Scott Balson's trip to South Africa -
10th September 2006 - Champagne Castle

Perth : Johannesburg : Pretoria : Pietersburg : Pilgrim's Rest : Ladysmith : Champagne Castle : Estcourt : Durban : Ixopo
Kokstad : Port Elizabeth : Plettenburg Bay : Cape Town : Victoria West : Griquatown : Mafikeng : Johannesburg : Perth

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Woke up this morning at 3.30am... the full moon was shining onto Champagne Castle, which was shrouded in mist and the only noises were the sounds of a dog barking and horses playing in the paddock below - both disturbed by the soft moon light.

I was able to get some shots of the Drakensberg and meet up with Malcolm and Ria Don Wauchope who still own and manage the Mountain Splendour Resort near my farm, but first I went for a two hour walk from the hotel to the Sphinx - a great outlook spot - as you can see from the images below.

Champagne Castle as

the sun rises

The hotel

Great views

The start of my walk

Bushman Paintings

"Mother and son"

Buck in the berg

The sphinx from close up

One of the group poses

My farm

Malcolm and Ria don Wauchope

The Nest - some

things never change

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