It’s already November, and everyone at Lindani is hard at work making sure the farm is ready to receive guests. Even the animals are putting their best foot forward!
Thanks to our guest Izabella Gates for this stunning picture of a warthog family visiting Maroela Cottage.
October at Lindani proved to be really quite action-filled!
Firstly, Nico Sterk brought a team (the Sterk Span) of Desert Dash cyclists for a training camp on the Lindani tracks. Lindani was delighted to have hosted about 25 people in several of its lodges and we hope and trust that their time and training in the Waterberg will stand them in good stead for this gruelling event!
But the highlight of the month, was the first Top of the Waterberg 120km/30km gravel ride and 100km/30km gravel run which took place 16 October. Traversing the Waterberg escarpment, trail runners and cyclists were assured of a unique experience through pristine Waterberg bushveld!
Braving a brutal October heat-wave, participants proved themselves to be well up to the challenge!
Wilhelmus Potgieter came in first on the 120km cycle (male) race with an awesome time of 05hrs13 minutes and Sue Wadley-Seddon was the first female in with an amazing time of 06hrs05!
On the 30km cycle, winners were Carl Marais (Male) and Sasha Basson (female), each of them completing the Mini Challenge in just under one and a half hours!
And hats really need to be taken off to the 100km runners! It took the first man in, Henk Mulder, 10hrs38 to cross over the finish line – an incredible time, especially given the blistering temperatures of the day!
Truly inspiring admiration, were Suzette Von Broembson, (winning the female 100km race), Donovon Shirley and Arno Van Der Merwe, coming in in a staggering 13, 14 and 15 hours respectively!
We can only salute their courage, determination and sheer will power!
Well done to all the winners– an incredible achievement!
Of course, there was also the invaluable contribution of surrounding farms and local businesses. Solly Potgieter from Burkea Wild took full responsibility for one of the 8 water tables, and Jembisa, Mokabi and EdiTala Game Farm, helped to man another three.
With local companies, Adventures with Elephants, HOCL Solutions and Core Studios sponsoring products and prizes for a lucky draw, the event truly saw buy-in from the Waterberg community!
Thanks, of course, also needs to be given to the other sponsors, Thule and PVM, all making for a wonderful and successful event.
But the emphasis of the Top of the Waterberg event is not merely on winning!
It is the express purpose of the race organisers to be as inclusive as possible and for people to have fun! Being family friendly is a high priority, as is involving the local community. E-bikes are encouraged and it was a delight to see husbands, wives, moms, dads and kids riding together. The youngest entry was 8 year old Ben Wadley, who did incredibly well coming in at just under two hours. It was also a pleasure to have had Messege Langa from The Bushveld Mission Children’s Home, Vaalwater, ride his first 30km Mini challenge. So, too, was it exciting to see Messege’s 17 year old friend , Kamogelo Willem, take second place in the 30km race!
Some comments from the contestants include: “A beautiful venue”, “super well organised event”, “awesome water tables”, “great route” and “really good back-up”
“Overall a lekker day out just doing what we love” – Henk Mulder.
A big thank you to the Lindani and Trail Adventure staff and management, for their dedication and commitment in making our first Top of the Waterberg Gravel event a great success!
We look forward to many more!
And so we move headlong towards the end of the year, with Christmas around the corner.
Wishing you all a wonderful month, with particularly good wishes for all students writing exams! And lots of luck for the support teams too!
Cathy, and the Lindani Team
It’s October and “the heat is on!” With daytime temperatures rising well into the 20’s and 30’s we are all set for some sizzling summer weather – ideal for hiking and cycling Lindani’s trails in the cool early mornings, followed by lazy days around your lodge’s own swimming pool!
Why not order a picnic basket from the Lindani Kitchen, for delivery to your very own lodge, for really easy summer living!
The Countdown Has Begun!
