After a few months with “crafty” meetings, the Aberdeen Garden and Social Club enjoyed an outing last week to Bulrivier Safaris, about 50km from Graaff-Reinet.
The group of 18, which included some guests, set off promptly at 9am after some early morning coffee and banana loaf. By following the excellent directions given by hosts Jurgen and Melissa Smith of Bulrivier, the convoy of cars arrived at the reception area soon after 10am. All enjoyed the drive through the scenic farmlands, with sheep grazing right alongside the road.
After a sumptuous breakfast, which included a tasty homemade venison sausage, the group drove about 7km to the Kalkkop crater. Here Jurgen gave a very interesting talk on the history of the crater and when it was first discovered. The crater is fascinating, although there would at first sight be little to see without a knowledgeable guide. There is a weathered circular ridge visible, with a low hill formed inside what would have originally been a depression when the crater was first formed by the meteorite. Smith explained that many groups of students have visited the site, and there are questions being raised about the site being far older than first thought. The drill casing can be seen in several areas.
Next on the itinerary was a game drive, on the way to the safari lodge and tented accommodation. The visitors were fascinated to see that hot water for the luxury tents is obtained by lighting a fire under the boiler!
The Garden and Social Club group was apparently the most people that the Smiths had hosted at one time, and the effort and enthusiasm shown by the couple was appreciated by all.
Next month’s outing, on 13 September, will be to a garden in the heart of Aberdeen – more details can be obtained from chairlady Estelle van Wyk on 081 785 4216.