We met our guide, Blessing, in the middle of a typical, Natal thunderstorm. Big drops of warm rain pattered down as we climbed onto the back of an open safari vehicle and set off for the forest lodge. Blessing kindly … Continue reading
The fire is crackling, the full moon is rising and I have a cold cider in hand. Sitting with my feet propped up on the edge of the braai and looking out at the deep bluey-purple mountains I heave a … Continue reading
Forks are for sissies, I thought as I bit into the most amazing doughnut on God’s green earth…fresh, melt in your mouth doughnut shell filled with creamy, zingy lemon curd and topped with fluffy torched meringue…heaven! You definitely won’t need any … Continue reading
If you haven’t gone to Babylonstoren yet then do yourself a favour and get out there! Babylonstoren is both incredibly beautiful on a perfect summer day and equally beautiful in the dead of winter! I’ve spent a few rainy … Continue reading
What better way to start a long weekend than with a glass of bubbly and a simply perfect view?! Arriving at Faraway House, as you wind your way down the dirt road you feel that you are drifting further and … Continue reading
You know you’ve stumbled upon something very special when you have to cross three farms just to reach your driveway… “Seriously?” I thought as I opened yet another farm gate and caught up to the bakkie once again. “ANOTHER gate?” … Continue reading
What a perfect spot to while away a few cold winter days! The views are spectacular and the sheep roaming around your cottage make you really feel like you are part of a working farm. We were warmly welcomed when we … Continue reading
A few weekends ago we braved the freezing, rainy weather and set out to Strandveld Cottages for some R&R (and wine of course!) Stranveld is about 2 and a half hours from Cape Town and most of the last hour saw us bumping along dirt roads lined with beautiful pink proteas. We stopped for lunch at the Black Oystercatcher and thawed out next to the wood fire, enjoying a fantastic Sauv Blanc! Their burgers were delicious and I can definitely recommend the prawn and chorizo salad with paprika mayo, yum!
About ten more minutes down the road and we were at our destination, 2 lovely farm cottages. North cottage is the nicer of the 2 as it has a double bed, larger fireplace and slightly nicer layout, however, the cottages are back to back so perfect for 2 couples!
The cottages are quiet and peaceful and we had a ball wandering around the farm and dam across the dirt road. We even had one of the shaggy farm dogs who joined us on our walks!
All in all, a lovely get-away, especially if you’re looking for somewhere reasonable to go, (R300 pp per night.) I wish we could have stayed longer than just one night.
(Some Photo’s courtesy of strandveld.co.za)
Recently I went with my hubby and the Momsicle to check out the Oranjezicht City Farm in Cape Town. As children my little brother and I often used to play in the park and it was pretty amazing to see the transformation! They have designed an amazing veggie and herb garden pretty much in the middle of the city and on top of that, have a fantastic Saturday market with great coffee, smoothies, food and of course, all organic veggies. Heaven!
There is even a clever little waterway running through the garden, irresistible to the little people.
So the Hubby and I have been looking forward to this trip for months! We booked ages ago through Zest 247 (a great website for SA specials by the way.)
In the end it actually worked out beautifully that we didn’t go on the drive as we got to relax on our own private deck overlooking the water hole. As we were sitting enjoying the silence and a cup of tea we heard a crackling coming from the bushes next to our room. Out of the bushes strode a giant elephant! Soon followed by four more and the cutest little baby ellie, all on their way to the water hole. What a beautiful sight, they were so close! Although it was sometimes an irritation not be able to walk to our room at night, experiences like these make the fact that the camp is completely unfenced worthwhile!
The lodge was the perfect place to put your feet up and read, eat and sleep! It was so quiet and miles away from any other people. we saw loads of animals, enjoyed many game drives and watched the sun set with a drink in hand every evening. ♥
The lodge itself was beautifully situated and decorated naturally with lots of wood and nature in mind.
The room was sooooo luxurious with an outside showers and big bath right in the window!
All in all this trip is summed up by a quote I found in one of the lodge’s coffee table books…
Too much of a good thing can be lovely…