Aan elke Voël sy kop!!
Voëlkop is a place people have strong feelings about. The men
who are regulars love it and go there frequently. They enjoy the rustic,
bushveld setting near Brits, the naked men around (nudity is optional), the
opportunities for conversation (and more) with like-minded guys which they don't
find in noisy, smoke-filled clubs, the self-catering option, not having to lock
up or drive anywhere and thus no threat of drunken driving prosecution. The
birds. The quiet of the bush.
Still no fire in the wire…
At Voëlkop they're now planning a grand turn-on party. The
sauna, the rows of electric fridges, the Carmen curlers - they're all still
waiting for Eskom.
Energy pumping at Voëlkop
Escom electricity finally arrived at Voëlkop in October and with it came some significant changes. The rows of fridges that had waited so patiently were at last able to cool down with installation. The sauna could graduate from just being a dark room next to the steamroom and also contribute to the hot opportunities. The owners and permanent residents are now able to watch TV (someone has even installed DSTV). They are also using food processors, fans, microwaves, webcams and whatever other gadgets and toys require electrical impulse.
Incongruously, the arrival of electricity has also brought real quiet to Voëlkop. The generator no longer has to chug and splutter, drowning the twittering of the birds. Formerly it was needed for the bar fridges, the pool filter, the music system…
City slickers, and others who take for granted that power will flow at the flip of a switch, don't fully realize the trials of coping for years without electricity, as Paul and Glenn, the owners of Voëlkop have. Dealing with paraffin lamps on a daily basis, refilling heavy gas cylinders regularly, engaging with greasy, smelly generators, stoking fires for hot water, fumbling and stumbling about in the dark…..
Electricity has led to even more pumping of human energy, too. The buzz in the bar and the pool room complements the activity in the steam area. In December, the pool and lawns surrounding it were a hive of chattering, giggling, kissing, cuddling and general camp frolicking during the day. I guess I missed one of the pics of the century when I didn't have my camera with me for a tattooed, hairy bear who was crocheting among it all!!
The huts people can hire at Voëlkop accommodate a total of at least 80 people. Then there are twelve permanent holiday chalets whose owners may have guests with them, together with endless camping facilities. In addition, New Year's Eve is the one night of the year when you can spend the night at Voëlkop without having accommodation. Simple arithmetic (and experience) tells how there can be 250 men there that night, and this New Year was no exception. The crowd, dressed in the theme of latex, sequins and feathers, boogied through the night, enjoying a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of twelve.
Yes, men. Gay men. Voëlkop is a clothing-optional gay bushveld resort for men only. Probably unique in this country. It allows the freedom to sit naked at the bar even until late on balmy nights, to smooch and cuddle in the restaurant, to shriek uproariously with the shows in the function room. And all the rest…
What's cuming up in the next few months at Voëlkop? On 16 February there's a Bushveld Braai. You go out into the bush around the resort, get your wors over some coals, and sleep under the stars. (Of course, a portable bar goes with you!) And if you're broke in February, there's no charge for accommodation (only the day rate of R20 per day) since you'll be in your own sleeping bag on the ground. The faint of heart can stay in the camp and enjoy the amenities. Then on 9 March, there's the Voëlkop Cabarette. Anyone can take part in this fun talent show type of scene. Do WHATEVER you want, solo or in a group.
Wooden Chalets range in price from R100 to R200 per night, and sleep from 2 to 6 guys. There is provision for self catering and braais and a modest restaurant for those who can't be bothered.
There are many misconceptions about Voëlkop. They do NOT have long-drop toilets. In fact all units have flushing loo, basin and fridge at least, some with a shower, and there is a communal bathroom facility with several loos, showers and basins with mirrors.
Voëlkop is a few kilometers off the highway going to Sun
City. Take the Makolokwe turning and follow signs to the cemetery!
THE NAKED VOËLKOP
A short way away from both Jo'burg and Pretoria lies Voëlkop. Travelling there will take you past familiar landmarks en route to Sun City, finally passing through a small rural settlement. From the instant one sets foot on the farm, it is clear that this is no London or Paris. The overpowering awareness is of being in the glorious Bushveld. This is reflected in the amenities - ultimately everything about Voëlkop is geared towards the enjoyment of the outdoors. Accommodation is provided in wooden bungalows, a kitchen prepared meals which are served outdoors, walks in the bush provide quiet time and the bar area is dominated by the swimming pool.
The sounds of Voëlkop are, predominantly, laughter and birdsong. Sit down, relax with a drink and chat with owners Glenn and Paul, and you will feel the bliss of a stress-free environment fill your soul. Voëlkop is also a mere half hour's drive from the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Sun City, which places excitement and diversion on the options list.
If you are worried by the prospect of taking off your clothes - don't be. Your state of dress is fully optional. If naked bliss is not your cup of tea, the fact that those who go natural really see and treat it as such, will make your discomfort disappear.
Voëlkop is the ideal weekend getaway where friendly faces and banter are available in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. For some, this has proved so irresistible that they have rented permanent space and spend every free moment there. Voëlkop is guaranteed to be better at removing the stress bags from under your eyes than any amount of cucumber slices.
- October 2000