June 2021 News! (And a BIG Announcement!)

Hello Fellow Adventurers,

Wow – what a month it has been!  It is hard to believe that we are already half-way through the year, and that winter is firmly upon us.  However, the colder months are the perfect time to explore our wonderful “Adventure Province”.

We recently took advantage of the relatively mild weather and embarked on a weekend sojourn to the breath-taking town of Graaff-Reinet.  This is another one of those undiscovered gems that seem to populate the Eastern Cape landscape.

A mere three hours away from Port Elizabeth – or Gqeberha, if you prefer- (complimentary isiXhosa lessons on request) this bustling little hamlet is a virtual treasure trove for intrepid travellers.  Characterised by awe-inspiring architecture, and their signature wing-type houses, this quaint little town is nothing if not easy on the eye.

With this said, there is so much more to Graaff-Reinet than meets the eye. Boasting a veritable multiplicity of tourist attractions, you will be challenged on what to see and do first.

From the eerily beautiful Valley of Desolation with its unique rock formations and sweeping views to the Camdeboo National Park that provides fantastic trails and camping spots in singular desert-like conditions, not to mention the opportunity to commune with our four-legged friends.

For the more genteel of us, a visit to the John Rupert Theatre is a must-see, along with such august historical sites like the Khoi San Memorial, the Anglo Boer War Memorial and the Bushman Memorial, Graaff-Reinet will certainly take you back in time. And then there’s the newly launched palaeontology tour with Prof Bruce Rubridge that will whisk you back oh, about 180 and 300 million years!

During our visit we enjoyed the rich Karoo hospitality of the Marais family, that made for a particularly memorable visit. So, get those adventuring boots on and pay a visit to this lovely area.

BUT WAIT.  There’s more.  For this month’s newsletter we have absolutely saved the best for last!


In one of our most exciting collaborations to date, the Go Well with Sharon team has joined forces with the venerable Craig Hinds, singer, songwriter and frontman of Watershed.  Not only super-talented but also extremely generous, Craig has graciously agreed to put his formidable influence (and voice) behind our Go Well with Sharon initiatives.

In the initial phase of this collaboration Craig and his wife Natalie will be hosted by the luxurious Mantis Founders Lodge team to experience first-hand our special brand of Eastern Cape hospitality.

Coinciding with this, Craig, will be performing live at the Music Kitchen on 24th June to launch Watershed’s brand-new Album, aptly titled “The Elephant in the Room” which is beyond exceptional.  To whet your appetite, take a listen here to experience their incredible new single. “Undone”.

As always, we would like to encourage everybody to do what we can to #supportlocal and never has this been more important.  The music industry, along with the tourism sector has been decimated so please, hurry on over to book your tickets here, where you are guaranteed an awesome night of world-class entertainment.