Arabella Country Estate

ARABELLA COUNTRY ESTATE USES WATER RESPONSIBLY AND SUSTAINABLY

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Arabella Country Estate, one of SA’s leading lifestyle and golfing residential estates situated along the Bot River Lagoon in Kleinmond, is reaping the rewards of their long established water and environmental management plans despite the current drought conditions plaguing the country and the Western Cape in particular.

“Over the past 20 years we have taken action to forge long-term sustainable plans regarding water and our immediate environment to ensure sustainability and that we are able to mitigate many future issues. Through the use of established boreholes, a water purification plant, wastewater treatment for recycling and re-use as well as storm water harvesting, the estate is able to ensure sustainable water usage.” explains Estate Manager for Arabella Country Estate, Dirk Uys.

A recent study conducted by Parsons & Associates Specialist Groundwater Consultants, who have been monitoring the estates groundwater for more than 20 years, showed that management and monitoring of the groundwater supply scheme at Arabella Country Estate has resulted in groundwater successfully meeting the estates water demand with no apparent negative or significant impacts. Based on the results of the monitoring from October 1997 to October 2017, it can be seen that Arabella Country Estate is using their groundwater resource sustainably, this is in spite of three successive years of below average rainfall.

“We realised early on that a lack of appreciation for our resources, one being water, would negatively impact the estates sustainability and future value,” says Dirk. “Our aim is to ensure that at Arabella, we do our utmost to reduce our demands on the Western Cape’s precious water supplies and keep our estate functioning at the highest standards.”

Arabella has consistently over the years been awarded their full ISO 14001 Certification, which is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps to improve the environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste as well as identify, manage, monitor and control environmental issues in a “holistic” manner. Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organization’s systems and approach to environmental concerns.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day 2018 Blog

Happy Valentine’s Day – we wish you and your loved ones a beautiful day!

Recently listed home for sale at Arabella Country Estate

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Pam Golding Properties have recently listed this exquisite, spacious, modern 4 bedroom home with stunning golf course and lagoon views at Arabella Country Estate for R7, 700 000.00. Situated on a large plot in a quiet cul-de-sac, this magnificent home offers 4 bedrooms all en-suite, a kitchen, scullery, living room, dining room, study and storeroom. The private garden is an outdoor lover’s dream with a big pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, pizza oven and undercover braai area. The erf covers a substantial 1193m2, with a building size of 500m2.
For more information on this property please visit click here

I am Arabella
I am one of the Cape’s must luxurious golf estates.
I am home to indigenous wetland birds and vegetation.
I am a security estate without compromise.
I am magnificent sunsets across the lagoon.
I am the essence of tranquillity.

I am Arabella Agent, Mike Bisset.
Hello, I am Mike. I joined Pam Golding Properties in 1986. For the past 12 years I have specialised in residential property sales in Arabella Country Estate. With over 30 years in the industry, combined with my extensive knowledge of the golf estate, I am committed to providing my clients a well-informed and successful transaction.
I embraced the role of General Manager of Pam Golding Properties for 14 years, and served terms of office as National President of the Institute of Estate Agents, as well as a member of the Estate Agency Affairs Board. As an experienced agent with an in-depth understanding of the property market, my secret to success is old fashioned loyalty, hard work, honesty and integrity.
I am keen sportsman and an outdoor enthusiast. Golf is my favourite sport, and it is just an added bonus to be working on a golf estate. When I am not on the golf course you will find me hiking through our local trails. I enjoy a friendly game of bridge with friends, or supporting our local sports teams.
Get in touch and let’s discuss your property requirements.
Contact Mike Bisset from Pam Golding Properties for more information on 082 889 5300 or 028 284 9385 or email mike.bisset@pamgolding.co.za

