Over Easter weekend 2015 we made use of the service of Locum Solutions (Sandra and Mullin de Placido tel 082 6999 271) to run our guest house and we joined Jannie and Thea Malherbe on a trip through the Baviaanskloof. The Malherbes own Futro Paints and have been our painters of choice for the last 20 years. Over the years we have developed a lovely friendship – cemented by the men’s love of fishing.
We entered Baviaanskloof from Willomore; after a quick stop for coffee and cake at Sophie’s Choice. We stayed two nights at Baviaanskloof Guest Cottages (under management of Jana Meyer) We loved our little cottage (Die Kerkie) at Baviaanskloof Guest Cottages and found it perfectly situated – it is on the farm with the Bushmans cave and neighbour to the farm Bo-kloof , famous for the dog Skollie, who points the way up the kloof to day hikers (R20- per person). They also have an 8km 4X4 trail as well as horse riding trails.
During the night it started raining and the next morning we met the first cars turning back after 6 trees fell over the road. We met Lal Visser and he, JC and Jannie Malherbe decided to open the road by chopping away some of the branches and to pull the heaviest trees out of the road. A Very exciting drive got us through a number of rivers in flood to Kudu Khaya were we slept the 3rd night. The rain continued to come down and the river cut off the exit to Patensie. By lunchtime Lal and Jannie (by this time Thea and I called them Kerneels Breëbors and Rambo) decided to brave the flooded road. Getting out through a very long flooded bridge was equally exciting, to say the least!
For a full set of photos see my facebook album.