Strings, cicadas and sunsets - a photographic story

Last month's symphonic extravaganza was a roaring success! The sextet from the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra entertained, soothed and kept the excited crowd enthralled at the pool area of the Bushveld Terrace Hotel on Kruger.

While our souls were being looked after by the band, André from The Hat & Creek made sure everyone's tummies kept up with delicious food and drink.

Click below for more photos of the great evening. And keep your ears on the ground for next year's event and much more of the same during the year.

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It's not called the Olifants for nothing

The magnificent Olifants River meanders from her catchment on the Highveld to her final destination in the warm Indian Ocean in Mozambique. On her passage she passes through the Northern Drakensberg down a spectacular waterfall into the famous Valley of the Olifants.

You can share three hours of her ceremonious journey through the African bush and explore the abundance of wildlife and birds that rely on her precious shipment of fresh water for their survival – just 17km away from the Bushveld Terrace Hotel on Kruger.

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The Magnificent Marula

Although quite palatial in its own right, this little article is not about the Bushveld Terrace’s famous honeymoon suite, but rather the tree (and its fruit) that inspired the name of our suite.

Sclerocarya birrea, commonly known as the marula, (Ancient Greek σκληρός, sklērós, "hard", and κάρυον, káryon, "nut", in reference to the stone inside the fleshy fruit) is a medium-sized dioecious (a big word that means one gets distinctly male and female individuals) tree, indigenous to the low lying woodlands of Southern Africa, and quite prolific in Phalaborwa and surrounds.

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Opening at Bushveld Terrace

Bushveld Terrace Hotel & Guesthouse together comprise 38 lavishly appointed rooms, each specifically designed to ensure our guests experience a Limpopo Bushveld stay like no other. Built on the same exceptional property and bordering the Kruger National Park, the Hotel and Guesthouse are separated only by a picturesque pathway meandering through a slice of indigenous flora offering our guests the chance of getting up close and personal with our abundant birdlife.

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Free Photography Course - feedback

Oh, did we have fun and learn a lot! (Didn't think it was possible in such a short time.) Hanna Jacobs is an exceptional teacher and the Bushveld Terrace guests and Phalaborwa residents attending the free basic photography course had a great time. Light, focus, composition and depth of field: Easy peasy with a master photographer by your side.
Ansel Adams famously said: "You don't take a photograph. You make it."
With Hanna it' was easy to understand and, with a little bit of effort, quite simple to allow the artist within yourself to come to the fore. No-one could wait to unleash their newfound creative knowledge on an unsuspecting visual world. See you again next year!

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