Cavernites Chronicle November 2017

Dear Friends

We’re in the spiral of November which means we are almost going to hit December and then proper chaos will explode – lights will go up, halls will be decked and there is sure to be Roast Turkey soon. But, just quickly beforehand, we need to let you in on our 2018 Activities line-up…

Activities Calendar

We have just waved goodbye to our Botanical Artists and are looking forward to the upcoming Photographic, Birding and Wild Flower weekends. The calendar which we have been running for more than 10 years adds tremendous value to a stay at the Cavern. The weekend or workshop hosts are experts and share their knowledge and love of their subjects so passionately.

I have to admit that when we were approached about 3 years ago to introduce Yoga I was not only nervous, I was absolutely terrified by the idea. Helen is a great friend but she is also an exceptional yogi. She struts her stuff and must be the most flexible person I know. Well, very embarrassed and scared to the bone I trotted down to join the very first class. I can barely touch my toes and doing trees and eagles and upward dogs was going to be the ultimate challenge. What I found was that there was space for the hill billy and no judgements were made. Our angry hips and tight muscles were given the ultimate workover and I have loved every class since then.

So, look at what is on offer, move out of that comfort zone and learn to express yourself in a whole nother way…. It’s hugely stimulating and rewarding!

Introducing The Cavern Crusader

Everyone needs a super hero and the Cavern’s one has just worked his way into existence. Keep a keen eye on Facebook where he will make a fortnightly appearance. The Crusader will also be making his way to Doctor’s rooms and Restaurant tables so do be on the look-out.

Much thanks to Jeremy “Jerm” Nell!

Big5hike – Walking4education – 19 May 2018

Bookings have opened for the 2018 Big5Hike. It takes place on our Grandmother, Ruth’s 107th birthday, 19th May and promises to be a weekend of great hiking, fundraising and all happening for the good of the children. We’ll put our communal target at R1m and R70! Each hiker needs to raise R6500 and then they get to spend the weekend on us (no charge!). Supporters are welcome at R1040 per adult sharing per night. Peaks will be up for grabs but those that sponsored last year do get preference.

The Ultimate Challenge has been unveiled too…. In 2018 Stephen Kirker will be turning 50 and he has committed to hiking the Big5 five times. Whew! What a lot of walking. Just weary at the thought. But, Stephen is incredibly fit, has the longest legs ever and has been coming to The Cavern to hone his hiking skills for 50 years! He’s set his fundraising target at R50 000! This is the ultimate challenge. I am almost tempted to join him but think I may take my time and hike over 5 days. He’s thinking 2-3 days! Any other crazy folk out there to do the Ultimate Big5Hike should be in touch.

Khanyisela Project

We are very excited to see 2 new buildings going up. This will provide valuable space for the children at 2 schools in the greater Amazizi area. We are grateful to Georg & Gerti Rotter, DENSO SA, MOONEY FORD for making this possible and to Palmer Projects for coming in to assist us with the building work.

We would also like to thank each and every one of you that has arrived at The Cavern with bags of jumble. We collect all the old clothes, shoes and linen and Daphne marks each individual item with a very reasonable price. David & Daphne then arrange a sale either here at The Cavern, or the School or in the community and the proceeds from these sales go into the projects we support. Everybody wins. So, a huge thank you! And, keep it coming! There is a large community of people looking for good clothing at good prices.

Royal Drak Mtb & Trail Run – 7th April 2018

Save the date! R300 is the entry fee for the rides or run over the weekend. It will be a super weekend in the great outdoors and we look forward to having you join us. For more info visit:

Final Word

We have been fortunate to have welcomed so many tourists to the Cavern this year. SA and the Drakensberg in particular offers a gigantic playground of hiking, horse riding, mountain bike riding and much more. What a bright and sunny country we live in and are fortunate to call home! We look forward to seeing you for another “happy return”.

Best wishes,

The Cavern family

2 thoughts on “Cavernites Chronicle November 2017”

  1. I have known the Cavern since horse riding in the mid 1960’s (can’t quite pinpoint the year), spectacular Saturday night dances, to the present, with varying degrees of intensity and activity. What has remaind a constant over three generations of Cavern Family is an awesome resort, outstandingly and professionally run enveloped in friendlyness, hospitality and generosity. I can confidently say that the Cavern has had a significant role in shaping my life.
    Indeed many great friendships were formed, some of whom sadly have left South Africa and I have lost touch with them (maybe one day to stumble into them on Facebook)
    Some aspects that really stands out are the way things take place seemingly effortlessly (a guaranteed indication of the finest management), the generosity within the greater community and their continued care of the environment.
    Well done to three generations of family.
    Matthew Everitt 0826533599 contact me

    1. Megan Carte Bedingham

      Dear Matthew
      Thank you so much for your kind response. These hills and valleys hold a million memories! Saturday night dances, spectacular horse rides and fantastic friendships. We remember birthday parties at the dairy farm and meeting kids at Twin Streams on our bicylces. It has been, and still remains, a great way to grow up.
      We are also fortunate to have so much support from family, guests and friends and have been able to assist our local community. This work in early childhood development has been exciting and also very rewarding.
      Our best wishes to your family,
      Megan & the Cavernites

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