ISSUE 20, January 2007
Editorial
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    We started our trip at Shidzidzi Lodge in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the north-eastern part of the country. No private cars are allowed into the reserve which covers 93,860 acres, and is still expanding.
    The lodge is 1,353m above sea level although, when you are there, it doesn’t seem to be that high as all around you is comparatively flat countryside. En route to the lodge, our 4 . 4 had to stop to allow a zebra who was grazing on the road, more of a dirt track, to move out of the way.
    Shidzidzi accommodates ten people in five bungalows which all have their own viewing terrace. Dinner, which is a gourmet delight, is served at one large table overlooking the vast plain. The atmosphere is very casual. If you don’t meet the other guests on one of the two daily game drives, you will certainly get the chance at mealtimes, when a lively house party atmosphere is created.
    Although our itinerary only allowed us two nights, it is such a wonderful environment to chill out and relax in that it is certainly worth considering a longer stay if you have the time. Apart from being the administrative capital of the country, Pretoria’s only merit for visiting is to take the Blue Train.
    Having said that, it is apparently very pretty in October when more than 60,000 mauve-coloured Jacaranda trees are in bloom. We sipped South Africa’s equivalent of champagne, and very drinkable it is too, in the reception area while we waited to be introduced to our butler who escorted us to our compartment.
    Although quite small, it had a bathroom attached, and was big enough for a double bed, which folded into the wall and only came out at night. Not surprisingly, the exterior of the train is blue as is some of the interior.



Left
Shidzidzi lodge in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Below
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town




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