Local Travel is Lekker – Patrycja from Travel Opulent Box

Local Travel is Lekker – Patrycja from Travel Opulent Box

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Patrycja from Travel Opulent Box.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? South Africa is diverse and that is what attracts me to it. Amazing people, nature, mountains, ocean, rivers, beautiful wine regions, rich history and the fact that all is so vibrant and real. 2) What is your first local travel memory? When I first arrived in South Africa in December 2007 I remember the heat was over 35 degrees! It was so hot. That is when I went to the Blouberg Beach for the first time and fell in love with the iconic and oh so beautiful view of Table Mountain. It’s definitely my favourite spot to enjoy sunsets from or simply go for an afternoon walk. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? I like local markets: Old Biscuit Mill and Hout Bay Market are my favourite. It’s the perfect place to meet interesting people and enjoy local art/crafts as well as good food. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket... read more
8 Incredible Places To See In Montagu

8 Incredible Places To See In Montagu

Even though our little trip to Montagu was three weeks ago, the wonderful time we had still lingers in my mind. Montagu is one of those towns where you simply have to take your time. You don’t rush a good thing (or time for that matter). We visited quite a few interesting places durin our short stay in the historic town. So in the spirit of preventing FOMO, here’s a list of 8 places to see in Montagu. Take the Road Less Travelled – R318 Everyone always takes the Route 62 when heading in the direction of Montagu. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a route packed with attractions but this doesn’t mean it’s the only route. The R318 is a detour route to Montagu just after De Doorns on the N1 highway. As we take the turn-off I’m not initially impressed. We’re met with dried-up dams and endless views of well, nothing. But pretty soon the flat landscapes turn into beautiful curves including the hairpin turns of the Burgers Pass. The R318 is refreshingly free of traffic so you won’t need to do any yellow line driving for hasty drivers. Get to Know the Locals at the Montagu Village Market The Montagu Village Market is held every Saturday in the Euvrard Park right opposite the tourism bureau in Bath Street. We popped in bright and early before our tractor ride for some good coffee and delicious pancakes. The market is a good way to mingle with the locals and chat to those who’ve made the move from city to farm life. You’ll also get local produce at a fraction... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Stephanie from A Bunch of Nuts Fell Out

Local Travel is Lekker – Stephanie from A Bunch of Nuts Fell Out

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Stephanie Marthinus from A Bunch of Nuts Fell Out.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? The people but most importantly, the diverse cultures we have. That in essence makes up all the reasons why I love to travel locally. To see and do everything South Africa has to offer that other countries can’t. Also, I’m obsessed with everything nature or visiting any beach I haven’t been to. South Africa supports my wanderlust desire from the beautiful ocean scenes to the landscape mountain terrain. 2) What is your first local travel memory? When I was 14, my family and I went to Hartenbos in Mossel Bay and we traveled not only in and around Mossel Bay but we drove to Oudtshoorn to explore the Cango Caves. After that, I was hooked to do more traveling. So whenever people say they’re going somewhere, I will always ask if I can go with. I still do it! 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? You won’t... read more
Protea Farm Tractor Ride in Montagu Has Views For Days

Protea Farm Tractor Ride in Montagu Has Views For Days

“So what to do when in Montagu”?  I ask Mr G (hubby) as we plan our itinerary for our trip to Glen Eden Farm in Montagu. “Well there’s the Protea Farm tractor ride ” he replies beaming. This is obviously right up his alley. At first I’m all for it. That is until I visit their website a read the full description about the ride. Let’s just say heights aren’t exactly my thing. Then I remember I’ve partly conquered my fear of heights when we went zip lining last year and I think; bring it on! And Away We Go! We arrive at the Protea Farm in the Koo Valley 30km outside the town of Montagu just in time to ‘board’ the tractor. It’s a fully booked ride so we sit up front on the tractor right next to the driver. Everyone is abuzz with excitement and when we jerkily pull away there’s a (slightly nervous) cheer of anticipation. As we start our ascent up the mountain the driver cheekily plays on our nervousness by steering the tractor near edge of the embankment. He even halfway submerges us in the dam. I’m glad we’re safely sitting on the tractor’s giant tyres and not in the back! Are We There Yet? No! Obviously the reason most people go on the Protea Farm tractor ride is to see the proteas. Unfortunately we’re told they’re only blooming in March. We do however see quite a few king proteas about to open their beautiful faces as we wind up the mountain. The tractor stops at a lookout point and I’m sure we’ve reached... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Anje from Going Somewhere Slowly

Local Travel is Lekker – Anje from Going Somewhere Slowly

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Anje Rautenbach from Going Somewhere Slowly.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? There is just so much to love about South Africa; I love that it will always be home, that I have the opportunity to breathe in fresh air and stretch my arms out to the opens spaces, I love our wildlife, our mountain ridges, valleys, coastline, Fynbos and Karoo, I love our sunsets, the mix, the diversity, the differences and the opportunity to learn from those around me. But what I probably love most about South Africa is our tomorrow. 2) What is your first local travel memory? I visited Kruger National Park when I was 6 years old; my parents joked about the giraffe’s height and said (jokingly) that we drove between/under/through the giraffe’s legs. I believed them. That story ended up in multiple school essays until I was 9 years old.   3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? Addo Elephant National Park without a doubt; I’ll wake up... read more
Best of Both Worlds at Glen Eden Farm in Montagu

Best of Both Worlds at Glen Eden Farm in Montagu

As is always the case, a getaway was long overdue. But as always, work and life gets in the way of making these things happen. We literally made the decision to go to Glen Eden Farm three days before leaving. As you can imagine, it was quite a scramble! However, thanks to the efficiency of Lekkeslaap; enquiry, payment and booking were all made in a day’s time. Off we went on a Friday afternoon for our long overdue weekend away. The Road Untravelled I reluctantly agree when hubby wants to take the R318 to Montagu as I wanted to take Route 62. He reminds me that it’s about taking the road less travelled while simultaneously discovering new ones. We’re practically left alone on the R318 to enjoy the long flat landscapes as there’s no traffic whatsoever. But more about this alternative route in another blog post. I worry that we left home too late but about 200km later we arrive at our destination just in time to take a dip in the pool. Views for Days at Glen Eden Farm Glen Eden farm is situated 14km outside of Montagu just off the scenic Route 62. You’d think this close proximity to the road would be noisy but surprisingly the distant sounds of passing cars don’t bother us. The Fish Eagle cottage, our home for the weekend, is placed furthest from the road and we’re treated with spectacular views. The mountains wrap around the farm and offer an abundance of bird life. We sit on the porch and soak in the beauty, allowing the countryside to take over our weary... read more

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Half city dweller. Half road trip explorer. Full supporter of local South African travel!

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