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...
Travel | Leliefontein, Northern Cape

Travel | Leliefontein, Northern Cape

When hubby told me about a 33km walk/hike that he would like to participate in, I was sceptical to say the least. I mean thirty-three kilometres definitely isn’t for the fainthearted. On the upside though, the walk was going to take place in the Northern Cape, a good 500kms away from our home-sweet-home and I’m always up for a road trip. So we packed the moms (whom I absolutely love for always being up for an adventure) with us in the car and off we went. The Barnabas Shaw Methodist Heritage trail walk was a 33km walk from Bethelsklip, Kharkams to Leliefontein, Northern Cape. It was held on the 26th September to commemorate the heritage of the Methodist Church in South Africa. Bethelsklip, Kharkams was where the first Methodist church was established by Barnabas Shaw (who was also asked by the Nama chief to preach the word of God to the people of the area) and Leliefontein was how far he had to travel to bring the gospel to the next little town’s residents. We arrived at our quaint, fuss free little guest house, Tredeyo’s Hope, at about 23:45. Dead. Tired. So it was just a quick bite to eat and off to bed, only to arise again after a mere four hours of sleep to tackle the walk. The area of Leliefontein was undergoing water shedding last weekend due to water shortages so we were without running water the entire weekend. But luckily we had a massive outside storage tank filled with rain water to make use of so we weren’t walking around with any funny smells! Fresh...
Travel | West Coast National Park

Travel | West Coast National Park

As with most things in our rushed and busy lives these days, a road trip was way overdue. So when happened to be that hubby and I were off together on a weekend (very rare) we took advantage of the South African National Parks free week which ran from the 14-19 September and headed to the West Coast National Park in Langebaan. The main reason we obviously went was to witness the park’s flower season beauty which happens every year August and September. When we arrived, we headed straight for the Postberg section of the park which only opens for flower season every year. But the photo opportunities along the way were the real treat! West Coast National Park is home to quite a few animal species so if you don’t drive slowly (which is mandatory anyway) and don’t look around, you might miss them. But I definitely think the tortoises steal the show with their cute little ‘back-houses’. After ooo’ing and aah’ing over the flowers we stopped over at the picnic/braai area alongside and the sea and took a stroll on the beach. I cannot describe the unspoiled beauty of this park in words, pictures don’t even do it justice, you simply have to experience it for yourself. After frolicking a bit more in the park’s numerous photo ops we reluctantly headed home. We had only been to West Coast National Park once before and even then we couldn’t explore every corner of it. It is massive in size and abundant in beauty. Just to give you an idea, we covered nearly 70kms on one side of the...

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