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Patensie se posh padstal

“Dis presies drie jaar terug wat ons hier ingetrek het,” vertel sy as ek my klankopnemer aansit. “Twee weke voor ons oopmaak toe sê ek vir my man, ‘O Donderdag, hierdie ding gaan nie werk nie. Ons is te ver van die pad af.’” Spoedig is daar ‘n cappuccino voor my, so lekker soos enige in die Kaap. “Maar ja. Toe is dit die beste move, ever.” Dis nog vroeg, maar een vir een begin die motors daar indraai – Padlangs is beslis naby genoeg aan die pad.

Khamkirri – Plek van die luiperd

Laatmiddag sit ek saam met Danie en Flippie onder Khamkirri se driester lodge (vir my lyk dit nader aan vyfster te wees) se grasafdakke om die breë, hoefystervormige kroeg wat eweneens oor die rivier uitkyk. Visarende doen weer eens wat visarende doen en ons doen wat regdenkende mense om kroeë doen: teug aan nie-alkoholiese drankies en voer sinvolle gesprekke aangaande landboutoerisme.

Bright ideas pay dividends

A couple that has innovated with a diversified farm and a visitor friendly approach makes waves in a fickle market.
We’re driving on the R360 outwards, north of Upington and there are no more powerlines; just a rule-straight line of tar and fences cutting through the stubble-veld around us. We spot our destination just beyond the first sign advertising the start of the Red Dune tourism-route. It’s the home of Paul and Riana Loots, owners of Farm Uitsig and the Kalahari Guesthouse and Farmstall.

There’s always a Plan B

The Loxtons quickly realised stressed city-dwellers come to their farm both to rest and to experience the environment itself. It’s driven out of nostalgia, says Nikki. “The have fond memories of a father or grandfather’s farm that is no longer in the family and they hope to give their own children similar times.”

“In Koringberg it’s not about what we have – it’s about what we don’t have: petrol pumps, traffic, busy shops, banks, noisy vehicles and car guards. What we do have, is open farm roads and wheat fields. We enjoy the stars and a lekker South African braai.” Maryke Roberts found the invitation from Vleidam Guestfarm in the Swartland irresistible.

Die Houthoop of Namaqualand – A success story born of crisis

“This Houthoop-business led me to change my entire perspective of our farm,” says Willem. “When I first arrived here, I farmed on my own. I spent a lot of time on the road ferrying the sheep between summer and winter pastures in the Boesmanland. With the success of Veronica’s meals, it all became too much. We worked late almost every night and Veronica had to do everything by herself. It was worth the effort, but I had to be here to help. I decided to sell the Boesmanland property to my brother; now we farm together.”

A patchwork of perseverance

Hermanus Potgieter decided to start breeding with the notoriously ill-tempered and dangerous buffalo in 2010. The first buffalo bull and cows were purchased from Addo National Park because they were disease-free. Since then, bulls with an East Africa bloodline have been acquired, such as the current bull, Pharaoh, with a horn length of 47cm. Suffice to say that Pharaoh cost the equivalent of a king’s ransom. Buffalo are known for their unpredictable and deadly temper. “You definitely don’t come near a buffalo unless it’s been darted,” says Danie.