As some of the luckiest people in the world we find ourselves residents of Cape Town… And everyday we are surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of amazing things to do and see. As a place to raise a family there can’t be many better places on earth!
We are so fortunate in that we don’t have to travel further than 100kms to be able to enjoy a new experience – ones which tourists have to fly thousands of km’s and pay the equivalent in dollars for!
On any given weekend you can find us enjoying Weekend Wanderings in and around our home town be that a day trip to the winelands of Stellenbosch, walking in the forests of Tokai, riding bikes along the sea front, relaxing on the beach, eating a gelato while browsing the quirky shops of Kalk Bay, adventuring up the desolate West Coast, picnicking in an urban park,, fruit picking on a farm, camping in the mountains, visiting a beautiful garden, exploring the city centre or soaking up the natural beauty of nature reserves, encountering wild animals in a sanctuary or insects in a haven. We are truly spoilt for choice in Cape Town!
I’m so pleased that my kids are growing up in a place that introduces them to so many opportunities and experiences – their lives are full of interesting and educating outings (which us parents enjoy too) and it is teaching them so much while still being fun. I highly recommend a regular family outing as a great way to bond together and break out of your routine. As someone who loves discovering new places these outings have become important to me. One of my happiest places is in the car with my kids, heading off on a new adventure!
Tellingly when asked at school what he loved most about his mom my 6 year-old son’s reply was “She takes us out on outings” which really made me smile!
However, there is one small problem with this… Due to the abundance of ways to be a tourist in our own home town, there is never any need to venture out and explore the rest of the world. And while that is great on the pocket, I still feel like it is important for my kids to discover what else is out there. Neither of them have yet flown in an aeroplane and landed in an unfamiliar place, greeted by different sights, smells and sounds. They have yet to meet people from another culture or anyone who speaks a different language than the ones they do at home and school. I long for the chance to explore a new place together - soaking up the colours and tastes together. Travel is something I value highly and I really do hope that it’s something that happens in our not too distant future! Even if we keep things local and just extend our net a bit wider.
This question was posed to me recently by the 6 year old “Mom, are giraffes really real?” which makes me believe that a trip north to one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa – The Kruger National Park – is in order…
So, it’s time to hit the skies (As much as I love road trips I’m not quite ready on a 20 hour one!) Bring on the early morning game drives, animal tracking, real-life animal encounters and all that the “bush” entails…… I for one can’t wait to share this part of South African life with my 2 kids!
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