Aloe Festival, KZN, South Africa, Day 1 Pictures

03 Jul

Saturday 2nd July saw the commencement of the KZN NPO Aloe Festival. All funds raised go towards the Wildlife Conservancy Trust, with some stallholders paying a small fee for their stand for the 2 days of the festival.

Saturday morning was icy having been -3 degrees C the evening before but the sun shone through brightly during the brisk mid-winter’s day. Stallholders arrived early for a start at 10 a.m. and set up around a roaring log fire, under the indigenous acacia trees and aloe plants. It was a beautiful sight as the mist lay low in the surrounding valleys.

Sunday is the second and last day of the Festival, and it promises to be less sunny, with the possibility of rain. I don’t think this will be much of a deterrent however, as it is an annual event, frequented by conservation and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the province.

So if you are planning on joining us at any stage, bring something warm to wear, just in case the rain does decide to make an appearance. I’m at the food/drink stand, right next to The Sanctuary/Snake Park display, where African arts and crafts will be available for viewing, ordering and purchase.

Hope to see you there!

Sharing a few pictures taken during the course of Saturday morning, and later in the day as visitors from all over KwaZulu Natal poured in to see what was on display.

On arrival, the boma overlooking the misty valleys of the KZN bush

The Scratch Patch where for a very small fee you can scrounge around for semi=precious gemstones – yes, you get to keep what you find.

The Aloe.

Craig, Aiden and myself (note my lovely blue apron which was made specially for me, and which I love – and on Sunday I shall wear a new one J )

Beading crafts were on display and for sale, and here a craftsworker creates her masterpieces.

Snake expert, Garth Carpenter of The Sanctuary Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Centre discusses with a visitor the snakes on display. On Saturday there was a rinklas, a puffadder, a male boomslang (green/turquoise) and a female boomslang (brown).

Live music was provided by this very talented duo throughout the day.

Overlooking the African bush.

Setting up again

Aiden warming by the fire on arrival.

A thatched outdoor restaurant saw a hive of activity, particularly as lunchtime dawned near.

Savannah and Clarissa

Carol Carpenter, mother hen and surrogate mama of The Sanctuary Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Centre with River and Savannah.

Visitors came from far afield. I particularly recall this young chap with his hat, shades and rather arrogant manner.

Press photographers were in evidence as this venture is a big event in the Conservation Calendar.

Garth and Carol Carpenter, The Sanctuary, with the snakes.

Carol looking throughtful.

The beautiful aloes, also widely known for their healing properties.

A thatched boma overlooking the hills of the KZN bush.

These guys are brilliant, read below! Aloe Arts is a business venture that sells wire and beaded crafts from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Formed by Innocent Japi and Fortune Dlamini, Aloe Arts provides quality craft items for reasonable prices. Why not use our novel ideas to solve your gift dilemmas? This website serves as a virtual location where you can view samples of what we make but remember we are also happy to run with your own ideas and make personalised gifts to order.

Please email Raynes Sherwell at; he kindly processes our internet orders and will reply with payment arrangements (online bank transfer). If you would like more information first (price, postage and time considerations) please feel free to ask Innocent via email on innocentjappie or phone 0027 (0)785725733 or Rachel via email rachelphil and they will be happy to discuss your order.

The girls and I in our beautiful Aloe motifed aprons.. ou la la!!

The pub area also proved to be popular!

Creating masterpieces out of scrap metal, this chap from Zimbabwe makes THE most beautiful works of art. These Penny Farthings sell for as little as R250,00 and although initially made as pot plant holders, are, on their own, a stunning ornamental addition to any home.

Hopefully we will be able to upload a few more pictures after Sunday but follow the progress on Twitter, as we upload pictures throughout the day, probably from my Teitter account J


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