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This summer season has brought lots of welcome rain and the countryside is beautiful once again. We’ve seen Martin’s Dam, which provides our town’s water supply, overflow a few times already this summer.  It’s such a welcome sight after two years’ of drought.

2017 is in full swing and nature-lovers kicked off the year with a “Frogging” week-end on the 13th and 14th of January.  This event was organized by Kristi Garland from Birdlife South Africa, Nick Evans of KZN Amphibian & Reptile Conservation and Richard and Candice McKibbin of The Lionheart Experience. It was a weekend worth raving about! Participants had a blast and the wildlife seen surpassed the organizer’s expectations.

Rattling Frog- Semnodactylus wealii, photo courtesy of Darren van Eyssen

Rattling Frog- Semnodactylus wealii,
photo courtesy of Darren van Eyssen

 

The weekend was predominantly focussed on frogs. A total of 14 frog species were found, including over 25 of the charismatic little rattling frogs.

 

During the course of the weekend, visitors experienced more incredible wildlife sightings, including water mongoose, striped field mouse, spotted necked otter, springhare and a serval! Butterflies and moths were spotted too.

 

An eyed pansy - Junonia orithya is a nymphalid butterfly; Photo courtesy of The Lionheart Experience

An eyed pansy – Junonia orithya is a nymphalid butterfly;
Photo courtesy of The Lionheart Experience

Falcon Male

Amur Falcon male; photo, courtesy of Jenni Maxted-Smith

Wakkerstroom is blessed with three major bird habitat types – wetlands, grasslands and forests – and this, together with a wide altitudinal range, increases the birding opportunities with relatively little effort required from birders.

 

Falcon Female

Amur Falcon Female; photo, courtesy of Jenni Maxted-Smith

Some of our beloved summer visitors include the  Amur falcon (Falco amurensis).  This is a small raptor of the falcon family.

 

It breeds in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern Africa.

 

In early February there will be a workshop on “Personal Growth”.

 

On the “nature” front, there will be a weekend including a talk and outings on Arachnids by John and Astri Leroy on the 17th, 18th and 19th of February.

 

Ina Millman will hold a painting workshop on “Nguni’s” in early March, and do take a peek at all the “Events” to see what else may lure you to our beautiful village.

Treble Cleff

 

 

 

 

 Wakkerstroom Music Festival

17 – 20 March 2017    Wakkerstroom’s biggest annual event is the Music Festival.  Do have a look at details on the WMF section of the website, as well as on Facebook.  The birdlife and peaceful surroundings are the inspiration and theme of this festival.  If you’re not inspired yet, some of the events will include  a viola quartet, a Foxtrot Jazz band, a bit of ballet, songs by “Gershwin”; a string quartet; tenors; local marimba’s and much more.  There is still accommodation available in Wakkerstroom for the Music Festival, but do make a reservation soon.  Volksrust is only 27 kilometres away should you require accommodation in our neighbouring town.

You can obtain a list of accommodation in Volksrust from the Wakkerstroom Tourism Association (WTA).  If you are looking for a fabulous country experience, clean air, peace and quiet, comfort and a range or restaurants from basic pub food, through the coffee shop range to gourmet meals, then you should visit Wakkerstroom.  We look forward to seeing you.

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