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THE spiritual experience .............in, of all places, Robertson

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Soekershof Walkabout on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 07:07 am: Edit Post

Soekershof Walkabout is a place that generates creation and co-creation in multiple, complex, fanciful, delightful, hilarious ways; in my opinion, the best kind of spiritual experience.
Pre-experience? visit: http://soekershof.com
Dakota Feinstein (USA)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Soekershof Walkabout on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 07:21 am: Edit Post

The above message is from one of our love-letters.
Soekershof Walkabout is one of South Africa's Primary Unusual Destinations.
To provide you with the 'unusual' idea where it is all about: visit http://soekershof.com and look also into the chapters 'Love-letters'; 'The CIA and other media-exposures' and 'What visitors may expect'. The website http://soekershof.com is reviewed as one of the 25 most informative tourism websites in South Africa.

Many people ask: what is Soekershof Walkabout all about? Easy question but the answer is a bit more complex. In fact: we do not know ourselves; except that it is great fun. Not only for us but also our guests who, in general, consider their visit as a real personal experience.

One thing is for sure: Soekershof Walkabout is a Primary Unusual Destination; a globally unique concept which developes itself in time. Our guests are everything from 'poor to rich', from 'white to black' and from 0 to 98 yrs old. However they all have one thing in common: they are 'somebody different' always looking for 'something different'. Soekershof is NOT a place for mass tourism so big touroperators; please stay away unless you have difficulties in handling a group with pure individuals (we will handle these personalities and they will never be the same again).

The best comprehensive descriptions until so far are the ones in our brochure:

1) The place where Klaas Voogds, James Bond and Albert Einstein meet.

2) Everything you always wanted to know about sex ……….. between plants but never dared to ask

3) Beware of your “weird but passionate” host, a bit of magic and good stories!

&

4)A plethora of fantastical South African history, artistic creativity and botanical
delights await the adventuresome traveler at Soekershof Walkabout.

In 2000 the Dutch couple Yvonne de Wit & Herman van Bon acquired the farm Soekershof in the historic Klaas Voogds region between Robertson and Ashton.
The farm was neglected for 24 years. The initial intend was to clean and restore the premises but fate had other ideas.

The Soekershof concept came about within a week of happy discoveries and fascinating local folklore.

First of all there was the historical weed-overgrown succulent garden which was created in 1965 by Marthinus Malherbe (pioneer of the South African cactustrade and founder of the cactus nursery next-door) and reviewed as ‘the most beautiful succulent garden in the Southern Hemisphere’ (Royal British Horticultural Society, 1971).

Secondly: Soekershof is Afrikaans for ‘Seekers Court’ and it thus seemed logical to create a landscape of mazes.

The 13870 m2 Klaas Voogds Maze incorporates a 260 m classical 5-circuit Cacti-Labyrinth.
The Klaas Voogds Maze is not a Maze in the traditional perception. This Maze is as life; you walk from one story into another. The objects towering above the hedges serve as orientating points and as a reliquary of amusing local history and fables. You are invited to fulfill a quest and earn a memorable reward.

Other Mazes on the farm include a.o. the Butterfly Maze and the indigenous Langeberg Maze; the latter one still ‘under construction’ for its unique character.

The original succulent garden has been restored and extended. Nowadays the garden consists of over 2400 different succulents including cacti and other exotics that are uniquely kept in the unprotected open air very much unlike nurseries with most of the collection under a roof or a shade-net. The garden is recognised as one of the finest collections of specimen plants worldwide (American Horticultural Society, 2005). Visitors may have a peep into the wonderful world of camouflage, self defense mechanisms and survival strategies. Follow the trail and discover plants like horse’s teeth, baba-boudjies, elephant’s feet and lots more.

The Visitors Centre contains exclusive handcrafted gifts by local artists. In this tatched cottage there is also a photo-and video-presentation of the developments from April 2000 onwards.

‘Our little nursery’ sells waterwise plants with landscaping and consultancy on offer.

Other options include a Full Moon Walk and Corporate Teambuilding (for groups of at least 10 participants and only pre-booked). Group visits can be customized.

To experience Soekershof in full: take your time and relax!!!

On request light homemade meals are served (only for visitors).

The website http://soekershof.com contains a wealth of information including various accommodation details, information on other local activities and numerous links to Maze/Labyrinth and succulent related websites.

Enjoy Life and ..........
merry greetings from a wonderful and imaginative Soekershof,

Yvonne de Wit, Herman van Bon & dedicated staff of Soekershof Walkabout.
Klaas Voogds West, Robertson.
Tel.: 023-6264134
e-mail: soekershof@lando.co.za

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By J'nette on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 05:41 pm: Edit Post

Whow, this is a mouth full !!!
May be after our visit I can fill you in with some pictures ??

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Soekershof Walkabout on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 08:16 pm: Edit Post

Dear Johanette,

You may make as many pictures as you want. Yvonne says that my legs are the most beautiful legs in the whole world. In fact they represent the 'new' South Africa and already on display in diverse blogsites all over the world.
Come and see for yourself. We'll make your day a special day.
After your visit you will never forget us!!!

Merry (as always) greetings,

Herman
(& Yvonne + dedicated staff)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By J'nette on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 06:53 pm: Edit Post

Jip, they represent the 'new' SA ! Not bad.

newsa

But check this out ...

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Soekershof Walkabout on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 07:45 pm: Edit Post

I think these are the most beautiful legs in the world and defenitely the most photographed ones in the Robertson Wine Valley.

Yvonne

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Soekershof Walkabout on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 07:49 pm: Edit Post

These legs need some explanation. The feet looks a bit like KZN, more upwards the representation of the brownish/coloured communities. The top is (still???) white...........


Herman

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By J'nette on Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 12:05 pm: Edit Post

SOEKERSHOF

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What an aMAZEing experience !

We kicked off the morning with an intro to Soekershof. Not the 'used-to': "Hi my name is...
Instead we watched a stone-aged movie !
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In 2000 Herman and Yvonne, fresh from the Netherlands, bought Soekershof, a piece of land in the Klaas Voogds region between Robertson and Ashton. Initially they've decided to clean out and restore the neglected farm, but as they say "fate had other ideas".

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A huge Baobab tree, made by Joey a local artist, welcomes you to a no ordinary succulent garden. With over 2400 different succulents, each with its own story, this garden is recognised as one of the finest worldwide and one of the most beautiful in the Southern hemisphere.
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After a traditional Dutch breakfast we set off with special designed butterfly umbrellas. Our mission is to solve the riddle. Believe me, it is pure magic out there.

Through the finger-maze, the ghost of Malherbe, past the guardian angel ... amazed by the beauty and completely absorbed into the legendary world of Klaas Voogds.
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Congratulations to Herman and Yvonne and thank you for a wonderful day spent at Soekershof.
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For bookings contact Herman or Yvonne on 023 626 4134 or soekershof@lando.co.za


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