Crusader Safaris

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Klei-lat Wars. Farm Dam Dips. Thunder Storm Trail Runs. And even Flash floods… They may all be on the cards, even if you’re in the middle of the dry-as-dust #BaviaansRiver Conservancy in the Eastern Cape‘s Frontier Country. This is where I grew up, and it is always an incredible treat to return to your old stomping grounds.

Gravel road bike rides with Karyn Marais, Hilana Maraisand Zane Schmahl Рoften watched by herds of free-ranging lechwe and kudu Рand clifftop hikes kept us in the zone as we created content for Core Merino  on our first project for #2021, but one moment really stood out: a late afternoon #FlashFlood! Robs has been dying to experience one of these, and when Mother Nature obliged with a cloud burst, he went utterly feral. The Baviaans Rivier delivered a 2m roiling wall of water, which thundered down the valley like a runaway train.

The power is impossible to explain and neither is the joy of a boy in utter awe of this immense display of natural force. Huge thanks to Andrew Pringle and family for sharing their wilderness space with us; this stunning part of our country is the perfect place in which to reconnect with nature, recharge your soul and ground your inner spiri.

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