KNERSVLAKTE

Let­satsi Lodge, Van­rhyns­dorp

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In 1968, a flour­ish­ing Catholic mis­sion sta­tion west of Van­rhyns­dorp was forced to shut down un­der apartheid law, and in the decades fol­low­ing it be­came a well-known land­mark next to the N7 at the turnoff to the town. Two years ago, the ren­o­vated mis­sion sta­tion re­opened as Let­satsi Lodge and has be­come pop­u­lar dur­ing flower sea­son. The chalets are stylish and even though the lodge is close to the N7, the traf­fic noise isn’t too no­tice­able. The Red Ox Steak­house is on the premises – tuck into their Sun­day buf­fet and dessert for only R95 per per­son. Where can I see flow­ers? Brink van der Merwe, botan­i­cal fundi and lodge man­ager, says flow­ers bloom on the lodge premises if it has rained enough in June: yel­low Othonna in­ter­me­dia and white skur­wekuku­makranka ( Gethyl­lis vil­losa). Brink of­fers flower tours in the area and sells suc­cu­lents and a large va­ri­ety of aloes. The Knersvlakte is known for its unique suc­cu­lents – look next to any gravel road in the area dur­ing flower sea­son and you’ll see minia­ture mar­vels in bloom. Fa­cil­i­ties: There are 33 self-cater­ing units at Let­satsi: twin-sleeper sa­fari tents, lux­ury chalets sleep­ing two or four, and four-sleeper fam­ily chalets. Rates: From R425 per per­son shar­ing. Fam­ily chalet R1 700 per night. Break­fast R65 per per­son. How to get there: Van­rhyns­dorp is about 300 km north of Cape Town via the N7. GPS: S31.60688 E18.72830 (Let­satsi Lodge) Con­tact: 027 219 2828; let­satsi@web­mail.co.za; nc­fa­mous­lodges.co.za – Erns Grundling

Note: Take your cam­era and watch the sun­set at the dam. There are spring­bok and black swans on the prop­erty. The an­i­mals, along with the fields of spring flow­ers, en­sure that photo op­por­tu­ni­ties abound.

Let­satsi Lodge

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