THE NAME - CHANDELIER
Many people suggested so-called black names for the new developed
Game Lodge, but we have decided to go for a Khoi or San name,
since they were the first inhabitants of the Klein Karoo – not
the black or the white people. We have tried to find a typical
Khoi or San name, but could not find what we were looking for,
for the simple reason that the first inhabitants used a very
difficult “click of the tongue” to communicate. The names are
almost impossible to pronounce.
One winter’s morning a lonely kudu bull came to my rescue. I was
walking in the veldt, just before sunrise (Yes, it does happen from
time to time that I get out of bed that early!) when I suddenly
spotted the kudu in front of me. The bull broke down a beautiful
red flower of an Aloe Ferrox, the crown of the Succulent Karoo.
(You will find thousands of the Aloe Ferrox on Chandelier. Please
see that you spot the two giants in front of our restaurant, as
well as on the Chandelier logo.)
While I was adoring the so-called “king of the antelope” the sun
started to rise through the bright red flowers of the Aloe Ferrox.
The flowers were hanging upside down while the kudu bull was browsing
on the leaves of the plant.
(Kudu, like many antelope species, eat
the bitter Aloe Ferrox to control their internal and external parasites.)
I was so amazed by the sight in front of me that I did not immediately
realise that nature had provided me with a name for the Game Lodge.
The sun raised through the bright red flowers and they glittered as if
they were on fire. Definitely the most beautiful Chandelier that I have
ever seen. I walked home with a song in my heart – the name of the farm
should be Chandelier.