Monday, 18 July 2016

Dances with wolves. And a lion cub too.

Lee was karting at Zwartkops this weekend, so Goran and I joined some friends on an epic little road trip across the border to the Free State. We spent Saturday afternoon at the Husky Romi Wolf Sanctuary - a safe haven for abused and abandoned wolves, huskies, and a myriad hybrids - just outside the town of Reitz, then overnighted at the nearby Lion's Rest - a wonderfully hospitable B&B / wedding and conference venue - just outside the neighbouring town of Tweeling. Yesterday morning we jumped on a trailer attached to the back of a tractor and were given a tour of Berlin Farm on which the Lion's Rest lodge is situated, including an abandoned sandstone farmhouse built in 1910, before heading back home to Gauteng. A highly recommended mini break for all Joburgers needing some respite from the rat race, wanting to explore a bit off the beaten track, support local businesses, take stock of our beautiful country, and recharge one's batteries. Real food for the soul stuff. Just remember to take loads of drinking water and hats and sunglasses and sunscreen if you're venturing anywhere outdoors for a period of time. Yes, even in the dead of winter. That harsh Free State sun is flipping relentless and unforgiving. [The photos with me in them were taken by my mate Marianne, who will also be photographing my launch party for Umbilicus on 2nd August.]