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...
Roundup of 2016 South Africa Travel Highlights

Roundup of 2016 South Africa Travel Highlights

The year 2016 has no doubt been a rollercoaster ride for me to say the least. But there were as many highs as there were lows and we all know by now that we’ve got to take the good with the bad. So I’ve decided to do a little round-up of my 2016 South Africa travel highlights as a way of reflecting on the year that’s about to come to an end. Zip Lining in the Mountains We kicked off the year with an action packed zip lining adventure in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. I must admit when I saw the heights from which these zip lining ropes were suspended, I was scared out of my wits. The Cape Canopy Tour crew however did a very good job of putting my mind at ease and ensuring that I ended having an amazing experience! Taking a Winter Break at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve In winter this year we took a trip down the Garden Route to the stunning Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. What an icy cold getaway it was! We woke up every morning to what felt like minus 10 degrees outside but our luxury tented suite kept us warm and cosy with its air conditioner. The reserve is situated in a beautiful part of the Outeniqua mountains and is and all-rounder – 4 of the big 5 animals, spa treatments , the works. An Impromptu Road Trip Through Four Towns Spur of the moment road trips usually end up making the best memories. And that’s exactly what we decided to do one idle day in July this year. We started off in the...
Flower Season in the Northern Cape

Flower Season in the Northern Cape

Things have been very quiet on the blog front lately. Too quiet. But I’m back! Hubby and I recently took a trip to the Northern Cape and luckily for us it was still flower season. Flower season in the Northern Cape typically spells an explosion of colour in endless open spaces against the beautiful backdrop of mountains from August to September every year. I’ve expressed my love and devotion for taking the road less travelled before and this time is no different. So while everyone was heading up the West Coast, we were on our way to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Even though our visit had absolutely nothing to do with flower season, I was obviously hoping to see something blooming marvelous. It took quite a while for the flower season in the Northern Cape to live up to its name as the little colourful things only made their appearance on our way back to Cape Town! We had to make some inquiries with family members and take a different route but what a sight it was when we finally saw the flowers. The flowers were mostly on farms so we were quite limited in terms of access. But the that’s the beauty of taking the road less travelled, you can stop along the way and take your own sweet time snapping away and savouring the moment. And that’s exactly what we did! If you’re headed to the Northern Cape solely for flower season, I would suggest you keep an eye on the SAN Parks Facebook page as well as the weather. The blooms are all about timing...
An Impromptu Road Trip Through Durbanville Wine Valley to Wellington

An Impromptu Road Trip Through Durbanville Wine Valley to Wellington

I’m not usually stumped when it comes to deciding what to do on an absolutely gorgeous day. I’m a serial planner you see, so everything is meticulously thought out and planned in advance. Now I know that the Durbanville Wine Valley and Wellington are quite far apart and not usually used in the same road trip sentence but let me tell you exactly how this decision came about. Where to Go? The day before our spur of the moment road trip it had rained tremendously so we were not expecting beautiful weather the following morning. Low and behold (in true Cape Town style) the sun showed its glowing face and right there hubby and I decided we could not let this ‘spring’ window period go to waste. But where to go? I couldn’t come up with a single suggestion. An absolute shocker even for myself. Then I remembered we’d always driven pass a sign on the N7 highway that said ‘Rondeberg Nursery’ with an inviting gravel road behind it. And that was it, we were off! A Drive Through the Durbanville Wine Valley Of course with our love for road trips we simply had to take the scenic route and that’s how we ended up driving through the Durbanville Wine Valley. I had never driven the full extent of Contermanskloof road as we usually only visit the wine estates on the Tygerbergvalley and Vissershok roads. So needless to say, I was excited! The grass is indeed greener on the other side of the wine valley and skies are a tad bluer too. And who says we don’t have castles...
A Winter Getaway to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

A Winter Getaway to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Whenever it’s getaway time, I like to hit the road as early as possible so that we can get to our destination to let the fun begin! That preference was no different when it was time to head to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve in Mossel Bay two weeks ago. I was up at the icy Cape Town crack of dawn to hit the road! I always consider the drive as part of the getaway as the scenery already does wonders to calm and relax the mind. We arrived at Botlierskop just before sunset and the view from the restaurant was absolutely breathtaking. We stood for about half an hour just taking in the the rolling mountains and chirping of birds while enjoying our complimentary sparkling wine and snacks. We then hopped on the little golf cart and headed to our luxury tented suite which would be our home in the bushveld for the next two nights. Botlierskop is a four star rated game reserve and it shows in everything from their welcoming (your luggage is transported to your suite and valet parking is offered) to the fully equipped suite’s amenities which includes an outdoor shower, private deck, electric blanket and air conditioner (essential for winter!). After having fully unwinded and watched the sunset over the mountains from our private deck albeit being given a fright by the resident Vervet Monkeys, we headed to the cosy restaurant for dinner. We had pre-drinks by one of the three warm fireplaces before sitting down for our delicious three course meal. We had to endure the cold for a brief five minutes after...
Travel | Vindoux Guest Farm

Travel | Vindoux Guest Farm

It’s a scorching hot 40 degree day when we hit the road for Vindoux Guest Farm in Tulbagh. This was the first installment of our wedding anniversary celebrations. The second being at Crown restaurant in the Durbanville Wine Valley. The road is hot and busy but as soon as we arrive at our destination the heat is forgotten. Instinctively the first thing I want to do is take photos upon arrival. So imagine my surprise (and colossal disappointment) when I whip out the camera and the dreaded ‘no SD card’ message pops up. Blame it on our overworked minds. Yet again the old faithful iPhone has to step in and save the day. As the social media saying goes; it didn’t happen if there’s no photos. Not Your Average Tree Houses at Vindoux Guest Farm Due to work keeping us very busy, we could only stay for one night and therefore chose the Sunday Night Serenity Special. This included a stay in one of the luxury tree houses where you’re seriously spoiled with 360 degree views. Walking up to your tree house’s front door you’re overlooking the vineyards and swimming pool. Slide open the patio door and you’re greeted by mountains, orchards, grazing zebra and wildebeest! Once we’d come to terms with this sheer beauty, we decide to go for a dip in the pool to cool off and explore the grounds a little further. Romantic Dinner With a View When we get back to our shabby chic decorated tree house, it’s time for our three course dinner. This is devoured on our balcony while taking in our stunning surroundings...

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