Snow on Towerkop (rough translation: Magic Mountain) is not such a regular occurrence, so we where grateful to be there on the day it happened. Only one of the highest peaks near Ladismith and one of the most unique landscape features known. The story is told in many variations but roughly explains that a witch flew into the peak and then, out of anger and surprise, struck the mountain with her broom, thus causing the cleft in the peak.
There is also the extremely interesting story of the first brave climber to make it to the top, leaving a sock as evidence, but in scorn had to prove himself by climbing it again, this time with a team to claim his fame. (Read more on weblink)
Also featured regularly in Langenhoven's (Afrikaans Poet) work, the mountain gained even more fame. Ladismith is surrounded by mountains and is the ideal visiting place for climbers, from beginner to advanced. However, do take into account that mountains are dangerous and this should be attempted with a guide on all occasions.
An interesting read and some more info on Ladismith's mountains: https://sites.google.com/site/towerkopinfo/contact
Photographer: Pieter Pitout (Jr)
Is that a face? just beneath Towerkop?
Just for fun, is there a face just beneath the summit of Towerkop? Perhaps imagination is running high here, but it sure looks like that!
You be the judge and comment your thoughts on the matter.
Is it only on the rare occasion that it snows that it looks like that? Is it the shadows and highlights that create this effect or is it just pure wishful thinking?
"I have a dream..."
Words that inspired a whole country to move in a different direction. When you decide on a dream, the going can get quite tough, very fast. Deciding to have a different view, daring to look at the world from what might be considered: 'not the norm' Challenging every belief that our dream not only cán be achieved, but flourish, has proven to be an arduous, emotionally horrible and time-consuming challenge beyond belief.
But is that why you have a dream? Because you dare to. You dare to think differently, dare to take chances and believe in what you're doing.
It only takes one visit to the lodge and farm to see why the dream stays alive.
The peace, quiet, sacredness of game walking free, the wonder of walking between plants internationally unique and believing that this is worth protecting at all costs.
Co-Owners Pieter & Elsofie Pitout decided to choose to rather a dream than follow. Daring to believe, rather than the slavery of an ordinary life. A really tough journey that took every once of determination and will they could muster. But 100% worth it.
Come look for yourself what nature can do for you!
Elsofie Pitout started out small, by opening and maintaining a 16 page newspaper for the small town Utrecht. She moved to Cape Town to finish a degree in Photography, Graphic Design & Marketing. After opening a studio, where she did portrait, corporate & fashion photography as well as the online marketing for several companies, she took a personal break of a year before tackling the task of marketing Rooiberg Safaris' marketing, as well as developing and establishing the Lodge as co-owner and founder. Rooiberg Safaris built, furnished and profitable in less than a year, the alternative route and view that co-owners Pieter & Elsofie chose, clearly a winning recipe.