Though life doesn’t come with an
instruction-manual, most people are remarkably proficient at going about their
daily lives without too much trouble. Unfortunately, the constant traffic,
stacks of dishes and other city-life irritations can leave even the most
level-headed person feeling crazier than a striped Ghanaian squirrel-rat after
a week floating down-river in a pickle jar in the height of summer. Get
yourself out of the rat-race for a while and pay R100 per person per night for
accommodation at the Bushbuck Hills Game Farm.
A pastorally picturesque game-farm
nestled in the hills of Swartruggens, Bushbuck Hills is a paradise for anyone
who enjoys the fresh air and admiring the wildlife. Though other reserves might
promise the occasional mile-away glimpse of what could be a lion, Bushbuck
Hills offers a safe and scenic environment surrounded by hills and mountain
ranges with no chance of chancy creature encounters to dampen the wild-at-heart
spirit or impede free hiking. There are no sharp-toothed big cats, but you will
have the opportunity to get up close and personal with kudu, blue wildebeest,
zebra, blesbok and warthogs and all the other styles of small game.
Just sixty kilometres from the gates of Sun City, you can experience the somewhat-contradictory joy of roughing-it it style at the Bush Camp. Sleeping up to twenty-six people with stylishly appointed rondavels and a chalet for different sized groups, it doesn’t matter if it’s a family trip or team-building; there’s a chic space to sleep everyone. While each rondavel has a bar fridge, and the chalet has its own open-plan kitchen, the camp shares a communal kitchen and dining hall – right next to the swimming pool to splash around in before you tuck in. Surrounded by an abundance of walking trails for those whose boots were made for walking and more bird-life than you could count both hands, you’ll probably have to remind yourself to take time out for a snack. There are also a variety of trails for the mountain and quad-bike enthusiasts and those who live a bit of 4x4’ing. Whether you’re looking for a time out, or an escape into nature with all the everyday necessities around for comfort, there’s probably no better place than Bushbuck Hills for your literal and metaphorical breath of fresh air.
Wild Fact: While flying over Alaska as part of their round-the-world trip, two tourists have discovered what seems to be a forest under the ice. Further exploration uncovered that there were indeed an Amazon’s worth of trees and shrubs in a large cave under one of Alaska’s largest glaciers.