A Blast from the past… Project 365/312

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

Some information about Calvinia I got from the Calvinia Hotel’s website.

When entering the Calvinia Hotel, visitors are still welcomed with true warm country hospitality.

The Hotel offers 25 rooms all with en-suite showers & bathrooms, a Splash Pool to cool off in the summer heat, Conference facilities for up to 80 pax, a Beer Garden, Secure parking and Restaurant & Bar which is currently independently owned and operated.

Formed in 1851 on the Oorlogskloof River and named after religious reformer Johan Calvin, Calvinia lies at the foot of the dolerite-topped Hantam Moutains. “Hantam” being a Khoi word meaning “ where the red bulbs grow”. It is the region’s key growth point and one of the country’s largest wool-producing areas.

The Calvinia Hotel was formally known as the Hantam Hotel and in the olden days The Royal Hotel. On Wednesday 28th April 1926 a banquet was held in the Royal Hotel in honour of the visit of the Earl of Athlone and HRH Princess Alice to the town. The menu and dance programme of this occasion are displayed in the reception area of the Hotel. During 1994, part of the Hotel was destroyed by fire, but rebuild in 1995.

Some of the photo’s I took of Calvinia  Hotel’s  Dining room on our trip.

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Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/311

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

Some information about Calvinia I got from the Calvinia’s website.

In South Africa’s largest province, the Northern Cape, about halfway between Cape Town and Upington in the Karoo, lies a gem that according to Alta & Erwin Coetzee, can truly be called a home away from home. In this haven you can relax to your heart’s content because the atmosphere is so conducive to it. This haven, called Calvinia, is a town where people are still real, where you can stop a stranger to ask directions, or sometimes just to chat. Here you can allow yourself to be “transported” to the past while still having the best of modern society at your fingertips.

In Calvinia you can relax and recharge the batteries without the bustle of over- populated holiday resorts. Calvinia is a town in a time warp, where the past and present are intertwined. This is a land where, 250 million years ago, prehistoric dinosaurs tread the earth, leaving unique flora, fauna, geology and paleontology in harmonious concord with the infinite universe … truly a place with room for all. Life in this picturesque town seems to be going slower than elsewhere, giving you time for the more worthwhile things in life.

Here you are welcomed like the prodigal son, and treated like a local from the outset. The friends you quickly make in this town will go out of their way to accommodate you with almost any request you may have. Here you easily forget about traffic jams, and other perils of modern life. The lasting first impression is one of calm sophistication.

Some of the photo’s I took of Calvinia on our trip.

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Trachyandra falcata / Namakwakool / Veldkool
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Moraea bifida / Pienktulp

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Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/310

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/309

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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Osteospermum pinnatum / Jakkalsbos
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Osteospermum pinnatum / Jakkalsbos
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Osteospermum pinnatum / Jakkalsbos
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Osteospermum pinnatum / Jakkalsbos

 

 

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Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/308

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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Bulbinella Nutans/ Waterkatstert
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Bulbinella nutans / Waterkatstert
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Bulbinella nutans / Waterkatstert
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Bulbinella nutans / Waterkatstert

 

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/307

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

 

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/306

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

 

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/305

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/304

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen

A Blast from the past… Project 365/303

14  September 2013: On Route between Upington and Calvinia.

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard’s tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September.

There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

I captured the most beautiful flowers  and landscapes at Akkerendam Nature Reserve.

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Coreen