Karoo Heartland

Bedford Garden Festival

Bedford Garden Festival

Bedford Garden Festival

21 – 23 October 2022 

4 – 6 November 2022

 

There are two open weekend for this year’s Bedford Garden Festival: 21 – 23 October and 4 – 6 November 2022. 

Founded 16 years ago, the annual Bedford Country Gardens is an Eastern Cape midlands lifestyle experience that has visitors returning again and again for a dose of down to earth country fun. For three days gardenistas and nature-loving families explore country roads, linger in lovely farm gardens and discover soul-mates. The hosts are on hand ready to swap ideas on how to bloom were you are planted (as the saying goes), hundreds of kms from the nearest garden centre.

The routes straddle mountain and grassland biomes, and traverse a number of game farms. The variety of birds and trees is eye-popping (check-lists of both are posted on this website). This is prime terrain for hiking, trail-running and mountain bikes.

Open farm gardens offer refreshments; some serve light lunches and a couple set aside spots for picnickers.

In the Bedford village, there are more open gardens, The SA Rosarium, plant nurseries, lots of shopping, live music, warm hospitality and the scrumptious food the region is known for. Art, quilts, photography, funky scarecrows and floral arrangements pop up all over. 

Small group walks round the old part of town are led by Bedford’s local history enthusiasts. Early morning birding excursions take visitors into the pristine mountain forest which forms Bedford’s backdrop.

PLANTS SALES grab the bulk of retail activity. And plants are for sale all over the place. Garden assistants are encouraged to propagate plants and sell for their own account at open gardens. 

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Keep an eye on the Bedford Country Gardens facebook page for updates and explore the website which includes information about the area in general and the festival in particular. 

There is no official entry point – visitors come in from all over, starting their visit wherever they fancy. You pay for entry at each garden gate.

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THE COSIEST FIREPLACES IN THE KAROO HEARTLAND THIS WINTER

THE COSIEST FIREPLACES IN THE KAROO HEARTLAND THIS WINTER

As South Africa moves passes midwinter and the thermometer starts its slow climb towards summer, we ponder two things: firstly, that the winter days of the Karoo Heartland are mild, sunny and windless and, secondly, when things turn chilly in the evenings, our region naturally tends indoors towards the fireplace, coffee or wine in hand, for a good book, some painting or quality conversation. 

Our Karoo Heartland members have shared some of their cosiest spots to enjoy winter in the Karoo…

The fireplace at Allendale Guest Farm…just getting started. – Jansenville

A fireside dinner table set for guests (pre-COVID) at Glen Avon Guest Farm – Somerset East

A cosy lounge at Kuzuko Lodge, with a breathtaking view of the night sky only metres away… – Somerset East

A welcoming farmhouse living room at Lowlands Country House – Cradock

Potjie pot at the ready – there’s nowhere better than Nieu-Bethesda for a slow-cooked stew at Outsiders B&B

A cosy reading nook, barman on hand, at Samara Private Game Reserve – Graaff Reinet

An iconic Karoo Heartland fireplace at Toerboer Cottages – Graaff Reinet

A bonus pleasure during the winter months – a wood-fired stove at Toerboer Cottages – Graaff Reinet

 

SEVEN WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY DIE TUISHUISE & VICTORIA MANOR

SEVEN WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY DIE TUISHUISE & VICTORIA MANOR

With a little advanced planning, romance is easy. Let us help you make your Valentine Special

Valentines Weekend special at Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor

  1. Join us for a decadent Valentines Dinner for two @ R 220 per person in our romantic Albert Dining Room
  2. Spend the night in one of our romantic cottages and enjoy dinner and breakfast at @ R 590 per person per night
  3. Or spend two nights including dinner and breakfast at R 1075 per person sharing
  4. Enjoy the romance of your cottage and order room service
  5. Sleep in late and request breakfast delivered to your house or prepare your own breakfast with a pre-ordered breakfast basket
  6. Extra add ons? –
    • ADD a bunch of flowers for your loved one – we can work to your budget
    • ADD a cold bottle of bubbly starting from R160 per bottle and have it in your room
    • ADD a Valentines Special Voucher from The Beauty Zone spoil for your loved one
    • ADD buy a beautiful Karoo book for your loved one
    • Request an add on Romantic Picnic Lunch in the Mountain Zebra National Park R220 per person

Terms and conditions apply. Friday night – Karoo Dinner, Saturday night* Valentine Dinner ,

To spread the love this year we are offering the same special for the week of the 20th of February, but both dinners will be Karoo. Book today www.tuishuise.co.za or info@tuishuise.co.za

SATSA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO EVALUATE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

SATSA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO EVALUATE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

As captive wildlife interactions remain is a complex issue, SATSA – the South African Tourism Association, has launched a guide to Evaluating Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities.

The guide is an interactive tool for easy decision making, through eight simple questions, on interactions through a “decision tree”.

The guide is aimed at four key groups: foreign and local visitors interacting with animals, buyers such as destination management companies, tour operators internationally and locally as well as industry representatives such as associations, industry bodies and government among others.

The tool will allow these groups to assess animal interaction operations and make informed decisions to support ethically sound and responsible operators in South Africa.

Click here to view/download the guide.

https://www.zawebsdata.co.za/file/satsa_humananimalinteractions_final5_interactive_red.pdf

Tourism Update – Mia Breytenbach