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Vreugde Voetjies Visit - July 2017

Oudtshoorn - A number of bow-huntsmen who are hunting antelope in the Klein Karoo, donated clothing and cash to the value of about R20 000 to the Vreugdevoetjies crèche on Wednesday.

Laura Schoeman, owner, met the eight bow-huntsmen and three female companions at the crèche on Wednesday to receive the gifts. As the crèche was closed on account of expected severe weather conditions, the hunters could not meet the little ones. The nearly 90 children attending the crèche are the children of workers on the Schoemans’ farms.

The bow-huntsmen from Houston and San Antonio in the United States are the guests of Danie van Jaarsveld of Western Cape Game, which was established in the Garden Route three years ago. “Some of them are hunting with me for the 11th time,” said Van Jaarsveld, who ran a hunting and specialist bow-hunting outfit in Limpopo before.

Hunting

The hunters and their companions arrived over the weekend and started hunting on Monday. “We had good hunting conditions on the first two days. While the weather is not suitable for bow-hunting today, we will visit the Cango Caves and other interesting places in the area.” The hunting will resume as soon as the weather permits and will take place on game farms equipped with bow-hunting facilities, such as hides, in Oudtshoorn, De Rust and Prince Albert areas. Animals to be hunted include, among others, zebra, nyala, black wildebeest, springbok, sable, kudu, lechwe and impala.

 

The hunting party is staying at Berluda Guesthouse for two weeks. “They support the local businesses and have already visited Buffelsdrift Game Lodge and the Cango Wildlife Ranch, where they enjoyed lunch and bought curios.”

Till next time. 


Trip in the US

We have just returned from a great Marketing trip in the US. I would like to thank everyone involved for a very successful and fruitful trip.

Like always we made some new friends and, also hooked up with all the old mates. It is a privilege for me and my family to have this kind of friendship and support in the US.

The changes happening in the US is very nice to see.  The feeling that people have new hope again, is amazing. Hopefully we in South Africa can follow the same path.

Special thanks to Bee Logue from Display Studios for my new booth. It looks great and I got many, many compliments.

We are looking forward to the season which will start shortly and will keep you updated. 

We had our first game auction for the year, the first for the Western Cape as well, in Stellenbosch. It went really well, and it shows a prosperous new season for the game industry.

 

 


Swedish bow hunters reach out to SA community

Oudtshoorn – Visiting Swedish bow hunters on a recent trip to the Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape donated thousands of Rand (SA currency) worth of clothing to a crèche near the town of Oudtshoorn.
Eighty-two toddlers, from babies to preschoolers, attend the Vreugdevoetjies (Happy Feet) crèche, where they are attended to by five teachers. The children’s parents work on surrounding farms and the school is dependent on donations and sponsorships. “We really appreciate the donation – it will make a big difference during the bitterly cold winter,” said head teacher Mariëtta Jansen.
The eight bow hunters included Anders Gejer, president of the European Hunters’ Association, Bengt Georen, Magnus Johannson and his son Anton (8), Olof Reinhammer ,Tony Enatios, Gert Lindahl, Erland Holst and Nicklas Guttmann. They live in Stockholm and surrounds.
“This group consisted more or less of the same people who went on my first bow hunt at Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province in the northern parts of the country in 2002,” said Danie. “Incidentally, the same group plus two more hunters again formed part of my first bow hunt near Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo region of the Western Province – what a wonderful coincidence!”

 

 

 


 

Natural resources

According to Danie the Swedish visitors were greatly impressed with the tourism facilities in the Klein Karoo.
“Although the group was very focused on hunting, we took a day off to show them the natural and manmade wonders of the area,” says Danie.
“They were impressed with the natural beauty of the area and two have already made reservations to return with their families next year. They want to return for a relaxed holiday with their spouse and children and do some bow hunting. Since we moved to the Western Cape we focus on creating safe and enjoyable holidays for the whole family.
This area abounds in natural resources of great beauty, such as the unique Cango Caves with its spectacular stalagmites (upward) stalactites (downward) and helectite (in any direction) formed by water dripping through limestone rock over the ages.
The area is also situated in the Cape Floristic Kingdom, one of only eight worldwide, but none of which has the rich abundance of more than 3 200 different plant species, of which more than 400 occur only here. Three vegetation types occur in the Klein Karoo, namely Fynbos, Subtropical Thicket and Succulent Karoo. Bow hunters quickly learn to discern between these types as they come into direct contact with all of them during a day’s hunting.
As a result of the rich vegetation, game flourish and all the species are available for hunting.

 

 

 

Big bird country

A visit to a typical ostrich farm offers a unique opportunity to learn more about farming with these prehistoric flightless birds, which are bred their eggs, feathers, skin and meat. One ostrich egg contains the volume of 24 chicken’s eggs. The beautiful white wing feathers are washed and dyed before being exported to Rio de Janeiro for the annual carnival, while the perfectly tanned leather is exported to the fashion centres of the world. The meat is heat-processed and exported to European cities. At the local restaurants, visitors also get the opportunity to taste lean and tasty ostrich meat excellently prepared by local chefs.


Circular routes

No matter in which direction from Oudtshoorn visitors travel, they are met with breathtaking scenery. A circular route over the majestic Swartberg (Black Mountain), which is often dusted with a sprinkling of snow during winter, which coincides with the hunting season in South Africa, takes you to the quaint town of Prince Albert (named after the British Prince Albert who visited the town in 1845), back through the spectacular Meiringspoort to the village of De Rust, before returning to Oudtshoorn, the biggest town of the Klein Karoo.
A second and more extended circular route takes visitors along the unique Red Stone Hills towards Uniondale and the Langkloof, the largest apple producing area in the country.
From Uniondale the adventurous traveller can proceed along the Prince Alfred Pass towards the seaside town of Knysna, once the hub of export of indigenous wood from the Knysna Forests, where “a minimum of one” of the elusive Knysna elephants still reside, according to SanParks, the national South African Parks authority.
From Knysna, visitors can return via the Seven Passes Road to George and back to Oudtshoorn via the modern Outeniqua Pass or the old rugged Montagu Pass, a treacherous dirt road route use before the modern motorway on Outeniqua Pass was built. 

 

 

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