Saamrus, Magaliesburg

With me wanting to find new places to explore with my grandchildren on their respective birthdays, and not wanting to travel too far on New Years Eve, we scoured the internet looking for easy day hikes and found Saamrus! A beautiful setting with friendly owners, Annetjie & Chris. There are chalets for over-nighting, or staying for more than just a day and are all pet friendly.

We did a relaxing +-4km walk in about 3.5 hours, along the river and over the hillside, stopping continuously to take photos, the farm dogs walking with us all the way (apparently this is very unusual as they don’t take to strangers too easily according to Annetjie & Chris) and sharing our water (from cupped hands) when we stopped to quench our thirst.

A fabulous way to end the year!

An old tractor that probably hasn't heard its own engine for some time, with a little bit of "speed" added for good measure

An old tractor that probably hasn’t heard its own engine for some time, with a little bit of “speed” added for good measure

A well worn boot, the need for a plant pot, an ingenious way of recycling and there you have it....perfect for the front veranda of a farmstead

A well worn boot, the need for a plant pot, an ingenious way of recycling and there you have it….perfect for the front veranda of a farmstead

Hidden low down in the grass, the morning dew on the mushroom had yet to be evaporated by the heat of the sun

Hidden low down in the grass, the morning dew on the mushroom had yet to be evaporated by the heat of the sun

So tiny, growing quietly in the little bit of sun they get, they would be trampled underfoot if the walker isn't careful about how they tread

So tiny, growing quietly in the little bit of sun they get, they would be trampled underfoot if the walker isn’t careful about how they tread

A long time ago, this was one huge tree......now no more than a resting place for a tired bird or two!

A long time ago, this was one huge tree……now no more than a resting place for a tired bird or two!

One can only wonder at the age of this tree.....and the reasoning behind chopping it down.

One can only wonder at the age of this tree…..and the reasoning behind chopping it down.

All chopped and ready to keep winter visitors to Saamrus warm and cosy in their chalets. I'm sure the main homestead dogs will also be taking advantage of their own home fires.

All chopped and ready to keep winter visitors to Saamrus warm and cosy in their chalets. I’m sure the main homestead dogs will also be taking advantage of their own home fires.

Trees in the area are used for winter firewood

Trees in the area are used for winter firewood

Long out of use, the wooden post & rusting wire making a stark contrast against the green of the fields

Long out of use, the wooden post & rusting wire making a stark contrast against the green of the fields

Like a lonely sentinel, this tree was a fair walk off the beaten track, but made for a good break from the sun

Like a lonely sentinel, this tree was a fair walk off the beaten track, but made for a good break from the sun

Whether a form of moss, or green bark, this tree trunk made for a very different image

Whether a form of moss, or green bark, this tree trunk made for a very different image

These babies bite (and burn) if you get too close

These babies bite (and burn) if you get too close

Growing free and wild in the mountain side, this bud was one of many in a fairly large tree

Growing free and wild in the mountain side, this bud was one of many in a fairly large tree

A very busy little bee, flitting from flower to flower, pollen meal to pollen meal.......doesn't make focusing on the tiny creature too easy, but patience prevailed!

A very busy little bee, flitting from flower to flower, pollen meal to pollen meal…….doesn’t make focusing on the tiny creature too easy, but patience prevailed!

South African wild flowers are so very pretty and colourful, the bright colours of the buds standing out against the greenery of the veld

South African wild flowers are so very pretty and colourful, the bright colours of the buds standing out against the greenery of the veld

Be careful not to let the white thorns get their hooks into you while admiring the flowers!

Be careful not to let the white thorns get their hooks into you while admiring the flowers!

The buds on this wild flower are minute, only slightly bigger than a match-head

The buds on this wild flower are minute, only slightly bigger than a match-head

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2 thoughts on “Saamrus, Magaliesburg

  1. Hi Pieter, thanks for the feedback. I know what you mean about the trees, I wish people here would plant more than destroy, however I think the trees at Saamrus were very old and perhaps in danger of falling over. They have more than enough trees there to use some for firewood in winter 😉 I will definately look at doing a dayss outing from Magalies to Harties, sounds good

  2. Hi Sue,you mentioned the trees being chopped down for firewood,in contrast to the way we destroy,I read in one of my regular e mails from Israel that since 1948 upto the present annual Tree festival they have planted over 240,000,000 trees in Israel,they made deserts look like forests.Wish we could get people in South Africa to do the same.Have you ever travelled from Magalies to Harties?Some lovely scenery going on that road.

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