November 2017 Newsletter

Previous Event: Karen & Jp’s Camp. 6-8 October 2017.

2017 novemberClub Elani

We were all very excited to go camping as a club again, but this time we are ALL tenting!

On Friday afternoon some of us met up @ the garage on the N7 and others @ the camping grounds. Club Elani is a privately owned holiday resort, you cannot stay over there without being invited/knowing someone who has property there. We all shared 2 x caravan sites RIGHT next to the water! The only issue we had was the walk to the toilets, well for the ladies at least.

2017 novemberWhat a beautiful and tranquil place. Just the Buggers & nature. The extensive bird-life gave the atmosphere a very relaxing feeling there and watching the locals driving their boats & ski-boats.
The “locals” were all super friendly!

In no time all the tents were pitched and everyone could put their feet up. Friday night was just chilling time and catching up. Supper was whatever you wanted to do but a lekker braai was the order of the day. The evening was not too late.

Saturday morning waking up to the sound of the birds singing was absolutely beautiful. You open your tent and all you see is an abundance of water!
Some campers are already up n having their coffees and left-overs from the braai, getting an early start to the day (no time for sleeping late, there’s fun to be had). A few lines were put in the water but unfortunately they just were not 2017 novemberbiting. Once all were finished in the showers and ready for an expedition, we decided to explore the area. Some wanted to stay and relax by the water and some went in convoy for a drive. Thanks to Jacques for pointing out the “less travelled road”, we ended up on the old N7, now a dirt track running parallel to the new N7 and BOY, did we drive that road! J. What a lekka Buggy road. It probably was a lot of fun!
First stop was in town where some beverages were acquired for the trip. Jan & Tershia decided to let Tershia make her infamous oxtail potjie that night and supplies were required. The 2 of them lost each other inside the supermarket for about an hour or more but eventually they found each other again and we were off.
2017 novemberWe decided to drive all the way to the top of the Matroosberg mountains. It is stunning up there. Of course, half way up, out came the LION!! The boys roared and quick -quick the quart was passed around for all to share, it finished far too quickly. Nothing better than an ice cold Lion quart shared among friends. This wasn’t just any drive! It was fun-filled!


2017 novemberAfter admiring mother nature from above and the selfie-queen taking pics, the tummies were making alien sounds – looking for food! We drove down to the garage/small shopping centre on our way back to the camp where we picked up a few take-aways. We decided to pull an “old school” stopped at a roadside picnic spot to have lunch. Needless to say we heard the roar of a lonely Lion and put it out of its misery…

Jacques then lead the way back. He definitely made a good job of driving the gravel OFF the actual gravel road. In Ops-Tandt, Justin was given the task of Lookout guy. He stood on the back of our buggy to try and spot the numerous holes on the road, from a distance. Not an easy task and a few close calls, but man, it was sooo much fun!! GOOD time was had by all. Boys n their toys!! I don’t know who had the most fun out of JP, Jacques or Jan!! Eventually when we got back to the campsite, we were quite amazed to see that the ones that stayed behind were
All awake AND still sober!! Good job!!


The potjie was started early, while we 2017 novemberstill had light. We went to watch a bit of the (disappointing) rugby at the Pub. The local are all so friendly. What a lovely place!
Back at the camp in the meantime – the shooters were flowing and shared! Lene and Ammie were being taught to catch fish. Vernon and Jacques also brought their rods and attempted the waters.
It was nice to have some of the “young buggers” joing us for a change and we trust it was NOT the last. Thanks: Amure, Lillian & Justin.

Sunday morning early, everyone was up and decided to give the packing-up a head start just for incase the rain surprised us. The campsite looked so empty/wrong once we all packed up.
2017 novemberIt was a reality - the relaxing weekend was over, it felt like in the blink of an eye. Time flies when you’re having fun! Karen fell in love with this place, but alas, very disappointed to find out that one cannot live there permanently.

To those who could not make it for the camp, we DID miss you and our wish is that we see you soon!! We would like to thank those who joined us and helped make this weekend a success.

Jp & Karen



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Next Event: Jacques & Lene’s Run 19 November 2017.

Due to the challenge and interest to revive the legendary ‘Fishing Buggers’, we thought to get the ball rolling by doing a run to Le’Bonheur Crocodile Farm.

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The well-stocked dam holds Bass and Tilapia and the visitor centre offers catch and release fishing during normal business hours – rods issued from the gift shop (own gear welcome ).
Rates R25 p hour / R45 half day / R55 full day

Other Activities:

Pizzeria / Picnic baskets / Braai facility

Linger in the pizzeria (wood-fired pizzas made the Italian way), which overlooks a beautiful waterfront garden featuring many safe play areas for children. Sample our famous home-made croc pies, or enjoy a pre booked picnic basket on our lawns (free fishing benefit linked to pre booked picnic baskets).

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Braai facilities overlooking the dam is available - bookings essential. Rates: R55 – R65 p person (T’s and C’s apply)

Croc pond tours: (no bookings needed)

Our guided croc pond tour (conducted every 45 minutes) leads you across open dams via ramp ways. Over 1000 crocs are housed in these dams. Visitors have an opportunity to touch a baby croc, view crocs underwater through aquarium style viewing panels, and during summer months witness a feeding on the 12 noon and 3 pm tour.

Rates: R58 (adults) R32 (persons under 18).

We welcome bigger groups and offer group discounts.

Croc Cage Dive (For the very brave!!)

A Close encounter experience for persons 9 years and up are offered by African Croc Dive (). Croc cage dives are offered every 1.5 hours. Pre bookings advised.

Individuals or groups of up to 10 persons can participate in this thrilling experience - swim freely only centimetres away from Africa's fiercest predator.

Leaving Melkbosstrand at 8h30 to meet up at Macdonalds N1 City 9h00. We leave from N1 City at 09h15, and pick up more buggers at Engen 1 Stop on the N1.  Departing Engen 1 Stop at 10h00 to Le’Bonheur for a day of fishing fun.


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