Vaalleegte Safari and Guest Farm

The farm Vaalleegte is 20km from the Prince Albert Road Station in the direction of Merweville.

 

WHAT ONE CAN EXPECT:

A lovely Karoo Farm with accommodation and facilities. A variety  of antelope species feed on the interesting Karoo veld. Hikes, game drives and  hunting  will enchant you while the quiet night will  make you forget about any stress.

 

Game such as Gemsbok/Oryx, Blue Wildebeest, Swart Wildebeest, Rooihartebees, Blesbuck and Springbuck can be hunted.  After the hunting season has closed, there are game drives, hikes, bike rides and photographic safari’s to be enjoyed.

 

The hunting season is from 1 May to 31 August.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION:

 

B+B or Self Catering

Large family Unit – can accommodate 7 person

Spacious living room, DSTV, inhouse braai area, 2 bathrooms with showers

2x Guest rooms (en-suite) 4 guests per room

3x Guest units, 2 units sleeps 3 persons and 1 unit sleeps 2 persons

 

Braai facilities, 1 bag of wood per day for free

Recreational area with DSTV and pool table

No pets, Bedding and towels are available, Electricity available,

Hiking and Mountain biking

Game drives available on request

ANCIENT INDO-QUENA STONE TEMPLES IN THE MOORDENAARS KAROO.

Geelbek: The Ancient Groot Karro Time Keeper at Laingsburg

It is customary among European farmers of the Great Karoo to see and interpret every stone structure on their vast and seemingly empty lands as a product of the farming needs of their own ancestors and predecessors: be they boundary walls, cattle and sheep herding kraals and other enclosures. This view is also held and taught by the archaeological establishment of South Africa. Practically no stone work is seen as belonging to and being a product of the original inhabitants of this vast land. At the same time, all rock art, although provably linked with some of the stone structures, is summarily attributed to the primitive San or Bushmen, who never had any stone-building and rock-painting tradition. The traditional view of the pre-European owners of this land sees them as hunting and gathering San or Bushmen, and as equally primitive cattle herding Quena (Otentottu, presently misnamed Khoikhoi). However, this view gets shattered at the sight of a large complex of ancient stone temples that litter the dry hills of the Moordenaars Karoo on the farm Geelbek (Fabers Kraal) some 12+ km NE from Laingsburg.

 

Far from being primitive, the level of knowledge of astronomy displayed in several dozens of stone shrines and temples indicates that their builders, although descendants of the hunting San Bushmen, were mixed people called Otentottu (corrupted by the early Dutch into Hottentoten) who were in a direct contact and blood relationship with the seafaring explorers and traders from the oldest and theologically most advanced cultures of India. These Indian visitors of ancient times (at least as far back as 600 BC) brought to this land all domestic animals and most of the cultivated plants. They also brought here their ancient, advanced and cosmological religion which called for stone shrines and temples. The principles of architecture and spatial distribution of the stone temples that we see in the vicinity of Laingsburg leave no doubt that they were built by the suri-s –as the Quena called their priests and learned men – educated in schools of Indian theology and cosmology. The temples vary greatly in size and complexity of design, depending on their precise location. For they were not built haphazardly. They were inspired and built as part of an elaborate plan of human life on this Earth and of the ancient temple builders’ ambition to enter the eternal life beyond its earthly limits. In this ambition the interplay of the TIME with cardinal directions and with the cyclical movements of the Sun, Moon, some planets and star constellations played a pivotal role. These temples were built with the view of finding, facilitating and opening the way from this life on Earth to the eternal life in Śivaloka (Heaven). And that WAY was defined by the millennia old theology and cosmology of India. Searching for gold in all directions of the Indian Ocean, prospectors, miners and traders of India brought along their religion and the principles of their temple architecture. These ancient Indian principles, accompanied by corresponding terminology and toponymy, are recognizable in the selective locations of the shrines and temples in the veldt and in the toponymy of the Karoo. They parallel those recorded in the holy books of India. This makes even the distant Moordenaars Karoo a part of the ancient cultures and civilization of the Indian Ocean seaboard.

Groups of interested visitors, who come to Geelbek at the times of Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and of the Summer and Winter Solstices, follow by car and on foot the cosmological patterns frequented in ancient times by the believing pilgrims, who often came here with the view of dying on the way. The ancient history thus comes to life, leaving an unforgettable impression on the minds of the modern pilgrims.

All Photos intelectual property of Dr. Cyril Hromnik

 
 


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