For camping with a Native American twist . . .

2017-09-14 06:00
Kransfontein owner Juanita Krauspe wants to offer a unique and relaxing experience for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with her teepee tent-accommodation.

Kransfontein owner Juanita Krauspe wants to offer a unique and relaxing experience for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with her teepee tent-accommodation.

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CHILDREN may not have the right idea when it comes to naps and Santa Claus, but they are 100% correct about the glory of a good tent.

So, pack some good wine and marshmallows, and take a break from the world of grown-ups.

For a night - or two - under the stars in a Native American teepee tent, take the twisting road to Joubertina. Pass various orchards, quaint farm stalls and ‘fruit entrepreneurs’, and let the dirt road just outside the town, lead you to Kransfontein where three teepee tents overlook the vast landscape with the majestic Baviaanskloof Mountains keeping guard in the distance.

The tents - standing proud like Indian Chiefs - are much bigger than one realises at first glance. Each tent is equipped with a double bed mattress, chairs, table, cutlery, crockery and even a kettle to be used on the open fire in the middle of the tent.

There is a communal braai area equipped with a fridge.

With a bathroom close at hand, all visitors need to bring is their towels and toile-tries.

“I wanted to offer a unique and relaxing experience for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life,” says owner Juanita Krauspe, who erected the teepees some 18 months ago. “Whether it is to explore the various walking trails, discover the ancient Khoisan drawings or just to relax in the hammocks or tent - and, most important of all, enjoy the silence of nature.”

There are also a cottage and house at hand for those that prefer more conventional accommodation.

Explore the attractions

Once settled, it is time to explore some of the walking trails, which is easy enough for absolute beginners, but sufficiently challenging to get one’s heart racing.

One of the trails leads walkers to the top of a mountain that offers a unique scenery of dramatic mountains, deep valleys, rivers, grassy hilltops and thick bush vegetation. From here, explorers follow the Protea-lane back to the bottom of the mountain.

Kransfontein is furthermore home to a long-forgotten graveyard with gravestones dating back to 1911. And a 2 000-year-old mummified body was found in this region in 1999.

Adding to this rich history, are the various Khoisan drawings.

The unique visitors’ break-away spot also boasts hundreds of cycads, beautiful rivers and stone walls erected by the first farmers in the area.

Relax

Tired after spending the day exploring Kransfontein’s myriad of attractions, visitors can relax in the hammocks or lie on their beds and drink in nature’s beauty.

If it is not too cold, enjoy a long hot soak in one of the two outside bath tubs while sipping on your favourite drink - perfectly positioned for exquisite views and spectacular star gazing. You might even spot a flirting ostrich and bleating sheep.

Or opt for a fresh-air shower in a revamped cement water tank.

And as night falls, enjoy a braai under the stars with the sound of owls filling the air before you head back to the teepee for the night.

But the fun does not stop here.

Once in your teepee, light a huge fire in the middle of the tent. Sit, or lie, back as the cosy flames warm up the place and ‘fire people’ happily dance on the side of the tent.

This is a must. And do not forget to take marshmallows with you.

Imagine telling friends back home about your night under the stars in a Native American Teepee: a unique holiday experience, one to tick off the bucket list.

For more information about this unique adventure at Kransfontein in Joubertina, contact Krauspe at 083 263 3200.

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