Archive for September, 2009

Vensterklip

While I was in Elands Bay I was told about a place called Vensterklip.  It is  5 km’s from Elands Bay and has a small caravan park so thought I would go and check it out. I am so glad I did as, after having a scout round and chatting to some people who were camping there, I thought it would be a great place to spoil myself for the last 4 days of this part of my journey.

Vensterklip.
Vensterklip.

Vensterklip is situated on the banks of the Verlorenvlei, which is one of the largest natural wetlands along the west coast of South Africa. It is also a designated Ramsar site of national importance and is home to more than 200 species of birds.

Vensterklip offers a choice of immaculately restored cottages for hire and luxury camp-sites each with private ablutions and braai area. There is a large modern Lapa with stunning views over the vlei, an open braai area and swimming pool.

New restaurant.
New Tin Kitchen Restaurant.

300 year old barn that houses the restaurant.
300 year old barn that houses the restaurant.

Yellow wood bar.
Yellow wood bar.

The have recently opened the Tin Kitchen restaurant which serves local organic meat and fish dishes in and around a 300 year old barn. Shaded seating areas add to the relaxed rustic atmosphere and there is a cosy yellow wood bar to enjoy a drink or cappuccino.

They have also built a bird hide right on the vlei and I had a great time trying to get some decent photographs of the birds. This was a first for me and I was quite pleased with some of the shots.

I think this might be a Heron but I am not sure.
I am not sure what kind of bird this is..

I believe this is a Heron?
I believe this is a Heron?

I have posted more bird photographs on Flickr so if you would like to have a look you can click here.

One can hire these craft to have a good look round the vlei.
One can hire kayaks to have a good look round the vlei.

My site with private ablutions in the back ground. Really great.
My site with private ablutions in the back ground. Really great.

This is one site where I scored as they charge R100.00 per person per night which was fine for me but, I think, works out pretty expensive for 2 or 3 people. There was only one couple staying there for the first 2 nights and then I was on my own.

Late evening view from my camp-site.
Late evening view from my camp-site.
Thought about my mother when I found this enourwmous catterpillar. She absolutely hated catterpillars.
Thought about my mother when I found this enormous caterpillar. She absolutely hated caterpillars.

There was a building near the entrance to Vensterklip that I kept meaning to ask about as I could not figure out what it was used for. It was only on the day of my departure that I found out that it is used by a local artist as a studio.

"Wild Studio"
“Wild Studio”
Artist Mel Burger.
Artist Mel Burger.

Mel has worked in the area for a number of years and works on commissions from the locals. He is multi talented and paints, sculpts and and works in steel.

All in all I had a fabulous stay at Vensterklip. I even tried a bit of fishing at a farm called Nuwerus about 3 km’s down the road. They have 2 cottages for hire also right on the banks of the vlei and the one can sleep up to 10 people at R600.00 per night.

One of the Nuwerus cottages for hire.
One of the Nuwerus cottages for hire.
I Did not catch any fish but was lucky enough to get this photo of a Springbok.

I did not catch any fish but was lucky enough to get this photo of a Springbok.

Well that is about it for this part of my journey round the coast of South Africa. I am now back in Cape Town to  work and earn some money in order to carry on, hopefully in October. I am going to do a post later this week on the highs and some of the lows of my journey from Alexander Bay to Elands Bay. After that I am going to keep my hand in by photographing and  writing about places around Cape Town such as Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Simonstown etc.

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