that this wasn’t for me and decided to quit and focus on what I believe is the really important issue i.e. conservation and sustainable utilization.

3.       How long have you lived in Namaqualand?

Since 1992. Before that I was at the Chamber of Mines in Gauteng, and no, I have never looked back. This is home.

4.       The area has been extensively mined. Is there still anything to see here?

Oh, absolutely. There is plenty to see and experience. This is such a diverse habitat. Insects, reptiles, plants – an incredible biodiversity out there, but you have to get out into the veld to see and experience it. From a car window it looks like nothing. You need to get into the veld.

5.       You are quite an acclaimed 4x4 guide. I believe you are a 4x4 instructor too?

I am not so sure about the “acclaimed” but yes I am 4x4 guide and an accredited 4x4 assessor.

6.       Why is it necessary to have 4x4 training? Can’t anyone just put their vehicle into four wheel drive and go for it? What could possibly go wrong?

What could go wrong? A lot can go wrong. You can kill yourself – or your loved ones. You can irreparably damage your expensive vehicle. Proper 4x4 training keeps you safe. Knowing the fundamentals of 4x4 driving will prevent you from damaging your vehicle and understanding the forces at play.

A large portion of formal 4x4 instruction is dedicated to bush-craft and conservation – to minimize your footprint in a natural environment. You’ve seen the damage that 4x4 vehicles in the wrong hands can do. Proper 4x4 training includes bush etiquette – how you ought to behave in the veld. A lot of the damage done by vehicles is through pure ignorance – people don’t even realize what harm they’re inflicting. With proper training, not only do you minimize the risk of hurting yourself or your vehicle, but your whole experience becomes far more enjoyable. One does 4x4 to take you to remote and beautiful places. You want to enjoy the trip, not spend it so stressed out or anxious that you fail to be able to enjoy the beauty around you and to leave it as you found it or cleaner!

7.       Are first time 4x4 drivers welcome on your tours?

Absolutely! I will go through every manoeuvre and technique with you step by step. You won’t feel out of your depth and we progress at your pace. That’s what training is all about. When you panic, you tend to make silly, and sometimes, dangerous mistakes. We avoid those situations completely.

8.       You’re quite famous throughout Namaqualand. What would you say are the traits what make a good tourist guide?

Passion. Passion for your environment and the enjoyment of sharing it with others. Compassion too – understanding the needs of your guests. A sound knowledge of your environment and the wider area.

What a great pleasure and privilege to be in a position to reveal the gems of our region to visitors and to provide them with the ultimate Namaqualand experience!

A good tour guide is strongly conservation-minded. You are the link between the experience and the guest, and there are two principles that a good guide will always adhere to. Number one, you will never compromise the environment (and yes, sometimes you get guests that through ignorance might want to do something that will go against that principle – it is your job as a guide to prevent this and to educate people at the same time as to why you will not allow it. Secondly, your responsibility as a guide is to provide your guests with the ultimate experience. You are the interpreter between the environment and your guests. You bear the interests of both Nature and your guests at heart.

Other important characteristics of a good guide would be reliability, field ethics, punctuality and of course that you are aptly qualified and have the necessary accreditation and training behind your name.

9.       You’re quite a photographer too. When did you start this hobby?

Back in 1976. My first camera was a Pentax MX. I’ve been hooked ever since. My favourite is probably macro photography, but I love landscapes, children, people, and sport/adventure photography. It’s hard to pinpoint which I enjoy most. I’ve also worked as a professional sports photographer – motorcar racing, adventure sports. I still freelance for sporting events.

10.   You also do specialist botany and photography tours – how do these work?

These are really exciting tours. I get to share with guests the little things that they may miss in the veld. Tiny spider webs, or succulents, or the shapes and folds in our mountains – depending on the interests of the guest. I’m also more than willing to assist people who have just taken up photography. They have the camera, but not yet the skill. Also, for many, nature photography is something new. It helps when you have someone who can “read” animal behaviour or knows when shadows will fall where and where to find specific subjects the photographer may be looking for.