The Stanford MTB Classic

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The popular Stanford MTB Tour is rebranding and relaunching to become the Stanford MTB Classic; and while many of the aspects will remain unchanged new race director Anneke Viljoen has exciting plans to refine the event into a true South African classic.
Taking place on the 17th and 18th of February 2018 the Stanford MTB Classic remains a two day, untimed, stage ride – aimed at experienced mountain bikers who happen to be new to stage racing, and long-time stage racers looking for a change of pace. The relaxed and beautiful setting at Stanford Valley Guest Farm provides the perfect introduction to the event which will also visit other gems of the area like, Beloftebos and Hermanuspietersfontein.
Viljoen explains the changes which will differentiate the Stanford MTB Classic: “The objective of the Stanford MTB Classic is to give newcomers to multi-stage events (not newcomers to mountain biking) a weekend of sublime riding. The routes are diverse and scenic, but can be surprisingly tough though, so don’t come unprepared. We will also be creating a race village at the start/finish line at Stanford Valley, where riders will be served three meals – two lunches and a dinner, which are included in the entry fee – and we are sure this will help ease any weary bodies after a fairly challenging day on the bike.”
At the heart of the updates for the event is the new route. For 2018 it will take in more challenging and rewarding sections to better showcase the area. Two particularly exciting new sections are the Beloftebos singletrack and the climb to a saddle in the Perdeberg Mountains. The Beloftebos singletrack winds its way along the Waboomsrivier – which it crosses via a suspension bridge and a floating bridge, amongst other crossings – gliding between stands of bluegum and wattles on smooth surfaces. The climb from Beloftebos to the Perdeberg Mountain saddle, which overlooks the race village at Stanford Valley, is undoubtedly a challenging one; but it is also exceptionally rewarding. The climb offers spectacular views over the Papiesvlei valley, within which Beloftebos and Hermanuspietersfontein lie nestled. The reward though comes from the summit where an exhilarating descent to the finish awaits, concluding the opening day on the perfect high note.
The Stanford MTB Classic will feature two relatively short stages, at roughly 55 and 45 kilometres in length, which provides experienced stage racers with enough distance to ensure a good workout without challenging the newcomers to stage racing with days that prove to be too long on the saddle. In addition to this, for the riders of a more social persuasion the Stanford MTB Classic will also feature short route options, of just 25 kilometres per day. The shorter daily distances also ensure that riders have enough time to enjoy the attractions of Stanford off their bikes too. The foremost of these attractions for the Stanford MTB Classic will undoubtedly be the race meals at Stanford Valley. Included in the entry fee are two lunches, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and a dinner, on Saturday evening; which will help create a festive post-stage atmosphere in the race village, as riders sit down to relish the delicious catering provided by the Stanford Valley Restaurant.
Riders can also choose their own accommodation for the Stanford MTB Classic with options varying from the luxurious to the rustic and even to camping. But with the locations at or closest to the race village at Stanford Valley sure to sell out fast would be entrants are encouraged to book accommodation directly after they enter the Stanford MTB Classic.
Entries & contact details
Entries to the 2018 Stanford MTB Classic, which takes place on the 17th and 18th of February, are open and for more information on the Stanford MTB Classic please visit www.stanfordmtbclassic.co.za; like Stanford Classic on Facebook or follow @stanfordmtb on Twitter and stanfordmtb on Instagram. To download the high resolution versions of these images please click here. For more information on the Stanford MTB Classic please contact Anneke Viljoen on 084 228 0414 or via email at anneke@freebody-sports.com.

CELEBRATING CHEESE

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CELEBRATING CHEESE
Klein River Cheese Farmstead is a celebration of cheese, picnics and family. We exist to unleash the inner artisan in every one of us. We are not just creating cheese and picnics but inspiring chefs and romantics, nature lovers and healthy, family-centered ambassadors. Our cheese is a vehicle to join the artisan movement. Klein River Cheese Farmstead is not only about our products, it’s our culture.
From the land. About the land. Of the land. The supreme flavour, texture and aroma of a farmstead cheese links us to decades of history and country living. It connects us to the culture of the farmstead and to the circle of microbes, plants, animals, and people living in balance with one another and the environment.
Klein River Cheese crafts 4 styles and 11 types of exceptional and award-winning South African cheese. We have been producing cheese for over 25 years with only one cheese-maker, Jacko van Beulen. He has been with us since day one and has extensive knowledge and experience in cheese craft.
These days, people want fast, convenient and easy food. Sustainability, nurturing and health comes from slow, deliberate and the purposeful. It comes from the small things – the attention to detail. The land that cows graze, the quality of milk, the nurturing and art of the cheese-makers hand, the shuffle of the cheese brush and precision of the cheese cutter. Klein River Cheese crafts cheese. Real cheese slowly and purposefully.
For more information please visit http://kleinrivercheese.co.za or email info@kleinrivercheese.co.za or call 028 341 0693

 

Feel the LOVE at Arabella Spa this February

Valentines Day 2018

Feel the LOVE at Arabella Spa this February with their luxurious Valentine’s Day offerings.

For those wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet on their own you can indulge in the 2 hour long “Your Absolute Valentine” package for just R1775 per person. This package includes a neck, back and shoulder massage; a Barbor Classic hydrating facial and a foot and leg massage.

Or alternatively if you are with your loved one you can treat yourselves to the 1 hour 45min long “Valentine’s Together” package for R2750 per couple. This package includes a couple’s Rassoul Treatment; a Couples Massage finished off with a dry body spritz.

Both of the packages offer a glass of bubbly or juice on arrival as well as a romantic room set-up with bubbly and chocolates.