Things are also “heating up” as we head for our first Top of the Waterberg gravel ride/run on 16 October! With a good field of entrants already, we are all looking forward to an exciting, challenging, and extraordinary event! Entries are still open, so book your space for the 120km ride, the 100km run or the 30km run/ride with Shane’s Trail Adventure (contact them at email@example.com or 082 332 9552).
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September saw some wonderful celebrations at Lindani.
Charles and Adri Baird have been coming to Lindani for the last 22 years, so it was a great privilege and honour, to have hosted their daughter, Lian’s, marriage to Tiaan. The beautiful ceremony, held under the Giant Fig Tree, was followed by an intimate sunset reception at Makgetelo. The Lindani kitchen team, as always, provided gorgeous table settings, which, with the bride and groom’s own personal decorating touches, created a fairy-tale venue for the night. A fabulous menu, personalised service and loads of goodwill and love, made for a very special occasion!
Congratulations Lian and Tiaan! We wish you many years of joy and blessings! And perhaps a new generation of Lindani lovers?
Congratulations, too, to Jordy, who celebrated her 18th birthday, also with a beautiful sunset dinner at Makgetelo. Many Happy returns, Jordy, on your special day and may you have a fabulous year ahead!
We are happy to say that September saw some wonderful bookings and we would like to take the opportunity to thank our loyal guests who come time and again, and to wholeheartedly welcome any newcomers!
As we head towards the end of the year, reservations of our lodges are filling up. So don’t delay in contacting us if you are thinking of escaping the city for a while.
Just a reminder that you may book Impala or Bushbuck cottages at Motseng Village, independently. While these 4 sleeper lodges share the swimming pool and volleyball court with Motseng main, each cottage is still perfectly situated to afford you all the privacy and independence you may want.
Don’t overlook our tented camp, Molope, which offers a unique “luxury” camping experience.
Our campsite too, offers a beautiful opportunity for youngsters, groups or those who prefer real camping.
Enjoy the warmer summer weather and take some time to breathe before the madness of the Christmas rush sets in!
Cathy, and the Lindani Team
With what is hopefully, the last chilly blast this winter, we move into September. We look forward to warmer weather and longer days, as spring peeps around the corner. The acacia trees wear a delicate veil of pale green leaves and the game start preparing for a brand new batch of bushveld babies!
The First Top Of The Waterberg Trail Run was held 14 to 15 August 2021
Despite one of the coldest of the winter fronts sweeping through the Waterberg that weekend, 27 courageous runners turned up to tackle the two day stage race in the bitter cold! None-the-less, we all had a great time, with participants commenting on the well organised event (thanks to Shane and the Trail adventure team);
the well marked and well kept trails (thanks to Alan, Dom and the Lindani team); the delicious and warming food (thanks to Denise, Musa, Dikoledi and the Lindani Kitchen team); and the incredible diversity and beauty of the run itself (thanks to the Waterberg biosphere!)
Well done to Christo Steyn and Sune Mattee, winning the 2 day 25 + 22 km male and female run respectively, and well done to Gustav Peterson and Adelle Bezuidenhout for taking the prize for the 2 day 12 +6 km mini trail runs!
New Trails On Lindani
Having already marked the trails for Top of the Waterberg Trailrun, and having decided they were really a fun run , Alan and Dom have determined to keep the trails permanently marked, allowing guests to enjoy them in their own time and at their own pace.
We are also excited to announce the establishment of the “Nipper’s” Cycling Routes around all the lodges! These create safe and easy routes for youngsters (and perhaps for those older persons who would just prefer a gentler ride). Catering to all in the family is really important to us, so do bring your children for a fabulous time out in the open and amongst the game. We have a few bikes to hire, so please feel free to bring friends who are new to cycling as well!
Also new, is our spruced-up Loft with its gorgeous, re-vamped rock pool – perfect for families and larger crowds wanting to take advantage of the warmer weather!
Also, watch out for our new website, ready to be launched any day now!
Wishing you all a happy Spring time, and hopefully see you soon!
Cathy, and the Lindani Team