11.Naries Namaqua Retreat receives regular requests for your guiding services. You take guests out for the day and return in the evening to the luxury and comfort of Naries and then head out the following day again. Is there enough to see and experience in and around Naries to keep the visitors busy for 3 or 4 days, or do is it always the same route?

Without a doubt. Naries Namaqua Retreat is wonderfully central and we never follow the same route. Different groups have different needs and desires, so what works really well is when we have 3 or 4 days together and in the evenings, we recap the day over a sundowner and plan the next day’s adventures. There is such a diversity of experiences and places to visit using Naries as the hub, no two days will ever be the same.

11.   You also do cultural tours – is there really a market for this? Don’t people only come to Namaqualand for the flowers?

Cultural tourism is very popular these days. It’s a worldwide phenomenon in tourism. Visitors are no longer satisfied with only seeing the glitzy “touristy” things. They want to know how the ordinary people live, what they do, eat, etc. I know a lot of the local folks and I  have developed firm friendships in many of the small local villages. Cultural tourism should always be non-intrusive and respectful of the people generously providing a tourist with a glimpse of their daily lives. It’s about mutual respect and trust.

12.   What if I don’t have a 4x4 – will you still be able to show me around?

Most definitely. These are often the nicest tours because we are all in the same vehicle. We see the same things while we are out. If your convoy is too large, the last vehicles may miss sightings that the first vehicles enjoyed.

13.   Anything you’d like to add?

Not really, other than the assurance that I will give you an experience to remember – whatever time of year you’re visiting Namaqualand.

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If you’re a fan of outdoor dining,  you can treat yourself to a lavish picnic basket in February when visiting Naries Namakwa Retreat! 

 

Our 3 exotic Mountain  Suites are perfect for breakaways with tranquillity and privacy a natural part of the experience.  Our recently renovated Manor House suites are spacious, luxurious and although part of the main buildings, have private patio’s and an extensive garden with many nooks and crannies for a picnic hideaway experience.   

 

PICNIC OFFER (Mountain Suites and Manor House Suites)

Naries is famous for its lavish Picnics and as our Manor House and Mountain Suite Accommodation packages include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, we offer visitors in February the opportunity to book a picnic for two INSTEAD of Dinner.

 

We will pack the basket full of luscious goodies and guests are welcome to choose a spot in the gardens, at their own unit on the deck or patio or at the spectacular viewing point to enjoy their picnic.   

 

PCINIC OFFER (Self-catering cottages)

Our fully equipped Self-catering cottages do not include meals as part of the package,  but for R600 per couple, we will pack your picnic basket brimful of goodies to share,  either at your cottage or at another spot of your choice.

 

RESERVATIONS:  Contact Susan at reservations@naries.co.za to book your Picnic experience as part of your accommodation.  

 

T’s and C’s

·         State clearly that you want to book the February special offer picnic as part of your accommodation package as we need at least 7days’ confirmation to ensure preparation goes smoothly.

·         Arrival on the day of the picnic must be before 18h00 to ensure your picnic can be set up in the venue of your choice.

 

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Fabian Adams started working on Naries in March this year as an intern. Part of his training was exposure to all the facets of tourism – from scullery and housekeeping to frontline dealing with guests.

After this exposure, he was placed as a guide-in-training. In South Africa, being s tourist guide without the necessary accreditation and registration is illegal and both the “guide” as well as his/her employer can face heavy penalties and fines if caught. However, the system does make provision for guides in training and we are confident that Fabian will receive his accreditation within this year.

Q & A WITH FABIAN.

1.       Who is Fabian?

I am Fabian Adams. I come from Kamieskroon which is 76km South of Springbok.

2.       Were you born in Kamieskroon?

Fabian: No, I was born in Garies, but grew up in Kamieskroon

3.       Tell me about your family

Fabian: I have my mother and a younger sister. My father passed away 10 years ago. My sister is also doing an internship at the Kamieskroon Primary School.

