PARYS 23 Aug. 2019 21 °C
Wind: 3.46 mph
Humidity: 13% Pressure: 1026.45 hPa
Sat 27 °C 6 °C
Sun 27 °C 7 °C
Mon 28 °C 7 °C
Tue 29 °C 8 °C
Wed 15 °C 9 °C

DMS S 26° 56' 56.764'' E 27° 19' 23.218''

PARYS 23 Aug. 2019 21 °C
Wind: 3.46 mph
Humidity: 13% Pressure: 1026.45 hPa
Sat 27 °C 6 °C
Sun 27 °C 7 °C
Mon 28 °C 7 °C
Tue 29 °C 8 °C
Wed 15 °C 9 °C

Welcome to Nature

Nature is all around you

There is nothing more fulfilling than going on a weekend breakaway to Thwane Bush Camp in the Vredefort Dome and visiting the culturally rich town of Parys. Your bags are packed, and you are ready to go and excited about the adventure that lay ahead of you. But did you remember or think about the environment that you are going to? If your answer is no, then you have to keep on reading and if it is yes then just making sure you look at the remember list down below.

There is nothing to feel embarrassed about if you forgot to think about this. Rather that we tell you about and you know what to expect than not know at all.

 

With the closest town being 13km away Thwane Bush Camp is located on a working farm in the Vredefort Dome and is surrounded by a low lying mountain ridge that creates a bowl. The geographic location of the camp ensures that we are protected from external light from the nearby towns of Vredefort and Parys, thus making the night sky something to remember.

 

The time of year plays a pivotal role in the number of creatures that is active on the farm. Your spring and summer season will ensure a lot more activity and on the flip side fall and winter will be almost none. Here is a list of creatures that are most active during the end of spring and summer seasons on the farm:

 

  • variety of insects such as ants, beetles, wasps, bees, flies and moths
  • rodents such as mice and rats
  • spiders
  • snakes such as boomslang, puff adder and rinkhals

 

It is only on rare occasions that you will encounter snakes and rodents. Insects and spiders are a busy lot and when we have good rain showers, they are even more active than normal. The ants on the farm are very active during a dry season and just before it rains and can be a bit of a nuisance when you just want to stand and talk to someone. We have taken measures in trying to limit the numbers through natural remedies, but this has only a limited effect. We try to live with them in harmony as best we can. We are not in favour of mass spraying with insecticides since a lot of innocent insects that are crucial in nature fall victim to these poisons.

 

Follow the following instructions

  • Keep tent doors closed when you go out of the tent
  • Keep fly zips closed when you are not going to be around your tent for a while
  • Switch off lights that is not necessary
  • Don't leave snacks, food and scraps unattended - throw away if you are not going to eat or drink it
  • Do not pick up any dead snakes, they play dead as a defence mechanism


Pack the following

  • Insect repellent or spray
  • Medication if you are allergic to bites
  • Baby powder for ants
  • Ointment or cream for bites and stings

Keeping all of the above mentioned in mind will certainly make a difference in how your experience will be, not only at Thwane Bush Camp but also at any other venue that is located on a farm or in the bush. As much as we want to keep them out, they always find a way to come in or return to their natural state.

 

That is why we want to remind all of our clients that our name says it all - Thwane Bush Camp.

 

Welcome to nature