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
Local Travel is Lekker – Sara Essop from In Africa and Beyond

Local Travel is Lekker – Sara Essop from In Africa and Beyond

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. My first featured blogger is Sara Essop from In Africa and Beyond. 1. What do you love most about South Africa? Although there is much to love about South Africa, like the weather, the food and the amazing scenery, I love the game reserves and the wildlife the most. South Africa is renowned for its abundance of wildlife and we have some of the best game reserves in the world. There are few experiences more exhilarating than driving through the African bushveld, on an open Landrover at full throttle, under the gaze of the orange sun – as you spot wild animals in their natural habitat. 2. What is your first local travel memory? My first local travel memory is of driving in Kruger National Park with my family when I was around 6 years old. We were in the car watching a pride of lions on the side of the road and a troop of monkeys began jumping on our car. Fortunately, the windows were closed. It was an exciting experience for a 6-year... read more
5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape

5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape

The notorious day of love is looming and couples are desperately scrambling for date ideas. Yes, Valentine’s Day 2017 is upon us and romance is the order of the day. Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape is usually preceded by a flood of advertisements for dates and getaways. This can be quite daunting, especially if you have no clue whether you and your date are going to be happy after spending all that money! Enter my pick of date ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape. I’ve rounded up my favourite dates and getaways over the past two years and combined them into one post. So all you have to do is make your choice knowing that the suggestions already tick all the right boxes. River Cruises and Horseback Riding at Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge What says romance more than a horseback ride and a river cruise? Nothing! Madi-Madi Safari Lodge in the Karoo is the perfect hideaway for couples wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stay in the river-front cottages to get the ultimate viewing experience. You’ll have front row views of the Kammanassie river and watch the horses grazing while enjoying a glass of sherry on your patio. Stay in a Luxury Tree House at Vindoux Guest Farm in Tulbagh I’m not talking your average childhood tree house here. Vindoux Guest Farm in the town of Tulbagh has luxury tree houses overlooking the mountains. You’ll even have zebra grazing and lounging around right opposite your balcony. All meals are also  enjoyed on your private tree house balcony which allows for uninterrupted... read more

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

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