Take A Journey Through Calverton Estate
The beauty literally begins as you turn off the main road and drive through the Pine trees towards the Calverton gate. The first view that greets you is that of Three Falls Farm, down to the west, in all its glory and then Calverton ahead just waiting to wow you with its serene beauty.
As you enter the Estate you experience the melodious sound of the Krantz water fall and the bird calls welcoming you. A few metres down on the right you see the fairy post box – and I always encourage children to post a wish there as I believe we have plenty of kind caring fairies on Calverton.
Sherbrook lodge stands majestically on the left surrounded by 6 well stocked weirs. Sherbrook also boasts its own water fall – the water runs through rock pools and spills over the falls and then on its way down to Three Falls.
Glentana is tucked up on the right, in its own unique surroundings, as you make your journey through the Estate. A well-stocked dam is strategically placed right on the door step of Glentana and this dam is fed from Little Glentana which in turn is fed from the wetlands above. Sitting on the veranda one can soak in the beauty of the Krantz directly in front and listen to the birds and frogs in full symphony.
The river walk starts at Waxberry weir for the Sherbrook guests and then up past lily pond – these beautiful water lilies are now in bloom and the frogs just love this pond.
The Glentana guest will start their river walk from the picnic site.
A picnic area can be found around Hypericum, Nitidula and Rhamnus weirs. The Scarlet River Lilies are starting to bloom again and enhance the magic of this area – the water runs gently over the rocks here and this is where I say that the farm fairies swim.
Rhus, Tree Fern and Ilex Mitus weirs create their own beauty and the Ilex Mitus tree at the edge of the river is a perfect specimen of this special tree.
Myrsine Africana, which is the botanical name for the beautiful little Cape-myrtle, is a definite area to take a rest – have a swim in the pool and sit on the log and soak in the ambiance.
Island is aptly named and is certainly one of the prettiest areas of the walk and is home to many water birds.
Mountain heath, Brutus, Old man’s beard, Passerina and Ou Hout weirs is another area where one can picnic and the children can run around and expend some of their energy.
There are a few more, as yet, unnamed weirs leading up to the gate at the top of the Estate. These weirs were built by the then State forester in the 50’s and are collectively known as the “Forester’s weirs!” It is interesting to note that it was in this section of the river, in 1910, that mister A.C.Braun who was a jeweller in Lydenburg, stocked the first trout including brownies! All the weirs are well stocked with rainbow trout and good sized trout have been caught and recorded.
As one approaches the gate a glance to the left will reveal stone kraals. It is thought that these structures date back to the 1800’s and were used by nomadic herdsmen.
The weirs mentioned have been appropriately named after relevant trees and shrubs in the vicinity and this information can be found in the brochure provided in the lodges.
You can now meander back along the river path or walk down the river road. On the left, as you return down the road, you will come across the natural spring where the water supplied in the lodges is drawn from. Stop here and fill up your water bottles with fresh cool mountain water. Now you can return to your lodges – having enjoyed some good exercise and with lungs full of fresh clean mountain air.
Both lodges are furnished in tasteful elegance and are stylish and comfortable. There are fire places in both lodges so one can retire and listen to the crackle of a log fire. Alternately you can relax on the veranda overlooking beautiful lawns, and listen to the night noises starting to echo through the Estate.
The lodges are totally self-catering and a cleaning service is provided. Each lodge has en-suite bedrooms. All of the bathrooms have a shower and a bath. Two showers in each lodge are open showers so one can enjoy the African sky whilst showering.
- The sunset experiences at Calverton are unsurpassed and can be enjoyed from various vantage points around the Estate followed by a star studded African sky.
- The rainbows after the rain (when we get it) are spectacular- we are sure at times that the pot of gold can be found at Calverton.
- The summer birds have all returned. The Pin-tailed Whydah is once again showing his dominance. The weavers are frantically building their nests and the Forest Buzzards and Fish Eagle glide majestically overhead spying for fish. The Swallows are sweeping low over the river, even the Red Winged Starlings are returning waiting for their favourite fruit, the Ink Berries to ripen. The Giant Kingfisher patrols the river looking for crabs, in fact to be honest we have a great variety of bird life in what one could call “the huge Calverton aviary”.
- The Eland continue to visit from Three Falls farm –they are such majestic animals. The Klipspringers are still regular visitors to the Krantz areas around the Estate. Wild cats, Red Rock Hares, Servals, Civets, Porcupine and Jackal continue to take over the night shift and their spoor is very evident along the road each morning.
- In a nut shell Calverton Lodge offers excellent fly-fishing with magnificent indigenous bush – an idyllic setting for walking with its rich diversity of fauna and flora,
- In addition to the above there are some very scenic drives, walks, hikes on the borders of Calverton so please ask the Estate Manager for more details.