Come and join us at the Grootvadersbosch Valley for our annual music festival! The festival will take place from Friday the 21st till Sunday the 23rd of October 2022. We are located between Swellendam and Heidelberg in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. During this 3-day period Grootvadersbosch will be hosting multiple activities from nature walks and talks-to telling stories over beer and wine-to a dairy tour and milk tasting with the local farmers and do not miss the famous Shed Concert with Richard Cock that is the main event of the festival! On the nature side of things, spring is in bloom in our valley where anyone can join, and experience walks from local scientists, conservationists, and anthropologists.
This blog outlines the important nature talks that will be taking place.
On Friday at 11am at the Strawberry Hill Farm, we join well-known Naturalists that introduce the unique creatures of Grootvaderbosh and their natural history. These creatures are visually brought to you by artist Donovan Julius, who will be displaying his amazing and detailed art of various nature portraits. The event will include discussions about unique links between art and nature. Also on Friday, we will visit Rietvallei farm outside Suurbraak for a dairy tour to discover the wonders of milk.
Early Saturday morning at the Grootvaderbosch Farm we will join leading naturalists, including Chris Martens and Rupert Koopman, at the Grootvaderbosch River, so make sure to pack in warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Fortuitously, spring is upon us, and we will experience the beautiful birds in full song and the glorious flowers in full bloom along the path. The event will end at a picnic spot near the river where Dr Martine Jordaan, freshwater ecologist, will discuss the incredible diversity of the local indigenous freshwater fish.
At 7pm on Saturday night we will be joining Prof Les Minter and Dr Andrew Turner, both frog experts, on a night walk. This night walk will take place in a dark forest, but our frog experts will use the frogs tunes to guide us through the forest. This is the ultimate night walk with the best vocal performance by the amphibian’s choir.
On Sunday at 9:30am in Swellendam, Prof Michael de Jongh, notorious anthropologist, who will be talking about the first inhabitants and their history of Swellendam in the historic reading room at the Olyfkrans school.
Anyone who is interested in learning and experiencing nature and history up-close will enjoy these festival events.
To book tickets please visit https://www.quicket.co.za/events/185188-silver-mountain-music-festival-october-2022-spring-edition/#/
For more information visit our website at https://www.silvermountainmusic.co.za/
GVB Conservancy Staff