When we first booked our stay here all we expected were comfortable accommodations, but what we gained was a new family in the African bushveld. Deon, Betsie, Cindy, Johanne, and their beautiful daughter Caylee (forgive me if the spelling is incorrect) greeted us with open arms and made our stay a trip we'll never forget. We used this as our base for a month-long visit with our daughter Erin (a Peace Corps. volunteer in Limpopo province) with extended excursions to Kruger Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Lucia, Pretoria and many day-trips to local towns and points of interest and were always warmly welcomed on our returns.
African Bush Sense is a working game farm where elands are bred and raised and Deon, a master naturalist, bush-craftsman, and horse and dog trainer of considerable reputation was able to answer any questions my wife Linda or I had for him. He possesses a wealth of knowledge on animals, birdlife, plants, the constellations, tracking, folklore and the general history and geography of the African bushveld. His wife Betsie is a gourmet wild game chef who also possesses a great amount of information about the area. She did our wash daily, always had a cup of coffee available and anytime we were invited to share their table with them we knew we were in for a treat. I'm looking forward to their combination cookbook/ memoir. My only regret is that I wasn't able to spend more time learning from them.
African Bush Sense offers big-game hunting, bird and photo safaris, wildlife drives, horseback riding and Betsie and Deon can plan, arrange or contract any other types of activities that you are interested in anywhere on the continent. Their farm is roughly 10,000 acres and full of wildlife; giraffes, elands (which we often encountered eating flower blossoms at our front door), zebras, impalas, bush buck, mongoose, wart hogs, wildebeest, jackals, caracals, the occasional leopard and more than 300 species of birds.
When I met Deon and Betsie's son-in-law Johanne we hit it off right away. He included me in their daily farm activities, took me on supply runs with him to nearby villages and generally served as my personal friend and guide to the people and the area. I'll never forget the night he asked me to join him and Deon as they fought to contain an out-of-control grass fire that threatened their neighbors African sable farm. I've already started a short-story about the experience.
I look forward to welcoming them when they visit the U.S. in the future and I'm already planning a return trip.
I miss my new African family and look forward to visiting with them soon.
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Terrific rooms, food, plunge pool
Horseback riding, birding, photo safaris. Ridiculous service and a very warm hospitable spot with great privacy. Great for family or couples or friends getaway. Price is way better than Monate and they are adjacent properties.