Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bartholomeus Klip in the morning

Coffee, tea
and muffins to get us started before the morning game drive
The dining room, ready for breakfast
Daniel, a hard working man who waits at table and also doubles as a very well-informed game guide.
He took us round the Elandsberg Private Nature Reserve in the Land Rover
Early morning mist cloaks the mountains
Hunt Africa has a disease free Cape buffalo breeding project on the Elandsberg reserve
Quelea rising from the grass, where they were breakfasting on seeds
A secretary bird looking for his next meal
We startled a steenbok ewe, which suddenly appeared out of the grass
The track into the misty mountain

Leucospermums are everywhere
Bontebok, the image of Cape Nature Conservation
Another secretary bird
Then back to the farm to visit some new twin baby lambs
before breakfast, with a magnificent selection of preserved fruits
fresh fruit
and cereals
Something naughty, oats with a generous layer of caramel and chocolate

Cheese, figs, cold meats, stuffed eggs and croissants on the sideboard under a Carol Mangiagalli painting of the farm
Lynne's eggs and bacon with tomato and mushrooms
(and very good coffee)
Johan had a delicious bacon and cheese omelette
Then it was time to hit the road back to Cape Town, 1½ hours away, with a last look at some steenbok
who ran away
over the hill and across the plain
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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