Booking is essential. Voucher details or full payment is required to secure your spa booking. Telephone 028 284 0036 or email arabellaspa@africanpridehotels.com

Reclaim your sense of self at the award-winning spa or indulge in the heated indoor hydro-pool and outdoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and the crystalline waters of the swimming pool.

Hermanus Field Archery Club

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Hermanus Field Archery Club
For the more adventurous this month of love, why not try your hand at being a real-life Cupid and doing some archery. Archery can be enjoyed by virtually anyone regardless of their physical ability, and facilities are available for both outdoor and indoor shooting.
Archery has many valuable lessons which transfers into other recreational activities, it:
– instils confidence,
– increases attention span,
– fosters a willingness of participants to try other sports activities.
The Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC) was founded in September 2008 by Jaco Coetzee, when he and fellow archers were looking for a place to practice their archery skills.
HFAC hosts a SANIFAA structured competition every 4th Sunday of each month. The competitions are open to all archers, whether club members or not.
The range consists of a practice range with targets set at distances ranging between 10 to 80
yards and a circular course with a total of 28 stations. The course is laid out in yards and
accommodate shots as far as 80 yards: varying degrees of slope and incline make this a challenging archery course.
Competitions are alternated between Field-, 2D-, 3D- and Hunter rounds.
To accommodate hunters on a field round, HFAC introduced the Biltong round. The Biltong round consist of 14 station with distances varying between 7 and 40 yards.
HFAC forms part of the Greater Hermanus Shooting Club, that accommodates pistol shooting, rifle shooting and clay pigeon shooting.
This beautiful course is situated amongst fynbos and old Pine trees on the R43, between the Kleinmond and Bot River turn offs, just 15 minutes’ drive from Hermanus.
For more information please visit https://wparchery.org/

Learn to Kite Surf in Hermanus

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Learn to Kite Surf in Hermanus
Looking for a new addictive adventure
Kitesurfing is exploding in popularity all over the world! If you are wanting to taste or indulge in the full experience of the latest water sport look no further. Wind coming up most afternoons and the flat water make for the perfect combination. With lessons running daily the instructor we will have you up and riding safely in no time at all.
People of all ages can learn!
Try it now and book a lesson by one of the IKO certified instructors. The kite surfing school can cater for all kitesurfing skill levels from beginner to advanced kitesurfers.
So book now and let us help you to be up and riding!!!
For more info and to make a booking to get you riding the waves flying through the sky visit http://www.walkerbayadventures.co.za/kite-surfing.php
Herman De Vries
Cell: 082 739 0159
wbadventures@hermanus.co.za

See the Overberg from the sky

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See the Overberg from a different angle
If you are looking for another way to see the Overberg then book yourself a tour with Overberg Aviation and see things from a different angle. Started in 2007, Overberg Aviation is situated in Gansbaai, the whale and shark capital of the Overberg. With their 100% incident and accident free record, you can choose from many pre-packaged tours or plan your own unique flight.
Some of the pre-packaged flight include:
Wine Tours
Wine tasting with a twist…You won’t regret making this memory. You will be taken to the best wine farms in the area, with plenty of space available in the helicopter for your wine purchases…and you don’t have to worry about driving. We can take you to wherever your taste buds lead you.
1 Day Non-stop Adventure
This is purely for the adrenaline seekers…One full day of adventure activities put together. You will be flown to Daddys Adventures in the Elgin Valley, where they will take you zip lining, quad biking, river rafting, kloofing, horse riding and anything else you can think of. After that you will fly to a nearby restaurant for lunch, and then back for more adventure…Once you had enough, or when the sun sets, you fly you back to Gansbaai.
Whale Watching
The Southern Right whale finds its home in the waters of the Overberg from August to December to give birth to the calves before migrating back to the Arctic. Take to the skies to experience these giants from above. Nothing can prepare you for the amazingness of this flight. Be sure to bring along your camera.
Sunset Flights
Depart from Gansbaai 25 min before sunset and fly over the Walker Bay and surrounds to experience the magical sunsets that is unique to the area. This flight sets the scene for some amazing photos! Landing back in Gansbaai at sunset. (Flight time 30min)
Picnic in the Peaks
This one is not only for the romantics. We will fly you to the top of a few selected mountain peaks. The crew will setup the perfect picnic for you, with your pre-selected choice of food and drink. Enjoy the peace and enchantment that these gentle giants brings. (Time: 02h30 – Flight Time: 00h45)
Wedding Corporate Functions
Have a perfect end of year function, team building event or wedding entertainment for your guests.
Skydiving
Experience the thrill, the adrenaline and the freedom of skydiving. Overberg Aviation work closely with the team at Skydive Robertson. (www.skydive.co.za) They offer 1 day static line courses, or a tandem free fall jump. Overberg Aviation will fly you and your team of supporters or fellow jumpers to Robertson to take the leap.
For more information please contact
Tel: +27 83 9760324 Email: info@overberg.co.za or visit http://overbergaviation.com/

