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Rustler's valley

Ficksburg, Eastern Free State, South Africa
Christmas 1997

The world trip for Christmas / New year 1997/8 was to South Africa. At the time South Africa was big on raving and I'd joined an e-mail list called "Netravers" to announce I was coming and so to find some parties, it worked very well.

I went to several clubs in the Johannesburg area and found myself a lift to Rustler's Valley for the Christmas period. I'd head about this place before I went and it didn't disapoint.

It was a cross between a hippy commune and a south of England country club, set in wonderful countryside.

A three day Return to the source party was planned and it ran over the entire Christmas period, three days and three nights. I stayed awake the whole time near enough and it gave me an interesting view on the workings of the universe, as might be expected.

Thing is the party was outside of course - it was mid summer and very warm. So we saw the sun rise, go overhead and set and the stars do the sme thing.

The people there were mostly but by no means all white and very middle class, freindly though and I met some really nice poeple.

I'd been to some Return to the Source party club nights in England, so I knew what to expect music wise, psychedelic trance, which I liked very much so I was in my element.

Sadly Rustler's Valley mountain lodge burned down in 2000 and never recovered, I had laways wanted to go back but never did.

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley

Rustler's Valley