4.       Where does your interest in Tourism originate? Are any of your friends and family also in tourism?

My mother, Angeline, is involved with Ouma Hanna se Kookkas in Kamieskroon. They offer traditional Nama food and also make traditional Nama “kappies” (bonnets) (Ouma Hanna is very well-known and a bit of a Namaqualand celeb like Grietjie from  Garies was) There I saw the interest in Namaqualand and the potential in tourism. When I got the opportunity to become an intern on Naries, I did not hesitate. Here I am training to become a tourist guide.

5.       How have you experienced it so far?

 So far I find it very interesting and I am learning new things every day. My aim is to attract more tourists to our country and also to Naries.

6.       And now the difficult question. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I will have completed my training. I want to be one of the best tourist guides in Namaqualand. Once I have completed my basic accreditation, I really would like to study further and expand on my guide qualifications. I would also like to write a book on my experiences as a guide.

7.       Doesn’t it get lonely sometimes with your family so far away?

 I miss my family, but I get on well with everyone on Naries and the people here are all like family to me.

8.       How often do you see your family?

I work 21 days and 7 days off. When I have the week off, I go home to Kamieskroon.

9.       Well, Fabian, we wish you all success in your new career and we will be watching your progress with great interest.

Thank you very much and thank you Naries for the opportunity. 

 

 

 

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BACKGROUND

Flower season is upon us again and visitors from all over the world flock to Namaqualand to admire this annual event, returning home with thousands of photographs and good memories of their experiences. Photos can never replace the actual experience of being there and allowing your senses to absorb this miracle of life.

NAMAQUALAND PLANT SPECIES – WHY ARE THEY SPECIAL?

Many of the plants are really, really tiny – no larger than the tip of your little finger. Others are rather extravagant in their size and colour. However, they all share one thing in common. Over thousands of years, they have all magnificently adapted to the harsh Namaqualand climes. Such is their adaptation that many of our plant species are endemic (occurring only here and nowhere else in the country or the world). Because these plants are so well adapted to very specific habitats, many of them are also rare, endangered or even critically endangered. 

PLANT POACHING FEEDS HUMAN GREED

And now the story gets ugly. Human greed and Man’s obsession to own rare things has led to a surge in plant poaching. Where do plant poachers gravitate to when looking for rare specimens? Naturally Namaqualand, with its high endemism, is a paradise for these ruthless environmental thugs.  Posing as tourists coming to enjoy the flowers, these collectors rape and pillage without a thought beyond wanting this special plant in their personal collection.

WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?

Let’s be clear on what the law says:

It is illegal to destroy, disturb or remove indigenous plants or any parts thereof. Collecting seed-heads or cuttings or an entire plant is a criminal offence which can land one in jail and/or with a hefty fine and a criminal record.

I often hear the argument that the production of these plants in nurseries and gardens is a way of conserving them, but consider the following:

·         Most smuggled plants die in transit anyway

·         Smuggling plants leads to the spreading of plant pathogens and diseases - the repercussions of which we have no clue. South African plants are adapted to South African conditions and there is a balance in nature that keeps everything under control.  A smuggled plant might be harbouring mould spores or other pathogens which, let loose in an environment with no natural controls, can wreak havoc in its new environment

·         Nurserymen are fond of hybridizing and genetically manipulating for larger flowers, unusual foliage colour/shape or whatever their interest is. These hybrids are of no use to nature – in fact they are a threat to the original plant

·         Poachers do not EVER have the environment in mind. It’s a money game. Unadulterated greed.

 

WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO EACH OF US?

If you are in possession of protected plants, you need a permit and proof of purchase. Genetic testing will quickly show up the origin of the plant i.e. whether it comes from a nursery and/or was taken out of habitat. When purchasing a protected plant you need to make sure that the nursery has the necessary permits.

