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Easter brunch, almonds, Bernard and a bit of history

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Dear {name}the nature reserve, the farm and all our residents have settled into a familiar summer rhythm. Higher temperatures no longer come as a shock, and gently make way for crisp and cool evenings and mornings.

South African tourism, too, is finding its rhythm and picking up the pieces that had been dropped in lockdowns and travel bans. We are delighted to welcome international tourists from all over the world again, and are immensely grateful for the local support we have received in the last months.

We hope to be welcoming you at Bartholomeus Klip soon. Love from the BK team xx

Please note our new WhatsApp number +27(0)606957117


[ CAMERA TRAPS ] No TikTok for our nature reserve residents, but that doesn't mean that they can't strike a pose from time to time. View more camera trap pictures here


[ ALMONDS HARVEST ] We're going nuts over our first official almond harvest! After two weeks of harvesting, we've picked 3/4 of 20 hectares - the first batch of our almond orchard that has reached the age of three years. Next year another batch of 20 hectares will be ready, and after that another 20, amounting to 60 hectares in total.

We're really excited about our trees' performance too: 800 to 1200 nuts per tree, or 200kg per hectare - that's beyond expectations! Because the trees aren't big enough yet for machine harvesting, we pick by hand, collect the nuts (hulls and fruit) onto long strips of shade cloth spread out in the orchard, and allow them to dry naturally in the sun. When dry the nuts are transferred to specially designed bags, sealed, and collected for further processing off the farm. 

+More pictures here


[ EASTER BRUNCH ] Join us with friends and family for a special Easter Farm Brunch at the Deckhouse.

Bookings: info@bartholomeusklip.com or WhatsApp +27(0)606957117. View the menu here


[ TORTOISE ] Our game rangers are reporting that tortoises are out and about in the reserve: "We've seen an incredible amount of tortoises on the nature drives this month!" Read more about our Geometric Tortoise Rehabilitation Project here


[ IN THE SPOTLIGHT ] Bernard knows the Elandsberg Nature Reserve like few others - he has been looking after its plants and animals for twenty years. A man of nature, Bernard has stayed close to his passion for “all things natural” throughout his life.

After growing up in the forests of Knysna, Bernard attended Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, studied Nature Conservation at Saasveld College in George, and gained his first work experience in the United Arab Emirates, capturing and breeding wildlife at the Sharjah Desert Park. Back in South Africa, Bernard has specialised in black rhino and buffalo capture, relocation and release for National Parks in the Eastern Cape [ read more ]

Bernard is currently recovering from a back operation. We wish him a quick recovery! xx



[ OCEAN VIEWS ]  It was stated on social media recently that "Bartholomeus Klip was named after the rocky 'klip' that the farmer would use to scout for ships stocking up on supplies in Cape Town, as well as the St Bartholomew's Day massacre of the French Huguenots."

While ocean views from BK would surely make for great advertising slogans, they would be false: the last time we scouted anything close to a ship was a Lordship acting in the Netflix series The Crown. In fact, archaeologist and historian Antonia Malan writes that the farm "became known as Bartholomeus Klip, and was recorded as such in the property transfer of 1716. The origin of the name is not known. Perhaps it refers to the massacre of Huguenots in France on St. Bartholomew’s Eve in 1572. Perhaps it was someone’s name. The 'klip' is probably the rocky outcrop near the present farm buildings."  


[ AIRBnB ] You can now also find our self-catering houses on AirBnB : Heron House Wild Olive House




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