The Calverton fairies are still happily playing at Calverton and are being asked daily to please bring the rain!! The fairy garden is situated on the right side next to the Krantz water fall as you enter the Estate.
On the subject of rain as with the rest of South Africa, Calverton could really do with some much needed rain. The river and dams are very low at the moment. I am pleased to say though that the fishing continues to be good and we have been told and seen for ourselves that some fair size trout have been caught.
Priyanka Louw shows off her first catch ably assisted by her father Stephen.
We have continued to stock the river and dams throughout the winter so there are plenty of trout happily swimming about. Â The giant king fisher and fish eagle continue to patrol the river on a daily basis.
We had a cold winter with Jack Frost visiting on many occasions.Â Spring is definitely here now and the days are getting longer and warmer.Â The frogs are starting to make themselves heard again so hopefully this means rain.Â The red winged starlings are returning along with the weavers who are busy building their nests along the river. There is an abundance of bird life which is such a pleasure.
Our night visitors have been seen regularly â€“ jackal, civet, long tailed genet and African wild cat. The eland visit often and the klipspringer and Vaal Reebok are enjoying the new vegetation especially in the arears that had controlled burning.
The Estate is slowly taking on a â€˜greenâ€™ look. The river walk is well manicured and the spring wild flowers are popping up all over along with the grass and the leaves on the trees and bushes turning green.
The mountain air is sweetened by the perfume of the Buddleja (Sagewood) flowers.
Mountain cotton bush
The Ouhout woody plants along the river are all in bloom adding to the ambiance.
There are leaflets in both lodges with the names of all the weirs and the reason why they have taken these names.
There are plenty of spots along the river walk were one can sit and relax and listen to the birds happily singing or to just take in the silence except for the gentle sound of running water. Â The picnic spot is an ideal venue for lunch or evening cocktails.Â The walk way at Island weir is another special place to fish from. Now that it is warmer the youngsters can have a swim in the river pool which is located at Myrsine Africana weir
Towards the end of July we had a Tornado pass through which narrowly missed the managers house and no damaged caused on Calverton. The neighbouring farm Three Falls had some sever damage. It is frightening how this high wind can up root big trees.
The lodges are well cared for and the veranda furniture has been refurbished. There is always plenty of wood for those cosy evenings around a log fire. Â Both lodges have now got bar fridges. Glentana has a fridge in the kitchen and a deep freeze in the fishing room and Sherbrook has a fridge/freezer in the kitchen.
The bookings at both lodges continue to go well and we so look forward to visits from our guests.
We are very grateful for the positive and heart-warming comments we receive from our visitors.
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CALVERTON LODGE â€“ RATES 2016
2 Adults x R1, 650 per night plus vat
4 Adults x R2, 750 per night plus vat
6 Adults x R3, 300 per night plus vat
8 Adults x R4, 400 per night plus vat
Children 14 years and older pay adult rates.
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**Please bring toiletries**