In South Africa, plants may not cross provincial borders without an export permit from the one province and an import permit from the other.

It may seem to you that “just this one little plant/cutting is not going to destroy Namaqualand”, but think again. If everyone thought this way, then it certainly would. By smuggling plants - whether for your own collection or for the black market - you are perpetuating a problem. Face it, we all tend to be hypocrites in some areas of our lives, “I’ll take a chance with this cutting, but I hate litterbugs”, “I’m dead against rhino poaching, but I want this plant for my rockery” – I’m sure that you can think of many more examples of Man’s selective morality.

Years of devastating drought have put our flora and fauna under enormous strain. Many hardy, drought-resistant species have clung to life but lost the battle, others have barely survived. Our floral kingdom now faces a horrifying surge in poaching. The primarily Asian demand for rare possessions is a serious threat to our fragile biodiversity and we need everyone’s support in this battle.

What to do if you suspect plant poaching:

·         Report suspicious activity to lodge management and the following immediately:

Ø  082-492-8291 or  082-560-8700 or  083-264-2223 (Phone, sms or Whatsapp)

·          You may remain anonymous. Dialling 10111 from anywhere in South Africa puts you through to the police station nearest to you.

·         Try to get vehicle registration number and description. Any additional information but only do this if you can do so discreetly.

·         Never try to intervene or confront these people. Confrontation may put your life at risk – remember you could be dealing with seasoned criminals.

·         Another reason to avoid confronting suspected poachers is that by doing so, you are alerting them to the fact that they have been seen. This gives them time to get away – only to be able to continue with their criminal activities elsewhere. Report suspected illegal activity immediately and allow the law enforcement officers deal with them so that we can be assured of their arrest and prosecution.

 

Help us to protect our environment. We in South Africa are all too aware of what is happening to our rhino population. Plants, however, do not cause such a stir and people tend to be far less vociferous and emotional about flora than fauna. We rely on our visitors to report these incidents and we are deeply grateful to those that do. Enjoy a spectacular flower season!

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The explosion of colour during the Spring time “flower season” in the Western parts of South Africa,  have for many decades been one of the most popular tourist options in the country.  Thousands of local and international visitors plan their trips to the Western and Northern Cape around the months of August-October, in the hope to experience this natural phenomenon.

 

Namaqualand is home to around 4000 plant species – each with its own habitat requirements.  The seed of many of these arid region plants can lie dormant for years, awaiting just the right conditions to germinate. 

 

With the good rains recently,  the Naries team hopes for a spectacular display this year! Naries Namakwa Retreat is situated near Springbok in the Northern Cape and is therefore right in the middle of the area where this annual kaleidoscope of colour occurs.   

 

·         Visit  www.naries.co.za and book a tour before you arrive with one of our approved operators to ensure you get the best out of your visit.  They are always aware of local conditions and where the best flowers are at the moment,  and can make your trip so much more rewarding.

·         The team are happy to prepare picnic baskets or lunch packs to take along with you when exploring the region.  Bookings:  info@naries.co.za

·         Whilst based at Naries,  you are welcome to enjoy our walking routes or use your mountain bikes to explore this arid landscape.

·         However guests always comment that they discovered so much more about the unique fauna and flora of Namaqualand if they did the walks with one of our trained local tour guides,  Fabian or Eon.  They have extensive knowledge of the region and love sharing their love of the land with visitors.

·         With accommodation ranging from family-orientated self-catering cottages to luxury Manor House suites and the three unique Mountain Lodges,  visitors to Naries often find themselves living right in the middle of the annual floral display when at the Retreat.

·         Naries is also known for its traditional warm Namakwa hospitality and the highly rated breakfasts and dinners in the dining room, which is included in the price of the Manor House and Mountain Lodge accommodation packages.

 

Plan your trip for this year’s floral display now as accommodation gets fully booked very quickly once winter ends.  Contact Susan at reservations@naries.co.za or +27 21 870-1080 to find out more about costs, availability and options.

