14TH ANNUAL BATTLEFIELDS FLY- IN 10 MAY 2014
By Cheryl Smit
Battlefields Country Lodge has its own private airstrip, with beautiful lush gardens and it nestles in an amphitheatre surrounded by horses, game, ostriches, guinea fowl and stunning bird life. Situated in Dundee it lies in the heart of the battlefields in Kwazulu Natal. One can explore Boer, British and Zulu battle sites at Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Blood River. The lodge is nestled in green valley's overlooking rolling hills, dams and the famous Talana hill which is the site of the first battle between the Boers and the British soldiers!
A Husky parked in front of the lodge
Trevor Davids and I flew in on Saturday morning from Fly-Inn Estate. The weather was perfect and we experienced an awesome flight over the mountains between Newcastle and Battlefields. I counted 17 aircraft on arrival and was told by Tony Roberts the ATC that a number of the aircraft had arrived the day before.
ATC was expertly handled by Tony Roberts
Trevor's RV12 and a Sling 2
The Pampoen Squadron from Empangeni
Shooting the Breeze
Food and refreshments were available throughout the day and a number of the locals popped in for a quick bite to eat and to take a flip in one of the aircraft a Jabiru that had to be jumpstarted before it could fly. A big screen was available to watch the Sharks rugby game.
Jan Kemp (on right) flew in from Volksrus
Larry vd Merwe doing a fly past
Nan and Lourens Roos the owners of Battlefields Country Lodge hosted the scrumptious dinner for the aviators and as is tradition at the annual Fly In the pilots all received a R20 fine which was donated to a charity for various offenses and had to drink a strong alcoholic beverage from the long horn.
Hosts Nan and Lourens Roos
Ashleigh receiving a compass as a prize since he arrived late
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