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Family Holidays: A Taste of the Transkei & Wild Coast

As someone who loves travel, the thrill of visiting somewhere new never gets old. Couple that with the anticipation of fulfilling a lifelong travel dream and the excitement knows no bounds! As a child I spent 4 years living in East London so there was something comfortingly familiar about driving through my old neighbourhood and down […]

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Family Holidays: The Wonderful Wild Coast

A visit to the Wild Coast of South Africa has been a dream of mine for years. Ever since I lived in East London as a kid I’d been hearing about it – Chintsa, Morgan’s Bay, Kei Mouth, Coffee Bay, Hole in the Wall, Port St Johns, Umngazi. The names sounded exciting and very adventurous. […]

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Family Holidays: A Wild Coast safari at Inkwenkwezi

Our trip to the Wild Coast began with a verrrrry long drive from Cape Town to East London, followed by a few nights in my childhood home town…. But the real “wild” side of the holiday only really started the moment we drove through the gates of Inwenkwezi Private Game Reserve! We parked our car and […]

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Family Holidays: A visit to my childhood hometown, East London

I grew up in East London and since I left, aged 12, I’ve managed to return only twice. Recently I decided I needed to change that and that it was time to introduce my kids to this special part of the world… One of my happy places! As with all good road trips we woke […]

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Family Holidays: Ziplining through the treetops in the Tsitsikamma Forest

At the start of the last school holidays I took my son on one of the very best Mommy Dates ever… a zip-lining experience with GoPro. After his initial freaking out about how high it was he really embraced the experience and I was so super proud of him for doing something not many 8 […]

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Family Holidays: An afternoon in Storms River Village

During our day cruising The Crags in the Tsitsikamma region of the Garden Route we spent a day enjoying the spoils of tiny town known as Storms River Village. This little hidden hamlet was the spot where we departed for our Woodcutters Adventure deep into the Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest. On our return from our foray […]

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Family Holidays: An Adventure in the Tsitsikamma Forest

After our first night at Hog Hollow in The Crags we enjoyed a buffet breakfast and then headed off for an early start in the direction of Storms River Village, crossing over the most amazing bridges and ravines on our way including the one which is home to the highest bungy jump in the world! […]

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Family Holidays: Nature’s Way Farmstall

When I was a child we didn’t do many family holidays, partly due to finances but also due to illness – and it’s probably one of the things in my life that I wish would have been different…. alas we can’t go back, only forwards. Which is exactly the very reason why I am so […]

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Family Holidays: Cango Caves

Last week I posted about our visit to the Cango Ostrich Farm and how it brought back so many memories of my own childhood holiday to Oudtshoorn. Today’s destination is another walk down memory lane for me… albeit a rather hazy one! While we found ourselves in Oudtshoorn I was determined that we should visit […]

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Family Holidays: An Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn

Our first arranged activity in Oudtshoorn was a tour of the Cango Ostrich Farm, located 14km outside of Oudtshoorn on the main route towards the world famous Cango Caves. Now as a child I have fond memories of one of our only family holidays taking us through this fascinating town… a visit to the ostrich farm […]

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Family Holidays: A Meerkat Safari at Buffelsdrift

After sharing about our stay at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge recently I thought I would elaborate on some of the amazing animal activities, such as a meerkat safari, that you can opt to enjoy at the game reserve outside Oudtshoorn. On our first evening at Buffelsdrift we went off on a safari and were lucky enough […]

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Family Holidays: An Elephant Experience

One of the most incredible experiences of my life happened in Oudtshoorn… not something you might have expected to hear. It seems far more likely that one would experience a life altering moment in London, Rome, New York or Paris, right?? Well, one of the most incredible experiences DID happen in Oudtshoorn – at Buffelsdrift […]

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Family Holidays: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge near Oudtshoorn

  Our recent family holiday saw us spend a few nights at Gondwana Game Reserve and Hog Hollow on the Garden Route as well as some time in Oudtshoorn, where we visited the family favourites of an ostrich farm and the Cango Caves. Today I’m sharing more about where we stayed… Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, an affordable family-friendly […]

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Family Holidays: Hanging out at Hog Hollow

After two glorious days at Gondwana Game Reserve, just before Mossel Bay, we hit the road again down towards the Garden Route to our next destination in our family holiday…. After an obligatory stop for fresh calamari at the best “lookout” spot on the Garden Route, The Lookout Deck Restaurant, we headed onwards to Hog […]

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