What to do when you visit Pringle Bay

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What to do when you visit Pringle Bay
1. Pringle Bay Beach
Pringle Bay boasts a beautiful beach that stretches from the mouth of the Buffels River and down one side of the village. The white sand is kept clean and pristine year round, so people can enjoy it in the height of summer or in the middle of winter when they come to see the whales. The lagoon created by the Buffels River is ideal for swimming in and the perfect spot for children to play in the water and build castles in the wet sand. During the summer months there are life guards on duty all along the beach.
2. Fishing
The coastline in the area has some great spots where you can cast a fishing line. The waters are also full of mussels and crayfish that can be caught and collected. If visitors wish to go further into the ocean, they can use the Maasbaai slipway for boat launches. There are also several charter companies that operate in the area, which allow tourists to go on guided fishing tours. It’s important to note that if you want to fish in the area, or collect or catch other marine life, a permit must be obtained first. These can be bought at the post office in the centre of Pringle Bay.
 3. Whale Watching
Pringle Bay and Rooi Els fall on the Whale Route that runs from Cape Town through to Durban along the western coast. The Hangklip area is an ideal spot for seeing these gentle giants as they come close to the shoreline to mate and calve every year between July and December. The most common species that can be seen at this time are the Humpback and the Southern Right Whales. Large schools of dolphins can also be seen coming close to the land and frolicking in the protected waters. Seeing all of the beautiful creatures of the ocean up close and personal really is a special treat.
4. Water Sports
The best of Pringle Bay and Rooi Els has to be the opportunities for water sports in the summer months. There is a beautiful spot for swimming and snorkelling in the mouth of the Buffels River. Further out to sea, you can speed off on rubber ducks, go diving for crayfish (with a permit) or take out a kayak. If surfing or body boarding is more your thing the beach experiences some excellent swell when the South Easter is blowing. For those who don’t have their own equipment, there are places in the village where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards and surfboards.
5. Hiking in the Biosphere
A firm favourite of the Pringle Bay area highlights is the incredible hiking trails around the village. These range from two-day events in the nearby nature reserve to short walks on coastal paths that are easy for any fitness level. The top picks for hikes that won’t take all day but will get you to some incredible sights are the Hangklip Mountain Trail, the Brodie Trail and the Old Coastal Gravel Road. These offer a bit of a challenge but most fitness levels can handle them.
6. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve
The nature reserve spans a large area behind Pringle Bay, Rooi Els and the other towns along Clarence Drive. It’s a beautiful space that protects the fynbos and wildlife that lives there. Visitors to the reserve are limited, but it is reasonably easy to get a permit to enter for hikes. For those who enjoy their mountain biking, there is a great trail in the reserve. It’s roughly 22km and offers a tough challenge that’s quite a workout. When in the reserve, it’s worth taking the time to explore all of the areas that are open to the public. You can even swim and kayak in the rivers. If you’re into extreme sports, you can apply to do white water rafting down the Palmiet River in winter.
7. The Hangklip Lighthouse
The lighthouse was built in 1960 and is completely automated to shine a light out to ships, warning them that they’ve reached the rocky area before False Bay. The only way to reach the lighthouse is via the hiking trail that runs from the small beach next to the Maasbaai slipway. It’s an easy walk that follows a gravel path along the coastline to the lighthouse. Just past the building, there are two secluded beaches that make a great escape for those seeking complete solitude. The walk is relatively flat and will take between one and two hours.
8. Bird Watching
The Kogelberg Biosphere offers some incredible opportunities for those who love bird watching. On the Pringle Bay beach visitors can find the African Black Oyster Catcher as this is a breeding ground for them. The Hangklip area also regularly sees large flocks of the Black Cormorant, which uses Stony Point as a breeding ground along with the African Penguins. Over in Rooi Els, birders often see endemic species such as the Cape Rockjumper and the Rock Thrush.
9. The Quiet Lifestyle
Pringle Bay and Rooi Els are situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere, which has ensured that the villages have remained small, quiet and peaceful. The only tarred roads in the area are Clarence Drive and Hangklip Road – the main road through Pringle Bay. There are also no street lights in either village so the stars really come out to play in the night sky. Both villages are ideal holiday spots for those who want to get away from city life and enjoy some tranquillity.
For more information please visit https://xplorio.com/pringle-bay/en/about/top-attractions/