 

 

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EON SHARES HIS LOVE OF NATURE WITH GUESTS

Eon Bok is perfectly placed to share his love of nature and Namaqualand with visitors to Naries Namakwa Retreat as he is born and bred in the Northern Cape.   

“I grew up in the area and we had total freedom as kids to roam and play in the veld.  I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of the local plants and wildlife,” he says.  “Only when I started studying through Open Africa to become a Nature Guide did I realise how much there is to learn still!”

Eon came to Naries initially to assist with the building process of the Gemsbok Lapa and now the selfsame Lapa is his “kingdom” where he shares his knowledge with visitors through an interactive  presentation about Naries and  its history a well as the rich plant life and  the geographic  aspects of the region.  

“In 2016 I had the opportunity to join a tourism intern programme run by Open Africa. The programme was designed to give participants multi-faceted exposure and experience in tourism, so I spent some time learning the ropes at reception, housekeeping, kitchen and general maintenance. Then came my opportunity to train as a guide under the helpful eye of my mentor Jeanene Jessnitz. My training is both theoretical and practical. The first 10 months I felt completely overwhelmed by all the things I had to learn. I am still in training but I am comfortable with my position which ranges from interaction with clients to continuous research, monitoring and maintenance of the environment,” Eon explains. 

His scariest moment was the first time he had to take 10 foreign guests on the Trail Walk up to the Viewpoint.  “I decided the best thing to do was to tell them that this was the first time I had to handle such a big group, and to invite them to give me feedback and comments on the experience. This worked out well as they gave wonderful input and loved being part of my journey,” he said.

Although Eon still  needs to complete the further official Field Guide Course, he is already a valuable  part of the team at Naries. As a father of a 9 year old boy and 5 year  old daughter and happily married to Georgina, he seems set for further growth.

TRAILS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AT NARIES

·        -  There are 4 Walking Trails at Naries ranging from 5 km’s to a combined 15 km’s if visitors are fit enough to tackle all the trails in one go!

·       - If Eon is available, guests are welcome to pre-book a walk with him, which is obviously a lot more informative and interactive than doing  it on your own.

·        -  However, if not available, Eon recommends the self-guided walk, which is easy to do with the free map handed out at reception.

·       - Visitors are welcome to discover Naries on their mountain bikes, although they are asked not to veer off the existing roads so as not to damage the fragile eco-systems and plant life. 

 

 

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NARIES RECIPE – SPICY CALAMARI SALAD

Calamari salad

1 Packet Lettuce 
2 x Granadilla (or Pulp) 
100ml White wine vinegar 
50 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
250 g Cocktail Tomatoes 
Various garden peppers – red, green & yellow 

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CHEF JOHANNA LOVES MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY!

Photo:  Johanna Ruiter in a typical pose:  Mixing bowl at the ready! 

“I am a people pleaser and there is nothing nicer than seeing happy faces after they’ve eaten some of our food,” says Naries Chef Johanna Ruiter. 

“My initial claim to fame was my curry mince vetkoek and to this day it’s still one of my most popular dishes at home.  My mother was an excellent cook and one of my fondest memories is of her baking a cake in a flat-bottomed pot over the coals!  I think that’s where I got my love for baking from and if I had my life over I would have trained to be a pastry chef.”

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NARIES 2017 –‘N JAAR VAN SEëN, HUMOR EN SPANWERK

Deur Julene Hamman – Algemene Bestuurder. 

Naries se jaareindfunksie vroeg in Desember was weereens die geleentheid  waar ons terugkyk op die snaakse en ernstige gebeure deur die jaar, en ek skryf n terugblik op almal se onthou-oomblikke wat hulle vooraf kom deel het.

Vanjaar het uitgestaan veral oor die spanwerk toe’ n vuur uitgebreek het,  en hoe almal net alles gelos het en opdragte uitgevoer het,  sodat ons n ramp kon afweer. 

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