In this issue:

N3 Gateway Tourism Association
Focusing on our Animals
Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave



N3 Gateway Tourism Association

Giving you over 150 experiences to Discover with the N3 Gateway  (Media Release)
The N3 Gateway Tourism Association has recently completed its third edition of the Discover the N3 Gateway Itinerary Brochure. The third edition tantalizes travelers with 37 new enjoyable adventures. This latest phase of the project brings the total number of itineraries available on to over 150. The brochure aims to package the regions abundant range of things to do and see into organised self-drive and facilitated itineraries. Each itinerary enables travelers to better understand the pre-trip logistics such as when to go or what to pack; and determine whether the experience is within their budget. The third edition was focused on including market research outcomes and therefore we included our Top Ten Itineraries as voted for by our fans. If you enjoy historic Battlefield tours or wine tasting in the Drakensberg or Meandering the Midlands there is plenty for you to do. For the adventurer there are expeditions into Lesotho or treks across the passes only the Voortrekkers were brave enough to conquer. Readers also have a choice of country wedding venues, challenging Tugela rafting adventures or Vaal river cruising luncheons. The cherry on the top is a Hot Air Balloon Flight ending with a champagne breakfast! The brochure will be distributed to our 14 recognised Tourism Information Nodes in May 2015 and will also be available at consumer shows such as the Gauteng Getaway Show in August.
Dont delay! Discover over 150 Itineraries with N3 Gateway.

Focusing on our Animals

A note from Cluny Animal Trust:

Finally our Mobile Veterinary Clinic arrived the 9th of May 2015, to everyone’s great surprise!
After nearly three years of agonizing waiting, disbelieving looks, and derision, we have reached the first step in our goal to provide proper veterinary care to all the impoverished animal owners and end the needless suffering of all types of animals. This past Tuesday, Dr Katherine Barker did the first sterilisation in our Mobile Unit. The dog named Vovo was neutered quickly, efficiently, and without any stressful travelling up and down. It is only the first of many happy dogs and owners benefiting from our mobile unit.

For more information or to see how you can support us, go

Our local Vet, Dr Katherine Barker, has moved to 59 Church Street (at the back of the house)– next to Lake Clarens Guest House.  Katherine’s consulting hours are 9.00 a.m. until 11.00 a.m. on weekdays, but the practice will be open from 8.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m. for the purchase of food, etc.  Diana Breshears will be in attendance at Reception during this time.

Look out for Hazel Moller and Michelle Maree who will be passing through Clarens next Monday.   These two crazy ladies are running the distance of 10 Comrades Ultra Marathons in 10 days!  

WHY????   It’s all about raising awareness for PETS

PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships) strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities.  PETS was founded by Anoux Massey in 2007. She is a former heroin addict who believes a dog saved her life and got her off the streets. Animals have incredible therapeutic powers! PETS as three branches – JHB, Witbank and CT. They work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by giving them daily meals, warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care in emergencies. They also rehome those ones that are unwanted, unloved or lost. PETs tries to instill in the communities, a responsibility and pride for their animals by not just empowering the animals, but also by educating and helping the people uplift themselves. They believe in working hand in hand with the animals and people of these impoverished areas to create unity, trust and stability for all.

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Article and photography by
Damien Coulson
Head ranger:
Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-monthly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be focusing on a member of the Caryophyllaceae (Carnation) family.

Silene undulata (Gunpowder Plant or Dream Root in English, Wildetebak in Afrikaans and Molokoloko in Sesotho) is a frost and heat resistant perennial that grows up to 1000mm tall on moist, steep hill-slopes at altitudes ranging from 1550–2880 m A.S.L. This plant occurs from the Western Cape right through to Zimbabwe.

S. undulatamay be differentiated from a similar species; S. bellidoides primarily through its ecological range and habitat – S. bellidoides prefers open grassveld, and is substantially smaller at only 600mm. The species name undulata is derived from undulate, in botanical terms this refers to the undulating or “waving” nature of the leaves. The common name Gunpowder Plant is a reference to the dark colour of the seed-baring capsules held by this species. This particular specimen was observed for the first time on the new Caracal Contour Cycle trail on the day of the MTB Series race through the CNR.   Read more



Paballo’s Nursing Care – Sisters on leave





The Clarens Garden Club is meeting at the home of Ann de Boer on Wednesday 27th May at 09:30 for 10:00 am. Ann’s address is 422 Berg Street. Dr Gideon Groenewald will speak to us about the Paleontological findings in Dr Gideon Groenewald will speak to us about the Paleontological findings in the Clarens/Golden Gate area. The catering team will be Trish Crichley, Margreet Koch and Sue Morel. Please remember to bring a plant to sell. There is no need to bring a chair on  this occasion.
Directions: From the Square, drive down van Zyl Street, passing Clementine’s Restaurant  on your left. You will come to a T-junction in front of Aspen House. Turn left  down Berg Street and go as far as the second last house on your right. There is  ample parking space. Hoping to see you all there. Kind regards, Leoné du Preez (Secretary) Tel: 058 256 1738 Cell: 082 347 1379 Fax: 086 275 6273 E-mail:



22 May  2015
Clarens Country MarketSee you from 10 am onwards
20-24 May, 2015
Marke Meyer at Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery
22nd May, 2015
Desire Crowther Art Gallery opening
22 – 24 May, 2015
Smoking Dragon – Adrenalin Festival
27th May, 2015
Clarens Garden Club meeting
9.30 am at 422 Berg Street
Speaker:  Dr Gideon Groenwald
22nd May, 2015
Marke Meyer Exhibition – Official opening by Barbie Meyer
6pm Robert Badenhorst Gallery
30 May, 2015
Opening of Madame Butterfly’s sister shop
Rosemary Centre
26-28 June 2015
Platteland Preview


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