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More than 30 years ago, Francois Vosloo, the then principal of the Shawpark School offered to do an ox braai as a fundraiser for the Shawpark Country Club, to say ‘thank you’ to the club, who allowed the school to use the sports fields at the club. Sauce

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This weekend, after an eventful last few weeks, I will be working at the annual Bathurst Ox Braai. The last one I went to was in 1996, was hardly something I could remember. This year I will be working voluntarily behind the bar for the local Shaw Park Tennis Club, grave yard shift. I have been told it is loud, almost out of control and a massive huge party with over 10000 people attending, mainly students from around the country doing their matric rave.

Worth checking it out this year (Dec) if you’re up for a wild party- it gets pretty debauched. Sauce

This link is to the official details of the Bathurst Ox Braai: Bathurst Show
See you on Friday the 28th December 2012

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This was a day to remember, 19 – 11 to the English. Hosted by Kingston Farm for the Bathurst Country Affair. kingston Farm bathurst


Something that never stops making me stop and look like a meerkat is the beautiful sunsets on Ramblers Rest. This was just before dinner time a couple nights ago.


Only 7 kilometres down the R67 and through the four-way stop in Bathurst Town, with the Pig and Whistle on your left, go across the stop street, along a dirt road, you will get The Waters Meet  Reserve after a  few kilometres. A small fee per person is requested at the gate. About 200 metres to the left there is a viewing deck of the Horseshoe Bend on the Kowie River.

Directly below is a nest of an African Crowned eagle. Many different species of birds can be spotted in the Waters Meeting Reserve from kingfishers to buzzards, woodpeckers and more. 3km down a steep rough road, there is a picnicing and braaing spot next to the river. Hiking and mountain bike trails go around the reserve and reasonably well maintained. You can also organise canoeing adventures up the Kowie river from Port Alfred with stopping points along the way. The total distance from Port Alfred is 30km.

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